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Development Internship


Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre

In 1986, Jose Mateo founded José Mateo Ballet Theatre (JMBT) on the principle that access to dance could transform lives. Since then, JMBT has forged a new model for a ballet organization through innovative programming, artistic excellence, and extensive community outreach.


JMBT believes that the educational, health, community building, and cultural value of ballet can be shared and enjoyed by everyone, benefiting constituents regardless of age, body type, or background—economic or cultural.  This belief drives our work, which consists of three interconnected programmatic areas: Performance including our yearly production of The Nutcracker, Education and Training, and Dance for World Community.


Internship: Development

Interns at JMBT gain a general understanding of arts management and the operations of non-profit organizations as well as the important role development plays in the success of every non-profit organization by having a hands-on role in development, fundraising, and donor cultivation initiatives.


Development responsibilities include:

  • Donor Management
    • Maintain donor database
    • Prospective donor research
    • Assist in donor cultivation efforts
  • Drafting and sending solicitation and thank you letters
  • Assisting with giving campaigns
  • Assisting with development phone calls
  • On-site support for events
  • Other duties as needed



  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Workspace
  • Exceptional writing and proofreading skills
  • Exceptionally well organized with the ability to multitask
  • Excellent communication skills and comfortable talking on the phone


Internships require 10-20 hours/week. Although internships are unpaid, participants are welcome to take ballet classes at JMBT studios free of change.


To apply, submit a brief cover letter and resume to:

Vy Phan

Development Associate