19 October 2015back

Creative Internships Blog Week 2

Corinne Cox, National Museum Wales

Hello! I’m Corinne and my host organisation is Amgueddfa Cymru/National Museum Wales. As a massive fan of the museum, and it being an exciting time for the organisation with a number of high profile projects including the redevelopment of St Fagans, I was really pleased to be placed in the development department for the next ten months.

I’ve just finished my Masters in Arts Management at RWCMD (that’s actually a little premature as my final presentation is this afternoon which writing this has been a welcome distraction from obsessing over!). The course included a fundraising unit and the opportunity to undertake professional placements of which two of mine were fundraising based. The experiences left me really keen to pursue a career in development and continue to develop and refine the skills needed to be a successful fundraiser; the A&B internship presented the perfect opportunity to continue to learn in a supportive environment.

This is my first experience in an organisation of the scale of Amgueddfa Cymru and this was probably what I initially found slightly surreal especially given that the development department alone is larger than entire organisations I’ve worked with in the past! Already I can see how this will present its own unique opportunities and challenges, including building effective cross-departmental relationships and understanding the importance of fostering a culture of fundraising and striving for organisation wide buy-in for an organisation of the scale of NMW.   

After 2 weeks at NMW I’m now becoming clearer about the organisation’s vision and my own role in helping them to make progress towards it. I’ve already been able to begin to diversify my experience of fundraising to date including working on the museum’s database Raiser’s Edge, assisting with events and renewals as part of the Museum’s Patrons Scheme, researching potential corporate sponsors, considering the ethical challenges this can present and undertaking grant updates. The first two weeks have already proved a tremendous learning curve and I’m excited for what the next ten months have in store.

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