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Marketing and Donor Development


PROJECT DESCRIPTION: This is the project for the person interested in working with Major Giving staff in the Office of Development, learning prospect research, donor correspondence, virtual event marketing and logistics and proposal writing for a large natural history museum. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) holds the world’s largest natural history collection, counting 146 million artifacts and specimens. Our 350 scientists and educators drive this active center for natural history research, collections management, and education.

PREREQUISITES: College or graduate student with excellent organizational and time management skills, a quick learner who is interested in learning about Museum fundraising. Knowledge or interest in the field of Natural History is preferred but not required.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Experience and participate in the fundraising management of science and museum administration while interning for the NMNH Office of Advancement. The intern will become familiar with day-to-day aspects of virtually supporting major giving officers, and the project management necessary to engage and cultivate donors, while experiencing senior administration of a large museum.

TIMEFRAME: September 2020 through early December 2020.
Hours: between 10-15 hours each week of dedicated project time.

AWARD PACKAGE:  $2,100 stipend

HOW TO APPLY:  Applicants should submit a letter of interest describing how they see the internship fitting into their professional development, a CV or resume, and dates of availability to the project contact.



Name: Phil Recchio
Phone: 202-633-7716