Handel and Haydn Society

9 Harcourt Street
Boston, MA 02116

Date Posted:
November 20, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Fundraising and Special Events Intern


Students and individuals interested in gaining fundraising experience, and working for the nation’s oldest continuously performing arts organizations, are invited to apply for the Handel and Haydn Society’s unique internship opportunities. Interns assist the H+H staff in day-to-day operations and special projects.

Work Schedule

Flexible hours during the work week (Mondays–Fridays, 9am–5pm), with a minimum of 8 hours per week. Occasional nights and weekends required for concerts and special events. Please note that this is an unpaid position, with school credit available upon request.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

· Provide support to the Development Department to achieve annual fundraising goals and strategizing successful small and large scale events

· Perform in depth donor and prospect research

· Assist with production and mailing of donor and prospect communication

· Assist in planning and execution of large and small scale events, including annual Gala and pre-concert receptions

· Perform updates in Tessitura database

· Assist in creating plans for development presence on social media outlets

· Perform research on other area arts organizations

· Assist with front of house activities at concert hall

· Other duties as assigned


· Interest in fundraising

· Strong organizational skills

· Strong writing and communication skills

· Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

· Experience with Facebook and Twitter

· Knowledge of Classical or Baroque music a plus

How To Apply:

1. Complete an application at: https://goo.gl/forms/Uh5rqh4eWKQqXZcN2

2. Submit a cover letter and resume via email, with subject line “Development Intern”, to internships@handelandhaydn.org.

Apply by:
January 31, 2020
Unpaid internship
About this Organization:

The Handel and Haydn Society is internationally acclaimed for its performances of Baroque and Classical music. Based in Boston, H+H’s orchestra and chorus delight more than 50,000 listeners each year with a ten-concert subscription series at Symphony Hall and other leading venues in addition to a robust program of intimate events in museums, schools, and community centers. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Harry Christophers, the ensemble embraces historically informed performance, bringing classical music to life with the same immediacy it had the day it was written. Through the Karen S. and George D. Levy Education Program, H+H also provides engaging, accessible, and broadly inclusive music education to over 11,500 children each year through in-school music instruction and the Vocal Arts Program that includes six youth choruses.

Founded in Boston in 1815, H+H is among the oldest continuously performing classical music ensembles in the United States and is unique for its longevity, capacity for reinvention, and distinguished history of premieres. H+H began as a choral society founded by middle-class Bostonians who aspired to improve the quality of singing in their growing American city. They named the organization after two composers—Handel and Haydn—to represent both the old music of the 18th century and what was then the new music of the 19th century. In the first decades of its existence, H+H gave the American premieres of Handel’s Messiah (1818), Haydn’s Creation(1819), Verdi’s Requiem (1878), and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (1879). Since its founding, H+H has given more than 2,000 performances before a total audience exceeding 2.8 million.

In addition to its subscription series, tours, and broadcast performances, H+H reaches a worldwide audience through ambitious recordings including the critically-acclaimed Haydn The Creation, the best-selling Joy to the World: An American Christmas, and Handel Messiah, recorded live at Symphony Hall under Christophers’s direction.