Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations Internship

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 the administration. 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 both the Corporate and Foundation & Government teams. 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 Foundation and Government Relations team raises funds for the MFA's exhibitions, public programs and many other activities by soliciting grants from private and corporate foundations as well as government agencies.

The departments seek an enthusiastic intern to assist with various projects including prospect research, general correspondence and mailings. The intern will also participate in the Digitization Project, which consists of scanning donor files and indexing the documents for a secure database. This internship requires excellent attention to detail and superior organization skills, as well a friendly, outgoing, yet professional demeanor. The selected interns will gain firsthand exposure to the development and maintenance of corporate, foundation and government sponsorships and partnerships.


• Basic prospect research

• Drafting proposals, correspondence and briefings

• Data entry

• Assist at select special events or programs (for example, gallery/exhibition openings)

• Scan and maintain files

• Assist with mailings and other projects as appropriate


• 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 interest in data/database management

• General knowledge of, or interest in, local business community

• Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive and confidential information

• Interest in institutional fundraising and arts administration

• Excellent phone manner

• Ability to commit a minimum of 10 hours weekly (within M-F, 9 am-5 pm framework) for the spring semester, January-May, 2015

• Ability to attend an orientation on either Wed, Jan 21 (6pm) or Wed, Feb 4 (10am or 6pm)




Part Time


10.00 hours per week

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


November 5, 2014


External Relations