Development Internship

Development Internship

Location: Savannah, Georgia
Timeframe: October – December 2018
Approximately 150 hours (approximately 15 hours per week)

The Development Internship is available for undergraduate or graduate credit based on individual school requirements. The schedule is flexible, although a minimum of 10 hours per week is required. During their Internship, students will gain experience in the following areas: special event planning and management, donor and sponsor relations, databases, fundraising best practices, nonprofit and arts administration.


Assist with planning of SMF’s 2019 calendar of special and donor events to include venue research, proposal comparisons and community calendar consultation to ensure optimal event execution and guest experience

Special events and donor parties might include but are not limited to: 2019 Season Announcement Donor Party, Semester-End education concert and donor luncheons, House Concerts, Concert Circle Soiree, Chairman’s Invitational, Festival Fete, Festival Finale, Reception with Chamber Musicians, Artistic Directors’ Brunch, Jazz on the River, Swing Central Jazz workshops and Acoustic Music Seminar open master classes


Assist with segmentation of donor and prospect list(s); perform research on select potential individual, corporate and foundation prospects; data entry and use of SMF’s constituent relationship management system to generate reports


Proofreading Development Department collateral to include but not be limited to: solicitation letters, e-newsletter copy, website copy and donor and sponsor listings, brochures, etc.; attendance at monthly Development Committee meetings; assisting with meeting preparations; peer institutional research; filing; assisting with mailings and other duties as requested

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

Lee Avallone, Development & Grants Associate
912-234-3378 ext. 105