Baltimore Symphony Orchestra – Strathmore Development Internship
Supervisor: Stephanie Johnson, Manager of Annual Giving
Location: The Music Center at Strathmore - North Bethesda, MD
Term: Fall 2014
Compensation: $50/week stipend
Hours: Minimum 10 hours per week

With nearly 100 years of history, the Baltimore Symphony is internationally recognized as having achieved a preeminent place among the world's most important orchestras. The BSO made musical history at the start of the 2007-2008 season, when Maestra Marin Alsop became the Orchestra’s 12th music director, making her the first woman to head a major American orchestra. In 2005, the Music Center at Strathmore, a 1,976-seat concert hall and multi-disciplinary education center, opened its doors. With the opening of the Music Center at Strathmore, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra became the only major American orchestra to have permanent, year-round homes in two metropolitan areas, performing more than 30 concerts at the Music Center annually.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Development Department raises more than half of the organization's operating costs through contributions by government, foundations, corporations, and individuals. The BSO’s Development Intern will work closely with all members of the BSO at Strathmore Development Department, gaining exposure to a highly productive team of professional fundraisers. 

The intern’s projects and activities will:

  • 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

The ideal candidate will be a current graduate or undergraduate student or a recent college graduate of a discipline related to development, special events, non-profits or the arts.

We are seeking proactive, goal-oriented candidates interested in the field of arts management with strong written and verbal communication skills, computer proficiency, an ability to problem-solve, and a passion for the arts.


  • Interns will receive personalized mentorship and gain valuable skills that will be useful in a variety of careers
  • At the conclusion of the internship, interns will have a diverse portfolio of work samples and project experience
  • Interns will have the opportunity to set up informational interviews with BSO staff in multiple departments and visit the Baltimore office
  • Flexible schedule with some night and weekend hours
  • Eligible for complimentary tickets on the same basis as administrative staff

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter by August 22nd to:
Via email:  No phone calls, please.