Development Intern - Fall 2022
Nashville, TN Development
Job Type
Part-time, Temporary

Work in one of the most beautiful places in Nashville! Formerly the family home of Mabel and Leslie Cheek, Cheekwood now serves the public as a botanical garden, arboretum, and museum with period rooms and art galleries. Cheekwood’s mission is to stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit, for not only our visitors, but our staff as well.

Cheekwood Development Internships are designed for undergraduate students or recent graduates seeking experience at a non-profit arts and cultural organization. You will be gain exposure to all areas of fundraising including individual, corporate, and institutional (foundation and government) giving. The internship is ideal for individuals wishing to gain experience in fundraising and/or nonprofit administration. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  •   Work with the Manager of Institutional Relations to conduct research for potential new funders: 

           o Foundation and Government Grants – research and maintain records in the online database, GrantHub

           o Corporate – utilize resources and publications at your disposal to research and find new corporate donors 

  • Work with the Donor Relations Manager to perform an internal assessment of Cheekwood’s tribute gift program
  • Assist with donor acknowledgement when awarded funding 
  • Assist the entire Development team with in-person events including, but not limited to, preparation, set up, and breakdown 
  • Complete administrative tasks and duties for the department
  • Additional tasks as assigned.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are a non-exhaustive list of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to handle, feel, talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms above the shoulder. The employee is occasionally required to sit and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Work Environment: 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. 

Hours/Time Commitment: 

15-20 hours/week for up to 16 weeks


Junior or Senior at the undergraduate level, or graduate student at an accredited university

Area of Study: 

Art History, Business, English, History, Non-Profit Management, or related field

Application Requirements: Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest with desired internship and semester, a resume, and a list of 3 references, at least one academic. Start dates may vary based upon department needs and schedule. Please "Apply" below via the orange button and also remember to submit letter, resume and references to Abby Ornella at by the application deadline for the desired semester. All interns will be required to undergo a background check.

Part-time Benefits:

  • Membership & Discounts: As an employee, you receive a Cheekwood membership, which entitles you to unlimited admission during regular Garden hours and a limited number of free tickets to special events. Members also receive discounts classes, ticketed events, and purchases at the Gift Shop. Your Cheekwood membership also include reciprocal admission for named members to more than 300 gardens though the American Horticultural Society.
  • Reciprocal Admission: As an employee of Cheekwood you have free general admission access to many local cultural, historical, and art institutions as part of the employee admission program.

Cheekwood is an equal opportunity employer

Salary Description
$15.00 per hour