DanceATL Intern Experience

(from left to right) Patsy Collins, Katie Watkins, Jacque Pritz, and Ansley Carr stand for a picture together after taking an ALA Dance class.

Ansley Carr, Summer 2021
University of Alabama

The DanceATL internship experience provides an enjoyable structure that includes learning skills that are applicable to future career paths as well as using your available skills to help the community. It has helped me become more independent, confident, and considerate in the workplace. Additionally, becoming more involved with the Atlanta dance community has been amazing and has helped connect me with wonderful mentors and other artists. Collaborating with the other interns is a great experience and helps to expand the view on arts administration as a whole.

Gabrielle Stearns, Summer 2021
Emory University

I loved spending my summer learning and building on skills with the DanceATL team. This internship strikes the perfect balance between structured and flexible and gave me the independence to pursue projects on my own. My network of Atlanta dance professionals expanded this summer because of the opportunities I was given to meet and collaborate with DanceATL members and staff. I learned many new skills while also discovering how the skills and experiences I already had could be an asset to arts administration and nonprofits.

Grace Getsinger, Summer 2021
Oglethorpe University

My time interning for DanceATL means so much to me. The environment is one of support and accountability, which enables it to facilitate the growth that all of the interns experience. I was connected with so many members of the Atlanta dance community, and learned about the opportunities that are here in Atlanta. After this internship I feel more confident in my communication and organization skills, and I feel prepared to take on the nonprofit sector and Arts Administration field.

Katie Watkins, Summer 2021
Brenau University

The DanceATL internship has pushed me into an amazing time of self-discovery and connection. This summer has helped me discover new goals for my future career and provided me with actionable steps to get where I want to go. As a writer, performer, and aspiring arts administrator, my work with DanceATL has served my growth in each of these areas. After this internship, I am walking away with marketable skills and valuable relationships with other professionals in the field, as well as writing, social media, and website content that I can add to my portfolio.

Stephanie Weis (left) and Rose Sebaugh (right) sharing their internship experience with their peers at UGA. They are standing in front of a projection of a powerpoint presentation in a theater space. Behind them are black curtains and grey marley.

Rose Sebaugh, Spring 2021

My experience as a DanceATL intern was one of growth, learning, and mentorship. I have acquired countless skills because of this experience, and these range from general networking, communication, and administration skills to more specific specialties like Mailchimp, Canva, and WordPress. This internship pushed me outside of my comfort zone while also providing me with the guidance and resources necessary to be successful and confident in my work.

DanceATL also equipped me with an entirely new pool of incredible creators and innovators, and I am honored to have been able to observe and work with such a talented and inspiring group of individuals. Jacque served as an empowering and approachable manager of the DanceATL team, and I have learned so much from her leading example. I could not be more grateful for my time as a DanceATL intern, and I am excited to continue participating in the DanceATL community as a new member!

Stephanie Weis, Spring 2021

The opportunity to intern for DanceATL has been an experience where I can continue to take the knowledge I learned here and apply it elsewhere. Jacque, the operations manager, creates an inclusive space for interns to feel comfortable with trying new things. While I had some prior knowledge on managing social media, I feel that both Patsy and Jacque gave me the ability to learn the meticulous details that go into managing all forms of social media, and changed my perspective on the different ways to keep followers engaged. Working with DanceATL, I learned how to use Canva, Mailchimp, and WordPress, and I developed a new sense of direction about what I want to pursue in my life.

I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to balance all of my assignments and life around me when I accepted this internship in my final semester of college, but the encouraging workplace environment, combined with my eagerness to try new things, ultimately motivated me to the finish line. Though the internship did go by fast, I feel really lucky to have been able to work with such an amazing group of people who are constantly supportive of all thoughts and ideas.