Development Internship

Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings

To apply for an internship, please submit the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Completed application form (found on website:
  • Current resume
  • Writing sample
  • One letter of recommendation from someone knowledgeable of your work ethic and experience

Submit all materials via mail or e-mail to:


Attn: Internships
24901 Northwestern Highway Suite 312
Southfield, MI 48075


Questions? Contact Chloe at: (No phone calls please!)

Job Description:

Job Summary & Responsibilities: Work closely with Vice President of Development, Director of Institutional Giving and Development Manager within development for ArtOps and its clients.

Development tasks include:

  • Work on individual development projects as needed pertaining to benefactor, sponsor, host, and patron engagement and appreciation, data-basing, research and data analysis;
  • Assist with mailings in-house, including working with Office Manager for the merges, printing, and volunteer management;
  • Prepare attachments for major grant deadlines that affect all clients
  • Assist with completing stewardship plan for DCWS, which includes interfacing with board members and donors, Development Committee Chair;
  • Prep and attend DCWS special events for donors and otherwise;
  • Assist in planning the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival’s Opening Night Dinner in June;
  • Contribute to solicitation of afterglow hosts for the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival;
  • Help work Vignette Fundraising Events for GLCMF, including packing and prep;
  • Prepare and edit materials related to sponsorship packages for the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival;
  • Management of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival Opening Night Dinner wine pull solicitation and tracking;
  • Work front of house for select concerts and events;
  • Aid ArtOps staff as needed at special events; (set up, auctions, raffles, attendee check-in/out)
  • General administrative tasks in the ArtOps office including: Answering phones, taking ticket orders from patrons, donors, and sponsors; and,
  • Assist Team Development in other tasks as needed.

Time commitment: Varies upon event, up to a maximum of 20 hours/week, January 2020 – April 2020. Must be available for performances and events on weekends and evenings. Must be available to work most hours in-office (Southfield, MI) on week days during regular business hours of 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Occasional weekends will be assigned per intern’s schedule.

Preferred Skills:

Qualifications: Organized, proactive, individual with a strong interest in the field of arts administration, fundraising/development and/or the performing arts. Must be a strong communicator and comfortable with speaking to various types of professionals. Applicants with strong writing skills preferred. Those enrolled in music business or arts administration degree programs and those with an interest in event management are encouraged to apply.

Candidates must have excellent communication skills, a professional, friendly demeanor and the ability to work well in fast-paced environments. Candidates should also have strong organizational skills and a keen attention to detail.

Reliable personal computer device is required. Reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license are required.

Compensation: $1,000 Stipend paid in two installments, midway through and upon successful completion of internship. Course credit is possible if student wishes to pursue and provides appropriate paperwork (credit not required).