Development Internship (Paid)

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Summer Development Internship (Paid)

Holocaust Museum Houston is offering a paid internship through the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program to a qualified advanced-level 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 in a professional museum environment. The intern’s major project will afford him or her with specific, marketable experience in the areas of prospect research. His or her contribution will help maintain, expand and energize the Museum’s donor base, which enables us to teach the history of the Holocaust and other genocides while promoting awareness of the dangers of intolerance, prejudice, discrimination and violence worldwide. Exxon

This internship is a 35-hour-per-week program for eight consecutive weeks. The internship will begin no earlier than June 1 and end no later than Aug. 31. Each intern will be paid $2,750 for the eight-week period, subject to FICA and income taxes.

Reports to:

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

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Gaining knowledge of the Museum and its mission, to include an understanding of the Holocaust from Houston-area Survivors;
  • Gaining sound understanding of all facets of the development process and the value of their contribution;
  • 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;
  • Undergoing development training in:
    • Use of Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge fundraising database software;
    • Prospect research methods;
  • Performing Raiser’s Edge fundraising data entry, as needed;
  • Assisting with development mailings (membership, annual fund, etc.), as needed;
  • 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 fundraising documents;
  • Must possess excellent spelling and grammar skills;
  • Strong analytical and research abilities;
  • Thorough attention to detail;
  • Computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel;
  • Research skills, including keyword database searches;
  • Creative and self-motivated thinking; and
  • Ability to multi-task and coordinate multiple assignments on deadline.

Ideal Candidate Requirements:

Preferred candidates will:

  • All candidates must be enrolled in a formal internship program at a recognized college or university for which they receive college credit and under which their performance and accomplishments will be monitored;
  • All candidates must be currently enrolled, full-time, in a liberal arts, social science or business major at a recognized four-year college or university;
  • Be an undergraduate student who will be returning to college after the 2014 summer as a full-time (12+ college credits per semester) sophomore, junior or senior; and
  • Have previous experience with non-profits and fundraising.

Please note that family members of ExxonMobil, Volunteer Houston or Holocaust Museum Houston staff members are not eligible to apply.

To apply for this internship, send a cover letter, resume and two writing samples (maximum of six pages, in one file) by March 21 to or apply online at No phone calls please.

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