Development Intern

Internships at the Phillips

Overview


The Phillips Collection’s internship program is open to full-time undergraduate students, full-time graduate students, and recent graduates. The purpose of the museum’s internship program is to offer students and recent graduates meaningful work, educational experiences, and real-life practice in their fields of academic study and/or interest.

The Development Department manages a robust philanthropy program that creates meaningful experiences for members and donors while raising funds to sustain core museum activities including special exhibitions, education initiatives, public programs, conservation projects, capital projects, and more. The department is responsible for fundraising approximately 60% of the museum’s annual operating budget by identifying, securing, and stewarding financial support from individuals (trustees, major donors, and members), institutions (foundations, government agencies, and corporations), and special events, including exhibition openings and the annual gala.

The Development Department seeks intern with an interest in pursuing museum studies, arts administration, arts management, or fundraising. The interns will work closely with development managers to learn different aspects of fundraising and development, while supporting the team in meeting its goals.

  • Individual Giving: interns will gain hands-on experience in the moves management process for individual donors and learn about comprehensive fundraising campaigns.
  • Institutional Giving: interns will gain hands-on experience in foundation and government grant identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, and track these stages in the museum’s donor database.

Duties and Responsibilities

Tasks will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conduct research on prospective donors for the Individual Giving, Institutional Giving, and Corporate Relations teams
  • Assist with foundation, government, and corporate research, grant proposals, and reports
  • Enter and track development activity in the department’s fundraising database (Altru)
  • Create and collate meeting materials for the Board of Trustees committee meetings
  • Staff special events as needed, including the Annual Gala (spring), exhibition openings, Phillips after 5, and VIP exhibition previews
  • Other administrative, research, and support duties as assigned

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Strong written, organizational, and research skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to act with sensitivity and discretion while working with confidential information
  • Experience with standard office procedures and practices
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment, multi-task, and manage priorities

Duration: A minimum of 10 continuous weeks (12 weeks preferred) and at least 20 hours per week, required. 

Academic Credit: Depending on the nature of the internship and approval of the student's college or university, academic credit may be granted for internships.  Student applicants should consult their academic advisor for additional information.

*Application deadline dates are as follows

Spring Internship: December 1
Summer Internship: May 1
Fall Internship: July 31

*Dates are subject to change

Please submit a résumé, letter of interest, two letters of recommendation, and complete transcripts. If at all possible, we prefer to receive the letters of recommendation together with the rest of your materials. If a recommender insists that the letter of recommendation remain confidential, please ask him/her to send the letter to krogge@phillipscollection.org with your name in the subject line and the internship(s) you are applying to in the body of the email.


Tasks will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Conduct research on prospective donors including individuals, foundations, government agencies, and corporations
  • Create research briefs on prospective donors for managers’ use
  • Enter and track development activity in the department’s fundraising database (Altru)
  • Maintain database clean-up in the department’s fundraising database (Altru)
  • Assist with coordinating and documenting prospect strategy sessions with members of the curatorial and development staff
  • Support cultivation and stewardship efforts by drafting solicitation and acknowledgement letters and making follow-up calls to donors
  • Assist with foundation, government, and corporate research, grant proposals, and reports
  • Create and collate meeting materials for the Board of Trustees
  • Staff special events as needed, including the Annual Gala (spring), International Forum (fall), exhibition openings, public programs, Phillips after 5, and VIP exhibition previews
  • Support planning and logistics for The Phillips Collection’s travel program
  • Assist with membership mailings and invitations
  • Update and distribute the development department’s master calendar
  • Manage member and donor commutations tasks
  • Other administrative, research, and support duties as assigned
  • Must be comfortable and discreet handling confidential information
  • Strong written, organizational, and research skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, thoroughly and with attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, multi-task, and manage priorities
  • Experience with standard office procedures and practices
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of iContact, inDesign, Photoshop, and donor databases preferred

Gallery Educators, Volunteers, Interns, and Temporaries are eligible for the following benefits:

  • Complimentary guest admission to museum (subject to availability)
  • 20% discount at Museum Shop
  • 10% discount at Museum Café
  • Invitations to seminars, lectures, and special events

Pay rate


Unpaid


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