The Development department is responsible for raising a significant part of the museum’s budget through contributions, memberships, grants, and sponsorships. The department has several branches: Corporate, Institutional, Major Gifts, Membership, Operations, Special Events, Young Collectors Council, and Patrons Circle.
Corporate Development builds relationships with various corporations through sponsorships and memberships. This team works closely with corporations to develop innovative local and global collaborations, and offer customized opportunities for partners to advance their business objectives while providing employees and clients with exclusive access to the Guggenheim experience.
The Institutional Development team raises funds from foundation and government sources to support area of activity including general operations, exhibitions, education and public programs, conservation, capital projects, and the library and archives. Focus is placed on written proposals and reports, so strong writing skills are imperative.
Major Gifts interns will assist with cultivating high-level donors within specific Affinity Groups and Committees (Photography Council, International Director’s Council, Collections Council, Education Committee, and Friends of Conservation), as well as through exhibition funding and special projects. Interns will help to research prospective donors, assist in planning and facilitating events, draft letters and proposals, maintain donor records, and communicate with and steward donors.
The Membership intern will communicate with and steward donors, facilitate research projects, and assist in planning and executing events, including Art After Dark, Exhibition Openings, and Member Private Views. Additionally, the Membership intern will assist with processing and handling contributions from the museum’s largest donor base. Applicants should have strong communication and organizational skills, as well as a passion for customer service and events.
The Development Operations team supports the work of the entire Development department through its database and filing system, research projects, list and mailing management, event administrative support, financial processing, donor stewardship and recognition, and statistical and analytical reporting. Candidates with a financial, research, or administrative background or interest might consider an internship with this branch of Development.
The Special Events team is responsible for the planning, coordination, and administration of various fundraising and rental events at the museum and offsite, including receptions, parties, galas, and exhibition openings.
A branch of Individual Development stewards the Young Collectors Council (YCC) and Patrons Circle. The YCC and Patrons Circle intern will communicate directly with our members over the phone, through e-mail, and in person at events. Interns will be tasked with research projects to help identify and cultivate new members. Interns will also help prepare materials for mailings and related events. Additionally, the interns will help with the planning and execution of special membership events, including curator-led tours, artist studio visits, and gallery walks.