The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries seeks students who are interested in a dance medicine career, and who instill professionalism and enthusiasm for this field. Our Center regularly accepts volunteers from many disciplines including exercise science, athletic training, kinesiology, pre-physical therapy, pre-medicine and arts administration. Placement depends upon the student's academic background, type of volunteer experience sought, and availability. Submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance. A phone or in-person interview may be requested prior to acceptance. This position is unpaid and does not provide school credit.

 Educational Programs

General Internship

The General Internship is geared toward undergraduate or graduate students who would like exposure to the various careers in dance medicine, including: orthopaedic surgery; physical therapy; athletic training; education; and not-for-profit arts/hospital administration. The intern will be able to observe many on- and off-site clinical programs, injury prevention assessments, workshops and continuing education offerings, and much more. There is a mandatory contractual agreement between the hospital and the student's school. A minimum of 15/hrs per week for 6-12 weeks is expected.    
*The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries is currently not accepting General Internship applicants for Spring 2015. 

How to Apply and Deadlines for Submission:

General Internship volunteers must submit a completed application by the given deadline for the term requested (see below). Applications will be reviewed on the given deadline, and approved applicants will be notified. Due to the high volume of applications we are unable to respond to incomplete or late applications. Completed Internship Applications should be emailed to Leigh Heflin at

Completed General Internship Application Must Be Filed By the Deadline Specified for the Desired Term / Date Range:

Summer (May – August)………….March 1st
Fall (September – December)…...May 1st
Spring (January – April)…………..Currently Not Accepting

For more information about becoming a volunteer at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, please contact Leigh Heflin, program coordinator, at or call 212-460-0153.  

For general information about becoming a volunteer at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, please visit the Volunteer website:

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Athletic Training Student Clinical Affiliation*


The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries offers a full time, hospital-based dance affiliation program for athletic training students in their final academic year. As this is a clinical position and will require hands-on learning, there is a mandatory contractual agreement between the hospital and the student's school. Placement is determined by a review of the applicant’s curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, recommendations, dance experience, and a personal interview. Competition for affiliation opportunities is extremely high and spaces are limited. Interested candidates for an ATC Student Clinical Affiliation must submit a completed application at least 8 months prior to the start of the applicant’s senior year. To apply, please e-mail the completed Athletic Training Student Clinical Affiliation Application to


For more information, please contact Leigh Heflin, program coordinator, at or call 212-460-0153.  

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Professional Research Mentorship*

The professional research mentorship allows students or post-graduate professionals to gain experience with multiple aspects of the dance medicine research carried out at the Harkness Center, from epidemiological exploration to biomechanical data collection in our state-of-the-art research facility. This mentorship program may include experiences such as grant writing, HIPAA compliance, literature review, subject recruitment, data collection and data entry, data analysis and interpretation, and research writing and publication. The mentorship experience will be different for each participant and actual activities will be dependent upon what is taking place at the Harkness Center at the time of the mentorship.  This mentorship position lasts 6 to 12 months. If a longer or shorter amount of time is requested, please note this in the initial inquiry and a decision will be made based upon complete review of the applicant’s experience and availability. Mentorship positions have a rolling admission. To apply, please e-mail the completed Professional Research Mentorship Application to

For more information please contact Leigh Heflin, program coordinator, at harkness@nyumc.orgor call 212-460-0153.  

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*Written expression of interest in our educational programs does NOT guarantee placement. Eligibility for acceptance to our programs depends upon submission of application and selection by committee, after review of your curriculum vitae, telephone or in-person interview, rigorous review of your professional and personal references, and compatibility with program mission and schedule. All volunteer and educational affiliate programs at our facility are non-paying positions.

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