Duke Performances Arts Administration Internship: Summer 2017

Friday, March 3, 2017 (All day)

Duke Performances is seeking ambitious, highly-motivated, organized, and detail-oriented individuals at the undergraduate or graduate level with an interest in arts administration to assist the Duke Performances staff for a summer 2017 internship (mid-May to mid-August). Internships are paid and provide a unique opportunity to learn about and be directly involved in all facets of arts administration from a leading university-based arts presenting organization, including programming, production, marketing, publicity, audience development, campus and community engagement, and development/fundraising.


  • Interface with the Executive and Associate directors and the Duke Performances staff
  • Help produce Duke Performances’ summer Music in the Gardens series and advance the 2017/2018 season
  • Assist in crafting and executing marketing and publicity plans for presentations, including outreach to targeted audiences
  • Provide administrative support for a wide range of Duke Performances projects


  • Excellent time management, planning, and organizational skills
  • Well developed interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Knowledge of and interest in non-profit arts administration, music, theater, and/or dance


  • Must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at Duke (priority) or elsewhere
  • Work and internship experience in the arts, education, and non-profits desirable

Application Deadline

  • Summer (30 hrs/wk, Mid-May to Mid-August): Friday, March 3

Please send cover letter and resume to Eric Oberstein, Associate Director of Duke Performances: eric.oberstein@duke.edu


Duke Performances, the professional performing arts presenting organization at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, is committed to presenting willfully eclectic, forward-thinking performing arts of the highest quality. Through superb performances, outstanding visiting artist residencies, and the development and commissioning of exciting new work, Duke Performances is forging a culture that vigorously supports performance and encourages meaningful engagement with the Duke campus and Durham community. Annually, Duke Performances offers a robust season of 60-70 world-class performances, making extensive use of a network of Duke and Durham venues, and presenting artists spanning classical, new music, jazz, Americana, independent rock, international music, theater, and dance.


Eric Oberstein