Development Internship

Holocaust Museum Houston is offering a paid internship through the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program to a qualified advanced-level undergraduate student seeking a non-profit development/fundraising career. The internship provides an opportunity to join a knowledgeable and dynamic development staff while gaining understanding of all areas of development — from prospect identification and cultivation to solicitation and stewardship — in a professional museum environment. The intern’s two major projects will afford him or her with specific, marketable experience in the areas of prospect research and donor stewardship. His or her contribution helps maintain, expand and energize the organization’s donor base, which enables the Museum to teach the history of the Holocaust and other genocides while promoting awareness of the dangers of intolerance, prejudice, discrimination and violence worldwide.

Reports to:

This position reports to the assistant director of development, grants and research. The intern also works with other members of the development team and assists other departments as required.

Responsibilities Include:
  • Gaining knowledge of the Museum and its mission, to include an understanding of its history;
  • Gaining sound understanding of all facets of the development process and the value of their contribution;
  • Creating a compelling stewardship report for the 2012-2013 year to thank Museum donors for helping make previous year’s accomplishments possible:
    • Involves compiling and analyzing information to write a draft which will be edited with feedback from development and other relevant programmatic staff;
    • As the stewardship report will include information on visitors, events, exhibitions, programs, education outreach and other successes, data collection will necessitate the intern to work with other departments, including, but not limited to, setting up meetings, emailing and performing research;
  • Assembling a list of major gift prospects — including individuals, foundations and corporations — for the 2013-2014 fiscal year;
    • Involves performing prospect research, data mining existing database, categorizing prospects and analyzing areas of interest and giving guidelines;
    • Compiling the list into a comprehensive, ranked report in Excel;
  • Undergoing development training in:
    • Use of Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge fundraising database software;
    • Prospect research methods;
    • Development writing, including stewardship reports, proposals and letters for different audiences;
  • Writing stewardship reports specific to individual donors, as needed;
  • Performing Raiser’s Edge fundraising data entry, as needed;
  • Assisting with development mailings (membership, annual fund, etc.), as needed;
  • Maintaining records in database, including grant tracking and reporting;
  • Reporting progress at weekly development department meetings;
  • Meeting with supervisor at least once a week to report progress and give and receive feedback;
  • Attending bi-weekly staff meetings;
  • Attending board meetings that occur during internship period; and
  • Fulfilling all requirements of participation in the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program, including seminars and community service (detailed information provided separately).

Required Skills:

  • Outstanding writing and editing skills, including the ability to craft clear, structured, articulate and persuasive language, and excellent command of spelling and grammar;
    Strong analytical and research abilities;
  • Sound attention to detail;
  • Computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint;
  • Research skills, including key word database searches (in software and on Web);
  • Creative and self-motivated thinking; and
  • Ability to multi-task and coordinate multiple assignments on deadline.

Required Education:

Eligible candidates will be:

  • High school graduates;
  • Currently enrolled, full-time, in an undergraduate humanities, social science or business program at a recognized four-year college or university;
  • Returning to college after the 2013 summer as a full-time (12+ college credits per semester) sophomore, junior or senior; and
  • Be able to work for eight consecutive weeks for 35 hours per week, between the period of June 1 and Aug. 31, 2013

Preferred candidates will:

  • Have previous experience with non-profits and fundraising.

Please note: family members of the staff and board of ExxonMobil, ExxonMobil permanent contractors, Volunteer Houston and Holocaust Museum Houston are ineligible.

To apply for this internship, send a cover letter and resume with at least two persuasive writing samples (including, but not limited to, stewardship reports, grant applications, professional letters and academic papers) to or attach using this online form submission.
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