School of Communication & Journalism

National Infantry Museum Foundation

National Infantry Museum Foundation

Fall Semester Intern

 

The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center opened in June 2009. It is a $110 million facility, and since then more than 3 million visitors have walked through the front door.

For more than two centuries, the Infantry - oldest and largest branch of the United States military - has fought for America’s freedom. More than half of all the Medals of Honor earned by all branches of the military combined have been earned by Infantrymen. Close to 80 percent of those who have died for our country in war were in the Infantry. Yet, until now, there has been no one place dedicated to their service and sacrifice.

The museum is located in Columbus, GA, just outside of Fort Benning, which is home to the Infantry.  Besides the museum, the complex includes a giant screen theatre, three simulators, World War II Street, a restaurant and a gift shop. The National Infantry Museum Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is responsible for running the complex and raising the money to do so. 

As a National Infantry Foundation intern, you will be working primarily with the development, communications and events departments. You should expect to work approximately 20 hours per week. This is not a paid internship, so days and hours are flexible. There are occasional after hours, weekend and holiday work. 

This internship will provide you with an opportunity for hands-on experience in nonprofit operations. You will work in areas of fundraising, public relations, marketing, events and business development. If you hope to make a career in the nonprofit sector, you will learn what you need to know to be a great candidate for nonprofit employment. If you are not yet sold on nonprofit work, this is a great opportunity to experience it while still building skills which will be useful in your chosen career path.

Desired Qualifications

 

Most importantly, you have to be a “people person,” as this internship involves interacting with donors, museum visitors and volunteers.

You should be familiar with Microsoft Office and be proficient in Word and Excel.

You need to realize some of the duties are mundane and tedious, but are needed to get the job done. We will do everything we can to vary the duties and to give you a well-balanced experience. We always encourage our interns to attend as many of our business meetings as possible, as this will give you a good feel for working in the nonprofit sector.

The first week of your internship will be for orientation. We want you to attend an Infantry School graduation (these are held on the parade field behind the museum), follow along on a docent led tour of the museum, see a couple of movies in our giant screen theater, spend some time on your own in the galleries and get to know our staff. You will report to our Director of Development, and our Development Assistant will be your supervisor. You will also work with our Director of Communications and Director of Events

 

Intern Duties

  • Pre-planning and onsite support for specific events:
  • Annual Salute to Soldiers Gala and silent auction – please plan to work Aug. 21
  • Global War on Terrorism Memorial Rededication – please plan to work Sept. 10 and 11
  • Veterans Day paver dedication ceremony - please plan to work Nov. 11
  • Donor appreciation even – date to be decided
  • Write social media posts weekly for Communications department
  • Write social media posts for year-end fundraising campaign
  • Research and identify potential sponsorships
  • Office administrative duties as needed
  • Grant research
  • Assist events department with at least one event (wedding, corporate meeting, etc.)
  • Take on responsibility for developing a specific new project from beginning to end. You will be given several to choose from; you’ll make the choice based on your strengths, interests and experience.

 

If you are interested please contact Jane Bayer, Director of Development, at 706-685-2604 or jbayer@nationalinfantryfoundation.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Information

Ric Smith

Prof. Ric Smith

School of Communication & Journalism
232 Tichenor Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849
(334) 844-2757
smithrw@auburn.edu

Last Updated: July 14, 2021