Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Job Title:
 Development Intern
Supervisor: Director of the Annual Fund
Location: Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall – Baltimore, MD
Term: Ongoing
Hours: Minimum 10 hours per week

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Development Department is a fast-paced work environment that raises more than half of the organization's revenue from government, foundations, corporations and individuals. The Development team's role in the organization includes a high level of donor stewardship in addition to soliciting gifts through personal solicitations, telefundraising, mailings and special events. The BSO's Development Intern will work closely with members of the Development Department, specifically the Annual Fund and Institutional Giving team, gaining exposure to a highly productive team of professional gift officers and fundraisers.

The intern's projects and activities will be tailored to his/her interests and skill set, including but not limited to:

  • Engage with donors during all phases of the giving cycle through preparation of solicitation and acknowledgement letters, event invitations and face-to-face communication during concerts and events
  • Contribute to donor acquisition through research, data mining, cultivation event planning and communication strategies
  • Encourage increased donor retention through day-to-day communications, successful event implementation and efficient use of database information
  • Help increase average gift size through targeted stewardship initiatives and messaging strategies
  • Explore areas of personal interest through individualized research that contributes to a larger framework
  • Working with staff to learn and strengthen data management and maintenance in Tessitura, our database system
  • Other duties as assigned

The ideal candidate is interested in the field of arts management and is proactive, enthusiastic, goal-oriented and responsible and has a strong work ethic and passion for the arts.

Essential skills include:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Computer proficiency, knowledge of Microsoft Office (Powerpoint, Word, Excel) excellent interpersonal skills. Mail merge knowledge necessary.
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Willingness to learn
  • Experience with database maintenance a plus.


  • Interns will receive mentorship from multiple departments and gain valuable skills for continued growth in the arts and culture sector.
  • At the conclusion of the internship, interns will have a diverse portfolio of work samples.
  • Minimum 15 hours per week, schedule is flexible.
  • Free on-site parking.
  • Modest stipend.
  • Intern is eligible for complimentary tickets to BSO performances on the same basis as administrative staff.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter via email to:

No phone calls or fax please.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer.

About the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

With 100 years of history, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is internationally recognized as having achieved a preeminent place among the world's most important orchestras. Acclaimed for its enduring pursuit of artistic excellence, the BSO has attracted a devoted national and international following while maintaining deep bonds throughout Maryland through innovative education and community outreach initiatives. The BSO made musical history in September 2007, when Maestra Marin Alsop led her inaugural concerts as the Orchestra’s 12th music director, making her the first woman to head a major American orchestra. With her highly praised artistic vision, her dynamic musicianship and her commitment to accessibility in classical music, Maestra Alsop’s directorship has ushered in a new era for the BSO and its audiences.