Development (Fundraising) Intern

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The DC Public Library Foundation is seeking an organized, enthusiastic Development (Fundraising) Intern to assist the Foundation with fundraising efforts through research of prospective donors, designing outreach materials and content for grant proposals and reports. This position reports to the Executive Director, and offers candidates the opportunity to learn about all aspects of a small non-profit organization, including communications, fundraising and administration.

The DC Public Library Foundation leverages and enhances DC Public Library resources and programs that promote literacy and a thirst for knowledge in all community members. The Foundation partners with the DC Public Library to support and enrich the capabilities, resources and services that the Library provides, enhancing but not supplanting the DC Government’s responsibility for funding DCPL. Specifically, DCPLF raises funds to increase library programming for children, teens and adults; provide books and materials to the library; and improve library patrons’ access to media and technology.


The Development Intern will assist with the fundraising efforts, specifically:
- Conduct preliminary research on prospective corporate, foundation and individual donors to the Foundation;
- Assist in designing outreach materials prepared for prospective and current Foundation donors;
- Coordinate productions and mailing of donor newsletters, renewal letters and other communications;
- Create creative content for DCPLF’s website and social media outlets;
- Prepare drafts of grant proposals and reports, using information learned from DCPL staff;
- Answer correspondence from donors and prospects;
- Assist with updating and correcting database records; and
- Other tasks as requested.


- Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
- Excellent internet research skills;
- Ability to organize and prioritize tasks;
- Ability to work both independently and with a team;
- Excellent interpersonal skills and proactive attitude;
- Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
- Experience working with databases is preferred but not required; and
- Applicants with a true love of the library and an understanding of the benefits that libraries provide to our communities are preferred.

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