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Operations 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 Operations  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Full-Time/Part-Time Seasonal  


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: March 27 – April 24, 2023
Term: June 5 – July 28, 2023
Mandatory Orientation Date: Monday, June 5 from 1-3pm

If your availability doesn’t align with our term dates but you are still interested in being considered for a short-term, project-based opportunity, please let us know!


  • Events and Operations
  • Finance / Accounting 

Interns are an important part of the MMDG community. MMDG makes a commitment to providing project-based, meaningful work with a focus on career development for all interns. Participants will experience a broad overview of the organization through involvement with various special projects and events. Interns receive direct supervision and participate in regular check-ins with their on-site supervisor. Many have gone on to become full-time employees at the Mark Morris Dance Group and enjoyed successful careers in the nonprofit performing arts sector.

  • Internships are hosted year-round for Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer terms.
  • Applicants must be 18+ and authorized to work in the US.
  • MMDG’s internships require a commitment of 15-20 hours per week, but shorter or longer commitments will be approved on a case by case basis.
  • Internship opportunities for high school students are currently provided to our Arts Immersion Alumni and through our partnerships with Exploring the Arts, Exalt Youth, and Cristo Rey High School.

The Mark Morris Dance Group is committed to a diverse workforce and is stronger for the variety of perspectives, experiences, identities, and skills of our staff. Successful candidates will join a community of dedicated arts professionals who are propelled by Mark Morris’ commitment to artistic excellence, access to the arts, and the impact that arts have in connecting and engaging communities. In our daily work, we are proactive, detail-oriented, and passionately interested in exceeding past success. We collectively strive to foster an environment where we are present, accountable, and supportive.

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

Position: Events & Operations Intern – Operations Department

The Events & Operations Intern plays an integral role in the day-to-day operations of the Dance Center, supporting our education, artistic, and rental programs with a special emphasis on space management, special events, and production. This internship offers a unique blend of administrative and hands-on responsibilities, providing valuable skills that can translate to a variety of careers in event management, arts administration, production, and programming.

This internship’s schedule falls within our business hours and will be on-site at the Dance Center: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Flexibility to work outside of these hours may occur but is not guaranteed.

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

  • Assist with space management and event scheduling.
  • Respond to new rental inquiries and provide general administrative support for rental programs.
  • Improve our event rental program by conducting market research, creating new packages, and developing documentation and event protocols.
  • Assist with external rental events and internal departmental events at the Dance Center, providing support to technical production, management or front of house teams, depending on skill set, event needs, and interest.
  • Collaborate with the Events & Dance Center Operations Manager and the Operations Team to improve how the Dance Center functions and serves our community.


  • Superb attention to detail; exceptional organizational and planning skills.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.) and Zoom.
  • Flexibility to work outside of business hours, including evenings and weekends.
  • Proof of COVID vaccination.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Previous experience in event management, arts administration, or production.
  • Familiarity with event management software.
  • Basic knowledge of lighting and sound equipment.

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.
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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