The Kennedy Center

Development Intern, NSO

Department description

The Kennedy Center Development Office is responsible for managing the acquisition, renewal, and maintenance of all contributed income streams for the Kennedy Center, National Symphony Orchestra, and Washington National Opera. The NSO Development Intern will work closely with both individual and institutional giving teams in support of the Orchestra's fundraising goals. We are looking for highly motivated individuals who are detail-oriented, proactive, and have exceptional interpersonal skills. A Kennedy Center NSO Development Intern will develop the following skills throughout their internship experience:

1. Donor Cycle Familiarity: Interns will gain an understanding of the fundraising cycle, observing the full process from prospecting to donor stewardship. Interns will become familiar with donor communication and liaising both through observation and participation.

2. Collaborative Teamwork: Interns will gain significant experience interacting with and working alongside colleagues.

Project description

In addition to administrative duties as assigned, a Kennedy Center NSO Development Intern will contribute to the following projects during their internship experience:

Donor Prospecting and Research: Intern will collect, research, analyze, and present information on current and prospective individual, corporate, foundation, and government donors and gain experience using industry-standard tools associated with prospect identification and donor records maintenance.

Special Event Support: Intern will participate in and assist with event planning for NSO events, including the NSO Season Opening Gala. Responsibilities will range from preparation to execution, with tasks to potentially include copy writing, editing, RSVP gathering, and staffing of event.

Donor Communication: Intern will develop written content ranging from acknowledgement letters to internal and external reports, adjusting tone and content of writing based on the intent of each piece.

Key Dates

Spring 2019 Term

Application Available: August 9-November 4, 2018

Term Dates: January 21-May 3, 2019

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Fall 2018 Term

Application closed July 15, 2018

Term Dates: September 10-December 14, 2018


Summer 2019 Term

Application Available: December 10-March 17, 2019

Term Dates: June 3-August 16, 2019