Institutional Relations Internship (Fall 2019, Paid) – The Art Institute of Chicago – Chicago, IL

The Art Institute of Chicago

Under the supervision of the 5-member development team, you will learn about the Art Institute of Chicago’s integrated program for institutional support through partnerships with corporations, foundations, government agencies, and universities. The intern will assist the institutional relations team with prospect research and management, special event planning, writing communications, and more. This position may come into contact with confidential information, so a high degree of discretion and integrity is required. This internship will expose you to the inner workings of the museum and help you to understand how different departments function in order to provide more than 1.7 million annual visitors with quality art and culture experiences.


Assisting the team with gift processing and acknowledgement procedures

Writing and editing letters, sponsorship reports, and event literature

Researching institutional funding prospects

Helping to plan and execute special events

Coordinating experiences for external partners

Providing general administrative support in the day-to-day functions of the department


Undergraduate or graduate student interested in a nonprofit arts organization with proficiency in the Microsoft Suite, experience working in an office setting, and strong writing and communications skills. Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge database is a plus.


A resume and cover letter are required for the application. Cover letter should address the following questions:

What do you hope to gain from this internship experience?

What you will contribute to this internship?

Intern Information

Hours: 10-15 hours a week

College Credit: Available

Compensation: Paid

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