Special Events & Donor Relations Internship

The Special Events & Donor Relations intern will gain experience in developing logistics, liaising with donors and executing both small and large events while working closely with the Donor Relations and Special Events Coordinator and Director.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Assist with multiple aspects of donor relations, special events and development activities included but not limited to: major fundraising events, cocktail parties, dinners, meetings, tours and other donor-related activities.
• Assist with planning fundraising events, both large scale (up to 900 people) and small scale (less than 50 people) at Shedd. Intern will work directly with the Donor Relations/Special Events Coordinator and Director to ensure all details, from editing nametags, to organizing volunteers and finalizing event logistics, are covered. 
• Assist in overseeing activities associated with the Auxiliary Board.  In addition, the intern will help maintain Auxiliary Board information and activities.
• Take on one event as a focal point for the internship, but work on many different projects throughout his or her time at Shedd.
• Demonstrate commitment to Shedd’s vision, mission and values. 
• Other duties may be assigned.

Currently attending college, studying Non-Profit Fundraising, Communications, Business or something similar. Previous internship or experience in event coordination helpful, but not required.  Ability to handle multiple projects, strong communication skills, outgoing and friendly personality. Must maintain confidentiality. Proficient with Microsoft Office and Outlook experience required; experience with donor database softward preffered. A strong desire to learn about donor cultivation.

Internship will last from mid- February until mid-August. Some nights/weekends will be required when events take place during those times. Three to five days a week; 15-30 hours weekly.

TO APPLY please submit the following materials to internship@sheddaquarium.org:

- Completed application
- A cover letter
- A resume outlining your academic and professional experience
- Two (2) letters of recommendation

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