Arts Administration Internships

ADF was hoping to resume our internships in 2021 however because of the continuing pandemic, that will not be possible.  We cannot except any applications until the late fall of 2021 when the 2022 applications will be available.
Thank you.


ADF interns work alongside ADF staff and personnel, gaining hands-on experience in a fast-paced international arts environment. In addition to their daily responsibilities, interns 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.

Application Deadline: February 7, 2020 or until positions are filled.
Program Dates: June 8-July 26, 2020*
*Exact dates vary by department. See application for more details.

Must be available for the duration of the program
Weekend and evening work may be required
ADF arts administration internships are contingent upon passing a criminal background check and completing the Duke University Minors Training Program.

To apply, submit a completed application form, cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation to Experience in dance production is preferred. 

Internship description and application instructions.

or call 919-684-6402


I would recommend the ADF Administration Internship to others because I’ve had the best summer this year. Getting to work here and take in everything related to dance was amazing and quite the learning experience. It was great working with all of the staff and other interns. —Katie Reep, Merchandising Intern 2018

Benefits Of Being An Administrative Intern

  • Classes: All interns may take one class through the AF Summer Intensive Program, which includes more than 20 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 18 performances by the top dance companies from around the world.
  • 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. See application for details.

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

The most beneficial experience for me was attending as many informative events as I possibly could outside of the main stage season ie: China Panel, Teaching Tribute, Choreography Tribute, ICR Concert, etc., and furthermore, volunteering to help with said events when possible. Doing so not only helped to further my understanding and appreciation of ADF’s rich history, but also that of modern dance as a whole.—Anna Longenecker, Development and Executive Support Intern 2018

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.

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 twelve that expands as the summer season approaches.

About ADF

The American Dance Festival – held in Durham, North Carolina – is an international dance festival that attracts students, faculty, performers, and choreographers from around the world. 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, the Rubenstein Arts Center and Page Auditorium on Duke University, Durham Performing Arts Center, and various local venues. Learn more about Downtown Durham here!

My internship was an incredibly valuable experience. I have met so many amazing individuals, while working at the studios, who have so much history about dance and ADF. I have learned so many skills that I can hold on to for future careers and to add to my resume. I learned the ins and outs of what running a successful studio looks like. I really feel as though I got opened up to a whole new sphere of job possibilities via the people at ADF who I interacted with.—Daisy Hodge, Studios & Community Intern 2018