José Mateo Ballet Theatre

400 Harvard Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Date Posted:
October 31, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts



Arts Production/ Management Internship


Gain valuable work experience in the arts field! Apply your passion and skills in this rare opportunity to work closely with the founder and artistic director of José Mateo Ballet Theatre! This intern will have the chance to learn the art and craft of presenting and producing local and regional performing dance from a local legend.

About Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre

In 1986, Jose Mateo founded José Mateo Ballet Theatre (JMBT) on the principle that access to dance can transform lives.Dance for World Community™ (DWC) is a project created by JMBT that harnesses the vastly underutilized power of dance to improve the social and environmental health of our communities locally and beyond. This work includes the annual outdoor dance DWC Festival in Harvard Square; a dance on film festival; a lecture series on issues related to dance and social justice; as well as a new production series called DWC Presents. DWC Presents is a unique project in its pilot year that will showcase local performing dance groups/companies in a series of 8-11 events during spring 2019.

This intern for DWC will play a hands-on role in assisting in the production of Dance for World Community, specifically DWC Presents, which will be produced in JMBT’s own Sanctuary Theatre in March and April 2019. Interns will also gain a general understanding of arts management and the operations of non-profit organizations.

The DWC Intern will work on a variety of projects in support of these activities based on our needs and your interests.

DWC internship projects may include:

· Assist with event production.

· Assist with development of partnerships and networks.

· Research and proofreading as needed.

· Assist with some administrative duties.


Interest in dance and arts production experience preferred but not essential. Interns should have experience with Microsoft Office and good writing and proof reading skills.Creative, organized, and detail-oriented thinkers will do best in this position.This internship requires 15-20 hours per week with the potential to continue through May/June 2019.This internship offers experience in the arts field, as well as course credit and community service hours.Interns are welcome to take ballet classes and attend performances.

We are located in Harvard Square, easily accessible by train or bus. Students of all class years are welcome to apply!

How To Apply:

To apply submit a brief cover letter and resume to:

Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre

(617) 354-7467 ext 113

Apply by:
December 10, 2018
unpaid internship
About this Organization:
José Mateo Ballet Theatre is a vibrant and diverse community of artists, arts educators, students, audience members, and partnering organizations working at the intersection of artistic excellence, innovation, and social change. Directed by Cuban-born founder José Mateo and incorporated as a not-for-profit in 1986, JMBT has developed from a single studio dance school into the largest minority led performing arts organization in Greater Boston. In the local market, José Mateo Ballet Theatre is the 12th largest performing arts organization. JMBT is the 71st largest dance company, 50th largest ballet company, and 6thlargest minority-led dance organization in America.

The defining feature of José Mateo Ballet Theatre is the successful alignment of excellence, innovation and creativity, social responsibility, and financial sustainability to build and strengthen community. While José Mateo Ballet Theatre is widely recognized as New England’s leading producer of new, critically acclaimed ballets, it is also renowned for its inclusive, humanistic approach to training, extensive outreach to disadvantaged children and families, effective community engagement and the integration of diversity in thought, appearance, ability and cultural backgrounds.

In 2000, the organization secured a long-term lease on Old Cambridge Baptist Church, listed in the Registry of National Historic Places and centrally located in Harvard Square. The facility houses the organization’s administrative offices, four classroom studios and the company’s 6,000 sq. ft. performance venue, The Sanctuary Theatre. Currently, The National Trust for Historic Preservation is developing a case study highlighting the development of José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s home as an outstanding example of “best practices” in adaptive reuses of a house of worship in the United States. 

JMBT is committed to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all programs, services and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race/ethnicity, economic background, cultural background, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, criminal history or veteran status.