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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

I’ve learned so much as an administrative intern, but more importantly I’ve learned about myself. This has really been an amazing experience. Anthony Barbir

Technical Production

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, (TBA), 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 13 concerts. Interns hang and focus the rep plot, run sound, wardrobe, and maintain the theatre. Interns 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 3-August 12. Five internships are available.


Intern works directly with the dance videographers, Peter Richards, LIndsay LaPointe and Rachel Boggia, recording all performances and related events, 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 7-August 12. 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. The interns assists 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 sales. Applicants must have good computer, organizational, verbal and written skills. Interns must be on campus June 23-August 12. Three positions are available.

Dance Education

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-weekProfessional Training Program and provides a diverse group of up to 60 local youth 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 als ocontribute to the creation of the Festival Finale performance.  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 Good organizational and verbal skills are a must. Interns must be on campus July 12-August 10. Five positions are available.

To apply

Step 1:

1) Download and complete the application form (pdf). Print a copy for your records.

2) Write a brief cover letter articulating your expectations for the internship and save as a pdf.

3) Create a resume documenting relevant work experience and save as a pdf

4) Send these required documents as attachments in one email with the subject line "Internships" to:

Step 2:

Have your two required recommenders complete the Internship Reference Form and email it by Feb 24 directly to:

All materials must be emailed and be received by Monday, Feb. 24.

Notification will be sent by email no later than March 24.

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