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Development Intern

Title:  Development Intern

Department:  Development

Supervisor:  Development Assistant and Development Officer for North Star Circle and Annual Fund

Hours: 20 hours per week

Timeframe:  Summer 2013 (June-July)

Status:  Unpaid

Project Summary: The intern will work in the Development and Membership department as a part of the team responsible for securing and renewing yearly philanthropic gifts to the Society.  The position will focus on the completion of an analysis of North Star Circle giving over the past nine years.  In this role, the intern will engage in data entry and database management, research on industry standards, analysis and evaluation of program results.  The culmination of the project will be a comprehensive impact report of recent North Star Circle giving. This position will work directly with North Star Circle and Annual Fund Development Assistant and Development Officer, as well as have interaction with other members of the Development and Membership team, and other areas of the Society.

Student Qualifications:  Must be an undergraduate junior or senior student with an interest in non-profit fundraising and the work of the Minnesota Historical Society.  Successful candidates will need to possess the following:

  • Comfort with Microsoft Office, in particular must possess advanced Microsoft Excel experience
  • Experience with statistical analysis of large data sets
  • Experience with utilizing a database; preferred experience with or willingness to learn fundraising software, Raiser’s Edge
  • Ability to research, synthesize information, and communicate applied information effectively

Ideal degrees:   Math, Computer Science, Economics, Public Administration, Business, Sociology or History

Student Responsibilities:

  • Enter data into the Society’s Raiser’s Edge database and use it to identify and track records
  • Complete quantitative analysis of North Star Circle giving over the past nine years
  • 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 resulting in a comprehensive impact report of North Star Circle giving over the past nine years
  • If interested, may assist in the production and execution of direct mail fundraising campaigns
  • If interested, assist with donor recognition events

Knowledge intern is expected to gain:

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

For more information or to apply, please visit the Internship Program Application Process page. Applications for this position close on April 14, 2013.