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.

Read about the Day in the Life of our Summer 2019 Development Intern on our blog!

Applications for Hubbard Street's FALL/WINTER INTERNSHIPS are due by October 1, 2019.  Detailed explanations of departmental responsibilities and opportunities can be found below.

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Hubbard Street’s Artist Training Department is comprised of the Director of Artist Training, Manager of Artist Training and Artist Training Associate.  This department is responsible for the coordination and management of all pre-professional and professional training programs. Such programming includes: Hubbard Street’s Professional Program, Winter and Spring Professional Workshops, as well as Intermediate/Advanced, Advanced and Pre-Professional Level Summer Intensives. The Artist Training Intern will assist with various administrative duties in an effort to support the needs of our growing department.   

Duties / Responsibilities:

  • Field general program inquiries
  • Handle email correspondence with registered dancers and parents
  • Compile mailing lists and data reports as requested
  • Compile and track dancer paperwork
  • Design organizational templates, including housing and classroom lists, schedules, contact lists, program packets and preparatory materials for artist programs
  • Print and organize materials for dancers and teaching artists
  • Track dancer attendance
  • Assist with dancer check-in and orientation during program start dates
  • Other duties as assigned

The Arts Management Intern will work directly with Hubbard Street staff to support the producing activities of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. The Arts Management Intern will also provide support to the Artistic and Production Staff as assigned. The key learning objectives for this internship include:
  • Participate in all aspects of the company’s contractual and logistical operations
  • Coordinate Choreographer and Designer contracts and payments
  • Track company touring, performances, and repertory
  • Process royalty payments to Artists and Designers
  • Obtain music rights and negotiate royalties with composers and record labels
  • Coordinate and maintain video archives for use by choreographers and dancers  
  • Maintain electronic calendars for the Company touring and the corresponding itinerary
  • Assist in the management of studio reservations and associated policies, including preparation for guest artists and community events  
  • Assist in the coordination of travel, housing, per diems and associated reimbursements within the allotted budget
  • Assist in series and tour budget tracking and reconciliation
  • Coordinate catering and hospitality for dancers and production staff  
  • Create and process the appropriate Visa applications for guest choreographers, repetiteurs, musicians, designers, etc.
  • Participate in all aspects of the company’s contractual and logistical operations
  • Coordinate Choreographer and Designer contracts and payments
  • Track company touring, performances, and repertory
  • Process royalty payments to Artists and Designers
  • General tasks such as mailings and filing, including potential for archival work
  • Further opportunities available based on specific interests and skills.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Hubbard Street's internship program is designed to give students and early career professionals the tools to excel as the next generation of leaders in the field. Administrative Interns and Faculty Interns receive ongoing mentoring, opportunities to work collaboratively and independently on a variety of projects, and leave with skills, experiences, and connections that will prepare them for careers in arts education and/or arts administration. Internships provide college credit if desired and a potential teaching stipend for certain positions. Fall Internships are August - December, Spring Internships are January - May. Please refer the the position announcement for complete dates and details.

 Youth/Education Interns will be on site at the Hubbard Street Dance Center’s Youth Dance Program. Interns will work on large and small projects, receive ongoing mentoring and training, attend free professional development workshops, and attend staff meetings to understand and contribute to the administrative details that support all programs.


* Must be a college student or recent graduate
* Some dance experience is preferred, but not required.
* Preferred candidates will be available full time, 8 am – 3 pm or 4 pm – 9 pm. Part-time is available for the right candidates.
* Must pass background check

* Supporting the administrative needs of a busy dance studio and extensive community programs
* Attendance at staff and planning meetings
* Attendance at all required training and professional development workshops
* Successful completion of portfolio assignments

* Professional training and teaching at the finest contemporary dance program in the country
* Career development and mentoring with company staff and leadership
* Interns will leave with a portfolio of work that may include review of resume, professional writing sample, administrative projects, student data collection projects (sans student data). All tailored to the interests of the intern and the needs of the company.
* Free Professional Development Workshops
* Networking with other interns pursuing dance education/arts administration, as well as professional faculty members
* Unlimited free classes at the Lou Conte Dance Studio
* College Credit available

The Finance and Operations team manages aspects related to accounting, personnel, facilities and IT needs of Hubbard Street. The Finance and Operations 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. This is a fantastic opportunity for an intern who wants to see the inner workings of a non-profit organization; our department has contact with all others and we can tailor this internship to your interests and focus.
  • Research and book venues and organize the itinerary for various all-staff outings
  • Opportunities for data visualization and organizational financial analysis
  • Post job openings on various scouting websites and process the corresponding job/internship applications  
  • Research accounting discrepancies, ensuring records for accuracy
  • Maintain electronic calendars for the Company and studios  
  • Update and maintain the company handbook
  • Assist with accounts payable and accounts receivable
  • Prepare deposits
  • Reconcile credit card statements
  • General filing
  • Other opportunities available based on specific interests and skills.
  • Other duties as assigned

Hubbard Street’s Development department is comprised of the Director of Development and five full-time staff members. Together the group is responsible for raising contributed revenue of more than $2.5 million. Hubbard Street’s development department supports all components of the organization including the main company, Hubbard Street Youth, Education, and Community Programs, and the Lou Conte Dance Studio.


  • 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’s Marketing 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, Artist Training, and Lou Conte Dance Studio.



  • Track and archive company press
  • Assist with special event planning for audience development initiatives
  • Assist with patron and customer relations during Hubbard Street performances and events
  • Create print materials to promote Hubbard Street programs including flyers, postcards, and posters
  • Create e-blast content and layout for company newsletters, and digital promotions
  • Create content for Hubbard Street’s three Facebook pages and Instagram account
  • Create content for Hubbard Street’s blog
  • Assist with responding to inquiries via social media and maintain engagement on social media
  • Manage merchandise inventory and sales tracking
  • Assist with website updates and management
  • Assist in Tessitura with seating patrons, and printing and mailing tickets
  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.