Arts Management/Donor Stewardship Internship

Arts Management/Donor Stewardship Internship

Position Summary

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. They 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 Scholarships and Student Recruitment. The internship period is mid-to- late May through mid-September 2020, 40 hours/week. (Start and end dates are negotiable.)

A Penland internship 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. A $500 stipend for work is included. All housing and meals will be provided at no charge to the intern for the duration of the internship period with a $75 stipend for each week of the internship when the Pines dining hall is closed. Class and studio access is not provided.


  • Facilitate the summer scholarship recognition program, i.e. assist with student orientations, collect and manage student thank you letters/evaluations, conduct student interviews, and prepare donor thank you packages
  • 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 stewardship events
  • Assist with maintenance of the donor database (Raiser’s Edge), i.e. updating records
  • Provide writing and/or editing support for donor correspondence
  • Attend relevant departmental and board committee meetings
  • Conduct prospect research
  • Conduct clerical and administrative duties such as data entry, filing, copying, etc.
  • Some weekend and evening hours are required.


  • Demonstrated interest in the arts/arts management
  • Proficient in 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)
  • Past experience with development office work is preferred but not required
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and a positive professional behavior
  • Excellent customer service skills; be comfortable making phone calls and in person
    communications with patrons, supporters, instructors and students
  • Ability to work within deadlines, under pressure, and with a positive attitude at all times
  • Possess excellent time management skills; attention to detail, and accuracy is critical
  • Highly self-motivated, task oriented and goal oriented
  • Be able to accommodate a flexible work schedule; must work the week of Aug. 3rd, including the benefit auction weekend event on August 7-8, 2020

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. 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

Penland School of Crafts believes that diversity and inclusion are essential to fulfilling its mission. We want to inspire and nurture the human spirit, and we value the perspectives and contributions of all people. We want the Penland experience to include varied ideas, world views, and personal characteristics. Penland is committed to being a community that welcomes and respects everyone regardless of age, ability, ethnicity, race, religion, philosophical or political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nationality, geographic origin, and socioeconomic status. We are committed to providing an environment free of discrimination.

The internship will remain open until filled, however the initial review of applications will consist of applications received by February 1, 2020. 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 Yolanda Sommer, Scholarships & Recruiting Manager, Penland School of Crafts, PO Box 37 Penland, NC 28765 or


Penland School of Craft 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 68. Penland operates with a $44 million endowment and an annual operating budget of $6 million. We offer several internships throughout the year. Penland is located about an hour northeast of Asheville, NC.