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Events Internship - Jolly Holiday Lights (Fall only)

Events Internship - Jolly Holiday Lights

Development interns focus on fundraising with experience in event planning, donor solicitation, data management, foundations, individual and corporate donations, and volunteer management. This internship is only offered during the fall and takes place from September – December.

Basic tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with the planning and organization of Jolly Holiday Lights and Tour de Lights. Tour de Lights takes place November 19th and 20th.  Jolly Holiday Lights begins with a sponsor party on November 21st and is open to the public November 22nd – January 1st
  • Helping with set-up of JHL during some weekends in October and November – organizing volunteer groups for the various steps of the set-up process
  • Mailing out sponsorship forms and organizing ticket sales to JHL sponsors
  • Updating volunteer spreadsheet for Jolly Holiday Lights
  • Creating binders for each volunteer leader with the layout of the displays in the park and line drawings of each display
  • Researching and reaching out for in-kind donations and vendor participation/donations, as well as ticket sales for JHL
  • Helping with other various development related duties and tasks, as needed
  • Being onsite for at least one night of Tour de Lights and a few nights for Jolly Holiday Lights


  • Excellent organizational and planning skills
  • Self-starter with high attention to detail
  • Maintain confidentiality of all information
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Power Point, Word, and Excel
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (comfortable contacting individuals via telephone is a must)
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask
  • Priority will be given to applicants available to work occasionally on weekends

Applicants will be required to submit a background check (via Internet) if accepted for this internship. This internship is an unpaid position.  To apply for this internship, please submit your resume and cover letter to Natalie Brecht, Director of Events, at

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