The Development department’s primary responsibility is to build lasting relationships with the many constituents of the Museum and to ensure that the necessary funds are raised to meet the short- and long-term objectives as established by the Board of Trustees and Leadership Team. The department manages several annual programs that together provide important operating funds for the institution. The department also devotes significant resources to the cultivation, solicitation and recognition of individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies for operating, bricks and mortar, and endowment support. The team works closely with departments across the Museum – including curatorial, education, public programs, conservation, and facilities – to identify and pursue funding opportunities.

The intern will work closely with the Corporate Relations team. Corporate Relations is comprised of two areas: Corporate Membership, an annual program designed to provide member companies exceptional access to the MFA’s collections, exhibitions, and exclusive VIP and networking events; and Corporate Sponsorship, which works closely with corporate donors who partner with the Museum in support of exhibitions, programs, and events to provide a high-level of visibility and benefits. 

The team seeks an enthusiastic intern to assist with various projects including prospect research, general correspondence and mailings. This internship requires excellent attention to detail and superior organization skills, as well a friendly, outgoing, yet professional demeanor.  The selected intern will gain firsthand exposure to the development and maintenance of corporate partnerships.    


  • Basic prospect research
  • Drafting proposals, correspondence and briefings
  • Data entry 
  • Assist at select special events or programs (for example, gallery/exhibition openings)
  • Maintain files –both digital and physical
  • Assist with mailings and other projects as appropriate


  • Enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited college or university (must be at least a sophomore)
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel 
  • Proven strong research and writing skills
  • Proven excellent organizational skills and keen attention to detail
  • Experience with and an interest in data management 
  • General knowledge of the local business community
  • Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive and confidential information
  • Interest in institutional fundraising and arts administration 
  • Excellent custom service/phone manner
  • Ability to commit a minimum of 10 hours weekly (within M-F, 9a-5p framework) through mid December
  • Ability to attend orientation Sat, Sept 17 (9:30 a.m. to 12 noon)




Part Time


10.00 hours per week

To be determined; flexible within M-F, 9a-5p


February 3, 2015