The Knoxville Museum of Art would like to offer an unpaid internship focusing on the management and execution of its annual Holiday Homes Tour Fundraising Event.
The KMA is a non-profit organization whose nearly $2,000,000 operating budget is provided by individual and corporate donors, government grants, and several large fundraising events. The Holiday Homes Tour, held each year in December, is one such fundraiser.
Experience and Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have:
- Two years of college work
- History of successful leadership roles
- Proven organizational skills
- Ability to work well with staff, volunteers, and donors
- Computer skills: Word, EXCEL
Internship Description/Position Title/Roles, Responsibilities, and Duties
The Holiday Homes Tour (HHT) is an annual KMA fundraiser and official kickoff to the holiday season for many
Knoxvillians. Historically the event raises over $50,000 for the museum’s general operating fund. The all-day tour of 4-6
homes will be held Friday, December 14, 2018 and includes a seated luncheon at Cherokee Country Club. A "Candlelight
Tour" cocktail reception will be held Thursday evening, December 13 for sponsors and special guests.
Planning for the HHT begins in June and builds in intensity from September through December. The HHT intern will be
expected to be available during the fall semester. Summer availability is optional.
The HHT intern will report directly to the Director of Development and will work with museum staff and with the KMA’s
auxiliary group, the Guild, to assist in the planning and execution of the event.
The HHT intern will:
- Assist with pre-planning event logistics (such as shuttle arrangements, parking requirements, program book
- Assist with luncheon planning such as menu, set up, d?cor, and seating.
- Attend planning meetings as his/her schedule allows.
- Brainstorm and consider options for bettering the event and increasing revenue.
- Maintain an extensive spreadsheet of reservations and attendees.
- Follow-up communication with ad buyers and sponsors.
- Editing and proofing of HHT documents.
- Provide day-of, hands-on assistance at Friday Homes Tour.
- Additional responsibilities as agreed upon.
(The HHT intern will not solicit homes for the tour, sell advertisements, or ask donors for sponsorships.)
The position is unpaid. If the intern is eligible for school credit or needs a reference or proof of volunteer hours spent, the KMA can offer assistance for all.
Hours per week are negotiable. An ideal work schedule would include five hours per week during the fall semester.
During the period of December 3-14, ten hours per week or more is possible. Intern must be available all day Friday,
The KMA has an extensive volunteer program and has hosted hundreds of interns and volunteers. Since the intern will be involved in all phases of planning and executing this one event, the HHT intern will develop insight into non-profit management, fundraising, and event planning from start to finish. Additionally, the HHT intern will benefit from exposure to staff in all areas of museum (curatorial, education, volunteer leadership, etc.). A job well done will provide networking opportunities in art, non-profit, and event-planning fields.
How to Apply
Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume’, and KMA Volunteer Application and Code of Ethics by midnight, April 13, 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews during the first few weeks of April. Two references can be submitted at the time of the interview. We hope to have the position filled by mid May.