Business & Finance Intern - Summer 2018

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Business & Finance 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 business and finance as related to operating a large performing arts nonprofit organization. The Business & Finance Intern will work under the supervision of the Chief Financial Officer to manage day-to-day accounting, maintain files and records, organize inventory, and update reports, databases, documents, and materials. Through a structured learning experience in a fast-paced department, the intern will gain a broader understanding of the performing arts industry, business and finance, and nonprofit management. The intern will engage in a one-on-one mentorship relationship with the Chief Financial Officer for adaptive tasks based on the skillset and interests of the intern.  Skills gained in this internship will translate to a variety of endeavors and interns can expect to gain experience in areas related to accounting, project management, finance, business, and analytics. The intern will get to see financial reporting and bottom line results as both actualities and abstractions, from the point of transaction in the box office all the way to their ramifications in forecasting.  Additionally, interns will participate in cohort activities designed to introduce a broad range of career opportunities within the non-profit arts field.


Key Relationships
The business & finance 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 8-week unpaid 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:

  • Design and prepare financial reports
  • Conduct fixed asset inventory
  • Handle general ledger activities and manage day-to-day accounting
  • Assist CFO in preparation for annual audit
  • Analyze ticketing trends
  • Consolidate and organize files and databases
  • Manage inventory of financial records
  • 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, or the performing arts and be pursuing a major or minor in a related field, with moderate classroom and/or practical experience in finance or accounting. Additionally, the ideal intern is self-motivated, enthusiastic, organized, and detail-oriented with knowledge and experience in Microsoft Office, specifically Excel, preferably at an advanced level.

How to Apply
Applicants should email a cover letter and resume to Please write Summer Business & Finance 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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