Development Intern

Internships at the Phillips


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 a minimum of two (2) interns per term with 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.

  • Major Gifts Officers: interns will learn about major giving and personal philanthropy, assist with gift acknowledgements and special events, and help advance the moves management process for major donors. Interns will also learn about comprehensive fundraising campaigns.
  • Campaign Chief of Staff: interns will learn about fundraising campaigns and assist with meeting prep, strategy sessions, and stewardship.
  • Grants Manager: interns will learn about institutional giving (foundation, government, corporate support), assist with grant proposal writing and reporting, grant stewardship, and help identify prospective sponsors for special exhibitions and education initiatives.
  • Membership Manager: interns will learn about membership support, customer service, member benefits, and assist with mailings and events.
  • Coordinator of Development Affairs & External Relations: interns will learn about arts administration, the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Trustees, assist with special projects, and corporate fundraising.
  • Special Events and Gala Manager: interns will learn about the role of special events in the fundraising cycle, project management, and assist with logistics and staff support. (See separate Special Events Internship opportunity here)

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 acedemic advisor for additional information.

*Application deadline dates are as follows

Spring Internship: December 1
Summer Internship: April 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 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


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