New York City Center is committed to training the next generation of creative, passionate arts professionals and to building pathways to careers in the arts for candidates from underrepresented communities.

Administrative Apprenticeships
Early-career individuals will experience a season at City Center, learning about the daily operations of a non-profit performing arts center and working alongside experienced arts administrators. Apprenticeships are available in our Education, Development, Marketing & Communications, and Programming departments. The program spans from September to May and includes a paid training week. Apprentices are compensated $15/hour for 20 hours a week. Weekly schedules vary by department.

Encores! Off-Center Creative Apprenticeships
Emerging artists will spend their summer immersed in the fast-paced production process of Encores! Off-Center. Apprenticeships are available for Choreography or Directing, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Music Direction, Scenic Design, and Sound Design. The program spans from early June to late July and includes a paid training/pre-production week. Apprentices are compensated $15/hour for 30 hours a week. Weekly schedules vary by department and production schedule.

Through these programs, Apprentices will:

  • Work directly with a mentor in their area of focus.
  • Engage with City Center staff and artists at weekly seminars.
  • Participate in a paid training.
  • Receive professional development workshops.
  • Observe rehearsals and performances, when possible.
  • Deliver a final presentation to City Center staff.

Aiming to reflect the diversity of New York City, we encourage applicants with a unique perspective inclusive of race, color, religion, familial status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, and intellectual and physical ability to apply.

In conjunction with the 2019-2020 season, City Center is searching for engaged and dedicated early-career individuals to apprentice in Education, Communications, Development, Marketing, and Programming.

September through May, including a paid training. Apprentices have a month-long break between December and January. Apprentices work 20 hours per week. Specific start/end dates and weekly schedules vary by department.

Apprentices are compensated $15/hour for 20 hours, totaling $300 per week. Scholarships are also available.

Available Positions
Communications: The Communications Apprentice will play an active role in executing the communications strategy for New York City Center’s 2019-2020 season, with daily responsibilities ranging from drafting press releases and fielding press requests to supervising photographers at performances/events and cataloguing press hits. Applicants should be outgoing, self-starters with excellent communication and writing skills, attention to detail, and an interest in theater and dance. Basic MS Office experience required. Please include a recent sample of writing with your application.

Development (Fundraising): The Development Apprentice will be involved in all aspects of City Center fundraising activities, including membership, special events, and institutional giving. Through this program, the apprentice will gain familiarity in donor acquisition and stewardship, event management, grant writing, and database maintenance, as well as exposure to 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.

Education: The Education Apprentice will assist with the administration of in-school workshops and residencies, as well as on-site Education events including professional development workshops and master classes. Through this program, the Education Apprentice will gain insight into administering arts education programs in New York City schools and communities. Specific responsibilities include assisting with the development of study guides, analyzing program evaluations, school site visits, preparing event support materials, and providing organizational and office support.

Marketing: The Marketing Apprentice will play an instrumental role in the planning and execution of the department’s initiatives with a focus on City Center’s social media and digital marketing campaigns. The apprentice will also assist with audience development, email creation, production and artist research, video projects, daily social media management and basic data entry. Applicants should be self-starters, with excellent communication skills, a good sense of humor and a strong interest in theater and dance. Experience with graphic design programs (Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop), video editing or Facebook Ad Manager preferred but not required.

Programming: The Programming Apprentice will assist the Manager of Dance Programs with the implementation of City Center’s dance season, including the 16th annual Fall for Dance Festival. This will include assistance in maintaining artistic planning materials, updating and organizing programming documents, and delivering on various aspects of New York City Center dance projects. Additionally, the Apprentice will provide research support to the Programming team and assist with artist services.

Equal Opportunity Employer
City Center is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to providing a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment (including sexual harassment) based upon any protected characteristic. City Center does not discriminate for reasons of race, color, creed, religion, age, marital status, membership in a domestic partnership, veterans or uniform service member status, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ethnic or national origin, mental or physical disability, genetic information, medical condition, history of domestic violence or assault, caregiver status, or any other protected characteristic under applicable federal, state and local laws. City Center ensures equal and fair treatment of any employee or applicant with known mental or physical disabilities.

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