Kennedy Center Selects Bethany College Student Valerie Flatley for Summer Internship

BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College student Valerie Flatley — a senior history major and long-time dancer, performer and instructor — was selected as the Summer 2011 Dance Programming intern at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
 
The internship, named one of the “Top 100 Internships” in the United States by The Princeton Review, is administered by the Kennedy Center’s DeVos Institute of Arts Management and provides aspiring arts administrators with hands-on professional skills and experience.
 
The Kennedy Center selected 13 interns from an annual pool of more than 300 applicants for the 10-week summer internship in arts management, which runs from May 31 - August 5.
 
Flatley is the daughter of Patrick and Rose Flatley of Wheeling, W.Va., and attended Wheeling Central Catholic High School. She served as Bethany’s 2010 Cohort of the Vira Heinz Scholarship Program for Women in Global Leadership, spending the summer studying French language and politics in Paris. Flatley has taught both tap and ballet classes.
 
As the Dance Programming intern, Valerie assists in the provision of hospitality and support services to visiting dance companies. She also assists with the production of local dance events on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, serves as Assistant Company Manager for The Suzanne Farrell Ballet and facilitates the Local Dance Commissioning Project.
 
The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center is an experiential training initiative rooted in the practical application of management skills at an internationally recognized arts organization. Through internships, fellowships and management symposia, participants examine the many roles and responsibilities of successful managers in today’s complex world of performing arts.
 
Full-time placements are made within the center’s central offices, including: advertising, development, education, National Symphony Orchestra, press and production. Interns also attend weekly seminars led by Kennedy Center senior staff.
 
The John F. Kennedy Center is the nation’s center for the performing arts and a living presidential memorial. Now in its 39th season, the center presents the greatest examples of music, dance and theater. Under the guidance of Chairman David M. Rubenstein and President Michael M. Kaiser, the seven theaters and nine stages of the nation’s busiest performing arts facility annually host approximately 3,000 performances for audiences approaching two million.
 
Twenty million more people around the world are exposed to the work at the Kennedy Center through center-related touring productions, educational programs, and television and radio broadcasts, including the Kennedy Center Honors, the Mark Twain Prize for Humor, the Kennedy Center Presents and Billy Taylor's Jazz at the Kennedy Center on National Public Radio.
 
With its artistic affiliate, the National Symphony Orchestra, the center’s role as a commissioner, producer, and nurturer of developing artists has resulted in more than 150 theatrical productions and dozens of new ballets, operas, and musical works. As part of the Kennedy Center’s Performing Arts for Everyone outreach program, the Center stages more than 400 free performances of music, dance and theater by artists from throughout the world each year.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.