Summer Festival Intern Program

Summer Intern Program

As a Summer Festival Intern, you will:

  • Be a member of the team executing one of the world’s most prestigious dance festivals.
  • Experience a Festival environment offering world-class ballet, contemporary, cultural, dance/theatre, and jazz dance; more than 200 public events including artist talks, master classes, Community Program classes, open rehearsals, and free performances; access to one of the field’s most valuable dance Archives; and professional advancement training in The School at Jacob’s Pillow.
  • Receive on-the-job training and experience working with the Festival’s professional arts administration, documentation, and production staff.
  • Gain a broad perspective on the international performing arts field.
  • Live in an international community of artists, faculty, scholars, staff, students, and intern peers for 3 dance-filled months.
  • Enjoy the rich heritage of this National Historic Landmark in the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.

Interns receive:

  • Staff-led seminars
  • Training and mentoring
  • On-campus housing
  • 3 meals per day
  • $500 stipend and a $150 travel/sundry expense allowance
  • Free performances and dance classes

College credit, work-study, independent study, and/or cooperative learning programs may be available through your school. Or you may register for college credit at Jacob’s Pillow through our partnership with the Division of Continuing Education at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Check with your college registrar’s office and department to determine whether these credits will transfer to your school. Credit fee information is available after May 1.

Criteria for acceptance are the same for everyone without regard to race, color, gender, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or veteran status. The Intern Program is part of The School at Jacob’s Pillow, “J.R.” Glover, Director of Education.

Summer Intern Positions


Two Archives/Engagement Interns work alongside the Director of Preservation and Project Archivist to provide public access to the Pillow's extensive collection of videos, photographs, books, and other historical materials.

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Company Management

Three Company Management Interns assist the Operations staff in the day-to-day management of a multi-venue dance festival and are responsible for a wide variety of logistics associated with company management, campus management, and customer service.

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Development: Fundraising/Individuals

Two Fundraising/Individuals Interns work closely with Development staff to raise funds from individual donors, and are also responsible for audience tracking at Inside/Out, the Pillow's free performance series.

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Development: Fundraising/Institutional

The Fundraising/Institutional Intern works closely with Development staff to successfully seek and report on funding from foundations, corporations, and government agencies that support the arts.

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Two Education Interns work with the Education staff to coordinate and implement intensive dance education programs for professionals, pre-professionals, and the public.

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House Management/Ticket Services

Two House Management/Ticket Services Interns will house manage either the Ted Shawn Theatre or Doris Duke Theatre as well as work in the Box Office.

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Marketing/Digital Media

The Marketing/Digital Media Intern works closely with the Marketing/Digital Media Coordinator and Graphic Design/Website Manager to enhance the Pillow's vibrant digital and print media presence. This internship explores where marketing meets the internet and how to support a strong visual brand.

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Patron Services

The Patron Services Intern works closely with the Ticket Services Manager and Assistant Manager, House Managers, Patron Services Coordinator, volunteers, and the public.

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The Photography Intern works with the Graphic Design/Website Manager and Festival Photographer to document Festival performances and events and to produce images for the promotion of Jacob's Pillow.

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Two Press/Editorial Interns assist with all aspects of securing, tracking, and archiving media coverage of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival while managing the editing and production of weekly, printed performance programs.

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Eleven Production Interns work with the Production Staff, learning and gaining experience through Festival set-up, company load-ins, and show-operating positions in two indoor theatres, an outdoor stage, and four studios.

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One Program Intern will work closely with the Program Manager, Program Assistant, and General Manager, and will primarily act as the assistant to the Program Manager.

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Ticket Services/Marketing

Two Ticket Services/Marketing Interns work closely with the Ticket Services Manager and Marketing Manager. This Intern spends approximately 60% of their time working in the Box Office and 40% working outside of the Box Office on marketing projects.

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Video Documentation

Two Video Documentation Interns work with the staff videographer to chronicle the Festival season. Responsibilities include filming performances, classes, events, rehearsals, and lectures, as well as editing videos used to help promote the Festival.

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