Business Administration Intern - Summer 2018

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Business Administration Intern - Summer 2018


Organization Name
Society for the Performing Arts

Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, Ste. 100, Houston, TX 77002


The mission of Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) is to enrich the cultural life of Houston in an affordable way by presenting the world’s best in multi-discipline performing arts and by providing the most comprehensive education and community engagement of its kind in the city.

Internship Overview
This internship will provide hands-on, practical experience in various aspects of finance and business administration as related to operating a large performing arts nonprofit organization. The Business Administration Intern will work under the supervision of the Chief Financial Officer to manage processes and systems, document retention, filings, and historical records. Through a structured learning experience in a fast-paced environment, the intern will gain a broader understanding of the performing arts industry, business and finance, and nonprofit management. Through one-on-one mentorship, the intern will get practical knowledge on the organizational and administrative side to arts management, getting to witness how each moving part intersects through back-end organization. Skills gained in this internship will translate to a variety of endeavors and interns can expect gain experience in areas related to project management, finance, business, and human resources. Additionally, interns will participate in cohort activities designed to introduce a broad range of career opportunities within the non-profit arts field.

Finance & Administration

Key Relationships
The summer business administration intern will report directly to the Chief Financial Officer. The intern can expect to interface with other key staff members across departments, including (but not limited to) production, marketing, public relations, and development. The intern will also work with volunteers and other interns.

Dates, Hours & Expectations
This position is an unpaid 8-week internship beginning roughly in early June and ending in late July/early August. The intern is expected to work approximately 25 hours per week, Monday through Friday, with an agreed upon flexible schedule. Intern should have a reliable form of transportation.

Primary Responsibilities
The intern’s responsibilities will include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Assist with year-end processes and transition to 2018-2019 fiscal year
  • Create systems to ensure organizational accountability
  • Review historic records and digitize archives
  • Initiate and revamp document retention policies
  • Assist CFO in various Human Resource activities, including annual performance review cycle
  • Create Human Resource file archive and filing system
  • Attend relevant SPA events and participate in intern activities

Qualifications and Requirements
The ideal candidate will be a currently enrolled undergraduate student who will be returning to college as a sophomore, junior, or senior in the fall of 2018.

The ideal intern should have an interest in business, finance, accounting, nonprofit administration, arts administration, and/or the performing arts and be pursuing a major or minor in a related field. Additionally, the ideal intern is self-motivated, enthusiastic, organized, and meticulous with knowledge and experience in Microsoft Office, specifically Excel.

How to Apply
Applicants should email a cover letter and resume to Please write Summer Business Administration Internship Application in the subject line.  No phone calls.  Please state if you are applying to more than one internship in the application email.

Society for the Performing Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates for employment are considered without regard to race, color, sex, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, age, non-job- related disability or marital status.

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