Principal Gifts & Gift Planning Intern

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Work Location: In-office


  • Internship
  • Chicago, IL (Remote)
  • Fri, Jul 26, 2024
  • Work Location: In-office
  • Academic
  • Hourly Rate (USD$): $16.20

Lyric Opera of Chicago

REPORTS TO: Associate Director, Gift Planning/Associate Director, Principal Gifts
TERM: Fall 2024-Spring 2025
HOURS: 20 hours per week (In-Office; some hybrid work available)

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 Principal Gifts & Gift Planning Intern will have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects in our Principal Gifts and Planned Giving programs.

– Assist with briefings and proposals, including proofing, editing, design input, and distribution.
– Review existing donor or patron lists for increased giving potential.
– Perform basic research on donors and prospects team members via Google or DonorSearch.
– File and document review in support of summary reporting.
– Develop a standardized process for preferred documentation needed for 1M gift intentions.
– Support survey analysis, including follow-up and strategic efforts.
– Manage the Development department’s content library.
– Assist with generating reports and data entry in Tessitura, our Customer Relationships Management System (CRM), and learn to effectively use project management tools.
– Assist in planning and execution of cultivation and stewardship Gift Planning events
– Participate in research and writing for a Gift Planning quarterly newsletter
– Research and provide insight on new planned giving prospects
– Perform general clerical duties (filing, printing, copying, mailing)

– Candidates must be currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in arts management, marketing, communications, or related field.
– Candidates must have excellent verbal, written, and personal communication skills and be comfortable asking questions about projects as well as proactive in seeking new tasks.
– Projects require prioritizing and efficiently managing multiple tasks.
– Ideal candidates will have a strong work ethic with sensitivity to confidential information and the ability to work independently and as a team member.
– Proficiency in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher) is also necessary.
– Experience with CRM platforms is a plus.

– Sitting for extended periods.
– Ability to occasionally oversee evening or weekend functions, deployments, or performances.
– Ability to operate a computer and to handle other office equipment.

Job Classification: Part-Time, Non-Exempt Intern
Hourly Rate: $16.20 + Weekly $30 Travel Stipend
Application deadline: July 26, 2024 (closes at 5:00pm CT)

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

The Lyric Opera of Chicago is committed to enhancing our diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Lyric prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, parental status, socio-economic status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable federal, state or local laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

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