Development Research & Membership Intern Fall 2021/Spring 2022

The National Women’s History Museum is seeking a highly motivated, creative, and detail-oriented intern to assist the Development department with managing membership programs and researching and analyzing individual, corporate, foundation prospects and donors to produce in-depth profiles. The work helps support an exceptional donor experience and provides critical information needed to secure major and leadership gifts in support of NWHM initiatives. This internship opportunity is for an undergraduate student interested in exploring a career in Development or non-profit management. They will work closely with NWHM’s Development team to learn about fundraising, membership, and research best practices.  

Please note: This position will work remotely for the duration of the internship and applicant must have reliable access to internet. Communication between Intern and NWHM Development staff will be conducted via telephone, email, and video conferencing. 

Key Responsibilities may include:   

  • Assist with membership group management to support event planning, marketing, and management for the Museum’s young professionals’ group and related activities.
  • Assist with membership renewals and membership campaigns. 
  • Assist with background research for proposals and profiles on prospective donors, sponsors, and grantors for specific funding objectives. 
  • Support with identifying and qualifying potential donors from online database, internet sources, newspapers, business reports, related periodicals, printed and electronic annual and donor reports and other resources as appropriate. 
  • Write confidential and in-depth research profiles on individual, foundation, and corporate donors for strategic planning, cultivation, and solicitation. 
  • Maintain detailed spreadsheets and databases with prospective and current donor information. 
  • Support Development team with the membership and fundraising work as needed.  


Qualifications should include:  

  • Interest in nonprofit fundraising;
  • Ability to handle confidential material with discretion;
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet stringent deadlines;
  • Ability to conduct verifiable online research;
  • Ability to work independently, as well as with colleagues in a team effort;
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and writing skills; and
  • Experience using Microsoft suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.  

This internship will run between November 1, 2021 and April 15, 2022 – these dates are flexible, but two-semester availability is preferred. Candidate must be able to work at least 20 hours per week for a total minimum of 400 work hours over the course of the internship. Interns will receive a stipend of $1000 per semester completed. 

Please submit a resume and letter of interest in PDF form addressed to Kelly Buckland, Development Coordinator to [email protected] with the subject line of “Fall Development Internship.”

 All applications must be submitted by 9 a.m. ET on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.