Annual Programs Internship

Part of the MFA’s External Relations Division, the Annual Programs team oversees the Museum’s highest level annual membership programs: the Patron Program and Museum Council. In coordination with the MFA’s Special Events staff, the Annual Programs team works to develop, plan, and execute high-quality cultural events and  provides special access for members of the Patron Program and Museum Council at the MFA.

The Patron Program, established in 1975, represents one of the most important sources of unrestricted annual gift income to the MFA. This year, the 800 households of the Patron Program will raise more than $6.5 million to support the Museum’s annual operating budget.

The Museum Council, established in 1980, is Boston’s most prestigious young donor group, counting over 350 member households. The Museum Council is open to young art enthusiasts, aged 21-45, who together contribute over $300,000 in annual operating support. 

For more information on the Patron Program and the Museum Council,

The Fall 2015 Annual Programs intern will enjoy a thorough introduction to Annual Programs, with particular emphasis on donor events and engagement opportunities. In addition to developing a rich understanding of annual giving, candidates will benefit from additional opportunities including: exposure to MFA donors, educational enrichment programs, interaction with MFA staff, and collaborations with other areas of the External Relations Division. Candidates will assist Annual Programs staff with one to two evening events per week and including advance work and day-of preparation.


  • Provide administrative support at donor events for the Patron Program and Museum Council.
  • Assist in the daily tasks of the Annual Programs team, including assembly of mailings, filing, event preparation, database maintenance, and other administrative tasks as needed.
  • Update benchmarking data on comparable donor groups at other arts non-profits. 
  • Assist Annual Programs staff in hosting events (approximately one to two weekday evening events per week) Duties include preparing evening programs, welcoming and checking in guests, and preparing a finalized attendance report after each event.


  • Enrolled in an undergradutae program at an accredited college or university
  • Interest in Development and Events
  • Demonstrated poise and professionalism while representing the MFA at donor events
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Previous office experience and exposure to events, art history, museum studies or similar field
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Detail-oriented and efficient
  • Flexibility and reliability 
  • Ability to commit to 10-15 hours per week (including evenings), for 12 weeks beginning in mid-September  
  • Email a single MS-Word document containing your cover letter & resume to: 
  • Ability to attend orientation on either Sat, Sept 26 (9:30am) or Wed, Oct 7 (10am or 6pm)




Part Time


10.00 - 15.00 hours per week

To be determined; flexible within M-F, 10a-5p


November 18, 2010