Membership & Development Intern

Position: Membership and Development Intern

Reports to: Membership and Development Associate

Time Commitment: 12-24 hrs./week, some evening or weekend support may be needed for fundraising events. Exact schedule based on intern availability.

About Us:

The Chicago Cultural Alliance’s mission is to connect, promote, and support centers of cultural heritage for a more inclusive Chicago. We are an active consortium of 40 Chicago-area cultural heritage museums, centers and historical societies who span 28 neighborhoods and 7 suburbs in the Chicago area and represent over 30 different cultures from around the world.

About the Internship:

The Membership & Development Intern will gain valuable non-profit management experience through direct involvement in the planning and coordination of the Chicago Cultural Alliance’s fundraising events. The internship will provide the opportunity to work on a variety of projects including will event planning and coordination, donor and database management.

What you will learn:


  • Support Associate with daily operations including member & donor inquiries, meeting scheduling and preparation as well as clerical duties (filing, copying, mailing).
  • Attend staff and board meetings, and assist in public programs when necessary.

Event Management

  • Assist with and planning all event logistics including the annual fundraiser MOSAIC.
  • Coordinate with staff on the development of event invitations, guest lists vendors, ticketing, reservations, and correspondence with event attendees.
  • Assist in securing and preparing silent and live auction items for annual fundraiser MOSAIC.


  • Assist with member data input and tracking in, our member and donor database.
  • Assist in compiling and reviewing copy for member communications including e-blasts, mailings, and monthly newsletter.
  • Ensure website and member lists are updated regularly.


  • Assist with direct mail pieces, including proofing, editing, design input, and distribution.
  • Maintain confidential donor records and database systems on our database
  • Research corporate sponsorships, grant applications, and in-kind donations.
  • Tracking donor acknowledgement and recognition.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate program, with focus in museum studies, sociology, anthropology, human and civil rights, or other social sciences preferred.
  • Highly detail oriented and organized with ability to work independently and creatively.
  • Outgoing personality with a willingness to learn.
  • Excellent communication skills (phone, email, and in person).
  • Strong work ethic with sensitivity to confidential information.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
  • Event planning experience a plus.
  • Experience with database systems such as Raiser’s Edge, Tessitura, or a plus.

The Chicago Cultural Alliance values interns who are self-starters and share our vision of a making a Chicago a city where all communities have a voice, and cross cultural dialogue and collaboration are an integral part of Chicago’s civic fabric.

If interested, please send cover letter, resume and three (3) references to [email protected] with “Membership and Development Intern” as the subject. Only complete applications will be reviewed.