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


Due to the abbreviated nature of the 2021 Festival, there are limited internships available. In a typical year we offer internships in dance education, social media, videography, photography, and community engagement. Our full internship program will return in 2022.

Single-room dormitory housing and meals are provided for the duration of the internship, along with participation in one dance class each day. Interns are responsible for travel to and from campus, but there are no out of pocket expenses related to their engagement otherwise.

Applications for the 2021 Bates Dance Festival Internship Program will open from February 1 – April 1, 2021.  Apply.

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 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 8 – August 3, 2021. Five 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. 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 July 8 – August 3, 2021. Three positions 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 April 1, 2021. Those who submit their application before the deadline will be notified by email by April 15, 2021.