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New World Symphony
500 17th Street
Miami Beach, FL, United States

Phone: 3054286777
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Development Events Internship


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Miami Beach, FL, United States




current minimum hourly wage per hour

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About New World Symphony
The New World Symphony is dedicated to the artistic, personal and professional development of outstanding instrumentalists. The NWS fellowship program provides graduates of music programs the opportunity to enhance their musical education with the finest professional training. A laboratory for musical education and expression, the New World Symphony, through a wide range of performance and instructional activities, seeks to develop in its participants the full complement of skills and qualifications required of 21st-century first-class musicians. Under the artistic direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, the program offers in-depth exposure to traditional and modern repertoire, with the active involvement of leading guest conductors, soloists, and visiting faculty. The relationships with these artists are extended through NWS’s pioneering experimentation with distance learning and performance.
About the internship
The Development Events Intern will provide administrative and logistical support to the two-member Development events team. The Intern will become part of NWS’s 19-member Institutional Advancement team which raises approximately 60% of the organization’s annual budget of $17M. The development events team produces upwards of 100 “friend-raising”, fundraising, cultivation, and stewardship events in a season. The Development Events Intern will take on significant responsibility in planning and executing these events. The position is an excellent opportunity for someone eager to learn about the inner workings of a strong development team, including experience in donor recognition and stewardship, with an emphasis on event planning and management.  
Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:
  • Assisting the Development Events Manager with event details including managing guest lists and attendee check-in, helping with event flow, communicating with operations and technical crew regarding set-up and A/V needs, managing beverage supply, crafting and coordinating event invitations, and other duties as assigned. Events will include donor and other group meetings, receptions and NWS’s single largest revenue-driving event, the annual gala (date: Feb 8, 2020).
  • Fielding calls from donors and other constituents, including taking RSVPs for events, confirming meal and seating preferences, and coordinating deliveries with vendors
  • Entering data; updating and maintaining donor event information in NWS’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) database, Tessitura
  • Processing and packaging donor acknowledgments and materials
  • Conducting research on potential donors
  • Assembling donor and prospective donor bios for event briefings documents
  • Attending departmental and All Team meetings as schedule permits
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned
Reporting relationships:
  • Reports to Senior Director of Special Events
  • Supports the Development Events Manager
  • Regular interaction with the entire Institutional Advancement Department
Ideal candidates will:
  • Be a current student enrolled in an accredited degree program or recent graduate (less than 12 months since graduating)
  • Have experience planning and executing events
  • Have an interest in development activities, or desire to pursue a career in the non-profit sector
  • Commit to being part of an active team, jumping in to help wherever needed
  • Possess strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to effectively interact with a wide variety of individuals, ranging from patrons to vendors and sponsors, etc.
  • Be well-organized and able to manage details efficiently and the ability to work both independently and with supervision
  • Work effectively in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and deadlines
  • Be proficient in MS Office
  • Be available some nights and weekends
  • Have a background or interest in classical music (a plus)
  • Must be able to work with people of all cultures and backgrounds
Educational Objectives:
  • Gain professional fundraising experience
  • Participate in donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship processes
  • Strengthen understanding of successful methods for fundraising from events, individuals, corporations, and foundations
  • Become familiar with non-profit practices
  • Gain skills related to the Tessitura CRM database
  • Improve written and oral communication skills
Hours and compensation:
NWS will work with interns to create a schedule that fits the needs of both the individual and the department. The intern will be compensated at the current minimum wage. Candidates for this internship should be able to fulfill at least three days a week (minimum of 4 hours per day) along with some nights and weekends. (Average time commitment cannot exceed 29 hours per week)
Duration of position: 
  • Fall internship: January 2019 – May 2020
Start and end dates negotiable based on school schedules and department needs.

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Application procedure:  Please email a resume and cover letter (with references) to .  PDF format preferred, please note that resume and cover letter must be merged into one document. No phone calls, please.