The House Theatre of Chicago’s internship program is designed to provide a collaborative, entrepreneurial experience for aspiring young theatremakers. The House is looking for undergraduate students and recent college graduates interested in learning about and participating in the day-to-day functions of a growing professional theater. Our interns work directly with their department directors to advance the initiatives of each department, and collaboratively across departments with other staff and members of their internship class.

This position will work closely with the Director of Development and Managing Director on event planning and our annual gala. Duties will include support in the planning and execution of our annual benefit on March 28, 2020. Please do not apply for this position unless you are available for the full day of March 28, and have good availability for the week immediately prior and following.

Time Commitment

January 6 to April 10, 2020, with some flexibility on dates: 10-15 hours per week. Most work should take place on weekdays during normal office hours (Monday-Friday between 9a-5p), with occasional nights and weekends. The weeks surrounding the gala (March 16-April 3) additional hours will be required, and full availability is required for the day of the event (March 28). Exceptions can be made for other commitments.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Constant Communication: you don’t believe in “fake it until you make it,” you rather learn how to do it right the first time
  • Passion for the arts, and a want to learn how to raise money around them
  • Ability to check in with manager on deadlines and communicate any expected issues–and successes!
  • Keen attention to detail: no spreadsheet is too granular for you.
  • Experience using Microsoft Excel and Word and Google Drive
  • Experience using a database a plus


  • Support the Annual Fundraising Benefit Event
  • Reach out to businesses and individuals to ask for auction donations
  • Track the receipt and delivery of items to silent auction winners
  • Prepare items and forms for display at event.
  • Assist with other event-related tasks such as event promotion, décor, volunteer coordination and logistics.
  • Day of event: help with set-up, breakdown, and coordination of the Silent Auction
  • Prepare and send donor acknowledgements
  • Make calls to donors and businesses regarding donations
  • Log activities in database

Internship Benefits

  • This is a contracted position for $200/month
  • Tickets to House productions
  • Experience working in an open learning environment for a nonprofit arts organization
  • An opportunity to meet and work with established artists, nonprofit professionals and our outstanding board of directors
  • Possibility of college credit
Instructions to Apply:

Please submit resume and cover letter as PDFs via email to The Director of Development at erin@thehousetheatre.com by January 24, 2019. No phone calls, please.

To apply for this job email your details to erin@thehousetheatre.com

Pay Range: $200/month
Organization Address: 4020 N. Rockwell
Organization Contact Name: Erin Strick
Organization Email Contact: Erin@thehousetheatre.com