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From Berlin to ABT

31 Oct

I applied for an internship in the executive office at ABT beginning of 2017 and received my letter of acceptance in April. What happened then was a lot of planning and bureaucracy especially the visa process took quite a while. I finally got to New York by the end of July and started my internship in August. Altogether I stayed for 3 months for a full-time internship and had the greatest time at ABT.

What did I enjoy most during my time at ABT?

Definitely the exceptional people who work for ABT! Each single one of them is so nice and thoughtful, whenever I had a question they took their time to help, even though they are all very busy all the time. I could not have wished for a better supervisor than Brittany was for me and a more helpful person than Jillian to sit opposite of my desk!

There were two events that stood out during my time. One of them was seeing ABT perform at Lincoln Center during the Fall Season and being able to go backstage, seeing the theater and meeting the people who make sure, that those amazing performances can happen.

The other remarkable event wasn’t really an event, it was something I experienced at a usual work day in the office. I was supposed to type up notes from a senior staff meeting, where each of them explained in keywords, what they think ABT does, why they do it and how. Reading the notes, I realized that the people working at ABT are so passionate about what they are doing and that they are in it with their hearts and souls, which made me realize that this is something I want to do achieve some time, feeling that strongly about the work I am doing!

Having said that, it is back to Berlin for me and hopefully see you soon ABT!


Luzie Neyenhuys

Executive Intern

Fall 2017





“Kara Needs an Intern…”

7 Aug

I usually stop by Starbucks before I head into the office, just because somehow I ended up getting to the area with 45 minutes to spare. But this Monday morning, I only had about 20, so I just headed straight to the office a little early.

I had just sat down at the “intern’s desk”, for the JKO School, when Mary Jo the Director of Education and Training came by the area and said, “Kara needs an intern.” Intern? I am an intern, so I turned around to face Mary Jo and listen to what she was saying. That’s when she looked at me and her eyes widened, just enough to show that she had just come up with an idea. “Ranisha, do you think it would be okay if we steal you away from the education department to work with Kara as her assistant? It will just be until she hires someone else full time, so you should be able to get back up here before your time here ends.” “Me!? Work for the Executive Assistant? Of course it’s okay for you to “steal me away’!!”, is what I thought to myself. “Yes, I do not see the problem. I would love to help Kara”, is what I actually said to her.

After she had reviewed my application materials, she introduced me to Kara Medoff Barnett, the Executive Director for American Ballet Theatre. I wasn’t sure that this was actually happening to me until I had sat at the desk of the Executive Assistant and started helping Kara.  While she is very kind and understanding, she also handles very important people and concepts everyday, so I had to be on top of my game at all times. It was quite an experience to be able to work with her.

I told everyone that asked, that I had come to New York to be a sponge and to learn everything absolutely possible in these three summer months and I think I learned as much as I could. Working both in the Education Department and the Administrative Department were altogether different experiences and it was great to be exposed to both and learn what they both had to offer!

Ranisha Shelton

Education, JKO School Intern

Summer 2016