Jobs & Internships at WIHS

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Available Positions


Executive Director

The Executive Director reports to the president of the board of directors and executive committee. Responsible for leading and implementing a comprehensive multi-year business strategy and driving the long-term success of this iconic sporting and DC cultural event. This organization leader will be responsible for overseeing office staff, working closely with the volunteer board of directors and its committees with a primary focus on growing revenue and fundraising. Revenue sources include sponsorship, both corporate and personal, ticket sales, silent auction, souvenir sales and vendor income. WIHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Key Skills:

  • Proven revenue generating skills including sponsorship development with corporate partners and personal donors are most important. Ability to confidently develop, present and close partnerships. Experience in the DC marketplace highly valued.
  • Very strong people and team-building skills and proven ability to manage and mentor entry level employees as well as work closely with longstanding and new volunteer board members residing in DC and across the country. Strong relationship-building skills, an ability to adjust management style to motivate team members and get the best results, plus an ability to structure/manage project. 
  • Strong strategic thinking, project management skills and good judgement. Ability to work on bigger picture strategic projects such as annual goal setting and strategies and be able to break the work down so the staff can effectively and efficiently deliver across teams in a coordinated way. Role requires a strong problem solving mindset, juggling multiple priorities and long-term planning. 

Other Important Factors:

Marketing: Proficiency with partnership creation, media planning, social media. Experience briefing, negotiating and working with outside partners as the team operates with a small core staff expanding significantly leading up to and during the event. 

Financial management: Operational and budgeting skills, oversight of the annual business strategy, revenue, expenses and income working closely with the CFO and treasurer. 

  • Knowledge of the equestrian world helpful but not required.
  • Experience managing and executing large scale events. An understanding of and experience with hospitality planning a plus. 
  • Very adept with technology including Microsoft Office, financial spreadsheets and quantitative analysis, power point, social media and as well as strong writing skills. 
  • Excellent presentation skills. Creating and presenting business plans, board materials, financial analysis, etc.
  • Outstanding attention to detail.
  • A creative mind and an eye for visual concepts and branding. 
  • A customer service mindset.

The Washington International Horse Show is a historic, cultural icon in Washington, DC, and the only hunter jumper horse show remaining in a major metropolitan area. The event is a “show” not just a horse show. Putting on the show is a major logistical feat which requires street closures, melting the ice at Capital One Arena and building temporary stabling. The vision is to make WIHS sustainable for the long term we celebrate our 60th anniversary this year.

To apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to: jobs@wihs.org, with 'Executive Director' in the subject line. 

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Internships Opportunities: Sponsorship, Marketing and Events 
Are you a college student interested in event management and production, marketing and communications or sponsorship development? Are you able to thrive in a fast-paced office environment? Do you love following the top level of equestrian sport? 

Apply for the opportunity to intern with the Washington International Horse Show and learn what goes into producing the country’s leading metropolitan indoor equestrian event. WIHS interns gain valuable professional experience and learn about all aspects of our business, including event logistics, operations, sponsorship, hospitality, marketing and communications, while earning credit towards a college degree.

WIHS accepts applications for part-time, unpaid internships at our Washington, DC office throughout the calendar year. Applications are considered according to the following schedule:

  • OPEN: Application deadline for Spring Semester Internships (March-May)
  • OPEN: Application deadline for Summer Semester Internships (May-August)
  • August 1: Application deadline for Fall Semester Internships (August-December) 

The right candidates are outgoing, motivated and detail-oriented with strong writing, project management and organizational skills, an interest in learning about our business, and a willingness to handle administrative and clerical duties. Ideal candidates must work well under pressure and possess excellent communications and customer service skills, the ability to multi-task, proficiency with standard office and graphic design software and a strong work ethic. A solid understanding of the hunter/jumper world is also important. 

Sponsorship & Hospitality Internship
The Sponsorship & Hospitality Intern will assist in all areas of sponsorship development, sales and fulfillment, including prospecting, creating presentations/proposals, tracking amenities and hospitality benefits. The intern will also play a key role during the event assisting with VIP hospitality activities and providing client services to our sponsors, partners and supporters.

Marketing & Communications Internship
The Marketing & Communications Intern will assist in all areas of marketing, public relations and community outreach. He or she will help prepare e-blasts, press releases, social media posts, website content and printed publications. The intern will also help maintain accurate records on marketing partnerships, press coverage and clippings, contracts and mailing lists. Familiarity with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator are a plus.  Photography skills are a plus.

Events & Operations Internship
The Events & Operations Intern will assist in the planning, execution and coordination of several prestigious events and logistical projects including Barn Night, Kids’ Day, the Silent Auction, Boutique Shopping Vendors and the WIHS Souvenir Store. The intern will also assist in coordinating the WIHS Junior Committee, show week volunteers and evening exhibitions, as well as provide support on operational, administrative and show management projects.

Requirements – candidates must:

  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Be able to commit to at least one semester and 15-20 hours per week
  • Be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate school or recently graduated
  • Ideal candidates are able to commit through the selected semester, however, all candidates will be considered.
 
to only commit to one semester will also be considered
Email your resume and cover letter, including a thoughtful explanation of why you believe you 
 
would be a strong addition to the WIHS team to info@wihs.org.

How to Apply
To apply, send your resume and cover letter, including a thoughtful explanation of why you believe you would be a strong addition to the WIHS team, to info@wihs.org with the subject line: Internship. Please indicate in your personal cover letter which internship you are best suited for, why and during which semesters you are available to commit to an internship.

(Updated 2/28/18)