Public Programming


Lincoln Center is one of the world's largest presenting organizations, offering 300 performances through a variety of programs. The Public Programming Department at Lincoln Center organizes the two outdoor summer festivals, Midsummer Night Swing and Lincoln Center Out of Doors.

Midsummer Night Swing represents Lincoln Center's major audience participation program. Offering dancing on a beautiful outdoor dance floor to the music of leading dance bands of all styles and genres, from country western to salsa, Midsummer Night Swing's three week season has become a New York institution, attracting thousands of people to Damrosch Park each night to dance to their favorite music.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors takes over the outdoor spaces of Lincoln Center during July and August and offers nearly one hundred different performances and events spanning all disciplines and genres, free of charge. Started as a community outreach program, over 44 years ago, Lincoln Center Out of Doors has become one of New York's premier outdoor festivals attracting approximately 200,000 patrons annually.

Public Programming, Administrative/Editorial Intern:
The Administrative Intern obtains hands-on skills working with the festival producer in the artist database and generating offer letters and contracts, observing and learning what goes into negotiating with artists. This intern will track incoming contracts and press materials and will also work closely with the Public Programming staff to edit advertising and program copy. The intern will be responsible for assisting with the creation of nightly scripts and performance program handouts. The intern will prepare nightly access charts, maintain guest lists, and create scripts for performances by coordinating with various Lincoln Center departments. The intern will have additional responsibilities as needed relating to ancillary festival events.


  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, Theater, Dance, Music, Arts Administration, or Production majors a plus
  • Must be available in the summer months to work evenings during the festivals
  • Must be available from February to August for the internship.  Spring months the workload is part-time, 20 hours per week.  Summer months the workload is 40 hours a week through 


The ideal candidate might have these preferred skills:

  • Excellent verbal, face-to-face, written communication skills, and research skills and are comfortable interacting in a pleasant, professional manner
  • Very skilled with MS Office, including MS Word and MS Excel and Powerpoint
  • Strong attention to detail, capable of meeting hard deadlines, have the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Enthusiastic, energetic, and flexible, with a great sense of humor
  • Previous administrative experience is a plus.
  • Can bring a unique perspective to this internship and able to work well with others
  • Passion for the arts, interest in an arts management career, administrative support experience
  • Ability to work independently
  • Multilingual skills a plus.

Approximate dates: February 2018 through August 2018.

Interns must be current students. Recent graduates (December 2017) will be considered on a case by case basis; however, candidates of all ages are encouraged to apply.

Interns are paid $13.00 per hour.


Please send cover letter and résumé to [email protected] and list "Public Programming, Administrative Intern" in the subject line. Submissions without cover letters will not be reviewed.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment, and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

LCPA is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion, respect and integrity, patron focus, and innovation.