The Festival’s internship program offers qualified individuals an opportunity to work side-by-side with the Festival's professional staff. Interns receive on-the-job training in technical production, video/media, arts administration or dance education, while gaining valuable contacts and in-depth knowledge of contemporary dance. Housing, meals and complimentary tickets to performances are provided. Dance education, administration and video interns may register for up to two classes a day. Technical Production interns may register for one class a day and will receive a $200 stipend (upon submission of receipts) to assist with travel.
“Interning at BDF was the best summer I have ever had. It felt like I finally found a place where I truly belong - that happy medium between dancer and technician that I have been longing to find for so many years.” Hannah Miller
"This internship has exposed me to so many amazing people that it is almost impossible to not make a BDF connection wherever I go. Being able to see the behind-the-scenes work that goes into this festival is incredible and a valuable opportunity for anyone wanting to enter this field." Calvin Franke
"BDF is unique in the way that it is more intimate and communal, fostering an environment in which obtaining connections and knowledge in the dance world and beyond is organic." Kristen Bernier
The Technical Production Internship is intended for young designers with
a strong interest in dance production and stage design. Interns work
closely with Production Manager, (Carrie Cox), Lighting
Supervisor, Gregory Catellier, and visiting artists' production staff
and design team members as part of the crew for the Festival’s public
performance series of 12 concerts. Interns hang and focus the rep plot,
run sound, wardrobe, and maintain the theatre.
also participate in ongoing lighting seminars. In addition, interns will
assist in designing the Different Voices concert. Interns may enroll in
one morning classes during the Professional Training Program. All
production applicants must have prior experience and a strong interest in dance
production. Production Interns must be on campus July 2-August 11. Four positions are available.
Interns work directly with the dance videographers,LIndsay LaPointe and Ellen Maynard, recording all performances and related events, and gaining
experience in all facets of archival documentation. The focus of the
internship is on camera work, and video editing necessary for proper
documentation and promotional materials related to dance: shooting
techniques, concepts of documentation,
interview techniques, proper titling, labeling and logging of material,
editing dance and related video
footage, and the editorial point of view for creation of an
in-depth project. Interns will also work on team based projects creating
content for BDF's social media. Candidates should have some experience
with digital video, as well as experience in documenting dance. Interns
must be on campus July 6-August 11. Two positions are available.
Interns work closely with the Festival Director, Admissions Director, Box Office Manager and the faculty to support the day-to-day activities of the Festival. Interns assist with general office management (phone, fax, copying, data entry); creation and preparation of materials for students, artists, public engagement and events; program scheduling and logistics; documentation and store management and sales. Applicants must have good computer, organizational, verbal and written skills. Interns must be on campus June 22-August 11. Three positions are available.
This internship is geared to students of dance, music, theater, and visual art currently majoring in arts education and preparing to teach K-12. Interns work side-by-side with the arts education faculty of the Festival's Youth Arts Program (YAP). YAP overlaps with the three-week Professional Training Program, providing a diverse group of up to 60 local yout,h ages 7-16, with daily dance, music, theater, literary and visual art classes. Interns provide classroom support for the faculty of seven, gaining valuable hands-on experience, and participate in daily staff evaluation and planning meetings. Interns are also contribute to the creation of the Festival Finale production. Applicants must document previous experience working with youth, an interest in exploring the arts with children, an ability to work as part of a team, and good organizational and verbal skills. Interns must be on campus July 19-August 9. Four positions are available.
- Complete the online Internship Application Form.
- Prepare and email the following documents (PDF or Word preferred) to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- your resume
- a brief cover letter articulating your what you will bring to in the internship
- Request that Recommenders listed in your application fill out the online Internship Work Reference Form. ( http://www.batesdancefestival.org/internship/reference )
All application materials must be received by Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 5pm EST.
Notification will be sent by email no later than March 18.