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The Kennedy Center

Development Intern, WNO

Department description

The Kennedy Center Development Office is responsible for managing the acquisition, renewal, and maintenance of all contributed incomes for the Kennedy Center, National Symphony Orchestra, and Washington National Opera. We are looking for highly motivated individuals who are detail-oriented, self-motivated, proactive, and have exceptional interpersonal skills. The WNO Intern will support a team of nine development officers who are charged with raising approximately $10 million through gifts from individual donors, corporate sponsorships, foundation grants, and government awards.

The Washington National Opera Development Intern will gain donor cycle familiarity, inclusive of prospecting and donor stewardship; contribute to small and large-scale projects; and develop professional written and verbal communication with colleagues and donors.

Project description

Prospect Research: The Intern will help the team in day-to-day strategic development efforts by researching and creating informational briefings on current and prospective donors for WNO's annual campaigns, as well as specific projects for the 2018-2019 productions. The WNO Intern will gain experience with various online research tools and databases.

Donor Appeals: The Intern will assist with the execution of solicitations, including WNO's Circles campaign, corporate campaigns, and main stage productions. Responsibilities will include cleaning and preparing spreadsheets for mail merges, generating and editing copy for external communications, printing and preparing large-scale mailings, and organizing physical and electronic materials.

Events: The Intern will assist the team in preparation for WNO Opening Nights, WNO Dress Rehearsals, Kennedy Center Spring Gala, and WNO Gala. Projects will include assisting with the invitation lists and mailings, RSVP follow-up, and event registration.

Key Dates

Spring 2019 Term

Application Available: August 9-November 12, 2018

Term Dates: January 22-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