Arts Administration Internship: Spring 2021

Duke Performances is seeking ambitious, highly-motivated, organized, and detail-oriented individuals at the undergraduate or graduate level with an interest in arts administration to assist the Duke Performances staff for an internship during the 2021 Spring semester (mid-January through early May). This position will begin operating remotely. Internships are paid and provide a unique opportunity to learn about and be directly involved in all facets of arts administration from a leading university-based arts presenting organization, including programming, production, marketing, publicity, audience development, campus and community engagement, and development/fundraising.


  • Interface with the Artist Services and Engagement Coordinator and the Duke Performances staff
  • Help produce Duke Performances’ events during the academic year, with an emphasis on virtualizing residency programming
  • Assist in enhancing our digital presence and offerings on our WordPress website
  • Assist in crafting and executing marketing and publicity plans for presentations, including outreach to targeted audiences
  • Provide administrative support for a wide range of Duke Performances projects


  • Excellent time management, planning, and organizational skills
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral
  • Strong writing and editing abilities
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, and a working knowledge of WordPress
  • Knowledge of and interest in non-profit arts administration, music, theater, and/or dance


  • Must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at Duke (priority) or elsewhere
  • Must reside in North Carolina during the Spring semester
  • Work and internship experience in the arts, education, and non-profits desirable

Application Deadline
2021 Spring semester (6 hrs/wk, mid-January through early May): Friday, December 11.

Please send cover letter and resume to Sibyl Kemp, Artist Services and Engagement Coordinator:


Duke Performances — the professional performing arts presenting organization at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina — is dedicated to bringing world-class performing artists, who are diverse, essential, and forward thinking, to perform at Duke and in Durham, to engage the Duke and Durham communities and beyond, and to partner with artists on the development and presentation of performance. Drawing on the resources of a leading research university and an exciting and invigorated Durham community, Duke Performances serves as a space for reflection, a laboratory for creative and critical inquiry, and a place for socially engaged performance. Annually, Duke Performances offers a robust season of world-class performances, making extensive use of a network of Duke and Durham venues, and presenting artists spanning classical, new music, jazz, Americana, independent rock, international music, theater, and dance.