Apprenticeships

EDU20 Apprenticeships and Masterclasses

Program Mission

We are committed to training the next generation of creative, passionate arts professionals by building pathways to careers in the arts for candidates underrepresented in the field of arts administration.

Learn more about City Center’s history, mission, and programs here.

Administrative Apprenticeships

Whether you are an early-career or career-changing arts professional, you can build your knowledge and experience in arts administration with an apprenticeship at City Center.

Receive on-the-job training and learn about the daily operations of a non-profit performing arts center while working alongside talented and experienced arts administrators.

Our 9-month program offers you plenty of hands-on learning opportunities in Dance Programming, Development, Education, Marketing, and Production Management.

The program runs from September to May and includes paid training. Apprentices are paid $15 per hour for 24 hours a week. Our hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm. Weekly schedules vary by department.

Need-based scholarships are available. To qualify, applicants may need to provide either a recent FAFSA Student Aid Report or IRS 1040 Individual Income Tax Return at a later date.

Creative Apprenticeships

Immerse yourself in the fast-paced production process of our music theater series Encores! and work alongside renowned artists and professionals through City Center’s creative apprenticeship program.

Emerging artists receive first-hand training, direction, and guidance with apprenticeships in Costume Design, Directing, Lighting Design, Music Direction, Scenic Design, and Sound Design.

The program includes pre-production training that runs in conjunction with the Encores! season (Feb – May). Apprentices are paid $15 per hour. Schedules and hours vary by department and production schedule.

Through these programs, apprentices will:

  • Work directly with a supervisor in their area of focus
  • Engage with City Center staff and artists
  • Participate in paid training
  • Receive professional development
  • Build a professional network under the guidance of a designated Mentor
  • Participate in City Center's staff initiatives, including anti-racism workshops, committees, and all-staff meetings
  • Attend rehearsals and performances, when possible
  • Deliver a final group presentation to City Center staff

Qualified program candidates will possess:

  • A compelling connection to the program’s mission and purpose
  • Current authorization to work in the U.S.
  • A willingness to learn
  • Strong communication skills and attention to detail
  • The ability to take direction and work both independently and collaboratively
  • Flexible availability that includes some nights and weekends
  • Some previous experience or education in the field for which you apply

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Questions about the program? Email Education@NYCityCenter.org.