College of Fine Arts and Communication

Department of dance

Dance Performance Major (B.F.A.)

Collaborative Internship Program

The Collaborative Internship Program strives to build connections between Towson University dance majors and the dance community at other institutions. These collaborations provide experiences rich in diversity, creativity and critical thinking that will help students develop practical skills related to their career. Through this program students are introduced to a variety of concepts pertaining to arts management, performance and teaching.

Getting Started

You must identify an internship, apprenticeship or fieldwork about four months prior to beginning the program. Consideration of more than one site is encouraged. You must select a Towson faculty supervisor who will work with you to coordinate the internship. You then apply for the internship though the host institution. All students completing an internship under this program enroll in Dance 495 Independent Study.

Fall Internships: June 30th0 Deadline
Spring Internships: September 30th Deadline
Summer Internships: January 30th Deadline

You can choose your own internship site, but all host institutions must participate in the program. You can also select from the approved internships.

Independent Study Contract

Two months prior to beginning the program, you must complete an Independent Study Contract with your faculty supervisor. This contract will include learning goals, job responsibilities and assessment methods agreed upon by the student, the faculty supervisor and the on-site coordinator for the host institution.

All necessary paperwork pertinent to the internship such as contracts, liability waivers and background checks required by the on-site coordinator must be complete at this time.

During the Internship

The student and faculty supervisor will regularly communicate according to an agreed upon schedule and method. The faculty supervisor will routinely check in with the on-site coordinator as well. As outlined in the Independent Study Contract, the student will complete a final assessment for evaluation.

After the Internship is Complete

To earn credit for the program, the student must complete the agreed upon assessment and have it submitted to the faculty supervisor for evaluation. The on-site coordinator will also provide evaluation reports regarding the student’s performance that will contribute to the supervisor’s final grade for the program.

Resources Provided by Host Institution
  • The host institution for the internship, apprenticeship or fieldwork will provide the student an on-site coordinator. This person will be the student’s primary contact at the institution throughout the program. The on-site coordinator will provide guidance and direction related to job responsibilities and learning goals.
  • The on-site coordinator will acquaint the student to the institution’s philosophy, policies and objectives.
  • The faculty supervisor will receive evaluation reports from the on-site coordinator that will reflect the student’s ability to complete work based on agreed upon deadlines.
Resources Provided by Faculty Supervisor
  • The faculty supervisor will collaborate with the student and the on-site coordinator to develop job responsibilities and assessment protocol for the program.
  • Throughout the term, the faculty supervisor will communicate with the student to provide guidance. The supervisor will also communicate with the on-site coordinator to check-in on the student’s development.
  • The faculty supervisor will conduct the final evaluation of the student’s performance and provide a final grade on the program.

For more information about the Collaborative Internship Program, or for more information about become a host institution, contact Sandra Perez at 410-704-2775 or email

Department of Dance
Center for the Arts, Room 1002
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-2760
Fax: 410-704-3752


Related links

Approved Internships (PDF)

Independent Study Contract Form (Word)




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