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


Applications for the 2019 Bates Dance Festival Internship Program will open from November 22, 2019 – January 21, 2020.  Apply.

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, Justin Moriarty, 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 July 5 – August 11, 2020. Five positions are available.


Interns work directly with the dance videographers, Lindsay LaPointe and Ellen Maynard, 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 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. 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 5 – August 11, 2020. Applicants should include work samples of their video editing and documentation by submitting links for review. Three positions are available.

Social Media

This intern works directly with the Festival Director and as part of the media team. 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 June 18 – August 9, 2020. One position is 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 22 – August 11, 2020. Three positions available.  

Dance 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 18 – August 9, 2020. Four positions are available.

Young Dancers Workshop Mentoring Internship

The Young Dancers Workshop (YDW) 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 20, 2020; available from June 25 –  July 18, 2020.

As compensation, YDW Mentors stay on for the the BDF Professional Training Program from July 18 – Aug 8, 2020. Four positions available. 

Community Engagement and Events

This internship works closely with the Festival Director to execute up to 10 Community Interactions as well as special events throughout the festival. 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. 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 14 – August 9, 2020 while taking up to two classes each day. Please include a link to your current work in your application. One position available. 

To Apply

  1. Fill out and submit the Intern Application Form online.
  2. Forward the Internship Reference Form link to your recommender to be filled out and submitted online.

Application deadline is January 21, 2020. Those who submit their application before the deadline will be notified by email by Feb. 7, 2020.