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Summer Internship: Major Gifts & Individual Giving
Shed Aquarium | Chicago, Illinois
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Job Description


Develop wholistic understanding of a Development Department's collective goals and working agenda, from event planning to donor stewardship and solicitation, and more. The Individual & Major Giving Intern will gain hands-on experience of the donor cycle while working alongside staff to support donor outreach and cultivation.


The Individual Giving and Major Giving teams are responsible for qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding Shedd's leadership donors and maintaining a sustainable annual giving campaign. The Individual Team also works with Membership to identify the next potential group of leadership donors and with the Major Giving team to move them up the donor pipeline. Our Individual & Major Giving intern assists in the facilitation of donor engagement from a data/analytical standpoint, assists in event staffing and planning, and aids in the day-to-day operations of the team.

Responsibilities & Duties

* Demonstrate a commitment to Shedd's mission, vision, and values.
* Coordinate with staff on the development and delivery of cultivation event invitations, appropriate guest lists, tracking event RSVPs, and assisting with follow up stewardship.
* Partner with staff to develop event briefings on donors to share with senior staff members.
* Assist with information input and tracking in Tessitura, our donor database.
* Assist in prospect research and wealth screening of suspected major gift donors and assist gift officers in identifying promising prospects for further outreach and cultivation.
* Participate in high-level cultivation and stewardship of Shedd's existing major donors, including supporting personal outreach and correspondence, tour requests, and other needs that arise.
* Other projects as assigned.


Desired Majors: Marketing, communication, or business-related majors are preferred but not required.

Desired Year in School: Currently enrolled as a junior or senior in an undergraduate program, or a recent graduate.

Other Skills/Characteristics:

* Students with externally facing leadership roles in a campus organization are preferred.
* Past experience in a customer service focused position is beneficial.
* Demonstrated attention to detail and the ability to maintain confidentiality.
* Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word and Excel especially).
* Database understanding and experience

Time Commitment: Minimum of 24 hours per week. Exact schedule will be based on intern availability.

Application Deadline: March 1st, or until positions are filled, whichever comes first

We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ community, Veterans and active duty military, parents, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from all cultural backgrounds to apply.

Shedd Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone to our team.

If you need a reasonable accommodation at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know.

In your application, please feel free to select which pronouns you use (For example - she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs).

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