Development Intern (2 positions)
Start Date: on or about May 22, 2024
End Date: on or about September 3, 2024
The Development Team is responsible for securing all contributed income for the Company through mailings, e-campaigns, fundraising/cultivation events, business sponsorships, grant writing, and group sales. Shakespeare & Company’s Development Office is an interactive environment that often collaborates with other departments and generally operates on standard business hours, but does require some nights and weekends throughout the summer.
The Development intern(s) will experience in real time the multi-faceted operations of a comprehensive, integrated Development Department comprised of a Director of Development, Director of Business Sponsorships/Group Sales, Development Strategist/Grant Writer, and Development Operations/Database Manager. Our office is located in the main administrative building that has large windows, air conditioning, access to a refrigerator, coffee/tea, microwave, gender-neutral restrooms, and an open-concept working environment. Independent work stations and computers will be provided to interns.
Development Interns are engaged alongside the professional development staff with a 35-hour-a-week flex schedule and will participate in bi-weekly Intern Classes with other Shakespeare & Company interns to help broaden their theater experience. Interns are encouraged to pick an independent project in their field of interest (i.e., grant writing, event production, database management project, etc.) to complete during their internship, receiving input and instruction from our professional staff. This capstone project is developed to be included as part of the Intern’s portfolio.
We are looking for outgoing, personable undergraduate-aged people who can effectively work independently as well as in a team dynamic, and are eager to learn. A commitment to values of inclusion, anti-racism, and anti-oppression are a must. Driver’s license and access to a vehicle are appreciated, but not required. Development Interns receive a weekly stipend of $300 and shared, on-campus housing, if needed. Interns can arrange for college credit through their school and will receive a final review from their department head at the end of their internship.
Opportunities for Skill Development may include:
- Organization and implementation of donor and fundraising events, including event planning, drafting invitations, processing RSVPs, and managing donor queries, ticketing, greeting special guests, groups, and facilitating special requests.
- Mailings, acknowledgements, and database management including exploring methods of expanding email distribution lists for cultivation and sales.
- Compiling materials for grant proposals, with hands-on experience in researching new funding sources.
- Logistical efforts including relationship support and maintenance activities such as confirmations, ticketing, meeting donors and others upon arrival, facilitating special requests such at Talk Backs and off-site artist engagements.
- Researching and identifying new group sales and business sponsor candidates.
- Learning and assisting on fundraising and group sales databases, in Excel and in Raiser’s Edge NXT, and communications through email and through MailChimp.
- Marketing, including reviewing written and electronic materials including eblasts, flyers, and invitations.