Development Intern (Unpaid)
Field Forward stipends are available. To learn more, please visit: CountryMusicHallofFame.org/Internships.
Company Overview: Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum documents and interprets the history of country music—a musical genre and culture central to the identity of the city, the state, and the nation. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Museum proudly combines subject expertise, ambitious research, and preservation of an unparalleled collection with expressions of creativity in music, art, and history. The Museum collects artifacts that illustrate the evolving history and traditions of country music and provides diverse learning opportunities through educational programs, publications, and exhibitions. The core exhibit follows the story of country music from its folk beginnings through its evolution as a commercial art form. Rotating exhibits examine a broad range of topics, from country classics to contemporary and emerging artists in American Currents. The Museum owns Hatch Show Print, a letterpress print shop opened in 1879, and it operates Historic RCA Studio B, where Elvis Presley and many others recorded.
Departmental Overview: The Development Department oversees all philanthropy on behalf of the Museum, which includes Museum membership; annual, major, and planned giving; special events, which range from exhibition opening receptions to fundraisers; as well as foundation, corporate, sponsorship and government giving programs. We also steward relationships with Country Music Hall of Fame® members; the broader music community; elected officials; local, state, and national arts organizations; and Museum donors. We are constant advocates for the arts on local and national levels, and we publish strategic communications on the Museum’s behalf, such as the annual report. Our goal is to provide excellent stewardship to all who make gifts of time, talent, and treasure to the mission in support of our mission-focused work.
Internship Overview: The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum offers internships that advance the educational goals of the student as well as the Museum’s mission. Field Forward stipends are available. To learn more, including application deadlines, please visit: CountryMusicHallofFame.org/Internships.
Internships are designed for a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week for a minimum of 12 weeks with consideration given to individual university requirements. Additional adjustments to the 12-week, 20-hour schedule will be at the discretion of the internship supervisor. Educational programs which operate on a quarterly basis will be accommodated. Motivated students who are seeking hands-on experiences in a team-oriented environment will find excellent opportunities at the Museum.
The Development intern rotates throughout the Development Department and assists with Museum events, grant research, donor and constituent support, corporate partnership, memberships, and major gifts.
Specific Internship Duties Include:
- Support donor/constituent stewardship, benefit fulfillment, and acknowledgement processes for corporate partnership program, Museum membership program, major gifts, and events
- Work within the constituent relationship management database (Tessitura) to enter and maintain data essential to Development outreach and organization
- Assist corporate partnership program with management of in-kind partnership trade allotments and inventory
- Assist Museum membership program with customer service, retention and renewal solicitation, and benefit fulfillment
- Help with execution of internal Museum events such as private exhibit openings, donor events, and major fundraisers
- Complete research to support charitable solicitation of major gifts, corporate partnerships, grants, and fundraising events
- Lend general administrative assistance to Development staff
- Currently enrolled, credit-seeking, and/or degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student
- Interest and/or previous experience in nonprofit organizations and fundraising, arts and cultural institutions, and/or country music history
- Pursuing degree or coursework in business, nonprofit management, museum administration, music, communications, or a related field
Key Competencies (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities):
- Ability to multitask, work independently, and take initiative with projects
- Excellent customer service, hospitality, and interpersonal communication skills
- Strong written and verbal communication, organizational, and project management skills
- Microsoft Office and relationship database (Tessitura, FileMaker Pro, etc.) experience are encouraged, but not required
Conditions of Internship:
- Must be able to work a minimum of 20 hours per week
- Must be able to work a flexible schedule including select evenings and weekends for special events
- Must be willing to sign a confidentiality agreement
Notes to Applicant:
- Please upload a resume and a cover letter when applying for this position.
- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate the varied attributes, characteristics, and perspectives that make each person unique, and we believe that fostering a culture of inclusion is essential to institutional excellence. The Museum promotes an environment of respect, communication, and understanding, while actively seeking opportunities to learn about and establish practices that further facilitate equity. The Museum does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum does not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.
- We are a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all qualified candidates to apply for open positions. The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for its staff and visitors. All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and employment verification, including federally mandated E-verify processes, as required for position.
- Due to the high volume of applications received for internships, hiring managers may only contact you if they are interested in scheduling an interview. Please refrain from calling to inquire about your status in the search.
- Visit CountryMusicHallofFame.org/Internships for further details about the application process, including important deadlines.
- Applications are only accepted online on our career page: CountryMusicHallofFame.org/Employment.