St. Louis Regional Arts Commission

The Katherine Dunham Internship

APPLICATIONS FOR 2014 ARE NOW CLOSED

The Katherine Dunham paid internship program was created and is funded by Sara and Jack Burke to give African Americans an opportunity to explore, gain experience in, and be mentored in the field of arts administration to help them find employment and achieve success working at cultural institutions.

The purpose of the Katherine Dunham internship is: 1) to provide opportunities for individuals who currently are under-represented in the field of arts administration to gain experience in a number of different arts adminsitration areas, and 2) to develop the pool of outstanding minority arts administration professionals.

Goals of the Katherine Dunham Internship:

  • Explore possible career paths in arts administration

  • Develop and foster useful arts administration skills

  • Gain valuable experience in different aspects of arts administration

  • Learn the grant-making process at RAC

  • Participate in networking opportunities at the administrative level

  • Enhance résumé and further develop career goals and opportunities in arts administration

Compensation: The compensation for the internship is $2,500.

Who can Apply?

- African American college students or college graduates. (High school students will not be considered)

- Applicants may come from any academic discipline, not just the arts

- Those with a genuine interest to work for a cultural institution (dance organizations, museums, theaters, symphonies, performing arts centers, etc.)

- Must be able to work 300 hours between January and May during normal Regional Arts Commission business hours, Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

HOW TO APPLY:

To be considered for this internship your application must include:

  • A copy of your resume.

  • A letter of recommendation from a professor or recent employer.

  • A 250- 350 word essay answering the question, "Why are you interested in arts administration and how will this internship help you to achieve your goals?" Please include within your essay what it is about Katherine Dunham that has inspired you to apply for this internship.

  • All application materials should be emailed to internmgr@stlrac.org by Monday, October 28th (please include "Katherine Dunham Internship Application" in the subject line.)

  • For more information download Katherine Dunham Internship At-A-Glance

Explanation of Arts Administration:

Arts Administrators work at cultural institutions and organizations (such as art museums, theaters, dance companies, operas, arts festivals, etc.) as well as community arts councils. Art administration encompasses both the day-to-day operation of the organization as well as the creative vision, development and execution of the organization's art form. The general duties of an arts administrator can include program development and evaluation; staff management; public relations & marketing; managing budgets; grants management; fundraising; audience development; community outreach, board relations and related administrative tasks.

 


Katherine Dunham (1909-2006)

Katherine Dunham was a legendary dancer, choreographer, anthropologist, author, and social activist who dedicated her life to addressing issues of social justice through the arts. After a successful career in New York and Europe, Miss Dunham lived in East Saint Louis, Illinois and Port Au Prince, Haiti where she established arts and humanitarian centers in underserved communities. She went on to receive the Kennedy Center Medal of Honor and numerous other awards for her contributions to the artistic and cultural fabric of the United States.

 

 

 

 

 


Antionette Carroll
Katherine Dunham Intern 2011

“Being named a Katherine Dunham Intern is more than just a job. It is a network. It is an affirmation in the encouragement and promotion of cultural diversity within the arts. It is a lifelong honor. As a former Katherine Dunham intern,  I have received ongoing support from not only the Regional Arts Commission and Sara and Jack Burke, but from the St. Louis arts community as a whole. This opportunity has instilled confidence in me and my future within the arts.”

 

 

 

 

 


Rachel Ligon
Katherine Dunham Intern 2012

"This Katherine Dunham Internship has greatly contributed towards my maturity personally as well as professionally. Thanks to Jack and Sara Burke and the entire Regional Arts Commission staff. My time here was incomparable and I will treasure this experience forever."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aeren Jhae Bates
Katherine Dunham Intern, 2013

"The Katherine Dunham internship has provided me with  unbelievable opportunities and given me indispensable tools to take with me on my journey through the business of the arts. I am immensely grateful to Jack and Sara Burke and the Regional Arts Commission for creating this opportunity. As a dancer and choreographer, it is through this internship that I am connected to the name of one of my childhood icons, Katherine Dunham, and am able to share her legacy."





 

For additional information please contact Rebecca Raynes, Intern Manager at 314-863-5811 or internmgr@stlrac.org

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