Development Intern

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Assist the Development Department in its research, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects and donors to achieve its 2012-2013 Annual Campaign.

•Academic credit may be arranged at the discretion of the academic institution
•Advance one’s professional communication skills
•Gain knowledge of the internal operations of an OPERA America-designated Level I company with special attention to annual giving, special events, and volunteer services
•Acquire knowledge of and experience with Tessitura, the premier patron database designed specifically for the performing arts industry
•Further develop the ability to manage projects
•Experience with a performance review process
•Letters of recommendation provided upon successful completion of the internship

DEPARTMENT: Development

REPORTS TO: Director of Development

INDIRECT REPORTS TO: Donor Relations Manager

COMPENSATION: Unpaid Internship



•Research individual, corporate and foundation prospects using Foundation Directory Online and other resources
•Create trend analysis from previous Annual Campaign data
•Assemble proposal materials
•Organize files
•Coordinate efforts within the department to maintain archives of relevant materials
•Maintain patron database, Tessitura
•Create press kits for special events
•Draft proposals and other written materials including acknowledgement letters as needed
•Assist at special events and performances as needed
•Answer phones
•Other duties as assigned


QUALIFICATIONS: Serious interest in the art form from a management perspective. High level of attention to detail and accuracy, outstanding written and verbal communication skills, and a positive, professional attitude. If interested in special event and performance work, one must be willing and able to work evenings and weekend hours. 10 – 15 hours a week. Excellent Microsoft Office skills are a must. Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) is a plus. Minimum commitment: one semester.

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