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Opportunities at ABT

Opportunities at ABT

As America’s National Ballet Company®, American Ballet Theatre is proud to represent the apex of performing arts, community, and dance education. Our mission is to preserve and expand the worldwide repertoire of ballet by presenting delightful performances, providing the highest quality dance education, and by incorporating programs that augment diversity and inclusion such as the ABT Women’s Movement and ABT RISE.

It takes a top-notch team of innovators, problem-solvers, and art enthusiasts to make our mission successful. That’s why we employ the best and brightest minds in the business from seasoned performing arts professionals to recent college graduates. Whether you’re looking for your first job or your next career, joining the ABT family gives you the opportunity to channel your passion, challenge convention, and most importantly, to make an impact in the global performing arts industry.

This page is continually updated with our current available positions. Take a look below to see how you can get involved today!

Jobs at ABT

Are you interested in working for a vital and thriving arts organization? American Ballet Theatre has exciting job opportunities for experienced arts professionals as well as enthusiastic first-time employees. If you’re ready to make an impact on the performing arts industry by joining an organization of global renown, search our available positions below. Remember, this page is updated as openings become available, so keep checking back.

American Ballet Theatre is an equal opportunity employer.

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Audition Opportunities

Whether you have yet to put on your first pair of pointe shoes or you have been dancing for years, we invite you to take part in one of ABT’s many training programs. Click below to explore audition opportunities.

Pre-Primary and Primary levels at the ABT JKO School ​require no prior dance experience. Placement in each level is based solely on student’s date of birth.

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Auditions are required for students intending to enroll in Levels 1A through 3B of the ABT JKO School. These levels are for students ages seven to twelve with previous ballet training. Upon acceptance, students will be placed into the appropriate level by the Artistic Faculty.

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Acceptance to the Pre-Professional Division of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School is by audition only. Prospective students may audition by attending an open audition, select Summer Intensive auditions, submitting a video audition, or by attending an ABT Summer Intensive.

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Auditions are open to all students who have achieved intermediate or advanced levels of ballet training. Young Dancer Summer Workshop applicants must be between 9 and 11 years old, or 12-year-olds at the beginning pointe level.

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Auditions are open to all students who have achieved intermediate or advanced levels of ballet training. Applicants for all Summer Intensives must be at least 11 years old by their audition date and no older than 20.

Applicants over the age of 18 will be considered for the New York and Collegiate Intensives only.

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Auditions are open to all students who have achieved intermediate or advanced levels of ballet training. Collegiate Summer Intensive applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 24.

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To audition for ABT Studio Company’s 2022-2023 season, you must be between the ages of 17 and 20 years old on September 1, 2022 and have reached an advanced level of ballet training. Space in ABT Studio Company is extremely limited.

Video auditions are accepted on a rolling basis starting on October 1, 2021, and open auditions are to be determined. Other than submitting a video audition or attending an open audition, auditions are by invitation only.

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Audition and enrollment information for the ABT William J. Gillespie School is available on the ABT Gillespie School website.

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Acceptance into the program is by application and audition only. The audition is open to applicants for the NYU Master’s Program only and prospective students must have already attained an advanced level of ballet training. Audition registration is required.

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Auditions for the Main Company of American Ballet Theatre are by invitation only. To learn more, please contact us via the link below.

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ABT Incubator, a two-week choreographic program, provides a focused lab to generate and inspire ideas for the creation of new work.

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Internships

American Ballet Theatre’s Internship Program was established in Fall 2010 to provide pre-professional nonprofit work experience for university students and recent graduates. To further expand ethnic and cultural diversity in classical ballet, ABT is committed to facilitating inclusive programs through its ABT RISE initiative.

Each year, approximately 40 interns join the ABT family, where they partner with a mentor and gain valuable work experience in their areas of interest.

In addition to working with their mentors, interns participate in weekly meetings that promote professional development and provide opportunities to hear from leaders within the organization. Interns may also assist with a variety of special events; gaining exposure to important figures in the arts community.

Applicants may apply for one of three semesters:

Fall

September 9, 2022 – December 9, 2022
Final Deadline: July 22, 2022

Spring

January 20, 2023 May 19, 2023
Final Deadline: November 15, 2022

Summer

May 26, 2023 – August 4, 2023
Final Deadline: March 10, 2023

*Please note that we have begun transitioning selected internships to a hybrid (in-person/virtual) model. We will accept applications for candidates applying for fully remote internships; however, the majority of internship positions will require some in-person participation.  Please review the job descriptions carefully.

 

To Apply

Submit the following documents:

  • Completed application form
  • ABT RISE Scholarship application form, if applicable
  • Resume
  • Cover letter specifying the internship position(s) for which you are applying and if you are looking for a fully remote internship opportunity.
  • Letters of recommendation are encouraged, but not required

If you have any questions, please feel free to email [email protected].

Available Internships - Fall 2022

Thank you for your interest in American Ballet Theatre’s internship program. We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2022. The descriptions for the available positions are below.

Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

Available Internships - Fall 2022

Marketing Internship

Marketing Internship

Marketing

General Description: This position is primarily responsible for assisting in Social Media and Box Office Strategy in the Marketing Department

  • Drafts social media content
  • Contributes ideas to the social media content calendar
  • Develops reports on social media analytics
  • Researches brand partnership opportunities
  • Assembles and analyzes box offices sales reports to help prepare marketing strategies and objectives
  • Organizes marketing reports and archival documents
  • Researches competitive landscape by identifying and evaluating pricing and marketing best practices in Ballet and other comparable industries
  • Maintains research databases
  • Assists in monitoring season earned revenue budgets by comparing and analyzing actual results with projects and goals
  • Participates in creation of a dynamic pricing algorithm for season performances at Met Opera House and Koch Theatre
  • Help with day-to-day tasks and other Marketing duties as assigned

Position Qualifications:

Must have excellent writing and communication skills.  Must be attentive to detail, have ability to meet strict deadlines, and be a self-starter.  This position is available to students in at least their Junior-level year of Undergraduate Studies and Graduate-level students.  Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Knowledge of dance and performing arts preferred.  Hybrid work environment.  In-person availability required.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Marketing Manager, Box Office Strategy and CRM

Secondary Reporting Responsibility: Assistant Manager, Digital Marketing

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Education & Training Internship

Education & Training Internship

Education & Training

General Description: This position is responsible for assisting the entire Department of Education and Training.

  • Assist the Education Operations Director in the organization and execution of ABT’s engagement programs
  • Assist in the preparation of ABTKids and Pre-Performance Workshops
  • Manage dance shoe inventory and sales for students
  • Assist with the maintenance and update of community partnership contacts and school database
  • Organize schedules and general communication between patrons
  • Assist in archival of department audio and video
  • Oversee and maintain department filing
  • Help with day-to-day tasks such as copying and assembling materials
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Qualifications:

Must have excellent interpersonal skills and work well with children.  Must be attentive to detail, have ability to meet strict deadlines, and be a self-starter.  A strong dance background is recommended, as well as an interest in the administrative aspects of Family Programming.

Computer literacy is a must, including proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.  Knowledge of dance and performing arts is a requirement.

Must be able to commit to a schedule of 2-3 days a week.  Hybrid work environment.  In-person availability required.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Education Operations Director

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JKO School Internship

JKO School Internship

Education & Training

General Description: This position is primarily responsible for assisting the ABT JKO School Children’s Division faculty and are primarily scheduled in Pre-Primary and Primary Level classes, however, additional classes may be assigned as needed.  In addition to being in the studio with faculty, JKO Studio Management Interns will serve as administrative liaisons between faculty, students, and staff and will provide support on special projects related to the ABT JKO School throughout the school year.  The position reports to the Children’s Division Staff, with secondary reporting into the Pre-Professional Division Staff.

 

This position is primarily responsible for the following:

  • Taking attendance;
  • Demonstrating classroom exercises;
  • Keeping order in the classroom;
  • Assisting in taking students to and from their classes, as well as in the transition between classes, at the JKO School;
  • Assisting at Children’s Division performances and demonstrations, dates to be provided;
  • Supporting the JKO School administrative staff in the management of studio space & equipment (i.e. ballet barres, pianos, A/V equipment);
  • Substitute teaching as necessary when full-time faculty is unavailable (at the discretion of the Children’s Division/Pre-Professional Directors and Artistic Director of the JKO School);
  • Creating records that track attendance and behavior and facilitating communication between artistic faculty and JKO Administrative Staff;
  • Research projects associated with Education and Training programs; and
  • Assisting the JKO School administrative staff as needed:

 

Interns may be nominated for a scholarship to attend an ABT National Training Curriculum Teacher Training Intensive or “Raising the Barre” Weekend Workshop to further their education and development in the classroom upon successful completion of the internship.

 

Position Qualifications:

Must have excellent interpersonal skills and work well with children.  Ideal candidate is interested in teaching ballet and the key elements of the ABT National Training Curriculum and is currently enrolled in a Dance Education ore Pre-Professional training program in the tri-state area.  Computer literacy is a must.

Applicants who are interested must be able to commit to three to five days per week for the entire academic year (September through May).  Most Children’s Division classes are in the afternoon/evening hours (4:00-8:00 PM).  Saturday mornings are also preferred.  In-person work required.

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National Training Curriculum Internship

National Training Curriculum Internship

Education and Training

General Description: This position is primarily responsible for assisting the National Training Curriculum Manager in organizing ABT’s National Training Curriculum (NTC) Teacher Training Sessions, and assisting the Affiliate Exam Coordinator with Affiliate Examinations.

  • Help organize details related to upcoming teacher trainings and examinations
  • Attend and assist in the teacher trainings
  • Help manage NTC boutique sales
  • Research and update mailing lists for marketing
  • Oversee and maintain department filing
  • Help with day-to-day tasks such as copying and assembling materials
  • Assist National Training Curriculum Manager and Affiliate Exam Coordinator as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Qualifications:

Must have excellent interpersonal skills.  Must be organized, have attention to detail, have ability to meet strict deadlines, and be a self-starter.  A strong dance background is a must, as well as an interest in the Administrative aspects of running a training program.

Must be at least a sophomore in college. Computer literacy is a must, including proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.  Knowledge of dance and performing arts is a requirement.

Must be able to commit to a schedule of 2-3 days a week. Hybrid work environment.  In-person availability required.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Director of Training Programs

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Institutional Support Internship

Institutional Support Internship

Development

General Description: This position is primarily responsible for assisting the Institutional Support division within Development. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist Institutional Support Associate with preparing foundation and government proposals for submission
  • Assist with drafting reports and acknowledgment letters for funders
  • Assist with preparing Institutional Support mailings
  • Help organize and maintain accurate records in Raiser’s Edge
  • Assist with researching prospective funding opportunities
  • Assist with benefit fulfillment for corporate sponsors
  • Help with day-to-day tasks such as copying and assembling materials
  • Assist with maintaining department filing
  • Support Development Department-wide activities, including special events, as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Qualifications:

Must have excellent writing and communication skills.  Must be attentive to detail, have ability to meet strict deadlines, and be a self-starter.  Must be at least a sophomore in college at time of application and be available for a minimum of 15 hours per week. Computer literacy is a must, including proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.  Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge a plus.  Knowledge of dance and performing arts preferred.  Hybrid work environment.  In-person availability required.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Assistant Manager, Corporate Relations

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Major Gifts Internship

Major Gifts Internship

Development

General Description: This position is primarily responsible for assisting the Major Gifts Team within the Development Department.

  • Assist Associate Directors of Major Gifts and Major Gifts Associate with administrative duties and projects
  • Conduct in-depth online research of high net-worth single-ticket buyers for cultivation and addition into ABT’s Major Donor portfolio
  • Assist in managing portfolio of current and prospective donors, including the organization and maintenance of accurate records for files, Raisers Edge, and Playbill
  • Support Major Gifts and Development Department-wide activities and special events in conjunction with ABT’s annual seasons at either the Metropolitan Opera House or David H. Koch Theatre on a select basis as needed
  • Assist in processing gifts and drafting acknowledgement letters
  • Assist in processing donor ticketing
  • Assist in creating and processing mailings
  • Help with day-to-day tasks such as copying and assembling materials
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Qualifications:

  • College student or recent graduate (Bachelor’s degree preferred)
  • Knowledge of and interest in ballet and the performing arts desired
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated team player
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Exceptionally attentive to detail with refined communication skills, the ability to interact with a range of personality types, and the necessary poise when interacting with high net-worth constituents.
  • Computer literacy is a must, including proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel. Familiarity with fundraising database systems, such as Raisers Edge, a plus.

Must be able to commit to a schedule of 2-3 days a week. Hybrid work environment.  In-person availability required.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Major Gifts Associate

Secondary Reporting Responsibility: Associate Director of Major Gifts

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Membership Internship

Membership Internship

Development

General Description: This position is primarily responsible for assisting with all facets of the Membership Department operations, and participates in all department fundraising events and activities.

  • Work with Membership Assistant and Coordinator to collaborate on new ways to steward donors, generate acknowledgement letters, and update membership records accordingly.
  • Work with Assistant Manager of Special Events to assist with logistics of member events including studio visits, receptions, and special lectures.
  • Work with Database Manager to maintain integrity of database and analyze and edit data to ensure accuracy.
  • Work with Membership Coordinator on various ways to target specific donor groups and ensure effective workflow within the department.
  • Supports Membership Associate with member subscriptions and ticketing; preparing, proofing, and customizing orders, data entry, database tracking, mailings, managing and reconciling expenses, and donor confirmations.
  • Help clean and maintain Raisers’ Edge, our Donor Database.

Position Qualifications:

This position is available to students in at least their Junior-level year of Undergraduate Studies and Graduate-level students.  Students must be available for a minimum of 15 hours per week. Proficiency in Microsoft programs including Excel, and familiarity with databases preferred but not required. This internship will provide a great opportunity to experience how a Membership and Development Department runs in a successful non-profit organization. Hybrid work environment.  In-person availability required.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Director of Membership

Secondary Reporting Responsibility: Membership Coordinator and Membership Assistant

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Donor Relations Internship

Donor Relations Internship

Development

General Description: This position is responsible for assisting the Donor Relations Coordinator, Patron Services in stewarding members of Golden Circle, Majors, and Board of Trustees. General duties include:

  • Assisting with ticket orders for ABT’s Summer and Fall New York Seasons
  • Helps organize hundreds of patron ticket orders in Excel and patron databases
  • Assists in customer service support for ticketing
  • Maintains accurate information in database involving ticketing, ticket order fulfillment, patron reports
  • Supports the organization and physical mailing of tickets
  • Assists with the editing and monitoring of all ABT Playbill’s and donor crediting across multiple pieces of literature and publication
  • Optional assistance with Met on-site Summer season, including Summer Gala, performances, Membership table
  • Supports staff with other assigned duties

Position Qualifications:

The ideal candidate has enthusiastic energy, a keen attention to detail, is highly organized and self-sufficient. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. Must have stellar interpersonal/customer service skills, the ability to meet strict deadlines, as well as multitask. Database experience a plus.

Must be at least a sophomore in college. Computer literacy is a must, including proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel. Experience with Raiser’s Edge or a fundraising database is a plus.

Availability to commit to a schedule of 3-5 days per week. Additional nights and weekends outside of regular office hours may be required to assist with staffing cultivation events. Hybrid work environment.  In-person availability required.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Donor Relations Coordinator

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Development Executive Office Internship

Development

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General Description: This position is responsible for supporting the Special Events Department in all areas of event planning

  • Process, track, allocate and acknowledge contributions from Trustees
  • Manage campaign and Board contribution reports through Raiser’s Edge
  • Code and reconcile Chief Development Officer’s expenses, as well as departmental expenses
  • Assist with the process of conducting prospect research and report preparation for various campaigns and special projects.
  • Maintain Department filing system
  • Help prepare materials for Executive Committee and full board meetings for Board of Trustees & Global Council
  • Prepare materials and take minutes for Board of Trustees Committee members
  • Assist with the coordination of cultivation events, including virtual events, dinners, cocktail parties, etc.
  • Assist with the execution of member and special events
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Qualifications:

Must be extremely organized, attentive to detail, and able to work on multiple projects and meet strict deadlines.  Must have excellent telephone manner and interpersonal skills.  Must have strong interest in non-profit industry; knowledge of dance and /or the performing arts preferred.  Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required. Experience with Photoshop and Raisers Edge highly desired.  Hybrid work environment.  In-person availability required.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Development Assistant

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Special Events Internship

Special Events Internship

Development

General Description: This position is responsible for supporting the Special Events Department in all areas of event planning

  • Assist with mailings such as invitations, photos, acknowledgement letters, etc.
  • Format and edit mailing labels, envelopes, invitation lists, etc.
  • Maintain inventory of supplies (letterhead, brochures, invitations, stamps, seating charts) for Events department; responsible for ordering new materials as required
  • Manage distribution of departmental mail; update contact information for returned mail
  • Coordinate all departmental filing
  • Assist in designing all in-house event materials such as place cards or event signage
  • Draft event descriptions for ABT website and update all events web pages
  • Prospect research as assigned
  • Produce Special Events acknowledgement letters
  • Track RSVPs for events
  • Serve as contact for patron event inquiries
  • Staff all special events
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Qualifications:

Must be extremely organized, attentive to detail, and able to work on multiple projects and meet strict deadlines.  Must have excellent telephone manner and interpersonal skills.  Must have strong interest in non-profit industry; knowledge of dance and /or the performing arts preferred.  Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required. Experience with Photoshop and Raisers Edge highly desired.  Hybrid work environment.  In-person availability required.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Assistant Manager of Special Events

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Finance Internship

Finance Internship

Finance

General Description: This position is primarily responsible for assisting in the Finance Department

  • Assist with bank reconciliations
  • Analyze balance sheet schedules
  • Assist with journal entry preparation
  • Assist with the preparation of files needed for annual audit
  • Assist the bursar with recordkeeping for school tuition and scholarships
  • Process manual credit card payments
  • Assist the Senior Director of Finance on any other reports as requested
  • Help with day-to-day tasks and other financial duties as assigned

Position Qualifications:

Must have excellent writing and communication skills. Must be attentive to detail, have ability to meet strict deadlines, and be a self-starter. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel. Knowledge of dance and performing arts are helpful.  Hybrid work environment.  In-person availability required.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Senior Director of Finance

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Press Internship

Press Internship

Press

General Description: This position is primarily responsible for assisting in the Press and Public Relations Department.

  • Maintains media lists
  • Collects and distributes press clippings to staff
  • Assists in researching press kit materials and assembling press kits
  • Assists in distribution of approved photos to press
  • Greets media crews and members of the press for interviews, photo shoots, or filming, and assists as needed
  • Attends and assists at Company performances and special events
  • Proofreads press releases and other materials
  • Helps with day-to-day tasks and other Press duties as assigned

Position Qualifications:

Must have excellent writing and communication skills. Must be attentive to detail, have ability to meet strict deadlines, and be a self-starter. This position is available to students in at least their Junior-level year of Undergraduate Studies and Graduate-level students. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required. Experience in Photoshop and Mailchimp (or similar email platform) a plus. Knowledge of dance and performing arts preferred. May require occasional evening and weekend hours.  Hybrid work environment.  In-person availability required.

Primary Reporting Responsibility: Director, Press and Web Development
Secondary Reporting Responsibility: Associate Manager of Press

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Contact Us

For additional information about the ABT internship program, please email [email protected]

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FAQs

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Volunteer Opportunities

It takes an enormous amount of time and effort to efficiently run an organization like American Ballet Theatre. That’s why ABT gratefully welcomes volunteer assistance in its administrative offices. Duties include preparing mailings, making photocopies, filing, and other light office work.

If you are interested in volunteering for ABT, please fill out a volunteer application.

Volunteer Application

Supernumeraries

Thank you for your interest in being a Supernumerary with American Ballet Theatre. Supernumeraries also called supers” are background characters used to help create full and lively scenes during our full-length ballets.

ABT is currently looking for both Child (ages 9-12) and Adult Supers (ages 14 and up) for the 2022 Summer Season at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Please see below for more information and to register for the audition.

Child Super Audition - Metropolitan Opera House - New York, New York
Adult Super Auditions - Metropolitan Opera House - New York, New York

ABT Orchestra

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the ABT Orchestra. Below please find information about upcoming auditions.

Viola (3 Positions)