Business and Community Development Internship

Duration:  Fall 2019
Compensation: School Credit, Membership
Location: Centrl Office, Portland
Time: 20+ hours/week
Position Duties & Description:

Design Museum Portland is seeking a Business and Community Development intern to assist in organizing development efforts. This position requires strong skills for database management, the ability to complete research for various opportunities, and excellent writing and interpersonal skills. Design Museum is a nomadic museum, meaning we don’t have a single physical location — we pop up all throughout the city with our events and exhibitions.

This intern will assist in variety of duties such as prospective member research and identification, database management and reporting, and donor relations.

Intern Responsibilities:
  • Research organizations and individuals who would be interested in Design Museum
  • Use data management tools (Mailchimp, Eventbrite, Kindful) to generate strategic development lists
  • Manage and track data in our existing CRM (Kindful)
  • Help to plan and attend our individual donor events
  • Ability to solve problems, work independently and in groups
  • Able to take feedback, willingness to learn new skills
Experience necessary:
  • Studying or interested in business, museums, and community
  • Excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills
  • Experience with fundraising a plus
  • Comfortable working on multiple fast-paced projects simultaneously
  • Graphic design a plus!
  • Knowledge of the following tools/processes:
    • Familiar with Adobe CreativeSuite (in particular Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
    • Pages, Keynote, and Numbers
    • Google Drive, Dropbox, Eventbrite, Mailchimp, Kindful (or other CRM)
Qualified applicants will have/be:
  • Their own computer
  • Passion for design, education, and/or nonprofit arts administration
  • Organized and detail oriented with good interpersonal & communication skills
  • Familiarity of Mac OS, Adobe Creative Suite, spreadsheets, and email marketing tools
  • Self-starter with a strong work ethic and attention to detail
  • Excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills
Availability Requirements:

Must be available at least 20 hours per week during Tuesday – Friday, on-site at Design Museum Foundation’s office in the Pearl District.

Application Instructions:

To apply please send a resume, cover letter, and any other relevant materials to Jennifer Jackson at

About Design Museum:

Design Museum Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit museum headquartered in Boston, MA with additional branches in Portland, OR and San Francisco, CA — and a vision to establish branches in other major cities around the U.S. At Design Museum Portland, we believe design can change the world. Done well, it can elevate our quality of life, make business more competitive, and protect our environment. Design awareness, education, and expertise are more important now than ever before as design continues to impact communities, organizations, and markets around the world. We’re redefining what it means to be a museum in the 21st century — we are online, nomadic, and accessible to all through a collection of exhibitions, events, and content. Design is everywhere. So are we. Our mission: bring the transformative power of design everywhere, to inspire a world full of creative problem solvers by producing inspiring exhibitions and events, educating everyone from kids to CEOs in design thinking, and transforming cities and communities through innovative public demonstration projects.