DanceWorks Chicago Internship

EXCEL collaborates with DanceWorks Chicago (DWC) for an internship opportunity exclusively for SMTD dance majors. The selected intern will cover work in administrative and artistic arenas in DWC’s small three-person office .  The intern will be eligible for a stipend from EXCEL and will also have the chance to take complimentary DWC classes during the internship.

Internship dates:  TBD

Deadline: Applications are due TBD winter 2021

Founded in 2007, DWC is a creative incubator that focuses on the development of young people to foster a diverse next generation of dance artists through training, collaboration, mentorship, and performance. DWC fills a niche in the dance ecosystem. Where the traditional dance company model focuses on putting dances on stage, DWC invests in and shines a spotlight on the individual artists. DWC proudly promotes excellence in dance through creation of an eclectic repertory featuring who is new and what is next in contemporary dance as well as showcasing exciting work from established choreographers. Committed to fostering a culture that values diversity relating to artists and their collaborators, the work of art on stage, and the audience served, DWC brings people together with a wide range of skills, approaches, and experience. Creating an environment for meaningful exploration is an important part of the continued forward movement of the art form. Fun fact: DWC dancers are between the ages of 18 and 25 years old, so you will be surrounded by your peers, which will provide a fun, natural networking environment!


The internship will cover work in administrative and artistic arenas in DWC’s small three-person office.

  • Administrative Support: facilitate the smooth communication with artists, partners, vendors, funders, and audiences.
  • Artistic/Production Support: bring programming to life in the studio and in the theater
  • Fundraising Support: participate in realizing a fundraising/friendraising event
  • Marketing Support: write/assemble/support artist interviews, photos, video to share via social media, e-blasts, website

The ideal candidate should possess a demonstrated passion for the arts, community spirit, and an entrepreneurial mindset! Excellent communication skills, attention to detail while remaining focused on the big picture, deadline-responsiveness, problem-solving mindset, adaptability, common sense, curiosity, and sense of humor are appreciated!


The selected student will be eligible to receive up to $1,500 from EXCEL to cover the costs associated with participating (lodging, travel, food, etc.).


Applications are submitted online and applicants must attach a single PDF that includes:

  1. a one-page cover letter detailing the applicant’s interest and qualifications for the internship
  2. resume (no more than two pages)
  3. a recommendation letter from an SMTD faculty mentor

Applications due TBD winter 2021

Internship Timeline

Interviews with select applicants will be TBD winter20201. We anticipate that the intern will be selected by May 1. Some evening/weekend work is required.