Internship title: Gift Planning Internship (Development Department)
Supervisor: Gift Planning Associate & Director of Gift Planning
Time commitment: 10-20 hours per week, 2 or more days per week (flexible)
Compensation: Although internships are unpaid, a $30 weekly travel stipend is offered

Lyric Opera of Chicago exists to provide a broad, deep and relevant cultural service to the Chicago region and the nation, and to advance the development of the art form of opera.

The Gift Planning program at Lyric allows patrons to leave legacy gifts to Lyric to provide major funds for future projects and operations. Patrons who have committed to leaving a planned gift to Lyric are welcomed into the Overture Society where they receive special benefits throughout the season to acknowledge and thank them for their foresight and generosity.

The Gift Planning internship will provide the opportunity to work on a variety of development projects during Lyric's Spring season. This position will work directly with the Gift Planning Associate and will allow the candidate to gain extensive experience in administration, fundraising, systems development, and arts organization technology. The selected candidate will also gain valuable insight into the various financial products donors use to make legacy gifts to arts organizations.


Projects/duties include but are not limited to: 

  • Provide general assistance before and during key events such as Gift Planning Seminars and Overture Society events

  • Input RSVPs for Gift Planning events

  • Assist with direct mailings for Overture Society events and initiatives, including proofing, editing, design input, and distribution

  • Assist with processing new gifts and updating accounts in Tessitura

  • Assist with file organization projects and utilize Tessitura for data entry

  • Assist in creating and distributing e-newsletters and e-mail communications

  • Perform general clerical duties (filing, copying, mailing) as needed


Required knowledge and skills:

Candidates must have excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills. Projects require the ability to prioritize and efficiently manage multiple tasks while ensuring timely completion of all duties required. Ideal candidates will have a strong work ethic with sensitivity to confidential information and the ability to work independently as well as a member of a team. Proficiency in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher) also necessary.

How to Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to

Lyric Opera of Chicago is committed to enhancing our diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Lyric does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.