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mcachicago · 16 days ago
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The Development Intern will have the opportunity to learn about how a museum’s fundraising goals are met in the areas of individual giving, institutional giving, events, and development services. In this role, expect to:

• Work hand in hand with our team to see how donors are cultivated, solicited, and stewarded for support of institutional priorities, projects, programs, and exhibitions by helping with communications, donor acknowledgement and recognition, database management, and event planning and execution. 
• Support the Development team on the entire donor life cycle, from prospecting and research to cultivation to gift agreement and recognition by providing project management support.
• Learn important communication skills while helping to prepare materials for solicitations and reports in collaboration with departments museum wide.
• Develop an understanding of the business operations of a development department by assisting with grant agreements, pledges, proposals, and goals forecasting.
• Work with members from other departments to understand how the staff collaborates across the Museum on exhibitions, committee meetings, and other projects.
• Participate in departmental meetings and MCA staff events.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • MCA Internships are geared towards current college students and recent graduates ( <1 year ) who are interested in contemporary art and have a passion for learning more about how museums work.
  • Candidates must be interested in exploring a potential career in the cultural sector.
  • Interns must be able to work up to 24 hours per week onsite for the entirety of the internship period.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, demonstrate excellent communication skills (both verbal and written), organized, and able to manage assignments with attention to detail. 
  • Ability to perform occasional light lifting.

What We Offer

  • Gain exposure to the overall workings of a museum through information sessions with key museum leaders.
  • Play an integral role in the growth and success of MCA programs.
  • Gain a breadth of professional experiences.
  • Complete a specific target project and daily assignments.
  • Participate in departmental meetings and MCA staff events.
  • Engage in weekly check-in sessions with their supervisor.
This internship opportunity begins 8/12/2024 and ends 5/16/2025. To apply, please submit a resume and include your availability in your cover letter. Must be able to communicate fluently in English. Ability to operate computers, printers, and telephones is required. General mobility throughout the building, light lifting, and ability to stand for extended periods of time as scheduled is required. The hourly rate for this role is $17.00. The submission deadline is 6/23/2024.


P.S. The MCA provides great benefits to part-time staff that include: visiting the MCA’s galleries, curator led staff tours of MCA exhibitions, discounts at the MCA Store and MCA restaurant Marisol, discounts for MCA Stage and other programs, plus a wide variety of discounts at many cultural institutions in the Chicagoland area.

Last updated on May 29, 2024

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