2015 Internship Opportunities and Application Information

Applications are closed for summer 2015. Thank you to all who applied!

The Yard, a non-profit contemporary artist residency and dance performance center on Martha's Vineyard, in Chilmark, MA, is looking for five summer interns for our 2015 Performance Season. The internship focuses on both the administrative facets of an art non-profit as well as on performance and choreographic experiences. A successful candidate should expect to be involved in all aspects of arts management with a focus on their individual areas of interest/expertise throughout the summer season.

Internship Benefits Include:

  • Working with an experienced team of art enthusiasts who care deeply about producing quality work
  • Learning the ins and outs of arts management in a hands-on setting
  • Experiencing all performances at The Yard, artist Q&A's, community dance classes, and more
  • Receiving professional advancement training and recommendations for future career paths
  • Multiple professional performance and choreographic opportunities throughout the summer season
  • Gain a broad perspective on the performing arts field
  • $1,250 stipend and up to $150 travel reimbursement
  • Beach passes to famed Martha's Vineyard beaches
  • Live in a community of artists in shared on-campus housing with laundry and full kitchen facilities
  • Monday - Friday dance technique classes
  • Monday - Sunday yoga classes
  • Farm shares from local farms
  • One day off a week
  • Mentorship from Executive/Artistic Director, Senior Staff, and Resident Artists


At the heart of The Yard's summer internship program is a major focus on Artist Services. While The Yard seeks interns with individual specialties (see below for positions and job descriptions), each participating intern is expected to assist the Senior Staff in the day-to-day management of a single theater venue with 3 weekly on-site performances, 2-3 off-site performances, and 5-10 community events throughout the summer.

Interns are required to participate every day throughout the season in many different areas of Artist Services work, with rotating leadership roles each week. With this in mind, The Yard is looking for candidates who possess:

  • Excellent and personable communication and customer service skills
  • Creativity and close attention to detail
  • A positive attitude in the face of constant multi-tasking, long hours, and some physical labor
  • The confidence to work independently or with peers on important projects
  • And most importantly, a strong respect for the arts - specifically the performing arts


The Yard Seeks Applicants for Internship Positions In...

  1. Development
  2. Community Programs & Education
  3. Media & Communications
  4. Artist Services
  5. Technical Production

Please note that at this time, The Yard's Internship Program cannot accommodate international applicants unless the applicant has a student or work visa secured through his or her embassy. Please check back for further opportunities in the future and thank you for your interest.

“The Yard experience was one of the best I had in my early years. The people I worked with there have been very influential in my career. The piece I made was my first real breakthrough in dance, so it was a really big summer for me.”
Susan Marshall, choreographer, MacArthur Award recipient

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