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Summer Development Internships

Organization
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
Working Time
Full Time
Remuneration
Unpaid

Wolf Trap internships and apprenticeships give budding professionals a competitive edge—whether they seek jobs in the arts or any other field.

Employers are looking for college graduates who can hit the ground running—those who don’t need training in basic workplace skills, like inter-office communications and coordinating multiple projects. 

Interns and apprentices get a nuanced view of a field that is rapidly changing and what it takes to evolve and innovate. This experience helps interns and apprentices build leadership skills that can be applied to the performing arts or any line of work they choose to pursue.

Requirements for Development Internships:

  • Strong computer skills (MS Word and Excel), experience with Raiser's Edge software is helpful but not necessary
  • Outstanding writing, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Efficient organizational skills and ability to multitask
  • Exceptional customer service skills, creativity, and initiative

Annual Giving Internship:
Be an integral part of Wolf Trap’s Annual Giving program, joining a dynamic eight-person team that manages individual membership (gifts up to $25,000), corporate membership, and corporate sponsorship. Get hands-on experience planning and participating in stewardship and cultivation events, creating solicitation and stewardship materials, and assisting with benefit fulfillment, including providing excellent customer service by phone, in writing, and in person.

  • Assist with preparation for cultivation and stewardship events for members and sponsors
  • Research prospective funders
  • Produce content for donor communication and My Wolf Trap, Wolf Trap’s members-only website
  • Record and manage information in fundraising database
  • Assist donors with questions regarding membership benefits
  • Create and maintain the schedule for on-site recognition of sponsors and donors
  • Manage logistics of the Encore Circle Lounge, Wolf Trap’s VIP lounge (summer only)

Major Gifts Internship
Gain an inside perspective into individual major gifts fundraising as you assist Wolf Trap in securing gifts of $25,000 and above for general operating funds, special projects, and the endowment. You will help plan and execute exclusive events for major donors, research prospects, help develop individualized prospect strategies, and more.

  • Assist with planning and execution of targeted, exclusive events for major gift donors and prospects
  • Become trained in using research databases and programs to obtain background information on prospects
  • Assist with all aspects of major gifts stewardship, including the creation of impact reports
  • Experience individual donor cultivation through attendance at donor events
  • Manage donor and prospect information in donor database

Facility Rentals
Join in on the excitement of hosting private events at Wolf Trap’s many unique facilities, assisting with the daily functions of the Rentals program and coordinating weddings and corporate events from start to finish.

  • Lead clients on site visits of Wolf Trap facilities
  • Maintain relationships with key vendors
  • Manage logistics for Rental Events projects throughout the summer
  • Interact with clients and prospects on the phone, through email, and on-site events
  • Other projects include venue and industry research and managing social media accounts

Special Events
Work behind the scenes with the Special Events team, assisting with the daily planning, logistics, coordination, and execution of Wolf Trap’s major fundraising events that help raise $1.5 million annually.

  • Coordinate set-up and on-site registration at events
  • Other projects include planning silent auctions, raffles, and members-only trips
  • Other projects include planning silent auctions, members-only trips, and marketing/outreach efforts for large events
  • Assist with event invitation and RSVP process by managing information in the donor database
  • Execute membership fulfillment and cultivation events
  • Interact with donors, prospects, and board members on the phone, through email, and on-site at events

Apply for these positions here. Applications due February 1.