Development & Directors Office Internship

Company Name: 

Oakland Museum of California

Job Description: 

The Oakland Museum of California strives to provide innovative learning opportunities to students of diverse backgrounds and areas of study that are interested in working with a multidisciplinary museum that puts visitors and community at the center of our work.


The Oakland Museum of California values are fundamental to our institutional culture and guide our work together.


Excellence: We are committed to excellence and working at the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.

Community: We believe everyone should feel welcome and part of our community, both within the Museum and with our visitors and neighbors.

Innovation: We embrace innovation and calculated risk-taking to achieve our mission.

Commitment: Our work at the Museum demonstrates a sense of purpose and a shared accountability for the institution's success.


Position Description:

The Development & Directors Office Intern will provide administrative and project management support to the Museum's Executive Director, Executive Coordinator, and Board of Trustees. The intern will also assist the Development department with research and grant writing. The intern will perform duties such as compilation of Board materials (i.e. rosters, committee descriptions, event schedules, etc.), will assist with staff events and learning programs provided through OMCA-You, and will provide project management support for fundraising events and special initiatives. In Summer 2019, the focus in project management will be on planning for the Museum's 50th Anniversary in 2019.

Educational Objective:

Through this internship, students will learn about the inner workings of Museum executive and volunteer leadership. The intern will gain knowledge about non-profit governance, organizational strategic decision making and management, and will have broad exposure to a wide range of Museum functions with which the Executive Director and Executive Coordinator interact on a daily basis. In Summer 2019, the intern will have particular exposure to project management for a large institution-wide initiative and will interface with staff in a variety of departments including Exhibitions, Public Programs, Development, and Facilities. The intern will gain knowledge of grant-writing, prospect research, and event planning.

Under the close supervision of the Executive Director, the intern will learn about and gain direct experience in:

  • Coordinating interdepartmental project meetings and taking notes
  • Preparing governance materials and documents
  • Performing online research about other museums and organizations
  • Coordinating staff education and social events
  • Preparing visual presentations
  • Editing and preparing documents for distribution internally and externally
  • Small grant-writing and project management
  • Corporate Funder Research



  • Interest in non-profit institutions and cultural organizations
  • Experience with MS Office and Google Suite platforms, particularly Word, Powerpoint, and Google Docs
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Comfort with working with a wide range of people, from Museum staff, to Board members, to members of the public
  • Some experience in coordinating meetings or events (such as school clubs) is helpful
  • At least 18 years of age


Work Environment and Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently exposed to the following:

  • General office environment




  • Paid hourly rate
  • Free one year annual membership including cafe and store discounts
  • Cultural Connections Membership
  • American Alliance of Museums Membership


We are happy to work with your educational institution to provide credit for this internship.



The Oakland Museum of California is dedicated to diversity, inclusion, accessibility and equity. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ability/disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We highly encourage our diverse community to apply for available employment, internship, fellowship and volunteer positions at the Museum, as we aim to ensure our staff reflects the diversity of our visitors and surrounding community.


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