Americans for the Arts

  • Fall 2018 Leadership Alliances/Development Intern

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(6/1/2018 5:25 PM)
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  • Overview

    The intern’s work will be split between the Leadership Alliances Department (the first part of the semester) and the Development Department (the second part of the semester). The Leadership Alliances Department works to develop strategies for leveraging and cultivating relationships with individuals and sponsors engaged in Americans for the Arts programming including the National Arts Awards and the National Arts Policy Roundtable. The team also coordinates an Artists Committee of over one hundred high-profile artists involved in the organization’s work. The Development Department is responsible for raising all contributed revenues for the organization. Program areas include individual giving, as well as corporate, foundation and government giving.


    Part 1 –

    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. The intern will need excellent research and verbal and written communication skills, including being comfortable contacting board members, artists, donors, and prospective donors via telephone and email. Other desired skills include: proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; the ability to perform mail merges and sort data in Excel; the ability to handle multiple deadline-driven tasks simultaneously; and attention to detail.


    Part 2 –

    The Development Intern will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in different aspects of running a successful fundraising campaign. The candidates will be introduced to the transformative power of the arts that Americans for the Arts carries out on a local, state, and national level. This intern position will include work in all program areas. As part of the Development team, the intern will also have the opportunity to network with the staff members who are among the leaders of the filed as well as arts professionals in D.C. area through meetings and site visits.


    Part 1 –

    • Assist the Leadership Alliances Director with the preparation and follow-up of the 2017 National Arts Policy Roundtable (NAPR) – edit bios for and prepare materials for distribution to NAPR participants; create and edit PowerPoint slideshows for panel discussions; assist with follow-up correspondence and mailings to program participants.
    • Assist the Leadership Alliances Coordinator and Vice President of Leadership Alliances with preparation for the 2018 National Arts Awards.
    • Conduct prospect research and prepare and manage National Arts Awards solicitation/mailing lists and materials to send 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).
    • Edit attendee bios and maintain RSVPs.
    • Attend meetings with internal/external teams and take notes as needed.
    • Maintain Artists Committee files – creation and maintenance of hard copy and electronic files; conduct committee research and maintain awareness using online tools and physical publications; assist in outreach efforts by preparing materials and mailings.

    Part 2 –


    • Conduct prospect research for foundations and corporations by using search databases such as Google, WealthEngine, and online business magazines.
    • Work with the Individual Giving Coordinator on annual fund gift processing and acknowledgments.
    • Monitor and manage Google Alerts to keep track of top prospects, major donors, companies, and foundations.
    • Proofread and edit convention reports and write cover letters for the sponsors.
    • Provide general administrative support including filing and mailings.
    • Participate in staff meetings.


    • Excellent research skills, and written and verbal communication skills.
    • Attention to detail and the ability to handle multiple deadline-driven tasks simultaneously.
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
    • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, strong attention to detail, and adaptability, initiative, and superior problem-solving skills and follow-through.
    • Ability to work well independently as well as in a team setting.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint; including familiarity with mail merge and sorting data in Excel.



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