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Graduate Research Intern

Reporting to the Director of Hennepin Theatre District Engagement, the Graduate Research Intern is responsible for conducting research and providing recommendations on how Hennepin Theatre Trust can expand the impact it has across the State of Minnesota in service of fulfilling its mission.

The grad intern’s priority is to assess where Hennepin Theatre Trust currently has reach when it comes to a wide range of individuals including, but not limited to ticket buyers, students, schools, donors, sponsors, artists, regional theatres, businesses, and legislators. Work includes interviewing the president/CEO, CAO, and other staff. It also includes aggregating useful data from two previous research projects: the first focused on assessing other performing arts centers in the United States and the second focused on the Hennepin Theatre District in downtown Minneapolis. Lastly, work will consider data from recent economic studies of the Hennepin Theatre District and other relevant data points.

Once research has been completed, the grad intern will share findings and then work with assigned personnel to identify program expansion plans, marketing plans, cultivation strategies, and ideas to promote/further establish the Hennepin Theatre District.

This is a paid internship running part-time for at least three months.

Principal duties and responsibilities

Research Objectives

  • Assess the Trust’s current reach across Minnesota, including mapping locations for ticket buyers, donors, sponsors, partners, Spotlight schools, areas in which we have regional theatre relationships, and public art installations and exhibits.
  • Aggregate useful data from previous grad intern work and recent economic studies of the Hennepin Theatre District.
  • Share findings and insights with president/CEO, CAO, Director of Hennepin Theatre District Engagement and other assigned staff.
  • Work with the Director of Hennepin Theatre District Engagement and present final recommended implementation plans to the president/CEO and CAO. There will also be a presentation to the full staff.



  • MA student with a focus on marketing, business administration; or MBA student.
  • Marketing and/or business development experience.
  • Ability and commitment to establishing a productive, collaborative culture that values diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal and interpersonal; able to build strong relationships with staff, clients and vendors.
  • Self-motivated and resourceful.
  • Research skills.
  • Project management skills, time management and organizational skills
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of people.
  • Experience in making formal and informal presentations in a variety of settings.
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task.


  • Familiarity with geographic information systems (GIS).

Physical and Schedule Requirements

  • May require some evening and weekend work.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to per-form 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.

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