The Gifts of Art Program with the Development department works closely with curators and other Museum staff to identify and cultivate relationships with Museum supporters who may be interested in donating selected works of art or entire collections to the MFA. The department assists in creating gift scenarios that best benefit the donor’s and the Museum’s needs and priorities. The department also oversees fundraising for specific Museum acquisitions and endowments for Museum purchases, and implements educational programs for prospective donors and staff on the benefits of making gifts of art. The Gifts of Art Program ensures that donors and their families feel a continued connection to the Museum, its programs, and staff through various stewardship efforts. 

The Gifts of Art department seeks one part-time intern with a demonstrated background in art history to assist with administrative and clerical duties, as well as special projects and events as directed by the department associate. Candidates will find that this is a unique opportunity to gain practical experience by learning first-hand about many facets of the Museum’s administrative operations. The Gifts of Art program at the MFA is an uncommon program for most major museums, and this internship offers a special glimpse into the processes that go into forming a world-renowned collection.

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Responsibilities include, but are not limited to

  • Assisting with mailings 
  • Maintaining files
  • Correspondences 
  • Scanning and data entry 
  • Assisting in the setup and staffing of special events
  • Researching gifts of art inquiries 
  • Other projects as assigned


  • Enrollment in an undergraduate program at an accredited college or unigersity
  • An interest in Museum studies, Planned Giving and Development
  • Ability to work as part of a team and follow detailed directions
  • Familiarity with Windows-based application software 
  • Familiarity with data-base management software
  • Discretion with confidential material 
  • Attention to detail and efficiency
  • Demonstrated poise and professionalism 
  • Ability to commit reliably to 10 hours per week, with occasional evening/weekend special events 
  • Ability to attend orientation on Sat, Sept 17 (9:30 a.m. – 12 noon)




Part Time


10.00 hours per week

To be determined; flexible within M-F, 9a-5p; occasional evening/weekend events


November 5, 2014