Thank you for your interest in becoming a White Bird intern!

Interning with White Bird is a wonderful opportunity to attend stunning dance performances, meet dancers from around the world, and learn about the details and logistics of presenting contemporary dance.



White Bird is seeking a motivated and passionate individual to fill its part-time Administrative Internship. This internship is a paid opportunity.




White Bird Mission Statement
White Bird is committed to bringing the best Portland-based, regional, national, and international dance companies to Portland, Oregon, and to fostering the growth of dance in the region.  Through presenting established and emerging companies and choreographers, commissioning and co-commissioning new work, as well as collaborating with other arts organizations in Portland and the region, we are able to make these dance performances possible.  White Bird strongly believes in making dance exciting, educational, equitable, and accessible to everyone, young and old, of all social backgrounds, and through contributed income and sponsorships, is able to facilitate outreach to schools and keep ticket prices affordable.  A passionate advocate for dance, White Bird strives to broaden audienceship and diversify its programming through the lens of its Equity Commitment.

White Bird Profile
White Bird was founded in 1997 in Portland, Oregon, by Walter Jaffe and Paul King.  To date, we have presented over 270 dance companies from around the world in 750 performances before a total audience of 525,000.  Each season we present a subscription series as well as non-subscription performances.  We have supported the growth of dance by commissioning 40 new works.  We are committed to expanding the audience for dance through extensive community engagement activities, including our Annual Outreach Project with Portland Public Schools.  Through our innovative Equity initiative, the NEST (No Empty Seats Today) Program, we distribute hundreds of free performance tickets each year to Portlanders in need.




The Administrative Intern will directly support White Bird’s Administrative Team to fortify White Bird’s dance presenting and marketing operations.  The Administrative Intern will have the opportunity to learn about the many aspects of live dance presenting, while also helping the White Bird team overcome real-world challenges.  The Administrative Intern reports jointly to White Bird’s Director of Patron Services and Communication, and the Operations Manager/Executive Assistant.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Work collaboratively with White Bird staff to update White Bird’s social media channels and website, as well as generate content.

  • Assist White Bird’s Operations Manager with fundraising initiatives.

  • Work with White Bird’s Front of House volunteers to ensure smooth load-ins and load-outs before and after performances.

  • Collaborate with White Bird’s Operations Manager to brainstorm, plan, and execute initiatives to improve company operations.

  • As needed, assist White Bird staff in meeting deadlines on special projects.


Experience with the following is helpful, though not required:

  • The Arts generally, and Dance specifically

  • Teamwork and collaboration tools (Microsoft Teams/Outlook/Sharepoint and Asana experience a plus)

  • Social Media/Website Management (Facebook/Instagram/Wix)

  • Anti-Racism, both in philosophy and in practice

  • Customer Service and Communications Skills, both written and spoken

Internship length and hours:

  • Length of internship: September 2022 - December 2022

  • 12 - 20 hours per week.  

  • Work performed between 9am and 6pm, Monday through Friday, at the White Bird Offices.

    • Scheduling can be flexible to accommodate outside work or other obligations. 

  • Some nights and weekend availability is a plus, to assist with White Bird performances.



The Administrative Intern will work in close proximity to the White Bird staff, as well as numerous volunteers, interns, audience members, and theatre staff.  Work will primarily take place at White Bird’s new offices in downtown Portland.  Additional work may take place at 3rd party venues: Portland’5 Center for the Arts and PSU’s Lincoln Performance Hall in Portland, and Beaverton’s Patricia Reser Center for the Arts



The safety of its staff, volunteers, and audiences is of the utmost importance to White Bird.  All White Bird staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and willing to receive all future CDC-recommended vaccines or boosters with urgency, or alternatively present an objection to vaccination for medical or religious reasons.  Applicants must be willing to comply with all COVID-19 policies both at the White Bird offices and at performance venues; these policies are created in response to local, state, and federal mandates as well as industry best practices, and are subject to revision as the COVID-19 pandemic develops.


  • E-mail resume and references to White Bird's Operations Manager and Executive Assistant, Gretchen Westlight: gretchen@whitebird.org