Member Engagement: Fundraising & Marketing

Department Description:
The mission of the Member Engagement Department is to identify new members and cultivate, steward and increase commitments of existing relationships between The WGBH Educational Foundation and its membership. This department enables WGBH to carry out our public media mission by raising contributions from individuals through our annual Auctions, the Business Member Partner Program, volunteer programming, and special events. Member Engagement also works to form donor relationships with local companies and organizations that share a common value and commitment to the education and cultural enrichment of our community. Through database marketing, member engagement, relationship building, and fundraising,the Membership Engagement team provides WGBH with the economic resources to pursue its mission. 

Internship Description and Experience:
The Fundraising & Marketing Intern will have the opportunity to work on several project areas in Member Engagement, including the Spring Auction (May) and the Holiday Auction (Nov-Dec), major foundation fundraising events that bring in over $500,000 annually in unrestricted funds to help WGBH further produce quality programming. The intern will be able to engage with over 400+ community donors and gain a valuable in-depth look at fundraising within the community on several media platforms (including on-air). The intern will also have the opportunity to participate in other Member Engagement events, and gain familiarity with outreach, fundraising, volunteer management, event planning, and marketing. This is one of the few internships that combines fundraising with live television production.

  • Conduct auction item and donor research, logo research and permissions communications, and write marketing descriptions for auction items
  • Assist with organization, tagging, shipping, and pickup of auction items
  • Prospect potential new business and assist with lead generation
  • Monitor online auction site analytics
  • Assist with developing proof of performances for donors and sponsors of auction
  • Assist in live broadcast components of Spring Auction
  • Maintain current and accurate donor information in our main database and CRM contact systems
  • Assist in providing customer service to donors and members
  • Complete other projects as needed

Skills Preferred:

  • A strong interest in entering a position in the non-profit sector with a focus on fundraising is vital
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and take initiative with minimal supervision on projects
  • Excellent research, written, and oral communications skills (please include 2-3 brief writing samples)
  • Detail-oriented, with a high level of organization and time management
  • Strong computer skills – familiarity with Mac computers, InDesign, PowerPoint, and Excel programs preferred. Basic HTML experience is a plus.
  • Ability to lift, stand, bend (for tasks such as filing and organizing inventory)
  • Comfortable with doing follow-up on the phone/good phone demeanor
  • Majors preferred but not limited to: Marketing and Public Relations, Communications, English, and Business.


  • Opportunity to attend WGBH events and invite family/friends (space permitting)
  • Experience “behind-the-scenes” mechanics of fundraising, event planning and TV/radio productions at WGBH
  • Meet other volunteers and network with experienced staff
  • Complimentary one-year membership to WGBH

WGBH Internship Requirements:
1. WGBH internships are open only to students enrolled in an accredited college or university
2. Internships are unpaid
3. 12-15 hours per week (hours are flexible to work around a school schedule)
Applicants interested in the Internship should send a resume and a statement of interest by email to:
or by mail to:
WGBH Educational Foundation
Ms. Jaime Reese
One Guest Street
Boston, MA 02135