Major Gifts Research

The Major Gifts Department is responsible for raising funds from individuals and family foundations that can support WGBH at a significant level for annual operating, restricted gift and WGBH Endowment. The team works closely with WGBH executives, board members and other high-level volunteers. The Department plays a key role in helping fund WGBH programs such as Masterpiece, American Experience, Frontline, NOVA and many other nationally recognized programs.  

The Research Unit of the department helps identify and research prospective donors to support the Major Gift and high-end annual fund activities for WGBH using their knowledge of best practices in the growing field of prospect research, prospect management and data analysis.


Internship Description:

The WGBH Major Gift Research Intern will have the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of development research, data management and Major Gift fundraising as well as an overall introduction to the fundraising profession.

 The intern will work with the Research Manager on different activities and projects to support WGBH's Major Gift Department.

Projects and tasks may include: 

  • Assist with the Major Gifts Department's efforts to develop a new donor database and prospect management system in Salesforce.
  • Support the Research Unit reference and transfer key donor data to new system.
  • Help update and track research on Major Gift's prospects and donors.
  • Assist Manager with developing new prospect management system.


Looking For:

  • Majors preferred but not limited to: Social Sciences, Statistics or Data Sciences
  • Eagerness to learn new skills and willingness to explore new challenges
  • Excellent computer and data management skills
  • Strong follow-through and attention to detail
  • Proficiency in internet research
  • Competence on Macintosh computers/Microsoft Word and Excel software...knowledge of Sales force or other customer relationship management (CRM) software a plus!


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