Development Intern

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Established in 1946 originally as a civic orchestra on the campus of Salem College, the Winston-Salem Symphony incorporated in 1952 and hired its first full-time conductor in 1955. Four permanent music directors have led the WSS since its inception: Maestro James Lerch (1946-1949), Maestro John Iuele (1952-1978), Maestro Peter Perret (1979-2004) and Maestro Robert Moody (2005-present).

Over the years the WSS has offered a wide range of repertoires including classical orchestral and choral concert music; opera, oratorio, and ballet; and popular music. Education and community engagement performances have represented another core component of the Symphony’s offerings, along with partnerships with other area arts, educational, and social services organizations.

Job Title: Development Intern
Salary Range: Unpaid internship
Department: Development
Reports to: Staff members of Development Department
Employment Status: Temporary

• Office Hours, Monday-Friday, anytime between 9am and 5pm.
• Some nights and weekends
• Length and time period of internship will depend on each intern’s individual goals and program requirements


Position Summary:
The Development Intern will assist the Development Department of the Winston-Salem Symphony by participating in ongoing projects throughout the season and interacting with donors and sponsors at events. The duties of the Development intern will change from day to day, some of which include:

• Sending various mailings to donors on a regular basis
• Writing and/or designing donor correspondence
• Gathering and organizing Symphony collateral materials
• Working with and updating databases of donor information
• Assisting with box office sales
• Participating in staff meetings and development related seminars
• Assisting in applying for grants for the organization
• Volunteering at and managing volunteers at events

Working Conditions:
The position is considered an unpaid internship and requires 10-40 hours a week (depending on role assigned). The intern will be provided with all tools necessary to complete job requirements. While the majority of the position duties will be completed in the office, some events are outdoors and in the concert hall.
Some small amounts of driving may be required to transport supplies to events or attend off-site meetings.


Minimum Job Requirements:
Education: High school diploma or higher. Business management, development, or non-profit degree program preferred. Arts administration and interest in symphonic music a plus.

Specific Knowledge/ Skills:
" Must have a can-do attitude and the ability work quickly
" Must have a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint; experience with Microsoft Access, Publisher, and donor software a plus
" Must have strong organizational, detail/management, written and interpersonal communication skills.
" Self/motivation and the ability to set own working hours and manage own time.
" Must be punctual, persistent, a problem solver, timely, creative, and have sustained energy.
" Experience managing large/scale events a plus
" Enthusiastic about working with volunteers and artists and able to manage events in a flexible, calm, patient, and forgiving manner.

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