Special Events Intern (Winter/Spring)

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Lyric Opera of Chicago, founded in 1954, is one of the world's greatest opera companies. It is renowned internationally for its artistic excellence and financial strength. Over the past two decades the company has achieved unparalleled success in its ticket sales, averaging 100% attendance from 1988-2002. Lyric Opera is also distinguished for having operated in the black for 20 of the past 21 years.


Position Details

Special Events Intern (Winter/Spring)
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL

Through artistic excellence coupled with innovative, relevant programming; initiatives to connect with and grow new audiences; engagement with communities to ignite creativity across Chicago; and a modernized Opera House that is the setting for truly great experiences, Lyric is leading the advancement of opera. This collaborative vision will deliver ever more exciting, thought-provoking and inclusive audience and community experiences – while increasing the gravitational pull of our art form, our company, and our city.

The Special Events Intern will work closely with the Development and Special Events team, assisting with managing the Graham room, donor events, and general office work. The Special Events Intern will assist withreaching important fundraising and stewardship goals that are crucial to Lyric’s success.


  • Assist with the Graham Room reservation telephone line by accepting reservations, changes to reservations, and cancellations, and answering any questions a member may have. 
  • Assist with the preparation and mailing of invitations for Donor Events and Galas. 
  • Assist with the organization of invitees’ responses. 
  • Perform telephone calls to confirm invitees’ attendance. 
  • Assist with the day of execution for all events. 
  • Other assistance as needed. 
  • General filing, photocopying, and answering phones as needed. 
  • Assist with print materials for all events.


  • Pursuing a degree in the Arts or Arts Administration, Business, Marketing, Management, or related field. 
  • Computer literacy is required, with an emphasis on Word, Excel, and the Windows environment. 
  • Excellent organizational skills and a genuine passion for order. 
  • Must be detail-oriented and be able to handle multiple tasks proficiently. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are a must.


  • Sitting for extended periods. 
  • Ability to operate a computer keyboard, mouse and handle other office equipment. 
  • Ability to occasionally oversee evening or weekend functions, deployments, or performances. 
  • Fast-paced and demanding environment. 
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds.

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