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Get Even Closer to the Arts: Internships at CAPA

It takes a lot of behind-the-scenes effort to bring quality entertainment to Columbus. Working at CAPA is a great opportunity to go beyond the stage and learn about the arts from the inside out.

Special Events Internship

CAPA seeks a Special Events Intern to support the Development staff on major fundraising special events including galas, pre-show parties and individual/sponsor cultivation events. In addition to CAPA, this includes organizations to which CAPA provides shared services (CATCO, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Friends of the Drexel, Inc., Lincoln Theatre Association, Jeanne B. McCoy Center for the Arts and Opera Columbus).  This is an unpaid internship with a time commitment of September – May. Free parking will be provided. The selected candidate is eligible to receive a stipend of $500 per semester. 


The Special Events Internship is a great opportunity for the right candidate to gain experience in an energetic and established non-profit organization. This intern will be a fully integrated member of the dynamic development team and will interact with many of the departments which enable CAPA to carry out its mission. The Special Events Intern will have the opportunity to network with some community volunteers. Please note that any areas of interest will be considered in addition to those outlined below.


  • Work closely with development staff to coordinate sponsorship, host committee, and invitation mailings
  • Manage and update event mailing lists
  • Provide pre-event administrative support to Events Manager
  • Manage solicitation process and tracking spreadsheet for any silent auctions
    • Coordinate follow-up with companies to secure items
    • Work with development staff and event committee to package items
    • Produce package descriptions and signage for the event
  • Be on site at multiple events and play a major role in event-day execution

Learning Experiences:

  • Build awareness of fundraising procedures and best practices
  • Develop hands-on event planning experience
  • Learn day-to-day operations of performing arts non-profit organizations


  • Advanced computer skills required, including experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Zoom
  • Ability to work remotely as necessary
  • Must be comfortable on the phone and have a pleasant manner
  • Must be able to fulfill internship during gala season through May 31, 2022 including evening and weekend events.
  • Must be a Junior or Senior in college or university
  • Work 10-20 hours per week

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects
  • Excellent verbal and email (Outlook) communication skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and professionalism
  • Attention to accuracy and detail on all levels
  • The selected intern must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to beginning this internship. In compliance with federal law, CAPA will review and make reasonable accommodations for those who qualify for medical and/or religious exemptions unless the accommodation would constitute a direct threat or undue hardship.

CAPA's EEO Statement:

The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. CAPA does not discriminate in its employment decisions on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, lactation status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran or military status, genetic information, or any other protected status.

CAPA's Diversity & Inclusion Statement:

CAPA believes in the power of diversity - we can only achieve our vision to make Columbus a destination for living, breathing art when we include everyone. CAPA is committed to presenting art that brings people from all backgrounds together to experience the transformative power of the arts. In the same spirit that we celebrate the many forms of performance art on our stages, we value, appreciate, and celebrate all human beings in our community.

CAPA recognizes that there are cultural and systemic barriers that prevent complete inclusivity and equity. CAPA's Diversity and Inclusion commitment is to progressively and continuously work to identify those barriers and intentionally adapt our practices, demonstrate our efforts, and measure the results to promote inclusion and equity.

CAPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.