Intern Program

Jacob’s Pillow offers Fall/Winter/Spring Internships for interested and engaged college students looking for professional advancement opportunities in arts administration. Dates and times are flexible. Students may apply for college credit through their home institution and/or receive a small daily stipend.  All interns must have cars, but housing may be available for candidates outside of our region depending on the dates of the internship.

By interning with Jacob’s Pillow, you join a team of seasoned arts professionals and assist with programs pertaining to the Festival, The School, the Archives, Community Engagement, and more. All internships offer invaluable training and mentorship towards your professional career. See below for available positions.

As a Fall/Winter/Spring Intern, you will:

  • Assist with year-round programs and presentations, while contributing to the preparation required for one of the most acclaimed international dance festivals in the world.
  • Receive on-the-job training, and experience working alongside professional staff both independently and collaboratively.
  • Gain hands-on experience at an international arts organization and a broad perspective on arts administration, the dance field, and dance history.
  • Enjoy the rich heritage of this National Historic Landmark in the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.

Interns receive:

  • Staff-led training and mentoring
  • Invites to special events associated with year-round programs at Jacob’s Pillow such as In Process Series at the Pillow Lab residency showings and Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion®

Available Fall/Winter/Spring Internships

  • Archives Works directly with the Director of Preservation and Associate Archivist on projects within the Archives. Collections include rare and unique artwork, audio recordings, books, costumes, films, papers, photographs, videos, and more documenting Jacob’s Pillow and related artists from the early 20th century to today. Skills addressed in this internship could include basic archival cataloging, digitization, handling, object identification, preservation, processing, and reference. Knowledge of dance history and experience in libraries/archives are a plus, but not required.
  • Community Engagement | Assist in supporting the Pillow’s on and off-site year-round Community Programs, including Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion® residencies, the College Partnership Program, and community dance programs, as well as tailoring engagement activities for community groups such as dance studios, K-12 classroom teachers, and youth organizations. Responsibilities include organizing residency logistics for visiting artists and partner schools, scheduling, participant data collection, maintenance of records, correspondence, and leading tours.
  • Company Management | Assist in coordinating hospitality, travel logistics, and various needs for artists and guests of the Pillow. Intern will support Company Management Fellow and Associate Producer in managing transportation, meals, and housing for guests, as well as other duties as assigned by the Director or Associate Producer.
  • Development | Assist with database reporting and entry and donor research. The Intern will also assist in providing front-line customer service for members via phone and email.
  • Digital Marketing | Create content for use on the web, email, and social media. Intern will gain hands-on experience in managing accounts and building relevant reports.
  • Graphic Design | The Graphic Design Intern works closely with the Creative Director to enhance the Pillow’s vibrant digital and print media presence while maintaining a high-quality and brand-consistent aesthetic. Responsibilities include designing print and electronic promotional materials such as posters and brochures, advertising materials, visuals for email communications, and social media graphics and templates. This positional also gains experience in the organization and management of the Pillow’s archival photo database.
  • Program | Support the creative team in reviewing and responding to artist submissions for consideration. Intern will assist as needed in company management activities, including coordinating transportation, housing, meals, and other logistical details for guests and artists. Additional duties may be assigned by Director or Associate Producer.
  • The School Programs: Fall | Help finalize 2018 program records for archival use and be part of The School’s 2019 initial preparation and recruitment plan. Projects will include building targeted recruitment contacts for programs and for key cities through online research, updating School application and description materials, and corresponding with alumni, artists, and peer organizations around the world.
  • The School Programs: Spring | Help develop materials for the 2019 student acceptance and notification process as well as prepare materials for artist faculty and student arrival. Projects will include creating schedules outlining curriculum details, corresponding with an international student body representing six distinct programs, tracking payments and other required intake materials, and assisting in the development of program-specific materials for staff, artist faculty, and students.
  • Sustainability | Aid in crafting a long-term sustainability plan. The Intern will also assist in the creation and implementation of short-term sustainability measures while the plan is in development. Projects will include data entry and tracking of utilities. The ideal candidate is pursuing a major in Environmental Studies or a related field.