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Dance for PD Intern - Mark Morris Dance Group

Dance for PD is a program administered by the Mark Morris Dance Group that offers free weekly dance classes for people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers, families, and friends. Participants report that Dance for PD classes help them to overcome physical challenges, improve their mood, and provide a social outlet that improves their quality of life.

Founded in 2001, the program is operated as an active partnership between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group. The flagship program is located at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, New York, and all classes at this location are accompanied by live music. These classes, which integrate ballet, modern, folk and tap dance and Mark Morris repertory, serve as a model for affiliated classes that have been replicated in more than 40 communities internationally. Dance for PD founding teachers and administrators lead regular training and professional development sessions so that dance professionals and PD groups in other communities can launch and sustain classes based on the Brooklyn model.

Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:
  • Focus on the Mark Morris Dance Group's acclaimed dance program for persons with Parkinson's disease
  • Facilitate operations for satellite flagship classes in Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx
  • Support participant arrival and departure process, including attendance tracking
  • Offer patient and friendly customer service related to Dance for PD classes and teacher training programs
  • Fulfill merchandise orders and shipping requests of program materials
  • Assist with database management, online resource development, and research
  • Provide administrative support to Program Director and Program Coordinator

The Mark Morris Dance Group seeks candidates for its Internship Program who are interested in gaining valuable experience in arts administration at a cultural nonprofit organization.
Application period: February 15 - March 31
Term: May 21 - August 17 (start and end date flexible)
Mandatory Orientation Date: Tuesday, May 21 from 5:00-7:00pm

If your availability doesn’t align with our term dates but you are still interested in being considered for a short-term, project-based opportunity, please let us know!
·        Education (The School, Adult Program, Community Education)
·        Dance for PD®
·        Operations/Production
·        Marketing
·        Development

Interns are an important part of the MMDG community. MMDG makes a commitment to providing project-based, meaningful work with a focus on career development for all interns. Participants will experience a broad overview of the organization through involvement with various special projects and events. Interns receive direct supervision and participate in regular check-ins with their on-site supervisor. Many have gone on to become full-time employees at the Mark Morris Dance Group and enjoyed successful careers in the nonprofit performing arts sector.

  •  Internships are hosted year-round for Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer terms.
  • Applicants must be 18+ and authorized to work in the US.
  • A minimum commitment of 15 hours per week is required.
  • Internship opportunities for high school students are currently provided to our Arts Immersion Alumni and through our partnerships with Exploring the Arts, Exalt Youth, and Cristo Rey High School.

The Mark Morris Dance Group is committed to a diverse workforce and is stronger for the variety of perspectives, experiences, identities, and skills of our staff. Successful candidates will join a community of dedicated arts professionals who are propelled by Mark Morris’ commitment to artistic excellence, access to the arts, and the impact that arts have in connecting and engaging communities. In our daily work, we are proactive, detail-oriented, and passionately interested in exceeding past success. We collectively strive to foster an environment where we are present, accountable, and supportive.
·        Access to an anchor cultural institution in Brooklyn, New York and networking opportunities within the Brooklyn Cultural District
·        Applicable workforce training in the areas of programming, artist services, fundraising, administration/business administration, company management, event planning and marketing
·        Individualized career mentorship and guidance from leaders in the field
·        Unlimited free adult dance and somatic technique classes as well as discounts to Master Classes and Intensives at the Mark Morris Dance Center
·        Access to special MMDG events and performances
·        Access to subsidized rehearsal space at the Mark Morris Dance Center
·        Stipends are available when programs/schools do not provide them
You are a great candidate for our Internship Program if you are any of the following:
·        Current students and recent graduates who are pursuing a career in the performing arts, arts education, or arts administration
·        Individuals who are seeking an opportunity to gain applicable skills for work in the nonprofit arts sector
·        Professionals and life-long learners who are looking to engage with the arts and put their skills to use
You will be successful in this role if you are:
·        Curious and eager to learn
·        Looking to apply skills learned in an academic setting
·        Able to work independently and as part of a team
·        A creative problem-solver with the ability to multi-task
·        Interested in learning skills that broaden one’s knowledgebase and experience
·        Passionate about the performing arts
How to Apply:
  • Email with subject line Internship-Dance for PD.
  • Include a cover letter, resume outlining your education and work experience and one letter of recommendation.
  • Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.
  • General MMDG Internship information is available on the main internships landing page.