To apply, send a cover letter indicating internship(s) of interest, resume, and contact information for two professional references to email@example.com.
GENERAL INFORMATION: This volunteer internship program, geared toward undergraduates students, graduate students, and recent graduates, offers an educational opportunity to develop professional experience and knowledge in the area of cultural diplomacy and education at a performing arts non-profit. All volunteer interns who work for at least 15 hours per week for at least 12 weeks will be eligible to receive a stipend of $500.
This internship can be fully remote, in-person, or mostly remote with a few days in the office. If
Washington Performing Arts’ office status does not allow for in-person work at any point during
the internship period, this internship will be fully remote. Regular hours during WPA’s office
hours will be established on an individual basis with each intern.
Spring internships run in concordance with typical university semesters – January to May.
Start/end dates determined with interns according to their schedules and commitments.
Title of Immediate Supervisor: Manager of Advancement Operations & Analytics or Director of Individual Giving
The Washington Performing Arts Advancement department seeks interns to learn about the
functions of the department and to provide overall support.
Essential Duties to be Selected from the Following
The assigned duties may be adjusted to complement the intern’s educational studies and
- Assist with database management (data entry and updating donor information in Tessitura)
- Create and edit text for electronic and print materials including donation renewals, acquisitions, newsletters, and special appeals
- Correspond with individuals in regards to gift acknowledgement and benefit fulfillment.
- Research prospective donors
- Provide on-site support for performances, where applicable
- Assist with event planning, execution, and follow-up of events including private recitals, receptions, and donor events.
- Create informational materials and draft invitations and correspondence (print and electronic)
- Field guest inquiries and RSVPs
Corporate, Institutional Giving
- Research potential grant opportunities
- Compile support documents and/or drafts for grant proposals and reports
- Assist with mailing projects including invitations to performances and events, gift renewals, and direct mail projects
- Assist with Board meeting preparation
● High School Diploma
Essential Capabilities & Preferences
● Outstanding oral and written communication skills
● Excellent customer service skills
● Ability to multitask and meet deadlines
● Computer skills: Microsoft Word, Excel (preferred)
● Some prior experience in an administrative setting preferred
● Interest in the performing arts
Specific Conditions of Work
● General office environment and/or teleworking (based on current WPA office status in
response to COVID-19 advisories in the District of Columbia)
● Minimum of 15 hours per week required, 20 hours preferred; regular hours during WPA’s
office hours will be established with each intern on an individual basis.
● Ability to work at in-person or virtual events (e.g. at concerts and other events) as
needed (and as indicated by WPA operating status in response to Covid-19); regular
work hours will be adjusted to accommodate events.
● COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: Washington Performing Arts values the safety of
our employees and families, our patrons and visitors, artists and students, and the
community at large. Therefore, effective October 15, 2021, we are requiring that all
Washington Performing Arts staff (including contractors and vendors who interact
in-person with the general public) must be vaccinated against COVID-19. The
COVID-19 vaccines remain a critical tool for saving lives, reducing the severity of the
illness in infected people, and stopping the spread of COVID-19. In support of these
values, if you are selected for this internship, and your internship is not fully remote, you
must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the start of your internship. You must
submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to the Intern Coordinator on
your start date as a condition of your internship. In the instance where vaccination is
not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs, you may ask for an
accommodation to revise your internship to a fully remote internship. Accommodations will be granted depending on the essential duties and nature and/ or do not cause Washington Performing Arts undue hardship.
To apply, send a cover letter indicating internship(s) of interest, resume, and contact information
for two professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org .