The DuSable Museum of African American History

Internships

Development Intern

Overview: The DuSable Museum of African American History, the oldest institution of its kind in the country, has been dedicated to the collection, preservation, interpretation and dissemination of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent for 50 years. This is an unpaid seasonal internship.

Position Summary: This volunteer position is responsible for working closely with the Development Director to sustain and increase funding from government, public and private entities, as well as individual donors. The Development Intern assists in coordinating all aspects of the museum’s fundraising efforts, including developing strategies for individual donor solicitation; identifying major gift prospects; preparing grant proposals and reports; seeking corporate donations. Special event duties include, but are not limited to; mailing invitations and letters; event preparation; and working with the Museum’s Planning Committee. Customer service skills; attention to detail, and computer proficiency (Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel) required; experience with Raisers’ Edge or other fundraising databases a plus. The ideal candidate is available to work on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays.

Duties and Responsibilities but not limited to:

  • Conduct funder research on government, public and private foundations/organizations and identify new sources of funding
  • Work with Development Director to develop and submit proposals to new and existing funders; submit reports to funders in required formats and in a timely manner; work with Development Director in achieving goals
  • Mail acknowledgements of gifts in a timely fashion

Skills Required:

  • Must possess strong database skills, preferably Raiser’s Edge
  • Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills
  • Strong project management and planning skills
  • Attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines
  • High degree of flexibility and ability to juggle multiple tasks and competing priorities
  • Strong work ethic and ability to work independently, as well as part of a team
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse array of audiences
  • Proficiency with ability to demonstrate cultural competency in working with diverse populations

Ideal Qualifications:

  • Interest in fundraising or equivalent preferred
  • Prior clerical or administrative support experience in an education or cultural environment a plus
  • Flexible team worker with a desire to put forth only the best effort
  • Currently enrolled in or recently completed Bachelor’s degree with a major or related course work in business, English, history, art and journalism or related field. (must submit transcript)
  • Computer aptitude required, with Microsoft Office, WordPerfect, Excel, Office XP, HTML or Internet Explorer

Contact:
Send all information to Kristina Eason, Human Resources: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 740 E. 56th Place, Chicago, Il 60637. No phone calls please.