Arts Administration Internships


Application deadline February 2, 2018.

For Internship descriptions and application instructions, click HERE.

The American Dance Festival is an international dance festival that attracts students, faculty, performers, and choreographers from around the world. ADF interns will work alongside ADF staff and personnel, gaining hands-on experience in a fast-paced international arts environment. In addition to their daily responsibilities, interns will attend weekly seminars on relevant issues in the arts with guest speakers from a range of arts organizations representing different aspects of the field, as well as lunches with members of the ADF permanent staff.

ADF is held in Durham, North Carolina. The studios and administrative offices are spread across Duke University’s East Campus. Performances by visiting dance companies occur in Reynolds Industries Theater on Duke University’s West Campus, Durham Performing Arts Center, and various local venues. Learn more about Downtown Durham here!



2017 Seminar Speakers Included:

  • Art Waber: President of Artsource Management LLC
  • Ragen Carille: Vice President of Education & Community Programs United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County
  • David Ferri: Production Manager for ADF
  • Sara Juli and Claire Porter: Choreographers and performers in ADF’s 2017 Season
  • Betsy Ludwig: Executive Director of Arts Access

Benefits Of Being An Administrative Intern

  • Classes: All interns may take one class through the ADF Summer Intensive Program, which includes more than 40 classes a day. Learn more about Summer Dance Intensive Classes and Faculty.
  • Tickets: Interns receive one complimentary ticket to each program in the ADF season, which features over 35 performances by the top dance companies from around the world. Learn more about Performances.
  • Discussions: Interns may attend panel discussions with artists and scholars, seminars, lectures, and informal showings throughout the summer.
  • Academic Credit: Please contact your university’s career center for this information. ADF will fill out any necessary forms for the completion of credit.
  • Stipend: All interns receive a stipend of $1,150. Some stipends are adjusted according to length of internship.

Additional activities are available as work schedules permit.

  • Intern Showcase: Administrative interns will have the opportunity to choreograph and/or perform in an informal showing during the summer.

    “Never Have I Ever” by Mia Silvestri

Staff Supervision
Cynthia Wyse, Director of Finance and Administration, directs the intern program. Interns are supervised by the ADF staff member of their chosen department. ADF maintains a permanent year-round staff of fourteen that expands as the summer season approaches.

Housing & Transportation
Interns are responsible for their own transportation, food, and housing.

  • All interns must have a valid driver’s license. A car is needed for some internships (please read internship descriptions to know which positions require this).

  • Interns will be required to purchase a parking permit to park on Duke University’s East Campus. Price TBD by Duke University.

  • Apartments and rooms are available for rent or sublet in the local area, and it is the intern’s responsibility to arrange accommodation. More information about housing resources will be provided upon acceptance to the program.

Program Dates
The dates for the 2018 Administrative Internships are June 4–July 22, unless otherwise specified.

  • Please see the position descriptions for exact dates.
  • All interns are expected to be available for the duration of the program.

view the ADF Administrative internship timeline

For Internship descriptions and application instructions, click here.

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