advancement/external affairs intern – summer 2021
about national children’s museum
Founded as Capital Children’s Museum in 1974 and renamed with a Congressional designation in 2003, National Children’s Museum has served young learners for over 45 years. In 2020, the Museum opened its new home on the Woodrow Wilson Plaza in downtown Washington, DC to serve the next generation of children and families. Located at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW inside an annex space connected to the Ronald Reagan Building, the modern learning environment is accessible to families across the region and steps away from the National Mall and the White House.
National Children’s Museum is a unique hybrid institution, combining learning elements found in a science center with children’s museum experiences. Through science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) focused exhibits and playful, in-person and virtual program offerings, the Museum sparks curiosity and ignites creativity for all learners. The Museum’s mission is to inspire children to care about and change the world.
While it remains closed due to COVID, the Museum has provided free, digital resources to the community including STEAM-focused videos, a children’s podcast, virtual field trips, and digital exhibits. Through this work, the Museum found a national platform and reached over 900,000 people across the country.
what you’ll do
National Children’s Museum (NCM) is seeking an organized and responsible Advancement/External Affairs Intern to join our organization. This team member will assist with a variety of tasks including data management, donor and member communications, marketing initiatives, research projects, and special projects as needed. This internship is a fantastic opportunity for someone who enjoys wearing many hats, has a creative spirit, and would like to explore the different aspects of fundraising, communications, and marketing at a nonprofit cultural institution.
Learning about development initiatives and assisting with fundraising campaigns;
Conducting donor research and assisting in identifying new prospects;
Supporting the maintenance of our relationship management system, PatronManager;
Supporting grant writing initiatives;
Aggregating and analyzing data from various platforms (social, email, website) to provide insights and recommendations for communications;
Tracking media coverage of the Museum and maintaining media distribution lists;
Spearheading data and image collection and organization for the Community Archives project;
Assisting in the writing and editing of copy for different audiences such as, members, supporters, and the general public for various communications (social, email, etc.);
Supporting marketing campaigns by providing market research and acting as the liaison with various external vendors;
Supporting remote administrative duties; and
Assisting with registration and logistics at signature events.
what we believe are important experiences + traits for this role
Interest in museums, fundraising, marketing, and/or non-profit operations
Ability to work remotely
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Highly organized, and able to work without supervision
Energetic and eager to tackle new projects and ideas
Professional, responsible, and courteous demeanor
Previous experience working in a development context a plus
Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) Adobe suite, WordPress, and social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
Previous experience working with constituent relationship management systems (Salesforce) a plus
To be eligible for college credit, must be enrolled with an accredited university
schedule + compensation
May through August; start and end dates are flexible.
10-15 hours per week (Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 am – 5 pm) based on your existing schedule.
Please send a resume and cover letter with the subject line “Advancement/External Affairs Intern” to [email protected].
what we value
Our mission is to inspire children to care about and change the world. The Museum is an innovative institution that sparks curiosity and wonder and a space where children feel valued. In order to do this well, we need a team that reflects the dynamic and diverse communities that we serve and brings a variety of perspectives, abilities, and skills. We embrace that this work is critical to our mission and never finished. The more inclusive we are, the stronger our Museum.
The National Children’s Museum is committed to equal opportunity for all employees and prospective employees without discrimination based upon race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, personal appearance, sexual orientation, political affiliation, family responsibilities, disability, matriculation, marital status or any other category protected by law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment at NCM, including, but not limited to recruitment, promotion, compensation, benefits, training and development, access to facilities, discipline, separation of employment and other terms and conditions of employment.