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Alaska SeaLife Center

The Alaska SeaLife Center generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska's marine ecosystems.

Fundraising and Event Internship

This position will assist our development department regarding non-profit fundraising and event activities.  Duties will revolve around helping with the Center’s major fundraising events that are both in person and virtual.  Tasks will include: (1) assisting with event planning and other pre-event activities as well as post event follow up, (2) working with staff on silent and live auction item procurement, creating and staging of packages, and database entry, (3) other development tasks as needed and (4) 8 hours as an interpreter for the Center, connecting visitors with Alaska SeaLife Center content. 

Essential Duties:

  1. Works with the Development Director and other staff to support Alaska SeaLife Center’s fundraising and event activities.
  2. Assists with planning and executing auction and donor related activities for the Center’s major fundraising events.   Specific assistance will include helping to secure auction item donations to create unique auction packages for both in person and virtual events including the creation of descriptions and display of donated items.
  3. Maintaining consistent database entry for both pre-event and post event tasks.  Post-event follow up includes assisting with appropriate thank you messages and prompt follow up for participants and auction donors.
  4. Serves as a member of the Development team functions including fundraising events and membership and donor database management.
  5. Fosters good relations with visitors, volunteers, community leaders, contractors, and fellow staff members by promoting a positive attitude, good will, cooperation and providing high standards of service. 
  6. Complies with all Alaska SeaLife Center policies, procedures and programs.
  7. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Other Skills and Abilities:

Ability to speak effectively and to be comfortable meeting new people when interfacing with existing and potential new donors.  Ability to work independently with excellent organizational and time management skills.  Proficient computer skills including basic Microsoft applications specifically Excel are preferred as well as knowledge on how to perform internet based social media searches. 

Physical Requirements:

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Ability to see and hear; use arms and hands; handle objects, tools, and controls; and sit.  Ability to lift and move 20 pounds.

Experience Required

Bachelor’s degree in process.  Experience with fundraising events is preferred; good communication, database entry, and time management skills are desired.

Further Comments

Submit a cover letter, resume, and letter of recommendation. A background check will be conducted on all potential interns.


Housing Provided


Unpaid Internship

How to Apply

Alaska SeaLife Center
301 Railway Ave.
Seward, AK 99664
Phone: 9072246327
Fax: 9072246320

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