Internships: Fundraising/Development

Position Type: Part Time (10-15 hours a week)

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) is seeking a motivated individual who would like to gain insight and experience in the non-profit arts world.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Diane Paulus, the American Repertory Theater is poised to raise significant funds to support the vision of the Artistic Director and our productions, while enhancing the cultural climate of the community, and creating a model for American theaters. With this new visibility and energy, the Development Intern will join a Development Department that is designed to respond to a new model of arts philanthropy.

The Development Intern is an integral member of a development team charged with raising $4.5M in annual contributed support for the theater. The Development Intern participates in implementing strategies that will enable the A.R.T. to aggressively increase its base of contributed support. This is a unique opportunity to develop skills fundamental to successful non-profit fundraising and arts administration, while learning the day-to-day functions of a professional theater’s development department.


  • Assistance with administrative tasks, including mailings, filing, and preparation of meeting materials
  • Prospective donor (individual, corporate, foundation) research
  • Data entry and database management
  • Event support
  • Other departmental tasks, as needed

Duration: September–December 2016


  • Interest in development and fundraising, theater, the arts, or non-profit organizations
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word & Excel)
  • Familiarity with Tessitura or other customer relationship database a plus

The internship is open to current college and graduate students, and recent graduates.

How to Apply:
Details on how to apply can be found at the A.R.T. website: Please include "A.R.T. Development Internship Application" in the subject line when submitting your application.

This is an unpaid internship. Interns can arrange to earn academic credit through their educational institution.

About the A.R.T.

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University is a leading force in the American theater, producing groundbreaking work in Cambridge and beyond. The A.R.T. was founded in 1980 by Robert Brustein, who served as Artistic Director until 2002, when he was succeeded by Robert Woodruff. Diane Paulus began her tenure as Artistic Director in 2008. Under the leadership of Paulus and Executive Director Diane Quinn, the A.R.T. seeks to expand the boundaries of theater by programming events that immerse audiences in transformative theatrical experiences.

Throughout its history, the A.R.T. has been honored with many distinguished awards, including the Tony Award for Best New Play for All the Way (2014); consecutive Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical for Pippin (2013) and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (2012), both of which Paulus directed; a Pulitzer Prize; a Jujamcyn Prize for outstanding contribution to the development of creative talent; the Tony Award for Best Regional Theater; and numerous Elliot Norton and IRNE Awards.

The A.R.T. collaborates with artists around the world to develop and create work in new ways. It is currently engaged in a number of multi-year projects, including a new collaboration with Harvard's Center for the Environment that will result in the development of new work over several years. Under Paulus’s leadership, the A.R.T.’s club theater, OBERON, has been an incubator for local and emerging artists and has attracted national attention for its innovative programming and business models.

As the professional theater on the campus of Harvard University, the A.R.T. catalyzes discourse, interdisciplinary collaboration, and creative exchange among a wide range of academic departments, institutions, students, and faculty members, acting as a conduit between its community of artists and the university. A.R.T. plays a central role in Harvard's newly launched undergraduate Theater, Dance, and Media concentration, teaching courses in directing, dramatic literature, acting, voice, design, and dramaturgy. The A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theater Training, which is run in partnership with the Harvard Extension School and the Moscow Art Theatre School, offers graduate training in acting, dramaturgy, and voice.

Dedicated to making great theater accessible, the A.R.T. actively engages more than 5,000 community members and local students annually in project-based partnerships, workshops, conversations with artists, and other enrichment activities both at the theater and across the Greater Boston area.

Through all of these initiatives, the A.R.T. is dedicated to producing world-class performances in which the audience is central to the theatrical experience.

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