Arts Management/Donor Stewardship Internship



The Arts Management/Donor Stewardship Intern is an important member of Penland’s development team and works closely with professional staff to gain practical work experience in fundraising and stewardship strategies that support the school’s mission and programs. He or she will learn about each staff role and gain valuable knowledge and experience in donor cultivation and stewardship, events, prospect research, data management and use of the Raiser’s Edge donor database, a widely used software in non-profits. The development intern reports to the Development Associate for Individual Giving. The internship period is May 22 through September 15, 2017, 40 hours/week. (Start and end dates are negotiable.)


The internship is unpaid, but offers a unique opportunity to live and work in a dynamic, creative educational community and work with accomplished professionals in a mutual learning and knowledge sharing environment. All housing and meals will be provided at no charge to the intern for the duration of the internship period. The week before and after summer sessions, Penland’s dining hall is closed. Interns working during this time will receive a $75/week food stipend. Class and studio access is not provided.


Penland will work with applicants seeking educational credit for the internship. Details can be discussed in the interview process.



• Assist with planning, set-up, and/or management of special events such as Penland Friends Parties, Scholarship Auctions, the Annual Benefit Auction, and other donor


• Conduct prospect research


• Assist with maintenance of the donor database (Raiser’s Edge), i.e. creating and updating records


• Provide writing and/or editing support for donor correspondence


• Facilitate the scholarship program, i.e. assist with student orientations, collect and manage student thank you letters/evaluations, conduct student interviews, and prepare donor thank you packages


• Attend relevant departmental and board committee meetings, record meeting minutes if applicable


• Conduct clerical and administrative duties such as data entry, filing, copying, etc.



• Have a demonstrated interest in the arts/arts management


• Possess a very high proficiency level using Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel; strong command of mail merging is a plus


• Knowledge of Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge fundraising software a plus (please indicate any experience with this software in your application); familiarity with databases including MS Access/Filemaker Pro is helpful


• Past experience with development office work is preferred but not required


• Have some working knowledge of online research


• Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and a positive professional behavior


• Have excellent customer service skills; be comfortable making phone calls and in person communications with patrons, supporters, instructors and students


• Have a proven ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups of individuals


• Maintain the ability to work within deadlines, under pressure, and with a positive attitude at all times


• Be highly organized and posses excellent time management skills; attention to detail and accuracy is critical


• Be highly self-motivated, task oriented and goal oriented


• Possess emotional maturity, self-confidence, and a sense of humor


• Be able to accommodate a flexible work schedule; must work the week of Aug. 7th, including the two-day benefit auction weekend event on August 11-12th.


Physical Demands

This position requires the applicant to walk unaided up and down hills and over uneven terrain, bend, stoop, reach above their head, have use of fine and gross motor skills, and work in close quarters. The applicant must have normal visual acuity at near and far distance with correction and hear the spoken word with correction. The applicant must be fluent in English. The position demands frequent exposure to inclement weather. While performing the duties of this job, the applicant is regularly required to sit and to work at a computer. The applicant is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or touch objects, tools, or controls and to talk fluently. The applicant must occasionally lift and/or move heavy objects weighing up to 75 pounds.


To Apply

The internship will remain open until filled, however the initial review of applications will consist of applications received by February 1, 2017. Send resume and cover letter addressing relevant experience and interest in the internship, personal contact information and email contact information for at least 3 professional references (a minimum of 1 of the 3 shall be from an employer) to Joan Glynn, Director of Development & Communications, Penland School of Crafts, PO Box 37 Penland, NC 28765 or

Penland School of Crafts is an international center for craft education offering residential workshops, residencies, community education programs, and exhibitions. Located on 420 acres in the NC Mountains, Penland has 16 teaching studios and a total of 57 historic and contemporary buildings. Penland School of Crafts is an equal opportunity employer with a staff of 63. Penland operates with a $16 million endowment and an annual operating budget of $5.8 million. We offer several internships throughout the year. Penland is located about an hour northeast of Asheville, NC.