Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

358 George Carter Road
Becket, MA 01223

Date Posted:
February 19, 2021

Western Massachusetts



Jacob's Pillow Summer Internships


Summer Festival internships run May 24 through September 4 and are part of a structured program decades in the making. Jacob’s Pillow internships offer invaluable training and mentorship towards your professional career. By interning with Jacob’s Pillow during the summer, you join a team of seasoned arts professionals and assist with multiple programs pertaining to the Festival, The School, the Archives, and Community Engagement.

This year, in response to the COVID pandemic, and restrictions placed on live performance and gathering opportunities, the program was cut back for 2021, with fewer internships offered than has been customary in the past. In addition, in order for Jacob’s Pillow to prioritize the health and safety of all community members as they pass through campus this summer, we will be investing in medical staffing, COVID-19 testing, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), and implementing extensive protocols in consultation with medical professionals and in accordance with local laws and regulations. All interns will be asked to commit to these guidelines as a condition of their appointment, the details of which will be available prior to acceptance.

As a Summer Festival Intern, you will:

  • Be a member of the team executing one of the world’s most prestigious dance festivals.
  • Experience a Festival environment offering world-class ballet, contemporary, cultural, dance/theatre, and jazz dance; public events including artist talks, master classes, community classes, open rehearsals, and free performances; access to one of the field’s most valuable dance Archives; and professional advancement training in The School at Jacob’s Pillow.
  • Receive on-the-job training and experience working with the Festival’s staff.
  • Gain a broad perspective on the international performing arts field.
  • Join an international community of artists, faculty, scholars, staff, students, and intern peers in a dance-filled environment.
  • Enjoy the rich heritage of this National Historic Landmark in the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.

Interns receive:

  • Career talks, topical discussions, Staff-led seminars, training, and mentoring
  • On-campus housing
  • 3 meals per day
  • $1,500 stipend
  • Free performances and dance classes
  • College credit, work-study, independent study, and/or cooperative learning programs may be available through your school. Or you may register for college credit at Jacob’s Pillow through our partnership with the Division of Continuing Education at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Check with your college registrar’s office and department to determine whether these credits will transfer to your school. Credit fee information is available after May 1.
Specified in the job description of the intern position you are applying for. 
How To Apply:

Each application requires the following:

  • Cover letter explaining why you wish to intern at Jacob’s Pillow, your qualifications and interests for the position(s) indicated on the Application Form, and your goals and expectations for the internship. Please visit our staff directory to address your cover letter appropriately. “To Whom It May Concern” is also acceptable.
  • Resumé
  • Two work-related references: names, titles, phone numbers, and email addresses. Ideally these should be different from the person who wrote your letter of recommendation.
  • Support materials, if requested for specific positions, such as writing samples and portfolios. See Festival position descriptions for details.
  • Letter of recommendation, either uploaded to your online application (strongly preferred), or emailed directly to Jacob’s Pillow. Instruct recommenders to please:
    • Attach their letter as a PDF. File names should be saved as such:
      APPLICANTLASTNAME_APPLICANTFIRSTNAME_LetterofRecommedation (no spaces)
      For example: SMITH_JAMIE_LetterofRecommendation
    • Format the email subject line with the applicant’s name:
      LASTNAME, FIRSTNAME – Letter of Recommendation
      For example: SMITH, JAMIE – Letter of Recommendation
    • Send their email to internprogram@jacobspillow.org
Apply by:
March 15, 2021
About this Organization:

Jacob’s Pillow is committed to providing an inclusive, diverse, accessible, and equitable environment that cultivates the celebration of the art of dance and its positive impact on communities. Jacob’s Pillow’s mission is to support dance creation, presentation, education, and preservation; and to engage and deepen public appreciation and support for dance. Organization-wide values include inclusion, leadership, integrity, flexibility, partnership, and sustainability. Learn more about Jacob’s Pillow, its mission statement, and its values here.

Jacob’s Pillow is a registered 501(c)(3) not for profit organization that provides equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, military or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by state or federal law. This policy also prohibits employees from harassing any other employee for any reason including, but not limited to, race, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disabled status.

Jacob’s Pillow is a National Historic Landmark, recipient of the National Medal of Arts, and home to America's longest-running international dance festival, currently in the midst of its transition to becoming a year-round center for dance through a five-year strategic plan titled Vision ‘22. Each Festival includes more than 50 national and international dance companies and over 500 free and ticketed performances, talks, tours, classes, exhibits, events, and community programs. The School at Jacob’s Pillow is one of the field’s most prestigious professional dance training centers. The Pillow provides professional advancement opportunities across disciplines of arts administration, design, video, and production through seasonal internships and a year-round Administrative Fellows program. With growing community engagement programs, the Pillow serves as a partner and active citizen in its local community. The Pillow’s extensive Archives, open year-round to the public and online at danceinteractive.jacobspillow.org, chronicle more than a century of dance in photographs, programs, books, costumes, audiotapes, and videos.