Fundraising Trainee (Internship as of June 2024)

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11 March 2024

Paris / France

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FEDORA - The European Circle of Philanthropists of Opera and Ballet is a non-profit organisation that supports creativity and innovation in opera and dance. Through its funding programmes, the FEDORA Prizes Biennale and the Next Stage Grants, FEDORA provides both funding opportunities and capacity-building to its network of 117 opera houses and dance companies all over Europe.

Internationally recognized as the largest opera and dance competition and European Platform for new work in opera and dance, FEDORA aims to guarantee the future of these art forms in Europe. The FEDORA Prizes, initiated by Jérôme-François Zieseniss, are awarded to promising teams who collaborate on the creation of new opera and dance co-productions, and on the involvement and education of new and young audiences. The Next Stage grants are attributed to projects that drive innovation through sustainable, inclusive and digital transformation on, behind and beyond the stage.

Internship Description

The Members and Development Department at FEDORA manages a philanthropy programme that creates meaningful experiences for members and donors while raising funds to sustain the association’s activities including the FEDORA Prizes Biennale, the “Next Stage” Grants, capacity-building for opera houses and dance companies, FEDORA Events and more. Main tasks include identifying, researching, securing, and stewarding financial support from individuals, companies and foundations.

The Trainee reports to the Members and Development Manager, but will work closely with all team members to gain insights about the work in a cultural organisation.

The Trainee will learn about membership management, individual and corporate sponsorship, assist with special projects and events, and help prospect new donors and create impact reports.

The Trainee will gain an understanding of fundraising strategies and tactics for a non-profit organisation, operating knowledge of accounting and CRM system management software, non-profit budget management and project finance, business skills related to cultural institutions and expand their personal and professional skills and network

Main missions

1. Fundraising and Development

Donor Prospection:

  • Prospect identification, including online research and creating donor profiles
  • Drafting fundraising material and proposals
  • Assisting with data processing and mailings

Donors and Memberships Management:

  • Preparation of follow-up correspondence with donors, including multilingual thank you letters and emails
  • Preparation of donor tours, donor meetings and donors events
  • Creating and managing invitation and mailing lists for donors events

Foundations Application:

  • Research on European foundations with open calls
  • Drafting of grant applications to foundations

2. FEDORA’s Events

  • Assistance in the preparation of FEDORA’s events
  • Punctual assistance in the organisation of FEDORA’s VIP Ticket Services (one of the advantages FEDORA provides to its community of donors is VIP access to European opera houses)

Profile Description

Education & work experience

  • Final year of Master’s degree in any field, preferably business administration, cultural management, marketing or fundraising
  • Previous experience in fundraising, sales or event management is preferable

Important skills

  • Outstanding communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Outstanding organisational, planning and time-management skills
  • Strong customer service and public relations skills  
  • Proactive and independent work style, with good team spirit
  • Rigour, attention to detail, and willingness to learn
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, and Google tools (Google Drive suite, YouTube, Analytics, etc.)
  • Knowledge of GESCOM or Salesforce is an advantage

Language skills

  • English (fluent written and spoken)
  • French (fluent written and spoken)
  • Additional languages are an advantage


As of June 2024 (6 months).


Submit a CV and letter of motivation in English or in French via the form here.


26 April 2024


  • Palais Garnier, 8 rue Scribe, 75009 Paris, France
  • 79 rue du Mont Cenis, 75018 Paris, France
  • Remote working


Internship wage according to legislation in France + 50% public transport ticket + access to the company cafeteria.  


Apply for the internship in the form below.

For more information, contact:

Eléonore Benedetti
Administration Coordinator & Assistant to the Director

Support sustainable innovation in opera and dance

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