Boston Athenaeum

10 1/2 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02108

Date Posted:
August 10, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts



Development Intern


The Boston Athenæum seeks a reliable intern for the Development Department who will play an important role in supporting the daily functions and long-term goals of the department. The Development Intern provides assistance with Development projects, programs, and services.

The ideal candidate will be organized, hard-working, and ambitious. This position is available to start in September 2018.

Hours: flexible schedule; 19 hours per week, occasional weekday evening hours for Development events as needed.

Compensation: $13 per hour; paid sick time; free membership concurrent with employment and one year following the date of departure; no other benefits.


  • Serves as a front-line member of the Development office
  • Assists with data-entry and gift processing
  • Assists with prospect, grant and sponsor research as needed
  • Makes follow-up phone calls for Development events and fundraising appeals
  • Assists with in-house mailings
  • Supports office maintenance with copying, collating, filing, shredding, etc.
  • Maintain inventory of stock - brochures, letterhead, envelope and other supplies
  • Monitors the Development phone line
  • Staffs Development/fundraising events, as well as programmatic events
  • Drafts profiles, reports, and other communications as requested
  • Conducts other duties as assigned
  • Submit to and pass a background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment verifications and Department of Motor Vehicles (if applicable)
  • Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program; graduate students preferred
  • Strong interest in art and cultural organizations, development and/or non-profit management
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Proven attention to detail and conscientiousness
  • Must be able to work independently and collaboratively in a highly professional
  • Experience working in an office setting
  • Fundraising experience helpful
  • Familiarity with development databases, including Raiser’s Edge, desired
  • Familiarity with search databases–such as Lexis/Nexus, IWave Pro, Zillow, Google–a plus
How To Apply:

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter and resume, including current availability, to

The Boston Athenæum is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage individuals of diverse backgrounds to apply and are committed to hiring individuals who value a diverse and inclusive work environment.

Apply by:
September 21, 2018
About this Organization:

Founded in 1807 as “a fountain, at which all, who choose, may gratify their thirst for knowledge,” the Boston Athenæum has evolved into a beloved subscription library, specializing in history, biography, literature, and art. 5,000 Households maintain active memberships in the Athenæum, and enjoy a range of services from individualized reference assistance to superb children’s programming, from discussion groups to curated selections of digital and print resources. Tourists and scholars from around the world consult the quarter-million rare items in the collection, which includes George Washington’s personal library; an important collection of early American portraits; rich holdings related to the Civil War and documenting New England’s built environment; and the Athenæum’s own historical archives, attesting to the institution’s role in American arts and letters. Each year, the Athenæum offers hundreds of cultural programs— including lectures, concerts, performances, exhibitions, and tastings—within its exquisite National Historic Landmark structure, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.