Americans for the Arts

Summer 2018 Leadership Alliances Intern

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
Posted Date 2 months ago(1/26/2018 1:32 PM)
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The Leadership Alliances Department develops strategies for leveraging and cultivating relationships with individuals and sponsors through Americans for the Arts programming, including the National Arts Awards, the National Arts Policy Roundtable, and other cultivation events. The team also coordinates an Artists Committee of over one hundred high-profile artists engaged in, and bringing visibility to, the organization’s work.


The Leadership Alliances Intern works closely with the Leadership Alliances Coordinator and Leadership Alliances Director in the development and completion of projects designed to assist in the preparation and follow-up for cultivation and relationship-building programs. As part of Americans for the Arts’ program, interns also engage in a number of professional development opportunities, including site visits and informational meetings, as well participation in a cross-departmental intern project.


National Arts Policy Roundtable

  • Assist the Leadership Alliances Director with the preparation for the 2018 National Arts Policy Roundtable (NAPR).
  • Prepare materials distributed to NAPR participants.
  • Create and edit PowerPoint slideshows for panel discussions.
  • Assist with follow-up correspondence and mailings to program participants.
  • Assist the Director in strategizing for the development of program content for future roundtable programs, including but not limited to: researching potential panel topics, speakers, and attendees related to those topics.
  • Research and synthesize information for briefing materials for the roundtable program.

National Arts Awards

  • Assist the Leadership Alliances Coordinator and Vice President of Leadership Alliances with the preparation for the 2018 National Arts Awards.
  • Conduct prospect research, prepare and manage solicitation/mailing lists, and send materials to participants.  
  • Assist with gift processing and maintenance of electronic and physical acknowledgement letters and gift receipts.
  • Assist with correspondence and follow-up to potential event participants (via email and phone)
  • Assist with tracking and editing RSVPs and attendee bios.
  • Attend meetings with internal/external teams and take notes as needed.

Artists Committee

  • Maintain Artists Committee files, including creation and maintenance of hard copy and electronic files.
  • Conduct research and maintain awareness of Committee member activities using online tools and physical publications.
  • Assist in outreach efforts by preparing materials and mailings.

Other duties, as assigned.


  • Excellent research skills, and written and verbal communication skills – including being comfortable contacting board members, donors, and other VIPs via telephone and e-mail.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to handle multiple deadline-driven tasks simultaneously.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint; including familiarity with mail merge and sorting data in Excel.


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