Fundraising and Development Intern

Type: Internship (unpaid)

Duration: Two months (with possibility of extension); part-time (20–25 hours a week)

Start Date: August 2015 (flexible)

Position Summary: The Development Intern will assist with general fundraising, including individual donations and institutional grantmaking. The intern will also be responsible for researching current donors’ interests, including prospective institutions and Benefit Corporations (B Corps), and for exploring opportunities for new sources of revenue for the Institute. The intern will work closely with the marketing, communications, and development departments on a daily basis.  

Specific tasks include:

  • Support the Development Associate by researching donor prospects, online fundraising methods, and other special projects as assigned.
  • Assist Director of Institutional Relations on foundation relations including the updating of institutional funding spreadsheets and contract lists, assisting with foundation prospecting, proofing proposals and reports to foundations, and sending foundation mailings as needed.
  • Assist in effective customer/donor service by answering emails and phone enquiries and sending written/mail correspondence.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have demonstrated interest and experience in non-profit development.
  • Have or be pursuing a degree in public administration, non-profit management, or environmental studies .
  • Be proactive, creative, and a self-starter.
  • Have excellent writing skills.
  • Have experience with researching individuals, foundations, or corporations to gauge their potential and likelihood to contribute.
  • Have fluency in the full suite of Microsoft Office programs. (Experience with InDesign and WordPress a plus.)
  • Have experience with database programs, preferably customer relationship database programs. (Experience with donor databases like Donor Perfect a plus.)
  • Aptitude for and experience in working with analytics, including experience with Excel or other spreadsheet programs.
  • Have strong oral and interpersonal skills.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and commitment to producing quality work, both research and administrative.
  • Ability to manage and appropriately prioritize a variety of responsibilities simultaneously with attention to project deadlines.
  • A positive attitude and willingness to do a variety of tasks related to the functionality of the organization.

The work requires a high degree of organizational skills and the ability to both communicate the Institute’s mission and current initiatives well through written and oral presentations. This is a chance for a young professional to expand his or her experience with the world of development and public relations in the non-profit sector.

About Worldwatch: The Worldwatch Institute is an independent environmental research organization known for intellectual depth and currency. Trusted as a source of information for government leaders, corporate executives, university professors, environmental activists, journalists, and concerned citizens, Worldwatch provides deliverables empowering decision makers to work toward an environmentally sustainable society.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to with “Fundraising and Development Intern” in the subject line. The recruitment process is open until positions are filled. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we will contact only those persons selected for an interview.