Apply now for: Spring 2014, Summer 2014
Time commitment: Eight week minium, 8-16 Hours Per Week (Monday - Friday)


The Development Internship is an excellent opportunity for applicants interested in gaining experience in fundraising in a nonprofit or museum setting, and learning how a nonprofit supports itself.

The Development team is seeking an independent, detail-oriented and organized person with strong communication skills – someone eager to learn and contribute to our efforts.



Duties/Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

·Support various subdivisions of Development: Membership, Foundation and Government Relations, Individual Giving, Corporation Relations and Donor Relations
·Coordinate membership fulfillment and other mailings.
·Update fundraising database (Raiser’s Edge) and other information-tracking documents
·Gather and compile statistical updates from program staff throughout the Aquarium
·Perform online research on funding prospects
·Help prepare for and facilitate special events
·Help organize files (both electronic and hard files)
·Various other office related tasks, as assigned
·There may also be opportunities for special projects as time and needs allow
·Attend two professional development lunches with the Volunteer Programs and Internships office



·Must be highly attentive to details and an independent self-starter
·Familiarity with Microsoft Office programs necessary
·Must have confidence interacting with all levels of staff and donors
·Because the Development Intern may interact with sensitive personal information, a high level of professionalism and discretion are a must

*Note: This position is not available for the January term

Organizational Description:

The New England Aquarium’s mission is to protect the blue planet through hands-on programs, live animal and interactive exhibits, public lectures and forums, and research and conservation projects.

This mission is fulfilled through exhibits and education, conservation, and research programs. Exhibits showcase the diversity, importance, and beauty of aquatic life and habitats and highlight critical aquatic conservation issues. Programs emphasize species, habitats and issues critical to New England. The Aquarium is also a pioneer in marine animal rescue and a leading ocean conservation organization with research scientists working around the globe.

The New England Aquarium serves as a responsive community resource that attracts and involves the broadest possible audience, seeks a culturally diverse staff and governing board that reflect our community, adheres to the highest standards of animal stewardship, and is committed to delivering the highest quality visitor experience in a welcoming and enjoyable manner that evokes wonder, curiosity, understanding, care, and action.

Department Description:

The New England Aquarium’s Development Department manages gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations, as well as individual and corporate memberships, to support operations and programs throughout the Aquarium.