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Symphony Space is a not-for-profit performing arts center in New York City presenting over 600 performances per year in music, dance, theatre, film, literature, and children's programs, reaching 120,000 highly diverse audience members per year. We also produce the popular PRI program Selected Shorts, which is carried on public radio stations throughout the country. In addition, our acclaimed education programs annually reach 6,000 public school students and 2,000 adult literacy students. In addition to its theatres, Symphony Space also operates a studio and a bar/cafe.


Benefits for full time employees include three weeks annual vacation, medical and dental insurance plans, life insurance, flexible spending plan, employee-contributed annuity plan through TIAA-CREF.

Current Openings

Institutional Giving Manager

This is a full-timeposition, reporting to the Assistant Director of Development for Institutional Giving.  Your research, writing, booking, planning and records management skills will respond to the department needs as well as those of the Director of Development and the President/CEO, as requested.

Responsibilities include the following: Conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to foundation, government and corporate sources, including writing engaging text and preparing budgets in line with the funders’ requirements.

  • Perform prospect research to evaluate foundations, corporations and government agencies as potential funders, and to populate an annual calendar outlining actions to be taken to contact them and move them toward a funding relationship.  Maintaining that research throughout the fiscal year to substitute new prospects as previous candidates move to the funded, declined or “no match” categories, using the department database MOVES and basic record-keeping systems to track prospects and funders.
  • Clear presentation of findings to supervisor(s) in support of your selection of prospects as potential institutional funders.
  • Track use of granted funds and compile information required by funders to present reports on current grants according to their timelines.
  • Provide stewardship to current donors, including work with Assistant Director of Development to regularly engage funders in the program successes of Symphony Space, schedule site visits, provide invitations to program and special events, etc. to donors.
  • Track agency-wide program statistics relevant to development and compile reference reports for the department, along with pertinent written materials necessary for donor stewardship (audience numbers and diversity, educational program attendance, etc).
  • Work with Assistant Director of Development to provide input for all written institutional materials including the annual report.
  • Assist with other fundraising projects as requested

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals.  
  • A high command of English coupled with strong editing/proofreading skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research.
  • Produces work reflecting familiarity with the terms “best practices,” “outcome measurements,” and “moves management”.
  • Strong contributor in team environments.


  • Minimum of two years’ experience with research and grant writing.
  • Must be skilled in relational fundraising databases (knowledge of Blackbaud’s Raisers Edge a plus), both data input and retrieval through canned and custom reporting.
  • Previous experience in a non-profit fundraising department.
  • Experience working in deadline-driven environments.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to monitor and assist supervisor in meeting team income goals.

As with all Development positions, overtime is occasionally required.

Compensation commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical insurance, contributory dental plan, flexible spending program, life insurance, contributory annuity plan.

Email cover letter, resume and writing samples (2 grant proposal samples as well as 1 cover letter for institutional or major donors.) with Development Manager in the subject line to Heather Gallagher, Assistant Director of Development for Institutional Giving,



Responsibilities include but are not limited to: providing courteous customer assistance, greeting, directing and escorting patrons to their seats; stuffing and distributing programs; providing general direction, answering questions, light clean-up after shows. Must be very dependable, neat, interested in interacting with the general public, willing to work a changing schedule. Training is provided. Uniform to be worn on the job is long sleeve black shirt, black pants and dark shoes. Weekly schedule of 5 to 20 hours generally available, daytime and/or evening. Starting wage: $8.00/hour.

Interested persons should send a cover letter and resume to Brian Davis, Head of House Management, at


Literary Department 
Graphic Design 
Social Media 
Development/Individual & Institutional Giving 
Special Events Intern 
Business Administration 

About the Internship Program

The Symphony Space Internship Program offers excellent professional/educational experience and training in the areas of arts administration and production. All interns are individually supervised by department staff and will have regular consultations with our Internship Program Consultant. All interns are involved in our day-to-day operations and attend departmental meetings and monthly staff meetings. Additionally, there are career development seminars led by Symphony Space professionals and guests. College credits may be available.

Time: Our fall/spring internship program runs from September 2014 to May 2015. Hours vary - see descriptions below.

Candidates: Undergraduate or graduate students and recent graduates.

Stipend: Summer internships are unpaid. There is a stipend for fall/spring internships. College credit may be available.

How to apply: Please e-mail your resume and cover letter indicating area of interest. Please put "Internship in ___" filling in the name of the internship that interests you in the subject line, as well as time period of interest. For example: "Summer Internship in Education."

Send to:

Lucia Burns, Intern Consultant
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
New York, NY
No calls, please.

Internships are offered in the following areas

Audio/Video - The Audio/Video Intern works with the Marketing Department on recording, taping, editing and publishing various audio and video projects, including Symphony Space Live (archival audio recordings of Symphony Space shows), intros for story downloads in the online Shop, and promotional podcasts and video promos for events. Tasks include editing video and audio projects, uploading audio files for online streaming, administrative management of media files and inventory, and occasionally writing copy and recording talent. The Audio/Video Intern works with the Senior Manager of Interactive Marketing & Media. Experience with online content management tools, Adobe Premiere and ProTools preferred. 30 hours per week.

Literary Department - The Literary Intern provides assistance to the producers in all aspects of the literary department programs which include Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story, a 12 program live reading series; the Thalia Book Club, a series that brings authors into conversation with the audience about new books and classics, with readings by actors; the Thalia Kids' Book Club for kids ages 9-12; the Selected Shorts Radio Series, a 52-week series co-produced with WNYC and broadcast on public radio stations nationwide; Selected Shorts on CD; Selected Shorts on Tour; Bloomsday on Broadway; and a program produced with the Education Department, Selected Shorts: All Write! 30 hours per week.

Education - The Education Intern assists in the administration of Symphony Space's education programs: The Curriculum Arts Project, an arts education program focusing on the social studies curriculum that serves New York City public school students and their teachers; and Selected Shorts: All Write!, an adult literacy program modeled on Symphony Space's nationally acclaimed Selected Shorts program, which serves New York City adult literacy students and their teachers. The Education Intern works closely with the Education Director and Manager of Education Programs. 30 hours per week.

Graphic Design - The Graphic Design Intern works with the Marketing Department to create digital advertisements, flyers, house programs, posters and other promotional materials (both print and web). This person also helps the department with general marketing tasks (posting listings, poster rotation, etc) in support of a busy calendar with 200 events annually produced by Symphony Space. Working knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop and Creative Suite required. Please provide a portfolio of work (either personal work or professional) that demonstrates these skills. 30 hours per week.

Social Media - The Social Media Intern assists the Senior Manager of Interactive Marketing & Media to increase the visibility of Symphony Space via multiple online channels. This person writes and posts material for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and other social media outlets; participates in live-event coverage; prepares and sends newsletters and e-cards; collects and monitors data, traffic and other stats; helps build campaigns for increasing audience engagement (e.g., contests and polls); and maintains cross-promotional relationships with artists and other arts organizations in the New York arts community. Should have experience with short-form writing, basic photo editing skills, and knowledge of social media tools and strategies. Please provide writing samples (can be from personal blog, academic work or published clips). 20 hours per week.

Development/Individual & Institutional Giving - The Individual & Institutional Giving intern works in a hands-on way within the development department to facilitate donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. The internship involves a heavy amount of prospect research and drafting letters, reports, and internal documents. Strong research and writing skills needed. Administrative and office experience a plus, but not required. The Individual & Institutional Giving intern will also work closely within the Raiser's Edge database. Training and lots of hands-on experience with Raiser's Edge will be provided (a critical resume point for an emerging Development professional). Candidates should be responsible, self-motivated, inquisitive, and quick on their feet. 20-30 hours per week.

Development/Special Events - The Special Events intern works closely on the planning, research, and execution of Symphony Space's two large-scale fundraising events: the Artful Dining series in the fall and the spring Gala. The Special Events intern works closely with guest lists, invitations, a live and silent auction, and volunteer coordination; as well as dealing directly with venues, caterers, and many departments within Symphony Space. The Special Events intern will also work closely within the Raiser's Edge database. Training and lots of hands-on experience with Raiser's Edge will be provided (a critical resume point for an emerging Development professional). Candidates should be responsible, self-motivated, inquisitive, and quick on their feet. 20-30 hours per week.

Business Administration - The Business Administration Interns work on the sales and distribution of CDs from our literature series, Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story and the development and marketing of additional Symphony Space-related merchandise. This position is a great opportunity to learn about the overall operation of Selected Shorts branding activities involving the publishing industry, program distribution, and public radio. The interns work closely with the Senior Manager of Business Development and assist with general administration. 30 hours per week.

Accounting - The Accounting Intern works closely with the Director of Finance in providing general administrative support and also assisting in the weekly accounts payable. The position is a good opportunity to gain skills in bookkeeping and non-profit administration in general. 20 hours per week.

IT - The IT intern works with the Director of Information Technology on the business of running an IT support organization for a non-profit. Candidates should be organized, capable of general administration duties (data entry, filing etc.) and willing to 'roll up their sleeves' and learn/sharpen support skills for Windows and Mac OS computers, printers etc. in a 30+ user environment. This is a great opportunity to learn both the basic skills required for support IT as well as an introduction to the business of support IT. 30 hours per week.

Film/Booking - This combined internship offers two unique insights into Symphony Space.
The Booking department is responsible for the rentals of both of Symphony Space's theaters, our rehearsal Studio, and Recording Studio. The intern would work with the Booking Department as well as directly with renters on making sure their show is a success. Responsibilities include submission of internal event notices, communicating with renters, and data entry for development purposes amongst other things. This internship is a great way to learn about the process of renting a theater and the work that goes in to making a show a success. It is an exclusive chance to see the production of events from a renter's first inquiries through their final productions.

Film at Symphony Space consists of a Sunday documentary program, 15 sneak preview screenings with special guests, 12 film classes showing a classic film and discussing the various elements of filmmaking, and special premiere screenings. The Film Intern helps the Director of Film Programs through the notification of staff about our programs, printing of flyers, shipping and receiving of 35mm film prints, digital media and support materials, updating our web-site, and data entry of income and expenses. 30 hours per week.

Hospitality - The Hospitality Intern's focus is Bar Thalia, the food and beverage hub of Symphony Space. The Intern, exposed to all aspects of bar management, focuses his/her efforts on assisting in marketing and promotional offers (including updating the Bar's website), creating and distributing fliers, keeping the Bar well connected with the broad social media world (Facebook, Twitter, blogging, etc), booking and following-up on parties, and performing administrative tasks. Candidates with a strong interest in hospitality management, marketing, social media or event planning will find this internship of interest. Computer skills, especially familiarity with Word and Excel, are helpful, as well as knowledge of Photoshop/InDesign/Microsoft Publisher. Will include evening hours. 30 hours per week.

See How to Apply above. For questions, contact Maren Berthelsen, Internship Program Consultant, at