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Development - Special Projects intern

Minnesota Children's Museum


Organization Summary:

About Minnesota Children's Museum 

Minnesota Children’s Museum’s mission is sparking children’s learning through play. We are dedicated to providing children with a hands-on and stimulating environment to explore and discover. With locations in St. Paul, Rochester, and the Mall of America, MCM employs 65 full-time and 65 part-time employees and engages over 1,300 volunteers annually. At MCM our workplace values that guide how we work together are: Play, Include, Grow, Serve and Strive. 

Minnesota Children's Museum is dedicated to growing a diverse and culturally competent team of highly engaged staff and volunteers. Applicants from diverse populations are strongly encouraged to apply.


Location: Twin Cities Metro Activity Area: Arts, Culture and Humanities
Category: Administration and Management Closing Date: open until filled
Job Type: Intern - Unpaid Salary: Unpaid
Hours: 10-12 

Primary Duties:

Major Job Accountabilities 

This is an estimate of the duties to be included in the internship. The exact duties and projects will be determined by mutual agreement of the intern and development staff. Depending on experience and specific interests, intern will have the opportunity to work with supervisor in selecting a capstone project or area of focus for the session. All duties will be carried out with direction and supervision of Development staff.

  • Donor Solicitation: help assemble appeals for both individual and corporate/foundation donors; assist with fiscal year-end follow-up calls to donors

  • Prospect Management: update donor records in Raiser’s Edge

  • Donor Stewardship: assist with regular mailings of acknowledgement letters and pledge reminders; assist with sponsorship reporting

  • Prospect Research: research prospective donors and board members

  • Donor Cultivation: assist with preparations and setup for development events


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required 

  1. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as organizational skills
  2. Comfortable engaging with donors over the phone
  3. Excellent computer skills, especially in data entry; experience with Raiser’s Edge preferred
  4. Able to manage multiple tasks while maintaining a strong attention to detail
  5. Able to conduct online research
  6. Able to work well with others as well as on an independent basis     


Additional Info:

Training Provided   

1. Intern orientation 

2. Policies and practices of development/fundraising procedures in a nonprofit cultural institution 

3. Navigation and use of Raiser’s Edge and research software 

4. Optional free trainings: The Ways of Play and Wakanheza 

Applications accepted until positions are filled.

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