Communications + Development Internship

Position Description

The Communications + Development Intern will work closely with the Alliance staff to strengthen the substance, design and messaging of Arts Alliance Illinois fundraising materials and communications. Projects include marketing and development work on the Chicago Cultural Plan, annual fundraising luncheon event, and advocacy and arts education initiatives.



Arts Alliance Illinois, formed in 1982 to advocate for state funding for the arts, now builds the vitality of communities statewide through service and advocacy, thereby generating resources for the cultural sector and creative industries. Today, the Alliance’s focus areas include statewide civic engagement, arts education, cultural equity, and arts access.


Time Requirement and Compensation

14 – 21 hours/week.  This position is unpaid but could serve to fulfill course credit requirements associated with the intern’s academic program. The Alliance will work with the intern to establish a schedule and a calendar.


What would an intern learn?

The Communications + Development Intern will be treated as a valuable and integrated member of the Alliance team. He or she will have the opportunity to apply creative and critical thinking skills to help move the Alliance's mission forward. The intern will see first-hand how a small nonprofit arts advocacy organization works and have the opportunity to coordinate meaningful projects. This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to apply his or her creative skills to the nonprofit sector.


Skills & Qualifications: 

Position requirements


Arts Alliance Illinois provides interns with a workstation with a PC, basic Microsoft Office software and internet access. Proficiency of Adobe InDesign or comparable design software is preferred. The Communications + Development Intern will work closely with staff and will have interactions with members and prospective donors. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are required as is a friendly demeanor and a desire to work with people. Strong communication skills – both written and verbal; creative skills; comfortable with the Internet and technology; interest in communications, marketing, social media, membership, development; consistent with close attention to detail.


Position qualifications

  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strength in managing multi-step projects from start to completion and ensuring quality of work
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills
  • Flexibility/adaptability
  • Strong written communications skills
  • Quick learner, creative thinker
  • Knowledge of the arts and cultural sector is a plus, but not required
To Apply: 

Application procedure

Please e-mail a resume and cover letter to

To learn more about Arts Alliance Illinois, please visit

Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Libia Bianibi
Contact Email: