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Spring 2019: American Civil War Museum Foundation - Development Department Intern

Nov 19, 2018

Posted in: Internships & scholarships, Public Relations internships

The American Civil War Museum (ACWM) is a multi-site museum dedicated to the history and legacies of the American Civil War. The mission of The ACWM is to be the preeminent center for the  exploration of the American Civil War and its legacies from multiple perspectives: Union and Confederate,
enslaved and free African Americans, soldiers and civilians. In Richmond, the museum operates two sites: The White House of the Confederacy and ACWM at Historic Tredegar. The museum maintains a comprehensive collection of artifacts, manuscripts, imprints (books and pamphlets), and photographs.


The Tredegar location of the Museum will debut thousands of square feet of visitor and collections space in late Spring 2019. In coordination with the opening of this new facility, Development Department will host a variety of soft opening, member-only, and grand opening events. To help with the events, the museum seeks an unpaid intern for the upcoming Spring semester or the Summer period from May to August. There is also an opportunity to continue the role from January through August.  The Development Department is flexible in satisfying different educational requirements for university students interested in development management, business communications, and museum studies / non-profit career paths.


To apply please email a resume and cover letter to Donor Relations and Membership Coordinator Ben Mackey at Please include how your prior experience and your career path align with the following responsibilities:


  1. The intern will learn Altru and Wealth Engine databases to:
    • research donors, form profiles, and make reports
    • handle sensitive donor data with confidentiality and discretion  


  1. The intern will learn development communication skills to:
    • Make personal thank you calls and emails to donors after donations are recorded
    • Write and edit correspondence and acknowledgements for Museum executives
    • Help with direct mail appeals, packaging acknowledgements, and mailing 


  1. The intern will learn how to plan and execute events through:
    • RSVP, registration, and general support for donor events
    • collaborating with our young professional board, the Tredegar Society


  1. The intern will learn finance best practices and audit requirements to:
    • accurately report data
    • archive digital and physical documents 


  1. The intern will learn how to assemble documents for internal and external meetings by:
    • facilitating hard hat tours and writing notes afterward
    • preparing donor briefs and takeaways for museum guests