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Development Internship

Job Title: Development Intern
Classification: 40 hours/week
June 3 through August 20 – Summer 2021
Job Description (PDF)

Position Overview

The Development Intern will support the work and activities of the Santa Fe Opera’s Development Department with specific focus on donor relations and special events. This position will then report to the Annual Fund Director and Special Events Director.

During the 2021 Season, this position, as it relates to donor relations, will assist in the stewardship of donors at all levels within Annual Giving; this includes in-person, socially-distanced events. This position will also assist with the preparation and execution of paid special events, including the mid-season annual Gala.

Specific Responsibilities

Act as one of the primary liaisons to donors: answer questions and handle issues related to donor benefits; manage and track sign-ups for all “donor benefits” in Opera’s database (Tessitura); Assist with the organization of a number of outdoor events; update and clarify materials of or related to donor benefits within the Annual Fund.

Specific duties will include designing and disseminating invitations, tracking responses including dietary restrictions and seating preferences, calling and emailing guests both for follow-up and as courtesy calls, assisting with set-up and take-down for each event, and interacting with other SFO departments, along with vendors, caterers, and guests.

Requirements and Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a proactive and independent work style while also being a strong team-player. In addition, she/he will display excellent interpersonal skills, sound judgment, a flexible (can-do) attitude and the ability to organize and prioritize in a fast-paced environment. Computer skills with Windows-based environment required (including Word and Excel); familiarity with relational database preferred. Fundraising knowledge a plus.


40 hours/week, with overtime as needed.

This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. The fundamental job requirements are included and these are the essential job functions. Employees will be required to perform any other job-related duties assigned by their supervisor. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

The Santa Fe Opera has an industry-wide reputation as an excellent employer, providing rewarding opportunities amid a setting of great natural beauty. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Santa Fe Opera celebrates diversity and inclusion. We do not discriminate against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, creed, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, age, veteran status, political affiliation or philosophy. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Deadline to apply is March 1st, 2021

Submit a completed employment application form, your resume, cover letter and e-mail to Human Resources or by mail to:

The Santa Fe Opera
Attention: Human Resources
Post Office Box 2408
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-2408

Application Form (PDF)