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Prospect Research Intern

About Us: The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is the largest and most interactive science museum in the Western Hemisphere. Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) exposes guests of all ages to awe-inspiring exhibitions that spark curiosity and bring science to life. MSI’s mission – to inspire the inventive genius in everyone – is realized through its world-class exhibitions and engaging guest experiences. The Museum of Science and Industry provides programs and experiences that deepen the engagement of students and teachers in science and science-related disciplines, with a vision to inspire and motivate our children to achieve their full potential in the fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine.

The internship: MSI is seeking a motivated intern who is interested in gaining hands-on experience in non-profit fundraising operations. Please note that this is an unpaid internship. The Prospect Research Intern will:

  • Receive training and work directly in the Raiser’s Edge donor database
  • Gain a basic understanding of prospect research and management
  • Learn through exposure to the various aspects of Nonprofit Development
  • Develop communication, time management, organization, and relational skills in a professional environment

The Prospect Research Intern will work with the Manager, Prospect Research and Analytics and the Manager, Prospect Management and Discovery to assist in researching and analyzing information on current and potential individual, corporate and foundation donors.

Specific tasks and projects will include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct biographical, financial, and philanthropic research on individual, corporate, and foundation prospects
  • Capture and manage data in Raiser’s Edge, MSI’s donor database, to enhance data-integrity and stewardship
  • Assist in preparation of internal and external meetings related to prospects (events, prospect strategy meetings, prospect showcases, etc.)
  • Identify connections between MSI leadership and prospects
  • Monitor news on key donors, MSI Trustees, and prospects

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of one year of post-secondary coursework
  • Basic knowledge or interest in nonprofit fundraising/development
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion
  • Detail-oriented and able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Excellent written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Previous database experience preferred but not required

The Museum of Science and Industry is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, which includes providing equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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