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We are always looking for interns to join the Forklift team! Joining our team represents an incredible opportunity to play an active role in the artistic process and to work closely with Forklift artists. Forklift staff provides professional and personal support and incorporates intern feedback to provide a positive learning experience.

Ideal candidates will:

  • Take initiative and be able to work both independently and collaboratively within a team
  • Be flexible, willing to take on a range of tasks, and ready to respond in the moment
  • Demonstrate skills relevant to three key pillars of the Forklift process: curiosity, close listening, and artistic excellence
  • Maintain a positive attitude in the face of long hours, rehearsals at the pool (in the summer heat), and variability of assigned tasks
  • Be confident in managing personal responsibilities while working effectively as a team
  • Be rigorous in their attention to detail
  • Possess strong communication and interpersonal skills with openness to growth (as relationship-building is central to the Forklift process)
  • Have a basic working proficiency with Microsoft Excel, GSuite, iMovie & FinalCut Pro (familiarity working with databases is beneficial but not required)

Forklift’s commitment to collaborative art-making as social practice requires flexibility and a willingness to work at unusual hours or to shift daily activities and schedule depending on what needs to be done and when our partners are available.

Forklift Danceworks is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Spanish speakers are particularly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

We’re so excited to get to know you! Please contact General Manager Jake Stepansky, a former Forklift intern, at with any and all questions and see below for additional details.

Spring 2018

We are currently looking for an intern to join the team for spring 2018! Forklift term-time interns will play an integral role in the day-to-day administrative and artistic operations of our small and dynamic arts non-profit. Interns will be expected to work a minimum of 10 hours per week. Assistance in securing housing for out-of-town candidates may be available. Please contact general manager Jake Stepansky at for more information!

Summer 2018

Summer interns will deeply engage with the work of a particular administrative department while simultaneously participating in the artistic process of creating and presenting a site-specific, community-based performance in July 2018. Interns should be flexible and ready to take on a range of roles, with a focus on their area of interest and expertise. Interns will be expected to work a minimum of 15 hours per week, although we would prefer for interns to work full-time (up to 40 hrs / wk) if possible. Assistance in securing housing for interns may be provided if possible.

Our internship application for Summer 2018 is available HERE. The application must be submitted on or before February 1st, 2018. All candidates will be contacted and informed of their application status during the week of February 12th.

We’re looking for interns in the following departments:

  • Production (Rehearsal Assistance & Stage Management)
  • Community Engagement
  • Communications (Photo, Video, & Social Media)
  • Development and Office Management

Benefits of this internship include:

  • Working closely with a pair of expert artists committed to art-making as social practice
  • Exposure to all aspects of nonprofit operations with a small and dynamic team, allowing for connection with all senior employees and opportunities to try out a range of roles
  • Participation in Forklift’s distinctive process of co-choreography, including active stage management and production support for My Park, My Pool, My City performances in July
  • Opportunity to take on major responsibility for aspects of development and production, if desired
  • Mentorship from lead artists and administrators, and a tight-knit community of employees, interns, and neighborhood partners

Academic Credit & Stipends

We frequently work with college students interested in gaining experience working with a non-profit arts organization and will work with candidates to secure academic credit with your college or university. We may be able to provide local candidates with a small stipend.

Partnership with Wesleyan University College of the Environment

Wesleyan students who secure a summer internship with Forklift can apply to receive a Summer Research Fellowship from the College of the Environment. The application deadline is February 19th, 2018. More information can be found here. Contact previous Forklift Fellows Gretchen LaMotte ‘18 (glamotte@wes) or Julian Johnson ‘19 (jjohnson@wes) with any questions or to hear more about the experience!