Principal Gifts and Planned Giving Intern

Lyric Opera of Chicago Chicago, IL, USA

Employment Type


REPORTS TO: Associate Director, Principal Gifts

Through artistic excellence coupled with innovative, relevant programming; initiatives to connect with and grow new audiences; engagement with communities to ignite creativity across Chicago; and a modernized Opera House that is the setting for truly great experiences, Lyric is leading the advancement of opera. This collaborative vision will deliver ever more exciting, thought-provoking and inclusive audience and community experiences – while increasing the gravitational pull of our art form, our company, and our city.

The Development Internship will provide the opportunity to work on a variety of projects in our Principal Gifts and Planned Giving programs.


  • Assist with briefings and proposals, including proofing, editing, design input, and distribution.
  • Review existing donor or patron lists for increased giving potential.
  • Perform basic research on donors and prospects team members via Google or DonorSearch.
  • File and document review in support of summary reporting.
  • Develop a standardized process for preferred documentation needed for 1M gift intentions.
  • Support survey analysis, including follow-up and strategic efforts.
  • Assist with data entry in Tessitura, our Customer Relationships Management System (CRM).
  • Perform general clerical duties (filing, printing, copying, mailing).
  • Additional projects as needed.


  • Pursuing a degree in arts management, marketing, communications, or related field.
  • Candidates must have excellent verbal, written, personal communication skills.
  • Projects require prioritizing and efficiently managing multiple tasks.
  • Ideal candidates will have a strong work ethic with sensitivity to confidential information and the ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher) is also necessary.
  • Experience with CRM platforms is a plus.


  • Sitting for extended periods.
  • Occasional work on nights and weekends.
  • Ability to operate a computer keyboard mouse and to handle other office equipment. Ability to occasionally oversee evening or weekend functions, deployments, or performances.
  • Fast-paced and demanding environment.
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds.

The Lyric Opera of Chicago is committed to enhancing our diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Lyric does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

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