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Jacob's Pillow 2023 Internships

Summer Festival internships run May 30 through September 1, 2023, and are part of a structured program decades in the making. Jacob’s Pillow internships offer invaluable training and mentorship towards your professional career. By interning with Jacob’s Pillow during the summer, you join a team of seasoned arts professionals and assist with multiple programs pertaining to the Festival, The School, the Archives, and Community Engagement. View 2023 Summer Festival Internships.

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; public events including artist talks, master classes, community 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 staff.
  • Gain a broad perspective on the international performing arts field.
  • Join an international community of artists, faculty, scholars, staff, students, and intern peers in a dance-filled environment.
  • Enjoy the rich heritage of this National Historic Landmark in the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.
  • Learn more details about intern life at the Pillow by clicking here!

Interns receive:
  • Career talks, topical discussions, Staff-led seminars, training, and mentoring
  • On-campus housing
  • 3 meals per day
  • $2,100 stipend
  • 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.

We encourage all applicants to review the Intern FAQ. This internship is an immersive 14-week onsite experience located in rural Berkshire County MA. Interns will live and work among each other and other Pillow staff. All of these circumstances combined with a robust programming schedule necessitate one’s full attention. Not all internship opportunities are alike, rather, they mirror the professional field, some requiring odd hours and/or long hours. The culture and work environment is one of a collective teamwork mentality that present many opportunities for interns to work across departments to learn and pitch in on an array of projects and tasks that will facilitate the 9 week festival.

Additional Special Opportunities: Candidates may be eligible for an additional stipend and other support through The Barbara and Amos Hostetter Internship Program. Read the full details of this sponsored program here. Please fill out any of the intern applications to express interest in this program and to begin a review of eligibility for financial support, including travel stipends to/from the Pillow.