Truist Charitable Fund Donates $65,000 In Support of Blumenthal Arts' Paid Internship Program

June 3, 2024 / Blog
By Rachel Peterson

(June 3, 2024) Charlotte, NC – Blumenthal Arts announced that Truist Charitable Fund has donated $65,000 to fund Blumenthal’s exceptional internship program, which offers young people valuable on-the-job training for future careers in the arts at a prestigious cultural institution.


Known for presenting the largest Broadway season in the region, Blumenthal Arts is a not-for-profit that relies on additional support to sustain educational programming, including its distinguished internship program. Thanks to the generosity of Truist, Blumenthal offers paid, full-time arts internships at competitive salaries. Participating in the program at this prestigious cultural institution is critical to preparing young adults for meaningful careers in the arts.


Blumenthal Arts President and CEO Tom Gabbard said, “Blumenthal is deeply committed to improving lives and creating opportunity. We’re thankful to Truist for sharing that commitment, and for their generous support of our internship program that enables Blumenthal to offer young people exceptionally high-quality training and experience. Working alongside the talented professionals of Blumenthal Arts on major shows and projects, interns gain real insight into the business of the arts, and careers they may choose to pursue. Alums of this program have accomplished great things in the arts and many other professions using the life skills, professional training, and networking Blumenthal offers them.”


Entry-level positions in theater organizations can be difficult to find; within a competitive marketplace, they can be even more difficult to secure. Internships with Blumenthal open an avenue for young people to gain valuable experience, engage with the organization, and allow the organization to continuously raise the bar when it comes to its applicant pool. Most importantly, this program helps Blumenthal bring entry-level employees into the fold while keeping DEI at the forefront of its hiring practices.


“In addition to sharing perspectives, ideas, and culture, the arts are also a professional field that provides a number of career opportunities,” said Justin Rutledge, Charlotte Market President at Truist. “We’re proud to support Blumenthal Arts’ internship program that provides young adults with hands-on experience to learn the skills necessary for future success. It’s how we fulfill Truist’s purpose to inspire and build better lives and communities.”


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For students seeking real-world experience in careers related to the arts, Blumenthal’s paid internship opportunities offer hands-on and instructional learning opportunities for college and graduate students. With openings available across a range of departments, interns participate in the day-to-day activities of the Carolinas’ premier not-for-profit arts organization. Experiences range from Programming, Education, Technical Theater Services, Marketing, Ticketing and Box Office, and more.


Blumenthal’s full-time internships require a minimum of 10 weeks. Full-time interns receive competitive compensation. By receiving this valuable support from Truist, Blumenthal will be able to expand the number of people served by this essential and career-boosting program.





Blumenthal Arts serves the Carolinas as a leading cultural, entertainment and education not-for-profit. For more information, call (704) 372-1000 or visit Blumenthal Arts receives support from the Infusion Fund and the North Carolina Arts Council. Generous support is also provided by PNC Bank, sponsor of the PNC Broadway Lights series, and Equitable, sponsor of the Equitable Bravo Series.


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The Truist Charitable Fund (“TCF”) is committed to Truist Financial Corporation’s (NYSE: TFC) purpose to inspire and build better lives. TCF was established as a donor-advised fund and is administered by The Winston-Salem Foundation.

TCF invests in local community organizations, focusing on grants that support initiatives and programs in the areas of educational equity, leadership development, career pathways, small business, and community services. To learn more about Truist’s purpose, visit are/about-truist.