Development Internship

Location: Savannah, Georgia
Timeframe:  January–May 2017 (Approximately 150 hours/12 hours per week)

The Development internship is available for graduate or graduate credit based on individual school requirements. It is unpaid. The schedule is flexible, although a minimum of 10 hours per week is required. Students will gain experience in the following areas: special events, event management, event sponsorship, databases, fundraising best practices, nonprofit and arts administration.

Special event assistance

  • Assist with mailing lists, invitation mailings, event registration and name badge production
  • Support event set-up and breakdown, where applicable and when schedule allows

Confirmed festival special events include: Festival Fete, Festival Finale, Reception with Chamber Musicians, Associate Artistic Director Brunch, Jazz on the River, Swing Central Jazz workshops and Acoustic Music Seminar open master classes. Pre and post-festival events include: private house concerts, Donor Soiree, golf tournament

Corporate sponsor/ donor benefit fulfillment

  • Attend select festival performances greeting donors/sponsors and assisting with early entry
  • Segment list of recipients’ mailing addresses and coordinate appropriate benefits
  • Prepare sponsor packets for Concert Circle and Festival Society supporters
  • Cross-reference donor/sponsor print recognition for accuracy and populate database

Duties may also include

  • Data entry for sponsored concerts, comp tickets and reserved seating
  • Draft emcee speaker notes for each concert with donor/ corporate sponsor names
  • Proofreading festival collateral
  • Coordinate marquee billing for Lucas and Trustee theater shows for donors/ corporate sponsors over $50K+


  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, plan and organize details
  • Familiarity with Mac OS and Microsoft Office Suite

How to apply

Please submit resumes to Megan Kerley, Development Director, Savannah Music Festival via email to  No phone calls, please.