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Emily Macaluso

Harris Theater Development Intern


The Development Intern provides essential administrative, logistical and on-site support for the Harris Theater’s fundraising operations and special events during the 2022-23 season. The Development Intern will report to the Development Coordinator, with opportunities to gain valuable experience in development operations and donor stewardship.Primary Responsibilities

Database Management:

- Participate in data integrity projects including biographical and address updates, event participation, merges, and inactivation processes in Tessitura

- Maintain internal electronic and paper files of gift information, donor correspondence, and departmental collateral

- Assist with gift entry and acknowledgement letter creation

- Assist with building segmentations for direct appeals and follow-up communications

Collateral and Direct Mail:

- Support for in-house direct mail campaigns

- Assist with appeal and stewardship mailings including segmentation management, delivery, and reporting

Grant Writing:

- With the guidance of the Grants and Evaluation Coordinator, assist on general operating grant applications and reporting

Event Support:

- Assist Development team in placing day-of premiums or event information on seats

- Collaborate to prepare VIP guest tickets for distribution

- Provide on-site support for events, including donor check-in and ticket distribution

Other special projects as discussed

Undergraduates or recent graduates with a strong interest in the arts and the desire to pursue arts fundraising as a career are encouraged to apply.

The ideal candidate for this position is organized and detail-oriented, with excellent communication skills and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.

Internship Details

September 2022 through December 2022, with the opportunity to extend:

- 15-20 hours per week; Monday – Friday (flexible hours)

- Some nights and weekend required for event support

- $15.40 per hour

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to with “Development Intern” in the subject line.

Job Type: Paid Internship
Location: Chicago, IL