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2023 Summer Development Database Intern

Job Details

Crystal Bridges - Bentonville, AR

Museum Overview

Crystal Bridges is a museum of American art located in Bentonville, Arkansas. We explore the unfolding story of America by actively collecting, exhibiting, interpreting, and preserving outstanding works that illuminate the American heritage and artistic possibilities. We are passionate about transforming lives through experiences that encourage the discovery of new ideas, expanded dreams, and inspired actions.

As an intern at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, you will be empowered to think creatively, ask questions, and make suggestions to help move the institution forward.

Position Summary

The Development Database Internship with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is designed to provide an overview of the skills and responsibilities required to successfully process gifts and donations from donors and sponsors for Development.

The Development Database Intern will contribute to the advancement of Crystal Bridges’ gift processing strategy while gaining practical experience and skills in the areas of donor communication and gift acknowledgement, database entry, report creation, and reconciliation.

The Development Database Intern will also receive an overview of the museum’s greater fundraising initiatives, including but not limited to membership, donor relations, and corporate sponsorships. The opportunity to customize specific projects is available based on the intern’s unique interests, skills, and career goals.

Areas of Support

The Development Database Intern will actively participate and perform duties in the following functional areas:

  • Gift acknowledgement and receipts
    • Process incoming gifts in our membership database, Tessitura
    • Keep detailed records of gift acknowledgement steps
    • Help prepare reports, documents, letters and other correspondence related to donor stewardship and cultivation.
  • Other Development tasks as assigned
    • Introduction to soliciting funding from individuals and corporations and the museum’s membership program
    • Assisting in the execution of development events when available Strategic input on future cultivation, stewardship, and pipeline development plans to grow donor and sponsor base.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Momentary provide paid internship opportunities. Undergraduate interns $13 an hour; Graduate interns $14 an hour.

Minimum Qualifications

  • College student, sophomore or above
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience in performing administrative work preferred
  • Dependable, punctual and ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule
  • Must have strong writing and editing skills
  • Must have confidence interacting with staff at a variety of levels, as well as donors
  • The Development Major Giving Intern may interact with sensitive personal information, a high level of professionalism and discretion are a must.
  • A background check is required


  • Applications due Saturday, April 1, 2023
  • Intern selected by Friday, April 14, 2023
  • Anticipated Start Date: Monday, June 5, 2023
  • End Date: Friday, July 28, 2023

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • At least one letter of recommendation; please submit a maximum of two.


June 5th – July 28th

  • 8 weeks
  • Up to 40 hours per week
  • Schedule to be discussed with supervisor

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an intern to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical demands: In the work environment described below, position requires work at a desk, utilizing a computer and a telephone for prolonged periods of time, good eye/hand coordination, bending and stretching for filing, and physical stamina to lift a minimum of 25 pounds to a height of at least three feet for file and materials storage as appropriate for the demands of the office. Visual acuity to review written materials is required for this job.
  • Work environment: Work will be performed remotely.
  • If the intern’s personal equipment is used, the museum accepts no liability for any damage caused to said equipment while being used for museum purposes, nor loss or corruption of electronic files on devices.

Diversity Internship Program

Crystal Bridges is committed to a diverse workforce and to providing training for the next generation of non-profit professionals. Recognizing the desire and responsibility to support and develop greater diversity in the professions related to museums and the visual arts, Crystal Bridges will assertively recruit interns from underrepresented demographics to support our organization’s and industry’s diversity and inclusion strategic initiatives. Students representing ethnically underrepresented groups in the museum industry are encouraged to apply.