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2023 Summer Donor Relations 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 Donor Relations 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 Donor Relations Intern will contribute to the advancement of Crystal Bridges’ strategy for donor stewardship and cultivation efforts while gaining practical experience and skills in the areas of donor, member and corporate research, communication and management, The Donor Relations 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 Donor Relations Intern will actively participate and perform duties in the following functional areas:

  • Donor and Member Communications
    • Draft, track and manage Donor correspondences.
    • Create Supplementary documents as needed (i.e. Biographies, maps, surveys etc.) for special events, VIP visits and travel programs.
    • Prepare itineraries for high-level guest of the museum
    • Help prepare reports, documents, letters, and other correspondence related to donor stewardship and cultivation.
  • Event and Program Administration Support
    • Assist in planning and execution of member experiences – virtual, in person, or hybrid of both.
    • Assisting with Director’s receptions and special events, when available
    • Other duties as assigned.
    • Assist to schedule and maintain development and membership team’s calendars.
    • Assist in conducting prospect research.
  • Other Development tasks as assigned.
    • Participate in special projects, administrative needs and donor or member events as needed.
    • Other duties as assigned.


Crystal Bridges and the Momentary provides paid internship opportunities. Undergrad interns $13; Graduate interns $14

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.
  • Because the Development Database Intern may interact with sensitive personal information, a high level of professionalism and discretion are a must.
  • A background check is required.


  • Applications due April 1, 2023
  • Intern selected by April 15, 2023
  • Anticipated Start Date: June 5, 2023

Required Documents

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


June 5th – July 28th

  • 8 weeks
  • 40 hours per week
  • Weekly schedule to be arranged.

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.