Pacific Science Center

Bringing science to life.

Development Intern (unpaid)

Mar 6, 2017

Pacific Science Center brings science to life. Our award-winning, interactive programs reach more than 1.3 million people around the state each year — in their communities, classrooms and on our campus. We offer a wide variety of exhibits and programs, including standards-based formal and informal science education programs and an award-winning environmental education center.

Much of the funding for these and other Science Center activities come from grants, sponsorships and personal gifts stewarded by our talented Development team. The Development Intern will support the efforts of the Individual Giving team to grow and sustain a donor-centered fundraising program. The intern will receive direction from the Director of Individual Giving.

Reports To: Director of Individual Giving
Position Start Date: as early as April 2017
Position End Date: from June to August 2017 (Internship can be 3 – 6 months long)
Schedule: Flexible, 15 – 20 hours per week

Job Duties

  • Support donor event logistics, collateral, and on-site customer service.
  • Assist donors by directing phone and email inquiries.
  • Prepare donor profiles in advance of upcoming events, visits, and strategy meetings.
  • Research Workplace Giving, Sustaining Giving, Young Professional, and Planned Giving Programs to support strategy and planning for future campaigns.
  • Work collaboratively with Development team and other Science Center staff to perform other duties as assigned.

Learning Opportunities

  • Strengthen communication skills through diverse interactions with a variety of Science Center staff and donors.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills while working in a team environment.
  • Gain insight into the inner-workings of a successful Development team with a demanding workload.
  • Learn about the function and purpose of prospect research including how to create a formal donor profile.
  • Broaden understanding of a variety of Annual Giving vehicles and learn how to apply industry-wide best practices into organizational strategy.
  • It may be possible to address additional learning objectives during the course of the internship. Should an interview be extended to a candidate, we welcome a discussion of personal educational goals.

Position Requirements

  • Current college or graduate students with an interest in non-profit development work
  • Strong skills in writing, editing and producing high quality documents
  • Must be highly organized and be detail oriented
  • Enthusiasm for learning about Pacific Science Center’s mission, programs and the workings of a not-for-profit organization
  • Ability to work cooperatively and considerately with other people
  • Ability to make a commitment to see the project through
  • Must be able to provide three references (at least 1 professional) and pass a national background check


  • Membership during your internship
  • Bus or parking passes on the days you volunteer
  • Opportunity to share your knowledge and skills
  • Add to your resume and explore new careers
  • Elevate your current skill set and showcase your talent
  • Expand your network of contacts and raise your visibility
  • Experience leadership and be part of a great team

TO APPLY: Email a cover letter and resume to with the title “Development Intern” in the subject line.

Pacific Science Center

We are an independent, not-for-profit educational institution that ignites curiosity in every child and fuels a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us.

Pacific Science Center is an equal-opportunity employer. We value diversity and it is expressed in all aspects, from the people and communities we serve to our organizational culture and our employees.