Internship: Development Fellow COCA


Internship Title: Development Fellow
Department: Development
Reports to/Supervisor Title: Director of Development
Full or Part Time (hours and time frame): Part-time – 20+ hrs/week through May 2019

Organization Overview
As a leader in arts education, and the largest multidisciplinary community arts organization in the Midwest, COCA annually serves more than 50,000 people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Through dance, vocal music, theatre, art and design, and beyond, we nurture the artistic and creative potential in our students and our community.

Position Overview
COCA’s Season-Long Program Fellowship Program is a professional training program for aspiring arts administrators, arts educators, and performing arts production practitioners. Participants are given practical learning experiences, independent and collective projects, and work as entry-level staff persons in the company’s administrative and production departments.

Each Fellow’s experience is developed and supervised under the guidance of a staff mentor, and draws from the diverse resources and collective knowledge of COCA’s resident artists, teachers and administrators. Through daily exposure in their primary field of interest and work on individual, specific projects, the experience is designed to broaden and strengthen the professional and personal skills and abilities of each of our interns and fellows. COCA’s internships and fellowships are designed to provide a springboard to a professional life in the arts.

COCA’s Fellowship Program includes: Independent and collective learning projects; hands-on experience for future career opportunities; professional development and networking opportunities; and connections to peers, mentors and artists.


The development department is seeking an organized, professional, well-written post-college or graduate student with an eye for detail to fill the position of Development Fellow. COCA’s Development Fellow will assist the development department staff with a broad spectrum of COCA’s fundraising activities, including: grant research and writing; donor relation management; annual fund planning, coordination and logistics; projects in Tessitura (COCA’s donor and ticketing database); and other responsibilities as related to the Development department. The Fellow will develop a thorough understanding of nonprofit and arts fundraising by taking charge of a diverse array of daily responsibilities and assisting with both long- and short-term projects. Candidates must be team-oriented and demonstrate excellent interpersonal, organizational, and writing skills and should have a strong interest in the arts and fundraising, and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment.

This is a part-time (expected 20 hours a week through May 2019) fellowship, and may include weekend/evening hours.

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

• Conduct prospect research on individual, foundation, and corporate donors
• Assist in writing, editing and gathering supplementary materials for grants and grant reports
• Supporting operations of annual fund program
• Data input, organization and projects on the Tessitura software program
• Support staff with logistics associated with special events (including annual fundraising event)
• Maintain donor files and other development materials

Qualifications / Requirements

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:
• Be at least 21 years old
• Have earned a baccalaureate degree, or have equivalent professional experience
• Applicant is less than five years from graduation or the equivalent work experience
• Be able to commit to a 6-month program
• Reside in, or be able to relocate to, the St. Louis metro area
Preferred skills for the Development Fellow also include:
• A cumulative GPA of at least 3.5
• An interest in non-profit development, grant writing, fundraising, arts administration/management
• Excellent oral, written and communication skills
• Experience with Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook

Application Information
Please submit cover letter, resume, and references to using the position title “Development Fellow” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Equal Opportunity Employer