Increase your knowledge of the world of international arts through an internship with PAA. Spend anywhere from four weeks to six months living in one of our many destinations throughout the world and gaining an understanding of the professional aspect of your discipline.

You’ll be working about 30 hours per week and will be invited to complete a final project (with funding from PAA up to $100) to showcase what you’ve learned and contributed. These programs are incredible opportunities to get behind the scenes and understand how your craft functions in a completely different cultural context.

Our Internships Programs

Dance Internship in Barcelona

The dance scene of Barcelona is the city’s heartbeat. Leap right in by interning at a studio and exploring the vibrant culture of Catalonia.

Dance Internship in Ecuador

Connect with the culture of Ecuador through the universal language of dance and movement. Intern with a dance organization that promotes folkloric dance of the Andes region, or a foundation offering dance therapy and education to people with disabilities.

Music Internship in Ecuador

Rediscover your musical passion as you intern abroad with a foundation in Quito offering music therapy and education to people with disabilities.

Performing Arts Internship in Florence

Intern at a theatre, opera house, dance studio, or other performing arts organization in Florence…the birthplace of opera and a mecca of Italy’s artistic life.

Theatre Internship in Barcelona

Barcelona’s stories are held in the sacred halls of its theatres. Dive in with an internship customized to your artistic journey.

“My experience as an intern in Barcelona through Performing Arts Abroad has changed me in so many positive ways. I felt my confidence grow every day as I danced with new friends, learned exciting new styles of dance, and improved my Spanish language abilities inside and outside of the studio. I was also able to spend time in the office of the dance school, answering phones and interacting with existing and potential students to answer questions and deliver information. Virtually all aspects of my internship were initially outside of my comfort zone, but in the spirit of living in a new and vibrant culture (and with the help of the incredible PAA team), I was able to embrace each challenge as a dancer, a student, and as a person. I am eager to put the confidence and skills I gained in Barcelona to use in my life here in the United States.”

“Most people do not get the opportunity to experience another culture while doing what they love, which in my case is dance. The personal growth I experienced through this internship was life changing. I would definitely do this again and recommend anyone that has the means to go!”

“I spent the last 6 weeks completing a dance administration internship in Florence, Italy. Florence was such an incredible city and had so much more to offer than I ever expected. I made some incredible friends and visited so many amazing places – I have no idea how the time managed to pass so quickly.”

“The family I stayed with for the 3 months were wonderful and very patient with me and my Spanish. My placement was great; I was doing music with special needs which is exactly what i’d wanted to do. I also got to see some amazing places in Ecuador, including the Galapagos Islands and the Rainforest. I had a really great 3 months and I wish I could go back and do it again!”

“Interning in a Theatre in London was one of my favorite summer experiences because I got the chance to meet and work with so many talented artists within the Theatre. I loved learning the differences between an American Theatre and a London Theatre. It was a great opportunity for me to travel, see art, and meet new people. I already miss it! It was truly a once in a life time opportunity!”

From the blog


Falling in Love with Barcelona

Bennington College student Kari Ostensen’s Dance Internship in Barcelona enabled her to continue her Dance and Language studies abroad over the summer. I always knew that studying abroad would be a crucial part of studying Spanish in college, but I…


Cherishing Memories of Barcelona

Isabella Ordonez got to combine her love of dance with her love of the Spanish language during her 8-week Dance Internship in Barcelona. I came across PAA one day as I was searching the internet for something I could do…


I Came, I Saw, I Loved.

Emma Fiore spent 8 weeks in Florence, interning with a professional contemporary dance company through PAA’s Performing Arts Internship in Florence program. For as long as I can remember I have dreamed of traveling the world. I have always wanted…


Five Tips for Making the Most of your Time Abroad...especially when things don't go quite as planned!

Savanna Hagerty spent 12 weeks on Performing Arts Abroad’s Music Summer Study in Florence, where she took music courses and did an internship at a local music school. As part of her internship, she took advantage of PAA’s internship capstone…

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