The Barbara and Amos Hostetter Internship Program (HIP) at Jacob’s Pillow is designed to assist the development of diverse leadership in cultural institutions and expand opportunities for early career individuals who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian, Latinx, and other People of Color, and is part of the Pillow’s ongoing efforts to improve inclusion, diversity, equity and access in all areas of dance and the, and to serve individuals of any race or ethnicity who are members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in performing arts and performing arts organizations.

For decades, Jacob’s Pillow’s Internship Program has been an important training ground for leadership in the performing arts, and Pillow interns have gone on to serve in leadership positions across the field.  The number of available slots in the HIP typically align with approximately 20% of the available slots in the Pillow’s Internship Program. In 2023, this will benefit up to five qualified individuals who apply and meet the criteria listed below. These interns will receive an additional $2,900 stipend (for a total of $5,000) and travel stipends to/from the Pillow up to $1,000 with submission of receipts or mileage, along with room and board. To apply for HIP, simply submit an application for any of our internship positions and check yes when asked if you are eligible HIP.

As a part of their participation in the internship program curriculum, HIP recipients will be expected to:

  • Participate in two panel discussions with BIPOC leaders in the field and Pillow alumni prior to arrival
  • Spend 5 hours of time with a provided mentor over the course of the year following the internship
  • Submit a written reflection upon completion of the program

We hope participants will also stay in close touch as their careers develop and be active members in our alumni community.

Applicants to HIP will be notified if they have been selected for an internship and HIP simultaneously. 

If you are not sure if you are eligible, please don’t hesitate to contact

The criteria for selection include:

  • Race and ethnicity, in relation to their underrepresentation in performing arts and performing arts organizations.
  • Successful interview process and selection for an internship.
  • Expressed aspiration to work in the performing arts field and/or dance.
  • Leadership potential demonstrated through academic history,  past work, extra-curricular activities, volunteer experiences, community organizing, church or civic activities etc.
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent-resident status
  • 18 years or older