Work Study Program

José Mateo Ballet Theatre offers a robust Work Study program that allows volunteers to earn free ballet classes in exchange for working at the front desk and assisting with the school’s administrative tasks.


Work Study participants are scheduled for a weekly three-hour shift at the front desk of the JMBT Cambridge Studios. Duties on shift include include greeting guests at the front desk, signing in students attending class, answering inquiries on the phone, assisting with the school’s special projects, light cleaning, and any additional tasks.


Work Study participants must be at least 16 years of age and be able to commit to 3 months. Work Study participants must be responsible, prompt, courteous, and calm under pressure. They must also show proficiency with standard computer programs, be responsible while handling payments, and demonstrate the ability to execute detailed work in a fast-paced environment. Due to exposure to confidential information, family members of JMBT YDP students are not allowed to be Work Study participants.


The Work Study Program offers an exchange of hours worked for classes earned – 3 adult ballet classes for every three-hour shift worked. Participants additionally have the opportunity to connect with the José Mateo Ballet Theatre network and add arts administration experience to their résumés. (Please note: Work Study credits may not be used in exchange for rehearsal space)




The following shifts are available for Work Studies to sign up for:


How to Apply

Acceptance into the program is offered throughout the year. Acceptance will be based upon the applicant’s demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment to being part of our administrative team, interest in working with people and willingness to accept the conditions and responsibilities laid out by José Mateo Ballet Theatre and its staff. Applicants will be asked to attend a brief interview before acceptance into the program.

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