Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2017 Summer Internship




What: Jacob’s Pillow Dance, home to the longest-running international dance festival in the U.S., is accepting applications for its 2017 Summer Internship Program. More than 30 interns from around the world are selected, following a competitive application review and interview process, to help produce the field’s most comprehensive and engaging festival of dance.

The Intern Program provides outstanding on-the-job training in 14 areas of arts administration, documentation, and production.

Internships are available in Archives/Engagement, Community Engagement, Company Management, Development/Individuals, Development/Institutional, Education, House Management, Graphic Design/Digital Media, Patron Services, Photography, Press/Editorial, Production, Video Documentation, and more.

Interns are provided with on-campus housing and dining; staff-led seminars, training, and mentoring; free access to performances and dance classes; and a $1,500 stipend. Up to eighteen college credits can be provided to Jacob’s Pillow registrants from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Jacob’s Pillow also works with students completing internships as part of their university work-study, independent study, and cooperative learning programs; and with international students or young professionals seeking U.S. internships.

Internship opportunities are also available in the Fall, Winter, and Spring, which are tailored to an intern’s specific needs, interests, hours, and can vary in duration.

Alumni of the program have gone on to work at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Boston Ballet, The Brookings Institution, Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv,Dance Magazine, Dance/USA, Glimmerglass Festival, The Howard Gilman Foundation, Jacob’s Pillow Dance, The Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, MASS MoCA, The Metropolitan Opera, Merce Cunningham Dance Company/Merce Cunningham Trust, New York Live Arts, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library, The New York Times, Spoleto Festival USA, Standard & Poor’s, Sundance Film Festival/Sundance Institute, and Williams College, among others.

When: The 2017 Summer Intern Program runs May 23 to August 31.

Where: Jacob’s Pillow is located in Becket, Massachusetts; one hour from Albany, two and a half hours from Boston, and less than three hours from New York City.

Apply: For priority consideration for Festival Internships, applications must be received by January 13. All applications must be submitted by February 10. After the final deadline, please contact internprogram to inquire about open positions. For complete application details, visit: https://www.jacobspillow.org/

For application details about Fall/Winter/Spring internships, visit: https://www.jacobspillow.org/

About: Jacob’s Pillow, celebrating its 85th Festival in 2017, is a National Historic Landmark, recipient of the National Medal of Arts, and home to America’s longest-running international dance festival. Each Festival includes more than 50 national and international dance companies and 350 free and ticketed performances, talks, tours, classes, exhibits, and events. The School at Jacob’s Pillow, one of the most prestigious professional dance training centers in the U.S., encompasses the diverse disciplines of Ballet, Cultural Traditions, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre Dance, as well as an Intern Program in various disciplines of arts administration, design, video, and production. The Pillow’s extensive Archives, open year-round to the public, chronicle more than a century of dance in photographs, programs, books, costumes, audiotapes, and videos. Year-round Community Programs enrich the lives of children and adults through public classes, residencies in area schools, and an extensive schedule of free public events. Through Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion®, a nationally recognized program, Artist Educators work with Berkshire County teachers and students grades K-12, transforming curricula such as biology, literature, and history into kinesthetic and creative learning experiences. Creative Development Residencies, in which dance companies are invited to live and work at the Pillow and enjoy unlimited studio time; choreography commissions; and the annual $25,000 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award all support visionary dance artists and choreographers. During Creative Development Residencies, artists are invited to spend one to three weeks at the Pillow creating or rehearsing new work, with free housing for the company, unlimited use of studio space, and access to the Pillow’s rare and extensive Archives and other Pillow resources. In the beautiful, retreat-like atmosphere of the Pillow, the Creative Development Residencies are rare opportunities for artists to focus on the creative process without distraction. Notable artists who have created or premiered dances at the Pillow include choreographers Antony Tudor, Agnes de Mille, Alvin Ailey, Donald McKayle, Kevin McKenzie, Twyla Tharp, Ralph Lemon, Susan Marshall, Trisha Brown, Ronald K. Brown, Wally Cardona, Andrea Miller, and Trey McIntyre; performed by artists such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Carmen de Lavallade, Mark Morris, Dame Margot Fonteyn, Edward Villella, Rasta Thomas, and hundreds of others. The Pillow’s digital initiatives are aimed at expanding global audiences for dance and offers the opportunity to experience dance and Jacob’s Pillow from anywhere in the world via online interactive exhibits, global video networks, and social media. An important part of the Pillow’s digital presence, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive is a curated online video collection of dance highlights from 1933 to today. On March 2, 2011, President Obama honored Jacob’s Pillow with a National Medal of Arts, the highest arts award given by the United States Government, making the Pillow the first dance presenting organization to receive this prestigious award. For more information, visit www.jacobspillow.org.


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