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Development Intern - Summer 2021

This internship is part of the University’s Jeff Metcalf Internship Program. Please review the Metcalf Interns’ Responsibility Notice to learn more about program requirements for Metcalf interns.
Fellowship Award Amount: up to $4,000
Internship Time Commitment: Full time Summer - 40 hours per week for 10 weeks
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Development Intern
The Development Intern will help support the Museum’s fundraising and stewardship activities. Duties include institutional funder research and reporting; assisting with SmartPartners/Annual Fund acknowledgements, campaigns, and renewal mailings; gathering program data, statistics, and anecdotes; data entry; annual report coordination and survey development and reporting. This position requires the ability to communicate effectively and professionally in writing, over the phone and zoom, and in person; and absolute discretion in working with confidential information.

·        Assist with institutional funder research and reporting;
·        Assist with SmartPartners/Annual Fund acknowledgements, campaigns, and renewal mailings;
·        Gather program data, statistics, and anecdotes for report and solicitation use, including annual report;
·        Data entry and survey development and reporting;
·        Other duties as necessary

Applicant must be a University of Chicago undergraduate student (not eligible for students graduating June 2021). Must be reliable, attentive to detail, highly organized. Must possess the ability to see projects through to completion. Must be able to work well with others and independently, and be able to maintain rigorous standards of security. This position requires the ability to communicate effectively and professionally in writing, over the phone, and in person; and absolute discretion in working with confidential information. Knowledge of art and varying artistic media, previous experience handling sensitive or delicate materials, database management, and/or image processing is highly desirable.

Physical demands include the ability to carry moderately heavy objects; the ability to crouch, climb, balance, sit, and stand for long periods of time; and some office work, including typing and data entry. They should be sensitive to their own physical limitations.

Opportunity Term/Commitment:
This opportunity will be full-time for Summer 2021; undergraduate intern should anticipate giving approximately 30-40 hours/week of time to this opportunity for 10 weeks; given the dynamic nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is anticipated that the associate’s work may be done remotely (if in-person/on-site work is required during the intern’s tenure, this will be discussed and worked out with the student based on their location, availability, and comfort with such work).

Capstone Element:
This internship is made possible by generous funding from the College at the University of Chicago, specifically through the Careers in Journalism and Creative Writing/Arts, Culture, and Entertainment (CIJCW/ACE) Program. As an integral component of this internship, the selected student will be required to work with the Smart Museum’s Academic Engagement Coordinator and the CIJCW/ACE Program Director to plan, present, and moderate a 45 minute Zoom program, open to current and prospective UChicago students, to discuss their work with their supervisor/mentor and how it relates to career options in the Humanities. This will take place at a time discussed with and agreed upon by the student and their supervisor/mentor at the Smart Museum.

Application Process: 
Applications will be submitted via Handshake;
  • Cover letter outlining your interest in this specific internship and how your background, skills, and future career/academic interests relate to the internship
  • Resume with the names and contact details of two references; and,
  • A copy of your unofficial transcript.
Application Deadline: February 28, 2021 by 11:59pm
Anticipated Start Date: June 21, 2021
Funding: Up to $4,000 for Summer 2021