Job Opportunity – Fundraising and Special Events Intern

High Desert Museum Job Opportunity – Fundraising and Special Events Intern

Title: Fundraising and Special Events Intern
Division: Development
Classification: Internship
Reports To: Director of Development
Supervises: N/A


High Desert Museum – Organization Description

Since opening in 1982, THE HIGH DESERT MUSEUM has brought together wildlife, culture, art and natural resources to promote an understanding of the natural and cultural heritage of North America’s High Desert country. We do so through indoor and outdoor exhibits, wildlife in natural habitats, living history demonstrations and dynamic programs on a beautiful, 135-acre campus in the pine forest. The Museum is a nonprofit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is a Smithsonian Affiliate, was the 2019 recipient of the Western Museums Association’s Charles Redd Award for Exhibition Excellence and was awarded the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Services. During the 2018-19 fiscal year, 195,000 visitors enjoyed the Museum.

The Museum is located in Bend, Oregon, a fast-growing, charismatic city nestled against the Cascade Range at the edge of the High Desert. We strive to be inclusive, culturally humble, relevant, curious and mindful. As a team, we work together to wildly excite and responsibly teach, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert.

Job Summary – Visitor Services Associate

The High Desert Museum is seeking a current college/graduate student or recent college graduate who is interested in serving as an intern and providing a wide range of database, research, administrative, and general support to the Museum’s development team. In return, the Museum will provide an opportunity for the intern to gain experience in and familiarity with areas such as fundraising, membership development, event planning, auction solicitation, direct mail appeals, database entry, and working with other industry-specific software.

Required Qualifications

  • Interest in nonprofit development/fundraising
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
  • Experience with databases is a plus
  • A demonstrated commitment to The High Desert Museum’s mission and values
  • Unimpeachable ethical standards and personal integrity
  • Ability to communicate in a professional manner with press and community contacts
  • Self-motivated, good organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Possess a valid driver’s license as well as the ability to travel locally as needed to perform internship duties

Responsibilities and Tasks

  1. Conduct research on potential donors
  2. Provide logistic and clerical support for the High Desert Rendezvous fundraiser; duties to include: procuring auction items, donor communication, maintaining database, and assistance where needed
  3. Maintain donor files and other development materials
  4. Attend department and staff meetings as appropriate
  5. Assist with mailings, filing, and special projects
  6. Comply with all Museum policies, procedures, and safety regulations
  7. Perform other tasks and duties as assigned by immediate supervisor

The successful applicant will be an outgoing, friendly, team player and must be detailed-oriented while handling multiple projects and deadlines.  They must have a high degree of energy and enthusiasm for a visitor-service oriented organization. 

Time Commitment

Internships are most beneficial when students are immersed in the daily work routines of the Museum. Interns are expected to commit to work at the Museum between 20 to 40 hours weekly for the summer. 


This is a volunteer unpaid internship. We encourage you to use this internship to gain course credit and to seek out “work-study” grants with your college if that is an option.

Criminal Background Check

In addition to the Internship Contract, all interns must complete and pass the Museum’s standard Criminal Background Check prior to the start of the internship.

The Museum provides an equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/transgender status, age, disability, veteran or marital status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Please send resume and cover letter to the High Desert Museum, attention Human Resources.


The High Desert Museum wildly excites and responsibly teaches through innovative, interdisciplinary experiences, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert.