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Yes. The ABT internship program accepts interns from a wide variety of backgrounds and academic disciplines. ABT carefully considers each applicant’s strengths, interests, and talents and matches each application alongside their areas of interest. A strong interest in arts administration and the performing arts is highly encouraged and preferred.
No. While the majority of applicants are undergraduate or graduate students, we welcome applications from recent graduates who are looking to further their knowledge in arts management.
Yes, international students are welcome to apply.
All interns are expected to be proficient in speaking, reading, and writing the English language. Applicants must include a paragraph outlining their visa status and ability to legally participate in the internship program. Cover letters not including this information will not be considered.
Yes, interns will be eligible for the intern stipend but exempt from Social Security and Medicare tax requirements.
To be eligible, interns are responsible for obtaining permission and filing the appropriate paperwork with their university for practical or academic training prior to starting their internship. Failure to do so may violate his or her visa status. It is our recommendation that each intern speak to his or her international student advisor as policies vary by institution.
No, ABT is unable to sponsor any visas. Interns are responsible for securing valid legal status under applicable U.S. visa regulations. You will need to find a designated third party organization or outside agency that has been authorized by the State Department to sponsor a J-1 visa. These sponsors provide mentorship and support, and oversee foreigners during their exchange in the United States. Please consult with the embassy in your home country to determine which visa will allow you to participate. Please be advised, obtaining a visa is a lengthy process with several costs associated.
No, ABT internship program does not offer housing for interns but can offer a list of housing options upon request and assist with any questions you may have.
You need to submit the internship application, resumé and cover letter for your application to be considered. The cover letter must specify the position that you are applying for. Letters of recommendation are encouraged but not required. Please merge the application, résumé and cover letter to one pdf file and send it to [email protected]. Any incomplete applications will not be considered.
Yes, please clearly specify the positions you are applying for in the first paragraph of your cover letter.
ABT will consider applications that are submitted by priority deadlines first. Please note that due to the competitive nature of the program, positions may be filled before the final deadline.
Applications will still be accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline. Please check the job postings for the most up to date positions that are available.
Yes, you will receive an email stating that your application was processed. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.
Yes. All applicants must resubmit all required paperwork each term.
The Project Plié Scholarship is a diversity initiative created to expand ethnic and cultural diversity in classical ballet, particularly for racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in the art form. Selected interns will be eligible to receive a scholarship so that they may travel to and live in New York City for the duration of the internship with limited financial constraints. The scholarship may include round-trip transportation, housing assistance or a monthly Metrocard for travel.
Please refer to the scholarship application form included in the internship application that outlines the requirements and eligibility for the Project Plié Scholarship.
Yes, you do need to submit a letter of recommendation if you are applying for the Project Plié Scholarship. Feel free to include the recommendation along with your application, or send it independently.
No, there is not a required format for letters of recommendation.
ABT usually offers between 6-12 internships for each term.
Yes. Many applicants are from out of state and a phone or Skype interview can be arranged, but an in-person interview is preferred.
Each department conducts the interviews independently. Decisions are usually finalized within 7-14 days of the interview.
Yes, all candidates will be notified of their status.
Internships are offered three semesters each year: Fall (September-December), Spring (February-May), Summer (June-August). Internships last approximately 12-16 weeks. Unless specified, interns must commit for the entire term. Please check our website for the exact timeline.
Hours vary and times are flexible, but interns are required to complete a minimum average of 12 hours per week, with a maximum of 25 hours per week.
As each intern and mentor’s needs and schedule will be different, there is no set schedule that all interns follow other than the weekly meetings. Each internship will be customized to cater to the professional goals set by the intern and the mentor. Interns over the years have contributed to the ABT Intern Blog that can provide ideas about what your work might consist of. Please visit the blog and use the filter to search for specific departments.
Yes. There will be weekly meetings held each Friday morning to provide professional development for all interns including professional development workshops and guest speakers.
Yes. Academic credit can be arranged, but it is the responsibility of the student to check the specific requirements and retrieve the necessary forms from their university. ABT will provide any additional documentation if necessary.
Maybe. Some departments, such as Outreach and Membership, will likely offer internships every semester, while other departments only offer internships based on their needs. Please make sure to check the available website for the most recent postings.
No. Internships are highly sought-after positions. ABT aims to serve the widest number of applicants and cannot extend internships or craft individual programs outside of the predetermined fall, spring and summer semesters.
Occasionally, interns may participate in projects or events that occur after the conclusion of the internship. Interns will be notified in advance of any schedule changes. We understand these situations arise and will be handled
accordingly by your department’s supervisor on a case-by-case basis.
You may apply for another internship but it must be for a position in a different department.
Yes, interns receive a stipend of $175 per month to help offset travel and meal expenses. Total stipend may not exceed $595.00. Stipend is contingent upon completion of hours, documents, time-sheets, mid-year and final evaluations and review.
No, ABT is not able to provide housing but may provide a list of housing options upon request and assist with any questions you may have.
Some students may be eligible for assistance through a Project Plié Scholarship. Please check your eligibility in the Project Plié Scholarship application form.