As a non-profit theater company, Steppenwolf relies on the generous support and philanthropy of hundreds of individual and institutional donors to advance its mission to create thrilling, courageous and provocative art in a thoughtful and inclusive environment.

The Development internship provides broad exposure to Steppenwolf's fundraising program, supporting the team’s efforts to raise $7+ million annually. The Development intern will learn about and gain experience in all facets of Steppenwolf’s fundraising program: individual giving, corporate sponsorship, foundation and government grant proposals, event planning, and donor database management. Tasks may include but are not limited to: prospect research, proposal and report writing, direct mail and email writing, donor event support, board of trustee meeting preparation, and recipient list building and data entry.

In addition to the skills and experience gained with the Development team, the intern will have the opportunity to learn more broadly about arts administration through various internship seminars through Steppenwolf’s Professional Leadership Program.

Dates & Hours

May 30 - August 4, 2023
28 hours/week

Position is Supervised By

Institutional Partnerships Manager

Who Should Apply For This Position

We are looking for an intern who is highly organized, has strong communication and writing skills, and is eager to learn. We encourage you to apply if you have an interest in arts administration and/or non-profit management, relationship-building, and joining a collaborative development team.

Alumni For This Position Include


  • Travis Ray, Associate Managing Director, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 

  • Liesl Pereira, Individual Giving Office, ACLU of Illinois, Chicago, IL

  • Rachel Hogen, Assistant, National Advancement at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C.

Application Requirements

All applicants must submit one single PDF containing the following documents, in the following order to the General Application. Unsure how to create a Single PDF? No worries! Feel free to visit this website to build your document.

1) Written response to the following questions:

  • What interests you most about this learning opportunity at Steppenwolf Theatre Company?

  • Tell us about your current work and career interests, and how do you imagine an internship helping you achieve your goals?

  • What do you hope that Steppenwolf can learn from YOU in the time you are apart of the internship program?

2) Resume or breakdown of experience (see example here)

3) Two Letters of Recommendation (Please have your references use this link to submit)

Your PDF file size should not exceed 4MB.  Please name your PDF with lastname_firstname.pdf (e.g. lavey_martha.pdf).


Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Professional Leadership Programs Coordinator at with any questions.