An Office that Feels Like Family

18 Dec

When I had my first day as an intern at ABT, I wasn’t sure what my experience was going to be like. My interview had been conducted by phone, and so I only had what my friends and classmates in the NYU Performing Arts Administration program had told me about their experiences at ABT. So I really didn’t know what I was walking into on that first day.

 

I immediately felt welcomed by Jon, Diane, and Emily in Major Gifts, and during my time working with them they made me feel comfortable and like a valued member of the major gifts office. In fact, the entire development department was a fun and welcoming place to work. We celebrated birthdays, chatted about life, and worked Fall Season events together.

 

My favorite part of working in Major Gifts was learning about not only the administrative side of major donors and individual giving, but the cultivation side of it as well. I had several opportunities to interact with donors through the execution of major donor events as well as accompanying donors to rehearsals and classes in the studio. Having the chance to connect with donors and see firsthand their love for the Company was extremely rewarding. My time at ABT has been so valuable to my growth in arts administration and I will miss working with the Jon, Diane, and Emily.

 

Kelli Dowling

Major Gifts Intern

Fall 2015

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