Annual Programs Internship

Within the MFA’s Development department, the Annual Programs team oversees the Museum’s highest level annual membership programs: the Patron Program and Museum Council. Together with the Special Events department, the Annual Programs team works to develop, plan, and execute high-quality events and to provide special services for members of the Patron Program and the Museum Council.

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

The Museum Council, established in 1980, counts over 315 member households. The Council is open to young art enthusiasts, aged 21-45, who together contribute close to $300,000 in annual operating support. In addition to the highest level of Museum benefits, Patrons and Museum Council members are invited to exclusive special events designed to bring these constituencies closer to the Museum, its collections, and its staff, and to further learning and enjoyment at the MFA. For more information on the Patron Program and the Museum Council, visit 

The successful candidate will enjoy a thorough introduction to Annual Programs, and may benefit from additional opportunities including: exposure to MFA donors, opportunities to staff MFA events, educational enrichment programs, interaction with MFA Development staff, and collaborations with other departments within Development.


  • • Staff donor events for the Patron Program and Museum Council • Perform daily tasks such as invitation and other large mailings, filing, event preparation, and database maintenance • Assist with benchmarking and research • Assist with other miscellaneous administrative office tasks


  • Enrollment in an undergraduate program
  • Keen interest in Development
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Previous office experience and exposure to events, art history, museum studies or similar field
  • Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive and confidential information
  • Proven ability to work as part of a team and/or independently
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Keen attention to detail and superior organizational skills
  • Ability to commit to 10-15 hours per week (including evenings), for 12 weeks beginning in mid-September and continuing through mid December
  • Ability to attend orientation on Wed, Oct 1 (10am or 6pm) 




Part Time


10.00 - 15.00 hours per week

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


November 18, 2010