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Student Programs

The National Dance Education Organization strongly supports its student members who are the future professionals in dance and dance education. As such, NDEO offers the following programs to support students in their studies, artistry, and professional preparation.


NDEO is not currently accepting internship applications as the national office is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NDEO offers internship opportunities for highly motivated, independent, and mature graduate and undergraduate student members of NDEO who seek to understand dance arts education in relation to the national agenda of educational reform. Internships offer practical and challenging experiences in dance education, research, legislation, policy and funding, advocacy, arts or business administration, marketing and publications, conferences, and membership.

NDEO Student Organizations (NSOs)

NDEO members who are students can start Student Dance Education Organization chapters at their university or college. In addition to hosting their own activities at the school level, each student chapter may send a representative to the NDEO Student Council which meets during the annual conference. The Student Council offers students a venue to network, address issues and concerns unique to students, and propose ways NDEO can better serve its student population.

NDEO Conference

Student Conference Scholarships

As funds are available, NDEO offers scholarships to students who plan to attend the annual National Conference. One scholarship each is offered to a deserving undergraduate and a graduate student. Both awards present a check to the recipient at conference.

Students are defined as members who are in Undergraduate or Graduate (masters) programs at a college or university on a full-time basis. If their school, college or university is also an Institutional Member of NDEO they qualify for the discounted Student of an Institutional Member conference rate. Phd / EdD candidates are not eligible for the student conference rates. MORE INFO 

Student Conference Volunteers

NDEO is pleased to offer a limited number of complimentary conference registration to student volunteers. Student volunteers are selected through a competitive application process and work 10-12 hours in 2 to 3-hours shifts during conference. In return, they are welcome to attend conference sessions and events for free. Volunteer duties include: checking in conference attendees and handing out registration materials; answering general attendee questions about event, directions, etc.; helping attendees download and use the conference app; and assisting with the Student Sharing Performance tech and shepherding student performers.

In order to volunteer, you must be a current NDEO student member (with membership current through conference dates) and available to volunteer for at least two days of conference. All student volunteers must have a professor sponsoring them for this volunteer opportunity, attesting to the volunteer's reliability and ability to successfully complete conference volunteer duties. NDEO may contact the professor sponsor for more information regarding the student. Preference is given to volunteers whose professor sponsor is a current NDEO member and is attending NDEO Conference. The 2019 application period is closed.