The Development/Fundraising apprenticeship/internship provides a broad exposure to Steppenwolf's fundraising program, with a focus on building strong relationships with donors. Apprentices and interns will have an opportunity to learn about individual giving, corporate sponsorship, foundation and government grant proposals, event planning, donor database management, prospect research, individual donor solicitations, email and online donor communications, and preparing for board of trustee meetings. Candidates should have excellent computer and writing skills, be highly organized and able to multi–task, and have the desire to be part of a fast-paced and successful development team.

Dates & Hours

Internship: June 1, 2020 – August 28, 2020, unpaid
Apprenticeship: August 31, 2020 – May 28, 2021, pays minimum wage


28 hours/week

Position is Supervised By

Institutional Partnerships Manager

Who Should Apply For This Position

Applicants interested in learning about the day-to-day functions of a professional theatre’s development department should apply. This position is well-suited for candidates with a vested interest in the world of fundraising in the non-profit, arts sector.

Alumni For This Position Include

  • Suzanne Miller, Individual Giving Director, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago, IL
  • 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

  • Cover Letter Addressing the Following:
    • Why you want to work in this department at Steppenwolf
    • How does your professional and academic experience relate to this position
    • In what specific ways do you hope your skills will contribute to our team of professional fundraisers
    • What you hope to learn from this internship or apprenticeship
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

    The cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation should be submitted as one PDF titled "lastname_firstname.pdf" (i.e. letts_tracy.pdf).