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Development/Grant Writing Intern

Apply now for: Fall 2024

*Fall applications will be available in April. Spring and Winter applications will be available in August.


Time commitment: 12 weeks minimum, 10-16 hours per week (Monday-Friday)

The Development/Grantwriting Internship is an excellent opportunity for applicants who are interested in gaining experience in institutional fundraising in a nonprofit or museum setting. This internship focuses on grant-writing through corporate and private family foundations, and exposes intern to  nonprofit philanthropic giving. 
The Development/Grantwriting team is seeking an independent, detail-oriented and organized person with strong writing and communication skills – someone eager to learn and contribute to our efforts


  • Work with the Frontline Fundraising team to help write, synthesize, and organize content used for funding applications and reports, including editing and proofreading proposal and reporting narratives, reviewing budgets, and compiling other components of an application and reports. 

  • Help ensure that reporting requirements for funders are met 

  • Perform online research related to funding opportunities. Gather and compile statistical updates from program staff throughout the aquarium, as well as from blogs and informational pages on the aquarium’s website 

  • Update fundraising database (using Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge program) and other information-tracking documents 

  • Help organize electronic files) 

  • Support other subdivisions of Development with occasional projects (Corporate Membership, Development Operations) 

  • Various other office related tasks, as assigned

  • Attend two professional development lunches with the Volunteer Programs and Internships office 


  • Must have an interest in learning about relationship-based fundraising and grant-writing 

  • Must have confidence interacting with staff at a variety of levels 

  • Must be an independent self-starter 

  • Must have strong writing and editing skills 

  • Must be highly attentive to detail 

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs necessary 

* Because the Development Intern may interact with sensitive personal information, a high level of professionalism and discretion are a must.*

Organizational Description:

The New England Aquarium is a catalyst for global change through public engagement and education, commitment to marine animal conservation, innovative scientific research, and effective advocacy for a vital and vibrant ocean.

Departmental Description:

The New England Aquarium’s Development Department manages philanthropic revenue from individuals, corporations and foundations, as well as individual and corporate memberships, to support operations and programs throughout the Aquarium.

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