Development Internship

Chinati’s development department is responsible for raising a significant portion of the museum’s budget through philanthropic contributions, memberships, grants, and events.

Internship Description

The Chinati development intern:

  • Manages the membership program, including producing solicitation and renewal letters, membership cards and materials, acknowledgement letters, and weekly reports.
  • Manages social media campaigns and outreach.
  • Provides daily support for the donor database including processing and recording gifts, acknowledgement letters, maintaining donor records, and uploading prospect research. 
  • Supports the Director of Development in prospect research for operational and capital campaign support, small private donor‐driven events, and trustee meetings.
  • Supports the development team on donor strategies to cultivate and solicit prospects/donors.
  • Plans and implements donor meetings, trips, and prioritizes senior staff’s time with donors.
  • Works with the development team on direct mailings including Community Day and Chinati Weekend sponsorship requests, Annual Appeal Campaign, Director’s Letter, and Newsletter mailings.
  • Interacts with donors and museum visitors by leading tours through the collection including special sunrise and sunset viewings. Works all special events from small open studios to the benefit program during Chinati Weekend.

Requisite skills and experience

Applicants should be interested in learning about the fundraising process, non-profit business practices, and working in the arts.

  • Candidates demonstrate self-motivation, organization, creativity, and skill to meet deadlines.
  • Express a genuine interest in learning about museum fundraising.
  • Must be highly organized and have excellent writing and research skills.
  • Have previous knowledge of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.


Interns receive professional mentorship from Jen Rowles, Donor Relations and Database Administrator, and Sarah Atwood, Director of Development. The mentorship program includes introductions to local arts professionals, artists, and organizations; networking and volunteer events; department specific skills days; intern lunches and field trips; and more. 

Compensation and housing

Internships last five to six months. Interns are expected to work approximately 40 hours per week at a rate of $15 per hour, provided free housing on the museum grounds, and offered medical benefits. Interns are also provided with a bicycle. A personal cell phone is required. If needed, transport to and from the El Paso or Midland/Odessa airports is available.

Eligibility and how to apply

Internships are primarily intended for, but not limited to, candidates who self-identify as women from racial and cultural backgrounds that are underrepresented in the arts, including individuals of Black, African American, Asian, Middle Eastern/North African, Native American, Latinx/Hispanic, and Pacific Islander descent. DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) recipients are eligible to apply.

Development internships are offered in the spring and fall, from February to July and September to January. Our next internship term will commence in February 2022. To apply, please send a statement of interest, resume, and two writing samples in a single PDF document to Jen Rowles, Donor Relations and Database Administrator, at Applications for both terms will be accepted by email only and must be received by November 1, 2021. In your statement of interest, please indicate which term, spring or fall, you prefer to be considered for.

Learn More

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