Thank you for your interest in the internship opportunities at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art!

If you are a high school or college student, you can gain incredible experience and school credit as an intern at the Brooks. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about careers in an art museum, and to build mentor relationships with museum professionals, who can advise you as you pursue your educational and career goals. Interns work on significant projects under the guidance of experienced museum staff.

Current internship opportunities

Fundraising and Development Intern


An internship focused on assisting with fundraising events for the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Responsibilities include: supporting the marketing, planning and implementation of the museum’s largest fundraising series: The Memphis Wine + Food Series ( which includes four main events throughout the fall/spring. The qualified candidate will learn about non-profit development and fundraising initiatives and receive hands on experience with event planning, marketing, public relations and communications in a cultural, scholarly and fun environment. The intern will emerge with an impressive body of work and excellent references for a career in several different disciplines including Art History, Non-Profit Management, Development & Fundraising, Marketing and Journalism.


Be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student.

Be available beginning Summer 2016.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Utilizing networking and communication skills to solicit and procure silent and live auction items, while cultivating business relationships across the community.

  • Logging donations into an Excel spreadsheet then work within auction software to ensure all donations are input accurately.  

  • Assisting with social media, website updates and overall marketing campaign that support fundraising events at MBMA, including advertising, targeted mailings and marketing efforts throughout the city.

  • Assisting with drafting large publications for fundraising events such as catalogues, brochures, newsletters, postcards, invitations, and ads. This also includes compiling any necessary info like chef bios.

  • Editing and proofing final drafts of small circulation publications before press.

  • Accompanying staff to radio and television interviews pertaining to fundraising events.

  • Organizing donated wine for the auctions, so that these items are easy to find for each event. Requires heavy lifting at times- at your discretion and what you are comfortable with.

Time Commitment:

Be available to work at the museum at least 18 hours/week (schedule to be determined based on student’s schedule).


  • To understand strategies emphasized in non-profit development and fundraising: acquiring funds, increasing revenue, and balancing monthly and annual budgets.

  • To become acquainted with the event-planning process, overseeing various aspects of large events from inception to completion.

  • To cultivate city-wide corporate and non-profit relationships by assisting with asks, partnerships, and follow-up communications.

  • To balance creativity and professional expression of ideas within the workplace environment while considering budgetary and organizational guidelines.

Please send resume and cover letter to:

Lindsey Hedgepeth, Fundraising Events Manager

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
1934 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104

Not a fit? Consider volunteering at the museum or becoming a museum docent.