Intern Opportunity

Development Intern

This is an unpaid internship – but training with CFRE credits will be available to the candidate.


  • Research potential foundation and corporate donors, using internet research tools
  • Maintain and help coordinate donor files and processes
  • Prepare research profiles for development staff and volunteers
  • Attend and participate in development department meetings as needed
  • Updating electronic donor records in fundraising database
  • Assist with special event preparations and staff special events as needed
  • Assist with other donor relations and stewardship activities
  • Additional assignments may include print publications and web-based communications
  • Other tasks as assigned Research potential donors, including individuals and institutions and update the organization's CRM with research
  • Support the writing and editing of grants as needed
  • Develop donor communications utilizing the organization's email marketing system
  • Develop a storytelling database and write vignettes for social media and donor campaigns
  • Support campaign efforts including online and hard copy campaigns
  • Provide editing and writing support as needed
  • Update correspondence in relevant databases
  • Provide general administrative and database support to the development team as needed

Learning Component

  • Research skills
  • Database management skills
  • Donor stewardship and cultivation
  • Grant Cycle Management
  • High level communications skills


Internships are open to college and graduate students or post-graduates. A genuine interest in the work of nonprofit development is required. Other qualifications include:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to handle confidential material with discretion
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to commit to a regular work schedule, with flexibility upon occasion
  • Experience with Salesforce development software or other database software preferred, but not required
  • A minimum of 15 hours per week is required. 3-6 month commitment preferred.
  • A general understanding and commitment to our mission and vision.
  • Detail orientation, focused personality
  • Comfortable working in a virtual team environment
  • Computer savvy with knowledge of MS Excel, MS Word, and cloud based systems
  • Genuine desire to learn and grow nonprofit communications, fundraising and operational skills

Note: While the intern can work remotely, preference is to candidates residing in the Southern California region.