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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 BDF internship program offers an opportunity to work with professional artists, receive mentorship from staff, participate in classes, performances, and other events, and create lasting relationships with your peer group.

Single-room dormitory housing and meals are provided for the duration of the internship, along with participation in one dance class each day. Interns receive an honorarium equivalent to $100 per week on campus, which varies for each position – dates are listed below. Interns are responsible for planning their own travel to and from campus. There are no out of pocket expenses related to their engagement otherwise.

2023 Internship applications will be open December 6, 2022-January 31, 2023.

Technical and Site-Specific Production

The Technical Production Internship is intended for young designers with a strong interest in dance production and stage design. Interns work closely with the Festival Production Manager and visiting artists’ production staff and design team members as part of the crew for the Festival’s public performance series. Interns hang and focus the rep plot, run sound, wardrobe, fly rail, and maintain the theatre. In addition, interns assist in designing Bates Dance Festival in-house productions. Pending production schedule rigors, interns may enroll in one morning class during the Professional Training Program. All production applicants must have prior technical or stage management experience and a strong interest in dance and theater production. Production Interns must be on campus June 25 – August 1. Five positions are available.

Video Documentation Internship

Interns work directly with the Director of Video Archives,  in 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. Other skills gained are: recording technology, concepts of documentation, interview techniques, proper titling, labeling and logging of material, editing dance and related video footage. Applicants should include work samples of their video editing and documentation by submitting links for review. Candidates should have some experience with digital video, as well as experience in recording dance. This is an intensive internship with a lot of hands-on experience, candidates should be prepared to be actively working each weekday for two periods, as well as many nights and weekends. Interns must be on campus July 2 – 30. Two positions available.

Video Promotions

Intern works directly with the Director of Video Promotions, in all promotional materials related to the festival. The focus of this internship is techniques for capturing and editing engaging content for short promotional videos. The intern will gain hands-on experience filming classes, workshops, performances, and other festival related events, as well as editing short videos for social media platforms. Skills gained are: camera and gimbal operation, storytelling in video, interview techniques, proper titling, labeling and logging of material, editing dance and related video footage. Intern must be on campus July 2-30. One position 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; creation and preparation of materials for students, artists, public engagement and events; program scheduling and logistics; artist services; documentation and store management and sales. When applying, please highlight specialized skills in those areas. Applicants must have good computer, organizational, verbal and written skills. Interns must be on campus June 21 – August 1. Two positions available.  

Arts Education

This internship is geared to students of dance, music, theater, and visual art interested 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 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 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 8 – 29. Four positions available.

Community Engagement and Artist Services

This internship works closely with the Associate Producer to execute Community Interactions as well as special events throughout the festival. This position also interfaces with visiting artists and helps provide transportation and logistics for Community Events. Applicant should have strong communication skills (written and verbal), be confident speaking in front of a group, be able to multi-task, have a drivers license and be able to lift up to 25 pounds. Intern must be on campus July 2-30. One position available.

Social Media

This intern is part of the media team, working with the Social Media Manager, Videographers, and Photographer. The focus of this internship is to gain experience in managing many social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter – along with the festival’s blog through WordPress. Applicants should submit a work sample of their writing and social media work: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages managed, websites created, blogs written. Intern must be on campus July 2 – 30. One position available.


The BDF Photography Internship is open to applicants looking to hone their skill and interest in dance/movement photography. Applicants should have their own camera to shoot, although some equipment may be lent. The BDF dance photography intern will be ask to shoot multiple performances, community events and classes around campus from July 2 – 30, 2022 while taking up to two classes each day. Please include a link to your current work in your application. One position available.

Young Dancers Intensive Mentoring Internship

The Young Dancers Intensive (YDI) Mentoring Internship is an incredibly rewarding opportunity to work with your Young Dancers, a group of 70-90 teens from around the country.  The Mentors, a group of working dance professionals, serve as both camp counselors and artistic mentors while providing general support to the students, staff, and faculty of the Festival.  The Mentors embody the values of the festival, balancing rigorous artistic practice with non-competitive and supportive inclusivity. The Mentors work as a team 24/7 to provide the students with tools for self-care, building community, and and offering thrive in continued studies and an eventual career in dance.

Responsibilities include coordinating and supervising a group of 8-12 students; communicating regularly with Faculty and Residential Director; daily check-ins with students; leading nightly hall meetings with students; attending nightly meetings with Residential Director; taking approximately 2 classes each day with students; provide artistic mentorship and feedback for student choreographers; odd jobs as delegated by Residential Director

Applicants will have 2+ years working with teens (teaching, supervising, and/or mentoring); 3+ years of dance training in higher education (College, University, Professional Training or equivalent); ability to adapt to a changing environment and handle multiple priorities, work effectively in large and small groups; be at least 21 years of age by June 25, 2022; available from June 22 –  July 8.

YDI Mentors receive a $600 stipend or the opportunity for a PTP tuition trade. Four positions available. 

To Apply

  1. Complete the online application via Acceptd, which includes a cover letter, resume and the names of two references.