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The Kennedy Center

Individual and Planned Giving Intern

Department description

The Development Office manages the acquisition, renewal, and maintenance of all contributed income for the Kennedy Center, NSO, and WNO. We are looking for highly motivated individuals who are detail-oriented, self-motivated, and have exceptional interpersonal skills. The Individual and Planned Giving team stewards the Kennedy Center's Circles Campaign (mid-level giving), the Major Gifts/Trustees Campaigns, the Planned Giving Campaign (estate and legacy giving), and a Capital Campaign in support of the Center's first-ever physical expansion, known as the REACH. The Individual and Planned Giving Intern will gain an understanding of the fundraising cycle, observing the full process from prospecting to donor stewardship. The intern will learn the specifics of different fundraising strategies for mid-level donors to major donors, and gain experience facilitating the requests of legacy donors with bequests, estate plans, and endowment gifts to the Kennedy Center.

Project description

Circles Campaign: Assist with the day-to-day logistics of the Circles (mid-level giving) campaign, including database maintenance, acknowledgement of gifts, and preparation of collateral materials. Additionally, assist in the preparation and logistics of both small- and large-scale events onsite, such as Circles Board meetings, cocktail receptions, and cast parties.

Major Gifts/Trustees Campaigns: Assist with prospect research and identification, including extensive analysis of high-level philanthropists, drafting of written correspondence from multiple voices within the institution, and the preparation of collateral materials for internal and external meetings with key stakeholders.

Planned Giving: Conduct research by working with Tessitura and online databases to develop research briefings and strategies for engaging legacy donors, while contributing to the creation and production of marketing materials and legacy donor correspondence.

Capital Campaign: Assist with prospect research and identification, as well as other general administrative tasks, in preparation of the fall 2019 public opening of the REACH.

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