Development Internship at the Gene Siskel Film Center - School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Since 1972, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has presented cutting edge cinema to an annual audience of over 80,000. The Film Center’s programming includes annual film festivals that celebrate diverse voices and international cultures, premieres of trailblazing work by today’s independent filmmakers, restorations and revivals of essential films from cinema history, and insightful, provocative discussions with filmmakers and media artists. Altogether, the Film Center hosts over 1,500 screenings and 200 filmmaker appearances every year. The Film Center was renamed the Gene Siskel Film Center in 2000 after the late, nationally celebrated film critic, Gene Siskel.


Development Interns learn from and assist with different development projects, including the annual fund, foundation and government grants, fund-raising events, and membership.

Interns are exposed to all aspects of development from audience development and membership to donor cultivation as well as marketing and outreach. Interns are mentored by the associate director of development and the development assistant.

Intern projects may include:

  • Assisting development staff with annual appeals and acknowledgments
  • Collaborating and assisting with managing fundraising events, silent auction, and raffle coordination
  • Assisting with the preparation of programs and signage
  • Participating in donor cultivation events, including festival openings and committee receptions
  • Identifying and researching government, foundation, and corporate sources of funding for various projects
  • Assisting with marketing, PR, and outreach for various films
  • Assisting with evaluating and cultivating audience development and membership efforts
  • Assisting with writing, editing, and proofreading solicitations, acknowledgement letters, and general correspondence


Intern Information

Length of Program: Flexible to meet program requirements

Compensation Rate: Unpaid

College Credit: Available

Hours: 15 hours/week

Application Deadlines : Open

Number of Openings: 1

Skills & Qualifications: 

Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word and Excel), and Internet use. Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, strong attention to detail. Ideal candidate is pursuing a degree in business, arts administration, writing, or English. Experience in graphic design in very helpful.

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The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.

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