Development and Membership Intern

Development & Membership
Annual Giving Officer
10-15 hours/week (150 hours per semester)
Minnesota History Center
Spring 2018 (January-May)
Project summary: 
The intern will work with, and be a part of, MNHS development and membership staff to help with a range of projects, determined by the needs of the Office at the time of their Internship. Projects may include, but are not limited to: data entry and analysis of donor information, research on existing and/or prospective donors, assisting with Development or Membership events, attending full department staff meetings and smaller work group staff meetings. This Internship is intended to offer a comprehensive look at the role of a Development and Membership Office within a large, cultural non-profit organization.
Ideal degree(s): 
Business/Management, Economics, History, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology
Student qualifications: 

Must be an undergraduate or graduate student with an interest in non-profit fundraising and/or the work of the Minnesota Historical Society. A passion for history is a plus. 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 the Development Department’s CRM database, Tessitura.
  • Ability to research, synthesize information, and communicate applied information effectively
Student responsibilities: 
  • Enter data into the Society’s CRM database, Tessitura, and use it to identify and track records.
  • Produce informational briefs for Development staff summarizing research and data analysis.
  • In cooperation with Development staff, interpret the findings of research and internal data analysis.
  • Aid, as necessary, in the execution of Development and Membership 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 fundraising campaigns.