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Development Intern 

About the Organization The internationally renowned Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) has received 'highest praise for their technical aplomb, their musicality, and their sheer human authenticity.' (Bloomberg News). Founded in 1980, the Dance Group performs the repertory of choreographer Mark Morris, hailed as the 'the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical' (The New York Times), whose work is acclaimed for its ingenuity, musicality, wit, and humanity. Live music and community engagement are vital components of the Dance Group. It has toured with its own musicians, the MMDG Music Ensemble, since 1996, and regularly collaborates with orchestras and opera companies around the world. In addition to 17 full-time dancers, the organization currently employs 34 full-time staff and 75 part-time staff, teaching artists, and musicians.

In the heart of the Brooklyn Cultural District, the Mark Morris Dance Center, founded in 2001, is the hub of dance and music education in Brooklyn. The nine-studio building provides affordable classes in multiple genres for people of all ages, levels, with and without disabilities, accompanied by live music. The studios, a performance space, a Wellness Center, and ancillary spaces are all available to the community and to nonprofit organizations at subsidized rates. MMDG's Community Education Programs partner with public and private schools and community centers to provide customized classes. MMDG also offers customized dance workshops for persons with Parkinson's disease and their caregivers.

MMDG programs in NYC and worldwide engage nearly 100,000 people annually. Propelled by core values of community, access, excellence, and creativity, MMDG is committed to ongoing equity, diversity, and inclusion work to ensure its programs are welcoming and accessible to all.
Category Development / Fundraising  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  


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: April 8 - May 1, 2022
Term: June 21 – August 19, 2022
Mandatory Orientation Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2021 from 1-3pm

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


Position Requirements

The Development (Fundraising) Internship provides a unique opportunity for students to gain in-depth insight into the inner-workings of contributed income for a single choreographer institution. The Development Intern will work closely with the Institutional Giving Manager who manages MMDG’s government, corporate, and foundation giving portfolio, gaining knowledge and experience working with private foundation, government, and corporate funders. The Development Intern will gain knowledge and experience working with grant writing and management, database management, and program data analysis among other administrative processes needed for our team to prosper. This internship also provides opportunities to hone writing skills by working on proposal writing and award acknowledgment letters. The Development Intern will be surrounded by a dedicated team whose collective efforts have fostered multi-year fundraising campaigns, successful funding events, and lasting donor relationships. This dynamic internship also provides insight into other departments within our institution, including Education, Community Engagement, Operations, Dance for PD, the Company, and more.


Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Assist development team with all aspects of institutional fundraising including cultivation and stewardship, and donor database maintenance.

  • Work with the Institutional Giving Manager: research funding opportunities from current and prospective donors using online databases and prepare prospect profiles; prepare proposals and reports to various funding entities.

  • Work with other members of the Development Department: generate and customize acknowledgment letters, update institutional funder and donor profile records, etc.

  • Attend virtual, hybrid, and in-person performances (schedule permitting)


  • An interest in, and/or appreciation for the arts, performing arts, and Mark Morris’ work

  • A background and/or interest in writing

  • Combination of creative and analytical thinking skills

  • Organized and detail-oriented

  • Strong work ethic

  • Experience with databases (preferred but not required)

You will be successful in this role if you are:

  • Curious and eager to learn – You are able to ask questions and are open to broadening your knowledge-base.

  • Excited to apply your expertise – You are ready to use the skills learned in an academic setting or from previous professional experiences.

  • Independent and collaborative – You are able to work autonomously, but also know when to seek advice from your supervisor and how to work as a team member.

  • Creative and intuitive – You are a problem-solver and are able to offer new ideas

  • Passionate about the performing arts – You have an interest in the performing arts community and understand the value of the arts.

  • In alignment with our Core Values of Access, Community, Creativity and Excellence – You work well with others towards a common purpose to achieve shared goals by developing and maintaining responsive, cooperative and mutually beneficial internal and external relationships


  • Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.
  • Be prepared to submit the following as part of your online application:
    • Cover letter and resume


EOE Statement We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or veteran status. It is the policy of MMDG to comply with all the relevant and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). MMDG does not discriminate against any qualified employees or job applicants with respect to any terms, privileges, or conditions of employment because of a person’s physical or mental disability. MMDG makes reasonable accommodation wherever necessary for all employees or applicants with disabilities, provided that the individual is otherwise qualified to safely perform the duties and assignments connected with the job and provided that any accommodations made do not require significant difficulty or expense.  

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