Internship Description
Allentown Art Museum (AAM) is seeking an organized and highly motivated intern for the Membership & Development internship for the summer of 2022.

The intern will gain practical experience and skills in research, organization of data, and cultivation and stewardship of donors as well as crafting of materials such as letters, reports, and information about programs, exhibits, and fundraising events. This intern will also develop and refine marketing skills, in crafting of marketing and promotional materials and communications. The skills learned can be used in many types of future careers in the museum, nonprofit, and commercial industries.

Specifically, the summer 2022 Development Intern will work on the following projects:

Visitor to Member project:

  • From the perspective that every visitor is a potential future Museum member and supporter, research into the latest trends and developments in visitor experience. Work with our Visitor Service Manager to gain knowledge into what we are currently doing and how we want our visitor experience to evolve.
  • Research in the latest trends in stewarding our visitors to the next level to become members. After research, recommend a schedule and content of communications to our visitors.

This research will help the Development Department with stats, data, working within Versai (the Museum’s donor database) to help us place our data in the right areas in Versai. Information will then be available for use across the Museum for reports, grants, and recognition.


Entrée to Kress project:

  • Research and recommend the latest trends into what types of experiences museums offer for their high-level donors. Assist with Kress Society program of events.
  • Create a list of ideas for events that can act as a path to Kress Society membership
  • Research and propose a plan for a Kress Contemporary level as a path to Kress Society membership.

This research will help the Development Department grow and evolve our higher-level donor program and increase financial support.


Fundraising events:

  • Assist with and help organize one of the Museum’s annual fundraising events, Cocktails & Collecting (C&C).
  • The event will be held in early fall this year and the Development intern will assist with event logistics and C&C artist communications.

This will help the Development Department in creating a successful event that meets the fundraising goal and also provides an excellent experience for attendees, donors, artists, and other participants.


Accessibility/”Memberships” for All:

  • Assist with launch of an initiative to remove the financial barrier to Museum membership by offering lower cost memberships to qualifying visitors as part of the Museums for All program.
  • Outreach and communication to new audiences. Promote the initiative through community partners.
  • Prepare for launch as it aligns with the Reinstallation opening celebrations.

This project will help the Museum in becoming a more accessible and inclusive institution.


Marketing to new audiences:

  • Support the Marketing team by identifying and suggesting ways to engage new audiences, organizations, and groups.
  • Propose a plan for outreach using creative means of promotion, such as cross-promotional partnerships, flier design and distribution, and highly targeted digital and social-media campaigns.
  • Research models to attract and engage diverse audiences in the 25-40 age range and promote membership.

The contribution to the department and to the Museum will be increasing attendance with diverse audiences.


Program data compilation

  • Research internal records and documents, compile data on program statistics and audience engagement.
  • Collaborate with Public Engagement staff to gather raw data. Work with Grants Manager to compile, analyze, evaluate, and create a reference document for use in grant applications and reporting.

The contribution to the department and to the Museum will be organized data that can be used when applying for grants and funding.



Some evening and weekend hours may be required based on Museum events or programs.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please note that this internship is hybrid and therefore will occur both in-person and on a virtual platform. Any physical interactions will strictly adhere to social distancing and hygienic measures as mandated by the Pennsylvania State policy.

For more information on the Museum’s planned giving, exhibitions, or COVID-19 response, please visit our site,


Museum Description
Founded in 1934 and incorporated in 1939, the Allentown Art Museum (AAM) is the premier public visual arts facility in northeastern PA. The Museum strives to be an inclusive regional resource that uses arts and culture as a catalyst to drive interaction, education, experimentation, and social change by offering exhibitions and programs that inspire, teach, transform, and engage our Valley – one person, one idea at a time. Our vision is to stimulate the active exploration of the arts and provide access, education, and engagement. Our goals include developing innovative programs to ensure that we can listen, respond to, and serve our community effectively. The Museum maintains a collection of 20,000 works of art in a 54,000+ sq. ft. facility, enjoying 60,000 – 70,000 visitors annually.


The successful candidate is collaborative, highly organized, responsible, and reliable. This individual should demonstrate an ability to bring a task or project to completion in addition to having interest in fundraising, development, marketing, or arts administration. Mastery of MS Office suite is required.


The Allentown Art Museum is proud to offer stipends to Interns accepted into the summer 2022 program. Other benefits include a complimentary Student Membership which gives access to discounts at several local shops and eateries, as well as a discount at the Museum Store. More information on Membership benefits can be found at:

Stipends are provided at the end of the semester and are dependent upon the completion of the program.


Application Instructions
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants must supply the following materials to be considered for this position: 1) a letter of interest outlining how the candidate’s qualifications and experiences align with the position description; and 2) a curriculum vitae. All materials should be sent to education@allentown-art-museum.local with the subject line, Membership Internship Application.

State and Federal Clearances as well as a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can begin work with the Allentown Art Museum.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Allentown Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.