Development Internship (fall 2018 – spring 2019)

Submitted by fest500 on Thu, 07/19/2018 - 2:46pm

Position Title:  Development Internship (fall 2018 – spring 2019)

Position Description:

The Chicago Humanities Festival Internship Program welcomes students and graduates to experience the creation and execution of public programs within a nonprofit cultural institution. This internship program will require a commitment of 14-21 hours a week for 3 to 9 months *, starting in September 2018 (or earlier).

CHF internships are project-based and vary based on the program cycle and needs of the organization. While all intern projects involve inter-departmental collaboration, each intern project has a specific concentration as outlined below. 

*Note, a 9 month internship is preferred, but a minimum commitment of 3 months is required.

Development Intern:

The primary responsibility of this internship will be to assist in the preparation of the introductory remarks for our fall and spring Festival programs. This preparation will involve researching program presenters, writing biographies, and designing and assembling the introduction packets.

 Secondary responsibilities may include:

  • Assisting with follow-up from our fall membership drives, including: updating the Raiser’s Edge donor database, gift processing, and sending out acknowledgment letters and membership materials.
  • Helping to plan our donor preview events and presenter parties for the fall Festival, including: researching locations and catering options, coordinating follow up, and researching and writing internal briefing documents.
  • Supporting donor relations leading up to and during fall events, public programs, and private receptions.
  • Research supporting institutional and individual prospects.

Skills Level:

Candidates should possess excellent writing skills, strong attention to detail, extensive computer experience and the ability to work independently. Candidates should feel comfortable executing multi-part projects and complex research assignments. Experience with Raiser’s Edge or Filemaker Pro a plus.

How to apply:

Please submit the following by August 30, 2018:

Application (available at, cover letter (including how you heard about the internship), resume, brief personal statement, and two references

Please limit your personal statement to 500 words.

Internship Program


NO phone calls


About the Chicago Humanities Festival

The Chicago Humanities Festival connects people to the ideas that shape and define us, and promotes the lifelong exploration of what it means to be human. CHF fosters curiosity, celebrates creativity, explores the boundaries of contemporary knowledge and culture, and challenges us to see ourselves and the world anew. The Festival envisions a city and society in which its members engage in thoughtful dialogue, explore a diversity of ideas and come together to find positive solutions. Collaborating with many of Chicago’s major cultural and educational institutions, CHF produces over 130 events annually all across Chicago. CHF has a national reputation for featuring some of today’s most important, influential and inspiring minds—exceptional authors, scholars, journalists, performers and visual artists—both on stage and online.

Visit chicagohumanities.orgfor more information.

The Chicago Humanities Festival is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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