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The Kennedy Center

Programming Intern

Department description

Programming / Shared Services presents and produces jazz, hip hop, classical new music, comedy, contemporary programming, and special projects at the Kennedy Center including the Kennedy Center Honors, and Mark Twain Prize. Interns will gain a practical understanding of the full scope of producing an event or performance, from concept to breakdown. Interns will gain hands-on experience with the many moving parts of presenting, including arranging hospitality, transportation, and hosting artists here at the Kennedy Center. Additionally, interns will serve as a liaison to internal departments, including development, production, NSO, WNO, marketing, press, advertising and other programming departments.

Project description

Pre-Summer and Fall Season Programming: Each programming department begins ramping up for the upcoming season. Interns will assist in assuring that contracts are drafted & signed, marketing & advertising materials are correct and production & hospitality needs for the artists are met.

DC Hip Hop Theatre Festival: The DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival is designed to capture the identity of Washington, D.C. through the unique stories produced in it, by it, & from it. Interns will work onsite during the festival as well as assist with all aspects of backstage coordination, artist wrangling, hospitality, ticket distribution & guests lists. 

Sound Health Community Yoga: Interns will manage the production of a weekly free yoga class each Saturday morning presented by the Kennedy Center.

Key Dates

Spring 2019 Term

Application Available: August 9-November 12, 2018

Term Dates: January 22-May 3, 2019

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Fall 2018 Term

Application closed July 15, 2018

Term Dates: September 10-December 14, 2018


Summer 2019 Term

Application Available: December 10-March 17, 2019

Term Dates: June 3-August 16, 2019