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Development PhotoInternship Title:  Development and Membership Intern

Department:  Development

Supervisor:  Development Assistant

Hours:  10-15 hours/week – 150 hours per semester

Timeframe:  Fall 2013 (Sept-Dec.)  

Status:  Paid.

Project Summary:   The intern will work with, and as part of, the development and membership staff to help improve the customer experience of the Society’s members and donors by aiding in the maintenance and accuracy of the Society’s development database.  In this role, the intern will engage in data entry and database management, analysis and evaluation of program results and practices, and develop processes and procedures to best leverage data.

Student Qualifications:  Must be an undergraduate or graduate student with a passion for history, the work of the Minnesota Historical Society, and an interest non-profit fundraising. Successful candidates will need to possess the following:

  • Good communication skills and a strong attention to detail
  • Experience with or willingness to learn software used by the Society, Including Raiser’s Edge
  • Ability to research, synthesize information, and communicate applied information effectively

Ideal degrees: History, Economics, Public Administration, Business, Psychology, Sociology

Student Responsibilities:  

  • Enter data into the Society’s Raiser’s Edge database and use it to identify and track records
  • Produce informational briefs for program staff summarizing research and data analysis
  • In cooperation with program staff, interpret the findings of research and internal data analysis
  • Assist, as necessary, in the production and execution of direct mail fundraising campaigns
  • Aid, as necessary, in the planning and execution of special donor  and member events

Knowledge intern is expected to gain:

  • Increased knowledge of the varied fundraising practices for non-profit organizations
  • Experience working with fundraising professionals in a museum setting
  • Familiarity with and ability to use a fundraising database
  • Experience in the strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation of development campaigns

To apply, please visit the Internship Program Application Process page.