Development/Fundraising Intern

Provided through a grant by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, this is a full-time, paid 10-week summer internship for eligible undergraduate college students. Go here to learn more about the program and eligibility requirements.
The Development/Fundraising Intern will play a key role in the planning and implementation of audience, donor and board cultivation events during the Ford Theatres 2019 Season. The intern will be involved in various aspects of planning the Ford’s annual Benefit event, including securing sponsorships and ensuring delivery of sponsor benefits; creating invitations and coordinating with printer and mailing house; and working with Development, Programming, and Event Services staff and vendors to coordinate all logistics of the event. The intern will gain hands-on experience of donor stewardship and cultivation through member events including preshow gatherings and behind-the-scenes tours. Additionally, the intern will support the Development team in day-to-day operations including researching grant opportunities and preparing applications, communicating with donors, and donor stewardship.
This position will report directly to the Ford Theatre Foundation’s Development Manager.


Ford Theatre Foundation

Responsibilities Include

The intern will support the development team by participating in fundraising activities, including donor stewardship, direct mail appeals and special events. In addition the intern may also assist with preparation of grant applications, gift processing and acknowledgment letters, updating donor management files, maintaining contact lists for fundraising events and conducting research on prospective board members and major donors. 

Working Hours

The work schedule is arranged to keep the work week to 40 hours. As part of the work schedule, the intern must be available to work some evenings and weekend events. Must have a reliable form of transportation.

Project Location

Ford Theatres
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East
Hollywood, CA 90068


Candidates should outstanding written and oral communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills, as well as strong time management and organizational skills. Experience with MS Word, Excel, and Outlook, as well as the aptitude to learn new software, is also required. Candidates must be available to work on some evenings and weekends as needed (schedule will be arranged to keep the work week at 40 hours). Must be self-motivated, work well under pressure and be flexible. Successful candidates will be reliable and able to work both independently and as part of a team.


This is a full-time, paid 10-week summer internship. Student intern will be paid a total of $5,700 ($14.25/hour, $570/week) for the ten-week internship. Intern will also be given college credit (if applicable).

How to Apply

Submit a cover letter, resume and a minimum of two (2) references (with telephone numbers and email addresses) to the attention of Monika Ramnath, Development Manager at In the subject line, please include “Development Intern – [APPLICANT NAME].” No phone calls, please. Applications will not be accepted after April 19, 2019.