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2023 Summer Development Intern

Job Details

Crystal Bridges - Bentonville, AR
Summer Internship

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 Internship with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is designed to provide an overview of the skills and responsibilities required to successfully research, identify, and cultivate donors and sponsors for Development.

The Development Intern will contribute to the advancement of Crystal Bridges prospecting strategy while gaining practical experience and skills in the areas of research, proposal development, and funder cultivation and stewardship. The Development Intern will also receive an overview of the museums greater fundraising initiatives, including but not limited to membership, major gifts, and corporate sponsorships. The opportunity to customize specific projects is available based on the interns unique interests, skills, and career goals.

Areas of Support:

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

  • Donor Cultivation, Stewardship, and Pipeline Development
    • Conducting prospect research
    • Crafting donor solicitation materials
    • Help preparing reports, documents, letters and other correspondence related to donor stewardship and cultivation.
    • Generating commonly used development documents, i.e. development calendars, prospect pipeline
    • Assisting in the execution of development events when available

  • Other Development tasks as assigned
    • Introduction to soliciting funding from individuals and corporations and the museums membership program
    • Other duties as assigned

Crystal Bridges and the Momentary provide paid Internship Opportunities

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


  • Applications due Friday, April 14
  • Intern selected by Friday, April 28
  • Anticipated Start Date: Monday, June 5

Required Documents

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


June 5th-July 28th

  • 8 weeks
  • 15-40 hours per week
  • Weekly schedule to be arranged 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 interns 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 organizations and industrys diversity and inclusion strategic initiatives. Students representing ethnically underrepresented groups in the museum industry are encouraged to apply.


The above information is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by an intern assigned to this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, skills, and physical demands required. The intern may be required to perform other related duties as requested by the supervisor. The museum reserves the right to revise or change position duties and responsibilities as necessary to accommodate changing organizational needs. This position description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.