Internships

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago offers rich and stimulating internship opportunities for college and graduate students seeking experience in administration, development, education, general management, marketing, production, and videography. Hubbard Street provides interns interested in dance and arts management the experience of working behind the scenes in one of the world’s leading contemporary dance companies. Interns have the opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge of arts management while working closely with the staff and artists of Hubbard Street.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago interns are integral members of the organization. Interns receive an e-mail address and extension, and are entrusted with a number of challenging responsibilities. Interns work with Hubbard Street’s administrative and artistic staff to build knowledge, experience, and confidence in arts management. Interns have the opportunity to work at the theater when the company is performing in Chicago’s Harris Theater for Music and Dance, and see company performances. While these positions do not offer any financial compensation, unless otherwise noted, all interns are welcome to take an unlimited number of free classes at the Lou Conte Dance Studio.

Applications for Hubbard Street's internships are accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, please send the completed Application Form, resume, cover letter, and two letters of recommendation to internships@hubbardstreetdance.com

Hubbard Street’s Administration department is comprised of the Sr. Manager of Finance and Administration and the Accounting Coordinator. Together the administrative department manages aspects related to accounting, personnel, facilities and IT needs of Hubbard Street. The Administration Intern has the opportunity to learn general operating procedures, as well as specific skills, including: learning accounting software, application of basic accounting principles, proficiency on office equipment, organizational skills, and more.

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Assist Finance and Administration Department
  • Answer and directs telephone calls
  • Assist with accounts payable and accounts receivable
  • Prepare deposits
  • Prepare journal entries
  • Reconcile credit card statements
  • Sort mail
  • Monitor office supply usage
  • Monitor office equipment
  • Misc. IT support
  • General filing
  • Other duties as assigned

Hubbard Street’s Development department is comprised of the Director of External Affairs and four full-time staff members. Together the group is responsible for raising contributed revenue of more than $3.5 million. Hubbard Street’s development department supports all components of the organization including the main company, Hubbard Street 2 (HS2), Hubbard Street Youth, Education, and Community Programs, and the Lou Conte Dance Studio.

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Assist with event planning and working alongside staff at events to cultivate donors
  • Assist with organization and execution of annual fund mailings
  • Assist with donor acknowledgement and donor stewardship process
  • Proofreading grant and sponsorship proposals and reports
  • Prospect Research – individuals, corporations, and foundations
  • Update donor records in Tessitura database (Hubbard Street will provide training)
  • Create board orientation binders
  • Record development expenses in Excel
  • Various data entry projects using Tessitura database
  • General filing
  • Other duties as assigned

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Education, Youth and Community Programs department is comprised of the Director of Education, Youth and Community Programs, Senior Manager of School Partnerships, and Community Programs Manager. Together the Education, Youth and Community Programs department manages all aspects of the organization’s school and community partnerships, youth classes and camps, family programming and performances, and the Adaptive Dance program. The Education Intern has the opportunity to learn about Hubbard Street’s progressive and dynamic approach to making movement and contemporary dance accessible in schools and the community. The Education Intern will primarily work within the in-school research project, with various administrative duties necessary to support this comprehensive education department. The education intern will have the opportunity to view teaching, but will not teach in any programs.

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Provide administrative support to Education staff
  • Transcribe meeting audio data entry
  • Administrative preparation for the school year
  • Marketing support
  • General filing
  • Other duties as assigned

The General Management team is responsible for overseeing operations, finance, human resources, facilities and IT, as well as line producing all production and touring activities. The General Management Intern will work directly with Hubbard Street's General Manager and Management Associate on the operations of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, with a focus in producing. The General Management Intern will also provide additional support to the Artistic Staff as assigned. The key learning objectives for this internship include:

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Participate in all aspects of the company’s contractual and logistical operations
  • Coordinate music licensing
  • Coordinate Choreographer and Designer contracts
  • Track company touring, performances, and repertory
  • Process royalty payments to Artists and Designers
  • Process visa petitions
  • General tasks such as mailings and filing
  • Other duties as assigned

Hubbard Street’s Marketing Department is comprised of the Director of Marketing and three full-time staff members: the Communications Coordinator, Marketing Coordinator, and Manager of Ticketing and Patron Services. This department is responsible for the generation of all earned revenue through ticket sales; development and implementation of local, national and international marketing and public relations strategies; maintaining the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago brand through all components of the organization; and the production of all press and publicity materials for the company. Hubbard Street’s Marketing Department supports all components of the organization: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Youth, Education, and Community Programs and Lou Conte Dance Studio.

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate public relations projects, including press release mailings and maintenance of press kits and media archives
  • Assist with special event planning for audience development initiatives
  • Assist with patron and customer relations
  • Assist with development and implementation of  promotional opportunities
  • Assist the marketing staff with various short- and long-term projects
  • E-Communications: Creating e-blast content and layouts,  extracting Tessitura lists,  managing reports
  • Managing and creating content for Social Media
  • Assist with website updates and management
  • General filing
  • Assist with departmental Expense Tracking
  • Other duties as assigned

This Production Internship will provide its recipient with the knowledge necessary to light for a touring dance company. The Production Intern will be responsible with assisting the Lighting Director and Production Manager in the day-to-day operations of the Production Department, specifically in regards to the lighting department. The successful Production Intern should have a working knowledge of theatrical lighting and production practices, and should either possess or be pursuing a baccalaureate degree in Design or Production. Graduate students are also encouraged to apply. The Production Intern will be working on projects involving Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s main company.

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Helping to maintain Archival Lighting Paperwork for current and past repertoire
  • Helping to review technical information on, and evaluate potential performance venues
  • Helping to maintain the current tech rider and advance technical info for future performances
  • Helping to document new repertoire
  • Help evaluate potential repertoire acquisitions
  • Helping to research lighting and projection equipment
  • Assisting with the preparation and on-site execution of Chicago-area performances
  • Other duties as assigned

Hubbard Street’s Videography Intern is primarily responsible for working with artistic and marketing staff to complete all video requests/needs. Videography Interns work on a large variety of creative projects directly in support of Hubbard Street's mission, while building a rich video portfolio with studio, theater and interview/documentary-style footage.

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Taping performances, studio showings, rehearsals, interviews, and other events as needed
  • Producing clips for presenters, the company website, YouTube or other internet usage
  • Editing, converting, and compressing full performances
  • Editing large amounts of footage to small, comprehensive segments
  • Watermarking full pieces
  • Creating repertoire DVDs
  • Copying DVDs
  • Retrieving work from archives for use by choreographers and dancers
  • Updating video database
  • Updating and maintaining organizational structure of external hard drives
  • Assisting in rental or acquisition of appropriate visual and audio equipment
  • Use of the following Mac programs: iMovie, Motion, Cinematize, Compressor, Final Cut, VLC and other video conversion software
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Access, Word, Excel, Outlook, as well as Mac software helpful.