Development Intern Job Description

The Great River Shakespeare Festival would like to invite students interested in learning about the day-to-day functions of a professional theatre’s development department to apply for the Festival’s Development Internship. This position is well-suited for candidates with a background and interest in the world of fundraising and events coordination in the non-profit sector.

About Us. The Great River Shakespeare Festival produces thoughtful, articulate, engaging productions of Shakespeare’s plays, and contributes substantially to the cultural, social, and economic life of Winona, the Midwest, and the United States. The cornerstone of our work is a vigorous exploration of Shakespeare’s words. This inspires our productions, guides our educational offerings, sparks our conversations, and unites our community. Through these pursuits, we experience Shakespeare’s stories as our own and strengthen the connections between us.

Overview. The Development internship provides a broad exposure to the Great River Shakespeare Festival’s fundraising program with an emphasis on events coordination.

Primary Objectives. Interns will work with the Festival’s Advancement and Community Development Manager in the following areas:
• Donor Cultivation events
• Individual donor solicitations
• Donor Relations
• Corporate sponsorship
• Foundation and government grant proposals
• Donor database management and prospect research
• General support of the Festival

Experience and skills.
• Experience coordinating events and working with volunteers
• The ability to work in a fast- paced environment and be highly organized
• Strong computer proficiency
• Excellent writing and communication skills

This position runs from May-August with approximately 40 hours a week. The position will require some nights and weekends due to donor events. This is a paid internship with a bi-weekly stipend and possible housing provided.

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