Development Intern

Monday, May 15th from 12:00am to Friday, August 11th, 2023 12:00am (CT)


Development Intern Job Description


Mission Statement:

The National Civil Rights Museum, located at the Lorraine Motel, honors and preserves the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We chronicle the American civil rights movement and tell the story of the ongoing struggle for human rights. We educate and serve as a catalyst to inspire action to create positive social change.



Established in 1991, the National Civil Rights Museum is located at the former Lorraine Motel, where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. In 2002 the museum opened an $11 million expansion, The Legacy Building, which addresses the assassination investigation and the legacy of the civil rights movement. In 2013 and 2014, the museum underwent a $27.5 million renovation which added more than 40 new films, oral histories and interactive media to the site’s already robust galleries. The museum is among the top 5% of institutions to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and one of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience worldwide. Through interactive exhibits, historic collections, dynamic speakers and special events, the museum offers visitors a chance to walk through history and learn more about a tumultuous and inspiring period of change. Individuals who intern at the National Civil Rights Museum have a unique opportunity to receive hands-on experience at an award-winning institution.


Time Commitment:

·        Academic year internships are 10-20 hours per week 

·        Summer internships are 30-40 hours per week 

·        Alternative arrangements can be discussed with the specific department but are subject to that department’s approval. 



The Development intern reports to the Chief Marketing and Development Officer.



·        Students may receive course credit or be paid hourly, but not both 

·        Undergraduate students are paid $12/hour 

·        Graduate students are paid $15/hour 


 Roles of the Development Department:

·        Support the museum’s mission through contributed revenue generated by individual, corporate, and foundation fundraising.

·        Create, maintain, and grow museum memberships

·        Steward gifts through a comprehensive donor relations program

·        Maintain a data management system that supports development, marketing, and education department objectives.



·        Conduct prospect research to guide msueum fundraising efforts.

·        Research, develop, and execute strategies to engage donors under 40.

·        Develop a list of potential religious and civic organizations that can serve as partners to the museum.

·        Coordinate with marketing to develop social media campaigns to secure new donors and memebrs.

·        Research and create innovative methods to recognize donors for their support.

·        Steward individual gifts by calling donors to thank them for their support.

·        Research and write copy for grants and stewardship reports.



Candidates must be able to complete tasks independently, must be reliable and punctual and capable of functioning in a multi-task environment.  Must be able to take direction and follow instructions and complete tasks on deadline.  Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.  The acceptable candidate must adhere to the rules and regulations governing all employees, interns, and volunteers of the National Civil Rights Museum. 


Candidates should have a strong background in writing-intensive coursework. Must have strong Microsoft Office Suite, web, and computer skills.  Must possess excellent organizational skills, be detail-oriented and neat, and the ability to work both as an individual and as part of a team.


 Required Skills:

·        Ability to lift, carry, or otherwise move and position equipment weighing up to 45 pounds


 Desired but Optional:

·        Previous education and knowledge of Civil Rights and Human Rights history.

·        Experience in fundraising, grant writing, or community engagement.


Opens Feb 1, 2023 12:00am
Registration Closes
Mar 6, 2023 11:59pm or when space runs out.
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