National Training Curriculum

3 Jun

As I wrap up my internship at American Ballet Theatre, I look back on all the exciting opportunities I had. There were the little things, like riding the elevator with Julie Kent or peeking in on company class on the way to the copy machine, but being behind the scenes of the training programs was where I learned the most.

As the National Training Curriculum Intern, I worked closely with Meghan Love on teacher training sessions and affiliate exams. I learned so many valuable skills and got to network with some amazing teachers. I assisted with three simultaneous teacher training sessions, consisting of more than 100 teachers from all over the world. I got to sit in on some of the lectures, update the schedules, work the boutique, and process payments. My favorite part of the job was serving as a proctor for the Pre-Primary through Level 3 written and oral exams. Having just taken the exam a couple months prior, I felt like I could really relate to the teachers. It was fascinating to sit in on the exam and listen to the examiner’s comments.

Not only did I get hands-on experience in the office, but I also got to learn from the best in our weekly intern meeting. Guest speakers included Rachel Moore (CEO, Misha Ilyin, former dancer and current JKO school instructor) and Brian Heidtke (Vice President and Treasurer). On our final week, we were able to meet with Principal Conductor, Charles Barker, and watch a dress rehearsal of La Bayadère. Getting to hear of their experiences was truly inspiring.

For someone who loves the arts, working as an intern at ABT is definitely worth-while. If you’re looking to gain some experience in a non-profit organization, this is the perfect place for you!


Sarah Jones

National Training Curriculum Intern

Spring 2014

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