Intern & Volunteer Positions

Ailey Fall 2015 Internship Opportunities

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, one of the world’s premier dance institutions, is now accepting resumes for our Summer 2015 Internship Program. From time to time, the Foundation is able to extend rewarding internship opportunities to outstanding candidates. Please know that we are not able to offer a stipend, housing, or any other type of compensation; we do work with schools so that interns can receive academic credit and interns are able to take dance and fitness classes at the Ailey Extension at no charge. In the past, we have had high school, college and graduate student interns and we have been able to offer experiences in Marketing, Development, Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs, Finance, Information Technology, Production, and The Ailey Extension.

To Apply: Read the following internship descriptions and provide:

  • Cover letter detailing your interest in an internship at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • Resume & Contact information of two references
  • Availability (start and end dates, days/hours, etc.)
  • Please send all materials by email to: and in the subject line indicate the internship you are applying for (i.e. Interest in Production Admin Internship).

 If your resume is selected you will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls or mail submissions please.

Graphic Design Intern

Under the supervision of the Art Director, the Graphic Design intern is responsible for assisting in the design and development of visual materials and creative layouts. Approximately 10-15 hours/2 days per week.


  • Designing various print material for the first Company, the Ailey Extension and The Ailey School
  • Creating digital assets for Ailey's website and e-blasts
  • Work on independent projects assigned by the Art Director
  • Proofing and revising existing design materials
  • Print, trim and prepare mock-ups
  • Ensuring all files are organized and properly stored in the server


  • Proficient in InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines in a timely manner
  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Basic prepress knowledge
  • Must be self-motivated and efficient while working independently
  • Excellent organization and attention to detail
  • Experienced in both Mac and PC platforms


Production Admin Intern

The Production Department seeks a highly motivated, inquisitive, self-starter with a positive attitude looking to learn what goes into producing one of the most prominent dance companies in the world.  We are looking for a college student who is able to work 25-30 hours a week.

Responsibilities for the Production Admin Intern include but are not limited to:

  • Research music information, including publisher and record label contacts for songs used in AAADT and Ailey II repertoire
  • Use Excel to monitor progress of newly produced and future ballets
  • Review performance history and create related royalty statements for artists and designers
  • Support Ticket Manager with ticket pick up and distribution for AAADT’s Lincoln Center Season
  • Help in creating financial reports, including spending history and budget tracking for both AAADT and Ailey II
  • Possible opportunity to work with Stage Management team
  • Assist with basic office administrative tasks
  • Errand running as necessary

Candidates for this production admin internship should be familiar with basic computer hardware and software such as Microsoft Office Suite, and specifically Excel (or have the ability to learn quickly). Intern applicants should have excellent writing and communication skills, including a pleasant phone manner. Students of any major welcome to apply!

General Marketing Intern

The Marketing Department seeks two detailed oriented, high-energy interns to assist us with general marketing related projects.  We are looking for a college student who is able to work 2 - 3 days a week.

Responsibilities for the General Marketing Intern include but are not limited to:

  • Work with various marketing team members for Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation’s many programs including but not limited to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, The Ailey School, Ailey Arts-in-Education and Community Programs, and Ailey Extension
  • Assist with program layout, review, and copy editing
  • Generate reports and assist with interviews and content for social media purposes
  • Update web & e-blast content
  • Assist with basic office administrative tasks
  • Candidates should be familiar with basic computer hardware and software including Excel, Photoshop, InDesign, Final Cut Pro, HTML (or the ability to learn editing programs quickly).
  • Generate sales reports
  • Assist with day-to-day office tasks

Intern applicants should have excellent writing and copy editing skills. Candidates should also be comfortable with patron engagement, a multi-tasker, highly motivated, and thrive in a high-energy, professional work environment. Some marketing/sales experience and knowledge of dance is a plus.


Development: Individual Giving & Patron Relations Interns

The Development department’s Patron Relations team seeks two part time college interns available 2 - 3 days a week.

  • Research donors and prospects and create associated reports
  • Ongoing membership renewal and gift acknowledgment process
  • Update and maintain constituent records in the donor database
  • Preparation and execution of long term-mail projects
  • General office and day-to-day tasks

Candidate should be comfortable with patron engagement, have an excellent attitude and demeanor on the phone and in-person, thorough knowledge of all Microsoft Office software, especially Excel, be able to multi-task, and should thrive in a high-energy, professional work environment. Experience with Raiser’s Edge or other database and donor management software is also a plus.

Public Relations

The Public Relations department is looking for two General Public Relations Interns.
Responsibilities for the Public Relations intern include but not limited to:

  • Work with database of media contacts, writing and editing press releases, creating press materials and press kits, maintaining press coverage of the organization, and researching media outlets for potential coverage opportunities
  • Compile weekly press clippings
  • Regularly update Online press room with photos, press coverage, and press releases
  • Provide general administrative support
  • Event staffing when appropriate, i.e. Ailey’s June Lincoln Center Season
  • Knowledge of and interest in photo/video editing graphics (Photoshop, video editing programs) is a plus

Candidates for this internship must have an interest in Public Relations/Communications or Arts Administration and a prior knowledge or experience in these areas.  Applicants should also have interest and/or experience in the Performing Arts or Dance industries; strong organizational skills and attention to detail in a fast-paced work environment; strong written and verbal communication skills.  Rising college juniors, seniors or recent college graduates only.


The Ailey School Jr. Division Intern

The Jr. Division of The Ailey School is looking for an intern to possess the following skills:

  • Professional writing, speaking and organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Excellent attitude and demeanor with ability to speak to prospective and current parents on the phone and in person
  • A working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel and experience working with a computer database, preferably BlackBaud is a plus.

Responsibilities for the Jr. Division include but are not limited to:

  • Packaging re-enrollment materials
  • Record and process returned re-enrollment forms
  • Photocopy and file original student evaluations
  • Collate and match up student evaluations
  • Prepare mailings of Pre-professional & First Steps inquiries
  • Assist with follow up calls/mailings to students attending summer program who are missing paperwork
  • Assist with major events (i.e. new student auditions, student/parent orientations, placement classes) often outside of traditional business hours


Ailey Extension – Extension Intern

The Ailey Extension which provides “real classes for real people” is a customer oriented Program on an administrative level that interacts with hundreds of clients monthly.  The Ailey Extension team is looking for an intern with at least 2 years of customer service experience.
Responsibilities for the Ailey Extension Intern include but not limited to:

  • Assist in class scheduling, payment processing, and greeting groups that visit our studios
  • Provide general administrative support
  • Assist staff in excellent customer service through use of our MindBody system
  • Assist with special workshops and events

Candidate should: be comfortable with client and group engagement, have an excellent attitude and demeanor on the phones and in-person, have thorough knowledge of all Microsoft Office software, be a multi-tasker, flexible and should thrive in a fast paced and professional work environment. Basic accounting and reporting skills are needed to assure appropriate accounting and reporting for our workshops and Kids and Teens programs. Knowledge of Excel, Sales, and/or dance is a plus.

AileyCamp Intern

AileyCamp offers two fun-filled six-week summer day camps (beginning early July and ending in mid-August - AileyCamp New York and AileyCamp Newark) where young people ages 11-14 learn to dance and explore their creativity.  The program helps youth develop their self-confidence in an atmosphere of warmth, respect and trust. Campers take dance classes from experienced teaching artists in popular styles such as West African, jazz, ballet, and the Lester Horton technique (which is the basis of many of Alvin Ailey’s works). Campers also participate in workshops to build leadership and communication skills and enjoy a variety of athletic and social activities.

The AileyCamp is looking for dedicated, hands-on interns who want to make a difference in a child’s life while learning the administrative responsibilities of running a summer day camp. The internship runs through the summer and will require 28-35 hours per week/Monday – Friday (4-5 days). All interns are required to attend a 3-day orientation prior to the start of AileyCamp.

Responsibilities include for the AileyCamp Intern include:

  • Office and day-to-day tasks related to AileyCamp including collect daily attendance
  • Manage AileyCamp phone lines including taking messages and returning calls.
  • Assist campers with class content, dance skills, choreography and activities as needed in classes
  • Attend all camp classes and activities with an assigned group (at least 3 days) Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Participate in lunch duty, free periods, field trip days and general supervision of campers
  • Document AileyCamp with viedo and photography
  • Assist faculty members as needed in the creation of the end-of-camp performance i.e.  participate in rehearsals, preparation and day-of-final performance activities.

Group Leader Responsibilities include:

  • Attend all daily classes and activities with assigned group, Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Assist campers with class content, dance skills, choreography and activities as needed in classes.
  • Assist dance instructors or facilitators with classroom management.
  • Monitor camper’s behavior and act as a liaison between campers and faculty members, AileyCamp Director, and other AileyCamp staff.
  • Report individual campers’ counseling needs to the Guidance Counselor.
  • Assist faculty members as needed in the creation of the end-of-camp performance materials.
  • Participate in lunch duty, free periods and general supervision of the AileyCampers when not in classes or meetings.
  • Participate in all rehearsal, preparation and final performance activities as needed to support the artistic staff.Participate in regularly scheduled staff meetings (3:30 - 4:30 p.m.) and individual meetings with the AileyCamp Director.
  • Dress in the AileyCamp staff uniform and in a neat and clean manner insuring clothing and/or costumes do not contain inappropriate references for children (alcohol, drugs, profanity, etc.).
  • Voluntarily participate in the background checks required for employment including but not limited to federal and sex offender checks, finger printing, and courses required for certification.


Studio & Theater Operations

Responsibilities for the Studio & Theater Operations Intern include but not limited to:

  • Assist with show calls if the schedule permits and work as a theater stage hand/deck hand work available for performances.
  • Change color/templates in booms between pieces
  • Moving set pieces/soft goods.
  • Assisting Lighting Designer with cutting color/focusing units /hanging units, etc

Departmental Operations:

  • Shadowing light board operator / learning Ion console and basic programing.  VL (moving lights) programing.
  • Follow spot operator from front of house. Bench focusing units.
  • Shadowing sound board operator / learning Q lab programming and basic mixing and mic placement strategies.
  • On Stage Mic placement and patching musicians. Monitor levels, etc.
  • Shadowing stage manager to learn how to call a show / manage dancers backstage / check-in, etc.

Basic Theater Maintenance:

  • Re-taping marley floor.
  • Maintaining lighting and sound equipment.     
  • Sweeping and Moping stage floor.
  • Cleaning theater storage and front of house / tech booth storage area, etc.
  • Maintaining dressing rooms and green room area.
  • Possible work with school shows in LLC.  (These productions tend to have lots of additional set up and strike duties)


HR/IT Intern

The HR & IT departments are looking for an intern with Adobe/Acrobat/Photoshop software experience to create company-wide forms aimed at improving workflow efficiencies. Interest in HR and/or IT is encouraged.

Responsibilities for the HR/Intern include but are not limited to:

  • Must be technology savvy (advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, particularly Word/PowerPoint/Excel); knowledge of HTML and graphic design a plus
  • Encouraged to use creativity and offer suggestions that will improve upon the delivery of the finished product.
  • An effective communicator, both written and oral and ability to communicate in a professional manner.
  • Self-motivated, good organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines
  • A sense of responsibility and accountability – someone who takes ownership and initiative and possesses a positive attitude.   

To apply for any of the following internships, please provide:

  • Cover letter detailing your interest in an internship at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • Resume & Contact information for two references
  • Availability (start and end dates, days/hours, etc.)



Volunteers Needed for The Ailey Extension Work Exchange Program

Come join the Ailey Extension Team! The Ailey Extension seeks part-time work exchange volunteers for its dance and fitness classes designed for the general public, as well as open classes through The Ailey School.

Team members will be responsible for:

  • Registering new students, selling classes to students, and signing students into class
  • Distributing class schedules
  • Responding to inquiries about classes and techniques both in person and on the telephone
  • Reconciling the cash register after shift.
  • Serving as a guide for all students.
  • Assisting with other special tasks during shift

Team members will earn classes for every four hour shift during business hours, Monday through Friday 9am to 9pm and weekends, 9am to 7pm.

Skills and Experience: excellent customer service skills a must, computer and technologically-savvy; ability to work in a fast-paced environment; knowledge of dance; prior retail experience; and knowledge of MINDBODY software a plus.

All applicants accepted are required to commit 4- 6 months to the work exchange program.
To apply, download an application and mail along with a cover letter and resume to Ailey Staff Coordinator, The Ailey Studios, Joan Weill Center for Dance, 405 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019 or fax to 212-405-9007.  Alternatively, you may fill out the application and email a scanned version along with your resume and cover letter.