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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Auditions and Jobs

Development Dept Special Events Internship


Minnesota Orchestral Association
Development Special Events Internship

Winter/Spring 2018


Founded in 1903, the Minnesota Orchestra is one of America’s finest and longest-established orchestras.  The Orchestra is a major arts institution in this region with an international reputation for excellence.  Our concerts are attended by nearly 300,000 people each year.


Position Summary:

The position provides the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in a large nonprofit development department. Responsibilities will be assigned to assist the Events Team with tasks related to the Symphony Ball’s silent and live auction.  It requires a commitment of 10-20 hours per week from January 1 – May 31, 2018.  Must be available to work the gala on May 12.  Work days and hours are flexible.



  • Assist with the writing of auction solicitation letters and follow-up email/phone correspondence;
  • Track auction solicitation status using the assigned database;
  • Keep auction items organized and sufficiently recorded;
  • Attend and work the Symphony Ball Gala on May 12, 2018;
  • Other event-related duties as assigned


Qualifications              The ideal candidate will:

  • Possess a strong desire to learn fundraising practices and/or event planning skills within a world-class arts organization;
  • Have excellent computer skills and ability to quickly adapt to new programs, with proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel;
  • Have the ability to maintain discretion and confidentiality with donor file information;
  • Be detail-oriented and possess strong organizational and customer-service skills;
  • Physically able to be on feet for several hours and lift 25+ pounds;
  • Flexibility to ever-changing tasks
  • Consistently exhibit a professional and pleasant demeanor when dealing with donors, volunteers, musicians and staff members.


Compensation             Although the internship is unpaid, benefits include:

  • Opportunity to gain first-hand experience in large nonprofit development department;
  • Reimbursement for bus or parking expenses related to the internship;
  • Complimentary tickets to select Orchestra performances.