MOPA Internships - Summer 2014

Media & Design Intern

Starts Summer 2014


This intern works in the Development Department, providing assistance to the Major Gifts Officer in communication with high-level constituents of the Museum.  The intern will gain experience with in-house graphic support to the Development team to create and deliver compelling, fundraising-focused design solutions for the web, social media, print collateral, promotional items and audio/visual broadcast. The ideal candidate is energetic, self-motivated, a fast learner, tech-savvy, and a team player with a clean, simple, and engaging visual aesthetic.


This position offers an entry-level introduction into the daily operations of a Development Department, with direct correlation to Marketing & Communications efforts of the Museum. The ideal candidate will possess strong written and verbal communication skills, the ability to work independently, as well as a desire to gain marketing experience in the Development department within a museum environment.


Intern Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Major Gifts Officer, the Media & Design Intern will be responsible for contributing to internal/external fundraising efforts through:

Graphic Design - Designing images to be used for print and web

Layout Design - creating flyers and newsletters in Publisher and/or InDesign

Photography - taking pictures of clients and events

Event Promotion - aiding in promotional efforts for events and day of execution

Email Marketing - creating and distributing email newsletters

Assist in any other development and marketing initiatives as required by the Major Gifts Officer


Preferred Experience

Pursuing a degree in Graphic Design or Visual Communication Design.

Ability to conceptualize and create a wide variety of print communications and digital graphics.

Proven expertise with MS Publisher or Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator).

Excellent typography, composition, and conceptual thinking skills.

Experience preparing files for production.

Attention to detail, exceptional organizational skills, and ability to plan, prioritize, and coordinate multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.

Strong written and verbal communication skills.




Special Events Internship

Starts June 2014

The Museum of Photographic Arts is seeking an enthusiastic intern to work closely with the Special Events Manager on the Museum’s internal and external events in the Events Department. The Special Events Intern will assist with the planning, organization and execution of events including Member Receptions, night time series events, fundraising events, weddings and corporate events.


Learning Objectives:

The Special Events intern will gain a broad understanding of the following:


Knowledge of the event planning industry;

Event coordination and production;

Sales and marketing;

Client and artist relationship development

Creative concept development



Support the Special Events Manager by assisting with the planning, organization and execution of internal and external events;

Assist with internal and external event logistics, and organization of event details;

Assist in the development of creative concepts for all events that are relevant to the Museum’s mission and goals;

Conduct research to support sales and marketing of Museum’s event venues and events

Provide administrative support to Special Events Manager such as processing paperwork, and coordination of clients’ files.

Other duties as assigned.



Experience and desire to work in event industry;

Excellent communication skills, positive and ambitious attitude

Basic computer skills including Word, and Excel

Must be flexible, mature, professional, a self starter, and able to occasionally work with minimal supervision

Must have good organizational skills and be extremely detail oriented

Must be available twice a week for 3—5 hour blocks, Monday – Friday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.




To continue with the application process, please proceed to the internship application.