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Administrative Apprenticeships with New York City Center
New York City Center


The application for the 2021-2022 Administrative Apprenticeship Program is now open.

Through these programs, apprentices will:

  • Work directly with a supervisor in their area of focus
  • Engage with City Center staff and artists
  • Participate in paid training
  • Receive professional development
  • Build a professional network under the guidance of a designated Mentor
  • Participate in City Center’s staff initiatives, including anti-racism workshops, committees, and all-staff meetings
  • Attend rehearsals and performances, when possible
  • Deliver a final group presentation to City Center staff

Qualified program candidates will possess:

  • A compelling connection to the program’s mission and purpose
  • Current authorization to work in the U.S.
  • A willingness to learn
  • Strong communication skills and attention to detail
  • The ability to take direction and work both independently and collaboratively
  • Flexible availability that includes some nights and weekends
  • Some previous experience or education in the field for which you apply

Available positions include:

Dance Programming: The Dance Programming Apprentice will assist the programming team with the implementation of New York City Center’s dance season, including the 18th annual Fall for Dance Festival. This will include assistance in maintaining artistic planning materials, updating and organizing programming documents, providing research support and assisting with artist services. This apprenticeship will allow for an in-depth dive into the ever-changing and diverse needs of the annual programming process of a large NYC cultural institution and is an opportunity to creatively and resourcefully solve problems while navigating a complex web with a variety of stakeholders. The ideal candidate will be proactive, flexible and detail-oriented. They should also have a passion for dance and an interest in learning more about the local, national, and international dance landscape.

Development: The Development Apprentice will be involved in all aspects of City Center’s fundraising activities, including membership, special events, and institutional giving. Through this program, the apprentice will gain familiarity with donor acquisition and stewardship, event management, grant writing, and database maintenance – all while experiencing the day-to-day operations of a premier non-profit performing arts organization. The Development Apprentice will assist in answering our Member Hotline, so comfort on the phone is a must. Strong writing and editing skills are highly encouraged. This apprenticeship is an ideal fit for someone who is interested in gaining a fundamental understanding of non-profit fundraising and who wants to develop strategy, craft compelling appeals, and organize data to build a case for support.

Education: The Education Apprentice will work directly with the Education department team, teaching artist roster, and City Center partner schools. Through this program, the apprentice will gain insight into administering arts education programs in New York City schools and communities. They will assist with the coordination of school workshops and residencies, as well as Education events including professional development workshops. Additional responsibilities include assisting with the development of study guides, analyzing program evaluations, and preparing event support materials. The apprentice will also assist in processing Take 5 ticket orders, so comfort on the phone is a must. This apprenticeship is an ideal fit for someone who is passionate about arts education and access initiatives, enjoys collaborative work, is interested in generating creative and responsive educational materials and learning more about partnering with NYC schools.

Marketing: The Marketing Apprentice will play an active role in the execution of the department’s initiatives to welcome audiences back to the theater this season. The apprenticeship will introduce the individual to the wide range of disciplines within marketing.  Specifically, the apprentice will assist with audience development, email creation and tracking, production and artist research, advertising, and survey development and execution. This apprenticeship is a great position for someone who is a self-starter, detailed-oriented and enjoys computer-based work. They should also be passionate about musical theater and/or dance and be interested in learning about digital marketing and data analysis.

Production Management: The Production Management Apprentice will work directly with the Production Department team to oversee and support City Center productions and events in our mainstage theater. The Apprentice will have the opportunity to experience all aspects of stage production, assist in the management of production and institutional budgets, help coordinate physical needs for our mainstage theater and lobbies, and conduct general administrative duties within the Production Management department. The Apprentice will also have ample opportunities to interact with top designers, stage managers, and Local One union stagehands, as well as access to production meetings and rehearsals. Candidates should expect to do a combination of office tasks and hands-on experience mounting large-scale productions and events. This apprenticeship is a great position for someone interested in the day-to-day operation of productions and collaborating across technical departments with a variety of people.

Apply here

Interested in learning more about the Administrative Apprenticeship Program before applying? Feel free to join a Virtual Information Session on Thursday, June 3 from 5:30-6:30pm. Attendees can expect to learn about the program’s structure, application process and hear directly from former City Center apprentices. Attendance at the info session is not required to apply for the program. Register here.

Date posted:

May 18

Expire date

June 23

Contact email:
NYC AiE Roundtable