Internships and Fellowships in the Arts

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Hodder Fellowship, Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University 

Fellowship Location: Princeton, NJ
Application Deadline: September 15, 2014

The Hodder Fellowship will be given to writers and non-literary artists of exceptional promise to pursue independent projects at Princeton University during the 2015-2016 academic year. Potential Hodder Fellows are writers, composers, choreographers, visual artists, performance artists, or other kinds of artists or humanists who have "much more than ordinary intellectual and literary gifts"; they are selected more "for promise than for performance." Hodder Fellows spend an academic year at Princeton, but no formal teaching is involved. A $77,000 stipend is provided for this 10-month appointment. Fellowships are not intended to fund work leading to an advanced degree 

Applications must be submitted through the Princeton Jobs site at, requisition #1400347.

Writers: Submit a resume, a 3,000-word writing sample of recent work, and a project proposal of 500 to 750 words. Performing and Visual Artists: Submit a resume, a project proposal of 500 to 750 words, and examples of ten minutes of performance through link(s) to sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, Flicker, etc. Visual artists should provide up to 20 still images saved as a PDF file and submit as part of their online application or supply a link to a website, YouTube, etc.  

For full details, guidelines, and the on-line application, click here

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Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts, Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University  

Fellowship Location: Princeton, NJ
Application Deadline: September 15, 2014

Fellowships in the Creative and Performing Arts funded in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will be awarded to artists whose achievements have been recognized as demonstrating extraordinary promise in any area of artistic practice and teaching. Applicants should be early career composers, visual artists, conductors, musicians, choreographers, film makers, performers, directors, and performance artists-- this list is not meant to be exhaustive -- who would find it beneficial to spend two years working in an artistically vibrant university community. Fellows will be appointed as lecturers for two 10-month academic years at a salary of $77,000 salary per year. The normal work assignment will be to teach one course each semester, subject to approval by the Dean of the Faculty, but fellows may be asked to take on an artistic assignment in lieu of a class, such as directing a play or creating a dance with students. Interviews of finalists will take place on campus from January 4-6, 2015. 

All applicants must submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of 500-750 words about how you would hope to use the two years of the fellowship at this moment in your career, and contact information for three references.

For full details, guidelines, and the on-line application, click here.

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Choreographic Fellowship, University of Kansas Department of Dance

Fellowship Location: Lawrence, KS
Application Deadline: October 13, 2014

The Department of Dance at the University of Kansas invites emerging and established choreographers to apply for a two-week artist residency to teach technique classes and set an approximately 10-minute group work (preferably for about 10 students) on the University Dance Company. Decisions will be made based upon the choreography submitted for review. Proposals for new choreography will not be considered. Fellows will be chosen for Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. Choreographic fellows will receive an honorarium of $4,000, plus university housing. Travel and per diem are included in the honorarium. 

The Department of Dance at the University of Kansas will review all submissions through Acceptd, an online application service. Please upload a video of the work you wish to set along with a cover letter including a description of the piece, your approach to teaching dance technique, and curriculum vitae by October 13, 2014. There is a $25 application fee to utilize this service. For more information, click here

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Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University

Internship Location: Chicago, IL
Application Deadline: August 15, 2014 

The Internship Program at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University was created to offer students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a professional environment. This prestigious program allows students to work side by side with industry professionals, applying knowledge gained in the classroom in real-world situations.  Internships are available in Arts Administration, Marketing, Development, and Creative Engagement. 

Learn more, download an application, and apply here

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Houston Ballet Foundation

Internship Location: Houston, TX
Application Deadline: August 15, 2014

The Administrative Assistant internship at the Houston Ballet will provide valuable and exciting experience to any student that wishes to explore a career in arts management and administration. Under the direction of the Executive Assistant & Board Liaison, this unpaid internship position performs secretarial, administrative, and project-based duties. Other duties will include the support of various programs, executive staff, managers and staff. The intern will have the opportunity to learn about multiple aspects of a non-profit organization including: Board governance; fundraising and development; administrative organization; marketing; and multiple calendar scheduling and management.

Click here for the full link to internship description.

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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Internship Location: Chicago, IL
Application Deadline: various, depending on internship months

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC) offers rich and stimulating internship opportunities for college and graduate students seeking experience in administration, artistic administration, videography, lighting, education, development, events, marketing, and dance studio operations. HSDC provides interns interested in dance and arts management the experience of working behind the scenes in one of the world’s leading contemporary dance companies. Interns have the opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge of arts management while working closely with the staff and artists of HSDC. HSDC interns enjoy the benefit of working at the theater when the Company is performing, see Company performances, and are able to take free classes at the Lou Conte Dance Studio!

Applicants for the HSDC internship program must:
  • Have completed at least one year of college.
  • Be available for a minimum of twenty hours per week.
  • Possess strong written and verbal skills.
  • Be knowledgeable of Microsoft Office programs.
  • Have excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Possess the ability to work independently with minimal supervision, in a fast-paced environment.
Interested? Application deadlines are as follows:
  • Fall (September – December): Applications are due June 30
  • Spring (January – May): Applications are due October 30
  • Summer (June – August): Applications are due March 30
Application materials received on or before the application deadline will be given priority; however, materials are accepted until all positions are filled. The following materials must be submitted to apply:
  • Completed Internship Application Form (available on HSDC's website)
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
Please send all materials to Krista Ellensohn, manager of pre-professional programs, by email, mail, or fax.
1147 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
F: 312.455.8240

No phone calls please.

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Richmond Ballet

Internship Location: Richmond, Virginia
Application Deadline: Open until filled

This Public Relations internship through Richmond Ballet will be offered over the course of the summer and fall semester of 2014, with a summer start date open to negotiation. The internship is unpaid, however can be performed on either a volunteer basis or for college credit when applicable. 

Hours are flexible during the week, but certain promotional dates (to be determined in the early fall) must work in the applicants’ calendar. 

Applicant must have a vehicle for transportation to local promotional events (there will be a mileage reimbursement for all travel associated with promotional events).  

General Job Duties of the Public Relations Intern:

  • Lead all promotional events with The Nutcracker promotional cast and be on-site for all events, including the Jefferson Tree Lighting and Grand Illumination at the James Center
  • Communicate with various businesses about promotional events
  • Serve as the main point of contact for all promotional cast students and their families, including hosting the initial parent/promotional cast meeting in November 
  • Assist in creating press kits for major events
  • Assisting with social media content creation/Assist with social media metrics and reporting  
  • Media relations research/Dance and Arts News research (ability to prepare weekly briefs if necessary, become familiar with leading dance and arts publications/journals/blogs/writers)
  • Assist with press files and archiving
  • Write copy for distribution among local press outlets
  • Perform website updates
  • General office and project support for Marketing Department 
  • Other projects as assigned  

Qualifications applicants should possess:

  • Background in public relations 
  • Confidence to lead promotional cast at events
  • Upbeat and positive in high stress situations
  • Should be prepared to work in a business environment
  • Ability to lead efforts, work alone and as well as a part of a team
  • Interest in dance and the arts
  • Knowledge of Chinese and local Chinese media a bonus

Internship training includes:

  • Learn the skills to plan promotional events and lead promotional cast at events in Richmond
  • How to build relationships with the media to encourage news coverage
  • Become a member of the marketing team for a successful arts organization
  • Leadership from the Public Relations and Promotions Coordinator

Please email cover letter, resume and references to Kate Crowder, public relations and promotions coordinator.

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* postings updated as of  July 24, 2014.