We are seeking a Development Intern who thrives both in team settings and in independent work, is self-motivated and able to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines. The Intern should have an interest in nonprofits, fundraising and/or arts administration and be enthusiastic about providing outstanding customer service.  

Key Responsibilities: 

The Development Intern will assist with a variety of functions of the Development Department including: 

Event Planning: Assist with the Des Moines Symphony’s annual fundraising events, the Viewing Party for Yankee Doodle Pops and the Symphony’s Opening Night Celebration, including assisting with event logistics coordination, producing event materials and communications/promotions, providing corporate sponsor fulfillment, and tracking event attendance. 

Donor Relations: Support the Symphony’s donor relations program, including donor correspondence, sponsor and donor benefits, comp tickets and special receptions. 

Grants Management: Support the collection of data from past seasons, research funding opportunities, assist with grant writing and reporting as well as perform general administrative grants management tasks. 


  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, including an ability to communicate clearly in verbal and written forms.  

  • Able to forge and maintain relationships with a strong focus on quality customer service. 

  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously as well as contributing to a cohesive team environment. 

  • Able to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines. 

  • Strong computer skills and ability to use technology to achieve desired results. 

The Development Intern position is a 15 hour/week commitment running late May to mid-August. This will be a hybrid position blending in-office and remote work. Specific work hours are flexible and can be tailored to your availability. Additional hours (including evenings and weekends) will be required the week leading up to Monday, July 3 (Yankee Doodle Pops Event). 

The position pays $13 - $15/hour depending on experience. Free downtown parking will be provided as needed. 

Please email a cover letter and resume to Amanda Milloy, development@dmsymphony.org by Friday, March 17. Applications may be submitted after the deadline, but those received by March 17 will be prioritized.  

The Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, celebrating its 86th season in 2023-24, is Central Iowa’s largest and most active year-round professional performing arts producing organization. The mission of the Des Moines Symphony Association is to enrich, educate and inspire our community by performing great orchestral music.