Summer 2018 Application will be available in January 2018
Summer Session Dates: May 29 – August 18, 2018


Get hands-on experience in Arts Administration through an internship at Dance Place working in technical theater, dance production, arts administration, marketing, fundraising and youth development. Founded in 1980, Dance Place builds a community of artists, audiences and students through high quality performances, commissions, training and educational programs. We are committed to enriching the field of dance locally, nationally and internationally. Our thriving arts campus serves as an anchor in the development of our Brookland / Edgewood neighborhood in Washington, DC. Dance Place is seeking college students and recent graduates interested in learning how a thriving dance center operates from the inside out. The experience will enhance participants’ abilities to shape sustainable, creative careers. Interns are selected for specific departments including: technical theater, production, development, arts administration, marketing and youth development. Internships are available with housing provided, or if you are located in the DC area consider the non-housing option!

Benefits of a Dance Place Internship:

Dance Place’s internship program provides employment experience that has helped hundreds of individuals begin a professional career in the non-profit arts sector. Other benefits include:

  • Dance classes. Unlimited free classes during your internship.
  • Performances. See performances with complimentary tickets during your internship.
  • Gain valuable work experience. Gain hands on work experience in the arts and dance community.
  • Have an edge in the job market. Hands-on internship experience sets you apart from others.
  • Transition into a job. Some interns have continued to work full or part time at Dance Place!
  • Networking opportunities. Meet arts leaders, presenters, teachers, choreographers and professional dancers in the field of dance.
  • Gain confidence. If an interviewer asks if you know how to do something, you won’t say, “I think I would be able to do that” but can say “absolutely” and supplement your assertion with examples.
  • Decide if this is the right career for you. Doing an internship is a great way to find out if working in the arts is for you.


Requirements of a Dance Place Internship:

Internship with housing provided:

  • 20-25 hours per week (M-S between 9am-10pm)
  • Must be available Mondays 12-2:30pm for staff/intern meetings
  • Work week includes at least 1 shift of studio management
  • Assist with front of house management at least once a month for performances
  • Actively participate in multiple Dance Place departments and programs and volunteer for special events

Internship non-housing:

  • 12-15 hours per week (M-F between 10am-6pm)
  • Work week includes at least 1 shift of studio management
  • Actively participate in multiple Dance Place departments and programs and volunteer for special events


How to Apply:

Email the following materials in PDF format to

  • Cover letter – Specifying 2 areas of interest and housing or non-housing option
  • Resume
  • One letter of recommendation

2017 Program Dates:

  • Summer: May 29 – Aug 18

Header photo: Lula Washington Dance Theatre Photo by Djeneba Aduayom.