Membership Fellowship

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Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, sustains and advances professional dance by addressing the needs, concerns, and interests of artists and administrators. Committed to leadership development in the professional field of dance, and to honoring, nurturing, and advancing dance through the lens of equity, diversity and inclusion, Dance/USA seeks a 2017 Fellow to work in the organization’s Membership Department.  

Dance/USA operates at the center of the national dance field providing dance-related research and information, professional development, advocacy, and service so that members may gain new insights, perspectives, and knowledge on their work as dance professionals. 


This opportunity will: 

  • Connect the Fellow to leaders in the national dance community
  • Raise the Fellow’s awareness of dance in America and field-wide trends
  • Provide the Fellow with practical work experience

This Fellowship is geared toward early career arts administrators who are motivated, curious, possess a strong work ethic, and have a special interest in dance.

Click here to read what our past Fellows gained from their Fellowship experience!

The Membership Fellow will work approximately 30 hours per week. 

During your Fellowship, you will be integral to the operations of Dance/USA’s Membership Department by communicating with members and non-members on a daily basis, serving as point of contact for one or two special projects within the Department, and assisting the Director of Member Services & Board Liaison with planning and executing Dance/USA’s fall Board of Trustees Meeting and Retreat. The Board Meeting and Retreat will take place November 16, 17, 18, and will give you an opportunity to connect one-on-one with national leaders; experience first-hand the non-profit governance process; and cultivate your event planning skills. Click here to get to know our Board of Trustees.

As the Membership Fellow you will receive a stipend to be evenly divided over the course of your Fellowship (projected Fellowship dates are: August 1, 2017 to December 8, 2017); you may also receive – in addition – university credit. Upon the completion of your Fellowship, you will receive a two year complimentary Dance/USA individual or student membership.


To apply, complete the online Membership Fellowship application form by Tuesday, December 15 by 5:00 PM (ET). If you have questions, please direct them to Melissa Lineburg, database manager.

The ideal Fellow will possess a personal commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion; be detail oriented; motivated and proactive; solution oriented; patient; curious; and possess a strong sense of service, professionalism, and written and oral communication skills. A background in Website/HTML management and marketing are a plus. Additionally, applicants must be comfortable with database management and proficient in all Microsoft applications. 

This Fellowship opportunity is open to undergraduate seniors and graduate students as well as recent graduates from an undergraduate or graduate program.

Dance/USA is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and Fellowships are awarded without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or disability.