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The Kennedy Center

Friends of the Kennedy Center

Department description

The Friends of the Kennedy Center volunteer department is responsible for recruiting, training, supervising, and motivating the Center's corps of 500+ regularly scheduled in-house volunteers who assist with tours, retail, media, education, information technology, the Washington National Opera and administrative work, among many other areas, delivering high quality service to the nation’s performing arts center. Additionally, the department oversees the Festival/Event volunteer corps of 2, 00+, which provides additional support for the Center’s festivals and special programs; the Global Friends Global Friends, representing 57 different countries; and NexGenFriends, volunteers ages 40 and under.

Project description

A Kennedy Center Friends intern will develop the following skills throughout their internship experience:
1. Volunteer management: Interns experience first-hand the basic principles of volunteer management – recruitment, retention, and recognition.
2. Volunteer Outreach: Interns will learn how supervise the ongoing engagement of the NexGenFriends population (volunteers age 35 and under) by planning recruitment and social events, community outreach initiatives to educate young audiences about volunteer opportunities, and enhancing involvement with the Center's young professional groups, MyTix and WNO Bravo.
3. Supervise Friends Social Networking: Interns will gain knowledge and strategies regarding communication to a multigenerational audience by monitoring the Friends social networking programs, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Key Dates

Summer 2019 Term

Applications Due: March 17, 2019

Term Dates: June 3-August 16, 2019

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Spring 2019 Term

Application closed November 11, 2018

Term Dates: January 22-May 3, 2019

Fall 2018 Term

Term Dates: September 10-December 14, 2018