Development Intern | Chicago Youth Shakespeare

Chicago Youth Shakespeare

Chicago Youth Shakespeare’s Development Internship offers professional experience for qualified undergraduate or graduate students pursuing careers in non-profit fundraising and development.  The Development Intern will assist CYS staff and board members in all major areas of fundraising, including Annual and Planned Giving, Individual Giving, Corporate Sponsorship, In-Kind Donations and Services, Grant Proposals, and Community Partnerships.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work directly with CYS Fundraising Committee board members on strategies for Annual and Planned Giving initiatives, including corporate and foundational support.
  • Collaborate with CYS Marketing Committee board members on development of materials for electronic and direct mail solicitations
  • Manage all electronic and direct mail solicitations, including editing, proofing, design, and distribution
  • Maintain accurate donor data – routinely updating contact information, event attendance, and correspondence in donor database
  • Ensure accurate and timely acknowledgment of gifts
  • Research funding opportunities and draft grant proposals
  • Manage grant applications, correspondence, and calendar
  • Assist in planning future fundraising events and campaigns
  • Prepare and submit development project updates and reports for monthly board meetings
  • Other duties as assigned
Skills & Qualifications: 
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills  
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher) 
  • Strong work ethic and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated interest or experience in the arts and/or arts education
  • Open to current undergraduate and graduate students
  • College credit available
  • 20-25 hrs. a week (flexible hours and scheduling)
  • Remote and on-site work
  • Travel stipend offered
To Apply: 

Please email a letter of introduction and resume to CYS Artistic Director, Manon Spadaro at  

Diversity Statement | Chicago Youth Shakespeare (CYS) is committed to fostering a diverse community of artists. CYS does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, family make-up, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or any other factor in the registration of students or hiring of staff.

About Chicago Youth Shakespeare

Chicago Youth Shakespeare (CYS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to putting Shakespeare’s timeless works into the hands of 21st-century teenagers. CYS is committed to fostering a safe space where students of all backgrounds can come together to learn and grow as part of a diverse, creative community.

In less than four years, CYS programs have impacted over 4000 students from more than 60 different public, private, and parochial schools in the Chicago area. CYS has teamed up with a number of larger organizations including  After School Matters, Young Chicago Authors, and CPS, in order to broaden and diversify the reach of its programming. Through collaborative partnerships with arts and education leaders, CYS is expanding Shakespeare learning opportunities for Chicago area students, particularly in underserved communities.  

CYS Programs

  • The Chicago Youth Shakespeare Ensemble (CYSE) - our flagship performance company open to high school students throughout the Chicago area
  • Battle of the Bard® (BOTB) - BOTB is a region-wide series of Shakespeare slam events open to high school teams throughout Chicagoland.
  • CYS in Schools - Shakespeare workshops and residency programs for students and their teachers during the school day


For more information on all CYS programs, please visit

Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Manon Spadaro