Gift Planning Intern

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Work Location: In-office


  • Internship
  • Chicago, IL (Remote)
  • Mon, Apr 1, 2024
  • Work Location: In-office
  • Opera
  • Hourly Rate (USD$): 15.80

Lyric Opera of Chicago

REPORTS TO: Associate Director of Gift Planning

TERM: Summer 2024 (with option to continue)

HOURS: 10-20 hours per week (In-Office)

Through artistic excellence coupled with innovative, relevant programming; initiatives to connect with and grow new audiences; engagement with communities to ignite creativity across Chicago; and a modernized Opera House that is the setting for truly great experiences, Lyric is leading the advancement of opera. This collaborative vision will deliver ever more exciting, thought-provoking and inclusive audience and community experiences – while increasing the gravitational pull of our art form, our company, and our city.

The Gift Planning Intern will be involved in projects including data review and entry, scanning and uploading files, auditing and recording data from existing files, and creating emails.


Digitize existing gift planning donor files and estate files.
Audit files of important planned givers to determine the level of documentation we have for their gift commitments.
Review and compile past estate gifts and log each deceased donor’s Lyric engagement (ticket purchases; donations; board participation; etc).
Update estates that are not built using the current protocol and work on estate management and outreach.
Build and deploy emails to gift planning prospects, as well as to existing planned givers for stewardship and donation purposes.
Compile list of existing planned givers who have been unresponsive to direct stewardship outreach. Confirm contact information is correct.
Additional projects as needed.


Currently pursuing a bachelor’s or graduate degree.
Must have excellent verbal, written, and personal communication skills.
Ideal candidates will have a strong work ethic with sensitivity to confidential information and the ability to work independently and as a team member.
Intern’s projects require prioritizing and efficiently managing multiple tasks.
Candidates will have proficiency in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher) and Google Suite products.


Sitting for extended periods.
Occasional work on nights and weekends.
Ability to operate a computer keyboard mouse and to handle other office equipment. Ability to occasionally oversee evening or weekend functions, deployments, or performances.
Fast-paced and demanding environment.
Ability to lift 30 pounds.
Preferred weekly In-Office schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.


Job Classification: Part-Time, Non-Exempt Intern

Hourly Rate: $15.80 + Weekly $30 Travel Stipend

Application deadline: April 1, 2024

Lyric Opera of Chicago offers intern benefits including professional development and department workshops, complimentary tickets, and other events.

Lyric Opera of Chicago is committed to enhancing our diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Lyric does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

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