Seeking Dynamic Interns for Fall 2018

Fund for the Arts’ vision is to create a great American city, through the arts. A leader locally and nationally, the Fund for the Arts raises more than $8 million annually through the generosity of more than 20,000 donors. Fund for the Arts invests in the arts for community impact through economic development, educational attainment and a greater quality of life. We lead innovation, inspire excellence and promote effective resource utilization. We build bridges and identify shared opportunity. You will work with a team comprised of empowered and talented individuals: results-driven fundraisers, passionate donor stewards and strategic community connectors who believe in the power of philanthropy and envision a stronger, more vibrant community through the arts.

2016 Intern Group Photo

Bring Passion. Build Experience.

Internships detailed below. Please apply by August 24, 2018

1. Events and Volunteer Managment
2. Impact
3. Workplace Campaign
4. Communication

Event and Volunteer Management Intern 

The Fund for the Arts seeks an Event and Volunteer Management Intern who reports to the Manager of Events and Volunteers and works in conjunction with the Fund for the Arts Staff. The Intern will assist with the planning and implementation of the Fund for the Arts’, signature events, including the Annual Showcase and Kick-Off, the Awards in the Arts at Churchill Downs  and many other donor and engagement events. The Intern will assist with  tasks that may include: coordinating volunteers, working with vendors, tracking RSVPs and managing sponsorship.

The Event and Volunteer Management intern may also assist the Manager of Events and Volunteers on additional projects including the volunteer cultivation, and the NeXt Program


Project and responsibilities outlined

  • Provide administrative and logistical support for planning pertaining to all events
  • Assist with volunteer cultivation and management.
  • Other projects and responsibilities as assigned, with input from the intern.

Skills/experiences desired in intern candidates

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills,
  • High level of attention to detail
  • A creative approach to problem-solving
  • Ability to stay calm in high stress situations


Key knowledge, skills, and experience intern will build during the internship

  • Event Planning Experience
  • Volunteer Management Experience


Impact Intern Description

Fund for the Arts seeks an Impact intern who reports to the Impact Officer and works in conjunction with the Fund for the Arts staff. The Intern will assist with administrative and managerial tasks, including measurement, tracking, and evaluation of the impact of the arts on this community. In addition, he or she will assist in the processes and procedures for data and metrics management and management and evaluation of the Fund for the Arts programs in schools and community centers.

Intern may be expected to attend Fund for the Arts events and monitor programming preparations. Intern must effectively communicate with Fund for the Arts’ Cultural Partner organizations, donors, and community at-large. Background in urban planning, community development, urban studies, data analytics, or related field is preferred.


  • Coordinate and evaluate Fund for the Arts programs to bring the Arts into schools, community centers, aging care facilities, etc.
  • Establish processes and procedures for data management across the sector
  • Write grant applications and report support for restricted programs
  • Maintain and update database maintenance and updating

Requirements: Proficiency with Microsoft Office 2013, strong verbal and written communication skills, experience in applied measurement and evaluation as well as statistical analysis, experience in applied social science research


Workplace Campaign Intern Description

The Workplace Campaign collaborates with 200+ businesses of all sizes and industries to engage employees in the community and offer an opportunity to participate in the arts.

This internship is an opportunity to understand fundraising in the corporate setting and learn how individual giving through a Workplace Campaign makes a difference in our community.  It is also a perfect first step for those interested in working in the arts or the non-profit world.

Opportunities and Responsibilities:

  • Learn how FFTA Workplace Campaigns support local and regional arts
  • Help deliver presentations to our Workplace Campaign partners
  • Create folders as needed for planning meetings with Workplace chairs as needed
  • Assist team with the campaign kick-off, celebration, and execution of events
  • Learn the basics of Raiser’s Edge, the FFTA Customer Relationship Management software, to help maintain current notes and records
  • Coordinate social media updates during workplace campaigns
  • Organize campaign materials for upcoming presentations and tables
  • After campaigns close, organize and help with donor rewards, follow-up, etc.
  • With help, deliver a presentation, staff a table, track pledges, and learn to manage a Workplace Campaign successfully
  • Assist with delivery of materials, pledge cards, etc. as needed
  • Learn the steps of running a Workplace  Campaign from initial contact through planning and execution, to the final close
  • Work with mailings: leadership notes, acknowledgement letters, and coordinator thank you notes or invitations
  • Visit arts partners and participate in employee engagement opportunities
  • Program evaluation: measure workplace goals from previous years
  • Daily office duties, as assigned

Key Knowledge, Skills, and Experience Gained:

  • Communication skills, verbal and written
  • Overview of fundraising and non-profit work
  • Understand FFTA’s mission and impact on local and regional communities
  • Knowledge of sales skills, judgement and multi-tasking, problem solving, teamwork and assertiveness


  • Social Media: strategize and manage updates on Workplace Campaigns and activities
  • Donor Relations: track donors, gifts, and engagement
  • Acknowledgement: reach out to donors and contacts, learn the overall strategy for communication, and the thank you process
  • Events: execute with FFTA team and Workplace chairs, coordinate RSVPs and day-of-event details.
  • Data: review and analyze donor, Workplace Campaign, and prospect data
  • Presentations: attend and present in tandem or solo to local businesses

Talent component:
While not required to apply for this internship, we are looking for recent graduates or students who have a background in the arts.  We are specifically interested in those applicants with performance abilities in singing, acting, dancing or playing a musical instrument.  This internship will be focused on both the office and presentation sides of the workplace campaign.  Those applicants who have a strong background in performance will be considered for talent to be used for the workplace presentations.

Required Skills/Experiences:

  • Go-getter personality
  • Enthusiasm for tasks assigned
  • General interest in community involvement
  • Willing and able to lift 10-15 lbs
  • Strong verbal/written communication skills

Work Expectations:

  • Personal vehicle or access to reliable transportation throughout Greater Louisville and environs
  • Dress: Business Casual in office, Business for presentations and meetings
  • Flexible Schedule: 90 hours completed between May and July with possible evening and weekend obligations.


Communications Intern Description

The Fund for the Arts seeks a Communications Intern who reports to the Communications and Engagement Manager and works in conjunction with the Fund for the Arts staff. The Intern will assist with administrative and managerial tasks, including social networking communications, designing and writing a bi-monthly newsletter, maintaining a Constant Contact database, working on the organization’s webpage, assisting with design for print and digital materials, assisting with events and programs, and basic photography/video production.

Knowledge of Microsoft Office, WordPress, and social media networks is a must. Intern may be expected to attend Fund for the Arts events and monitor programming preparations. Intern must effectively communicate with Fund for the Arts’ Cultural Partner organizations, donors, and community at-large. Background in marketing, communications, the arts, or arts administration is preferred.

Skills to be developed

  • Enhance written and oral communication skills
  • Learn about practical marketing strategies
  • Build a communications and marketing portfolio
  • The opportunity to custom-design internship to meet individual academic and career


  • Create bi-monthly electronic newsletter for supporters
  • Maintain Constant Contact database
  • Generate content for social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, and LinkedIn)
  • Assist with design of print, electronic, and other collateral pieces
  • Help maintain WordPress website
  • Maintain Arts press clippings
  • Database maintenance and updating

Requirements: Proficiency with Microsoft Office, familiarity with WordPress, communication/marketing skills, photography/video production/design skills are a plus


For All Positions:
Schedule: Flexible (Minimum 10 hours commitment per week)
Pay: Unpaid. Reimbursed for parking and mileage.
Dress Code: Business Casual
How to apply:  Please forward a resume and letter of interest to Morgan Eklund by August 17, 2018 to In your letter of interest, please detail the following:

  • Why are you interested in interning with Fund for the Arts and specifically in this position?
  • What skills and experiences do you uniquely bring that will ensure your success in this role?