Seeking Dynamic Interns for Spring and Summer 2019

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.

We are currently accepting applications for Spring and Summer Internships.

Please Apply by January 7 for Spring Internships
and, apply by March 15 for Summer Internships

Please submit a coverletter and resume to Morgan Eklund, Manager of Events and Volunteers

1.  Impact
2. Communications
3. Workplace Campaign
4. Events and Volunteer Management
5. Board and Executive Leadership (Description Coming Soon)


Impact Intern Description

Fund for the Arts seeks an Impact intern who reports to the Vice President of Community Impact and works closely with all Fund for the Arts staff. The Intern will assist with administrative and managerial tasks, including online data/metrics management and evaluation of the impact of the arts on our community (schools, community centers, arts organizations, etc.). Intern may also be involved in storytelling, using data and community conversations to write brief impact pieces for social media and donor retention.

Intern may be expected to attend and assist during Fund for the Arts events, and must effectively communicate with Fund for the Arts’ funded partners (arts organizations and individuals) and the community at-large. Background in urban planning, community development, urban studies, data analytics, or related field is preferred but not required.


  • Prepare data for reports for restricted programs
  • Maintain and update online grant making database
  • Evaluate Fund for the Arts programs in schools, community centers, aging care facilities, etc.
  • Establish/utilize processes for data management across the arts sector
  • Additional tasks as needed

Requirements: Proficiency with Microsoft Office 2013 (especially Excel); strong verbal and written communication skills; experience in applied measurement, evaluation and statistical analysis; experience in applied social science research; interest in the impact of the arts across sectors (health, quality of place, education, economy etc.).


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

Workplace Campaign Intern Description


The Position: 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

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.


Events and Volunteer Management Intern Description


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 event, the Awards in the Arts at Churchill Downs which takes place on Saturday, April 27, 2018. The Intern will assist with administrative tasks that may include: coordinating volunteers, working with vendors, tracking RSVPs and sponsorships.

The Event and Volunteer Management intern may also assist the Manager of Events and Volunteers on additional projects including the volunteer cultivation, the NeXt program, the Annual Campaign Kick-Off and Celebration and some new research projects.

Project and responsibilities outlined

  • Provide administrative and logistical support for planning pertaining to the Awards in the Arts event (Spring) and Campaign Celebration (Summer)
  • Assist with volunteer cultivation and management.

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

Board and Executive Leadership  Intern Description

  • Assist with the management of expense and mileage reports for President/CEO and Sr. Vice President
  • Aid in the coordination of logistics for Board Meetings including meeting space, food & beverages, Board Packets, etc.
  • Attend Executive Committee and Board of Directors Meetings to assist Executive Assistant, third Tuesday of the month
  • Help with the printing of documents for all Executive Committee and Board meetings
  • Aid with the coordination of FFTA Committee Meetings, including attendance, minutes, meeting reminders, etc.
  • Work with Executive Assistant on scheduling meetings with members of Metro Council and Sr. Vice President
  • Type of meeting minutes, as needed
  • Other duties as assigned and on as need basis







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 coverletter to Morgan Eklund 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?