Performing Arts Intern

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The Performing Arts Internship is a great opportunity for those interested in writing, conducting research, and creating program notes related to contemporary performing arts while learning about nonprofit arts organizations. There will also be the opportunity to develop specific skills based on the intern’s interests and background in contemporary performance and/or arts administration. We are seeking two Performing Arts interns at this time.  

The Performing Arts Department at the Walker Art Center has a world renowned program presenting contemporary dance, music, theater, and interdisciplinary performances that resonates with local and national audiences. The Performing Arts Internship aligns with the 2018-19 Performing Arts Season, which includes projects by vanguard artists such as Meredith Monk, Sarah Michelson, Thurston Moore, Kaneza Schaal, Henry Threadgill, Will Rawls, and Meg Stuart.

RESPONSIBILITIES will include, but are not limited to: 

Program Notes & Online Content Creation: research, compile, and organize background information and supporting materials for upcoming programs, and assist with formatting, editing, and printing program notes; research and write blog posts for the Fourth Wall, the Performing Arts vertical.

Commissions Research & Departmental Support: research performing arts commissions history, ensure commissions records are accurate and robust, work closely with staff to update commissions archives both in-house and online; perform administrative tasks such as archiving, file management, data entry, and other duties as necessary.


  • strong research, writing, and editing skills with an interest/knowledge in contemporary performance

  • ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously while being reliable and self-motivated

  • working knowledge of MS Word and Excel; knowledge of WordPress, Adobe InDesign, and/or Adobe Photoshop is desirable; some professional office experience is preferred

  • educational background or strong proficiency within the areas of art, art history, arts administration, writing, or a performance-related program


Late September 2018 through May 2019 (aligned with the 18/19 Performing Arts season). Average of 10-12 hours per week, Monday through Friday, during workday hours. Days/times flexible.


If the applicant has the option to use the internship for course credit, Walker Art Center will work with the university to fulfill requirements, as possible. While this is an unpaid internship, interns will receive a free Walker membership, free gallery admission, and discounts in the Walker’s restaurant, Esker Grove, and Shops. Complimentary tickets to select events may also be available.

To apply: include as attachments to this posting your letter of interest, resume, and a writing sample. Application deadline: Friday, September 21, 2018. 

The Walker is committed to being an inclusive workplace as well as increasing diversity in our workforce. This position will remain open until filled and until a diverse and qualified pool of candidates is identified. We are an EOE/AA employer dedicated to fair and inclusive employment practices for all individuals.

Location: Internship in Minneapolis, MN
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