Development Intern

Hennepin Theatre Trust, owner of the historic Orpheum, State, Pantages and New Century Theatres, is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to arts-inspired community cultural development. We present a rich mix of live performances, create inspiring arts education experiences and advance a thriving downtown Minneapolis cultural district. Our activities include presenting Broadway touring productions, concerts, comedy, speakers and other variety entertainment. We teach and inspire high school musical students through our Spotlight Education program. We also create and operate unique projects like, Made Here, which puts art in vacant storefront windows.

The Development Intern reports to the Individual Giving Manager. Duties include, but are not limited to, implementing donor gift-related activities, fulfilling donor ticket orders, preparing reports, participating in sponsorship and foundation relation activities and assisting on special projects. This position is a part-time (10 to 12 hours/week), 12-week (beginning in May 2017), paid internship designed to give college students experience working in an arts organization.


  • Assist in the implementation of donor gift-related activities, including acknowledgement letter processing, renewal correspondence processes, corresponding with donors and capital campaign support.
  • Special project preparation and maintenance
  • Fulfill donor ticket orders, to include processing letters, assembling tickets, assigning seats, and corresponding with donors.
  • Assist in preparing reports and dashboards
  • Assist with sponsorship and foundation relation activities
  • Attend and represent the Trust at Development events
  • Draft communication and assist with process of soliciting donors
  • Research and update website and donor information



  • High school diploma; currently enrolled in college
  • Entry level position – no experience required


  • Good interpersonal skills; able to work collaboratively on a team
  • Good verbal and written communications
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to exercise good judgement and discernment
  • Takes initiative
  • Dependable and trustworthy
  • Able to handle confidential data
  • Knows when to ask questions and seek help
  • Customer service driven
  • Familiarity with MS Office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook (email and calendaring)
  • Familiarity with social media platforms – comfortable with technology and learning new tools

Physical and Schedule Requirements

  • May need to work evenings or weekends
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the assigned and essential functions

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications.  Management reserves the right to change or modify such duties as required. All employees are responsible for following applicable Hennepin Theatre Trust policies and procedures as defined by their manager or Employee Handbook.

 Hennepin Theatre Trust provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetics.