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The Interdependence Project
302 Bowery, 3rd Floor
DescriptionThe Interdependence Project (IDP) is a NYC not-for-profit organization providing secular Buddhist meditation, psychology, and philosophy. IDP is committed to bridging the gap between personal development and collective engagement in our world, combining the principles of mindfulness and interdependence with activism, arts, and media. This internship is an opportunity to work in a supportive, creative environment, with a staff dedicated to bringing peaceful social engagement to all.
We’re seeking a thoughtful, organized and innovative Development Intern to work with the Creative Capital Consultant. This internship will offer exceptional hands-on experience in an arts, activism and contemplative education organization, which includes assisting with IDP’s many fund-raising initiatives and events, including new membership appeals. The ideal candidate is innovative and efficient, has some experience with fundraising or events management, and has a working familiarity and interest in contemplative practices within the wisdom traditions.
• University credit (if applicable) and excellent, individual fund-raising training experience
• Access to IDP events, including special programs, workshops, guest lectures, potential for creative input in new program development (i.e., artist residency retreats) at IDP
* Working with a superb, engaged, highly creative team committed to making an impact in the world.
* Exposure to world-renowned teachers and social entrepreneurs in the Arts, Activism and Contemplative community.
Responsibilities• Conduct research – including contact and biographical information – on event attendees, new and lapsed donors, potential major donors and other individuals as assigned. Also support with research and management of corporate and foundation grant deadlines.
• Create and update individual and event records, based on RSVPs, event attendance, giving, and additional research
• Help maintain development department administrative systems, including departmental database records and electronic and hard files
• Provide support and creative input leading up to and during special fund-raising events, including helping with event set-up, check-in, and breakdown
• Help produce well-designed acknowledgment letters for individuals or corporations related to IDP’s membership outreach program, multiple smaller appeals, larger Capital and Annual donation campaigns
• Other duties as assigned
Requirements• Undergraduates or graduate students in the fields of Fund-raising, Digital Media, Design, Arts Management or Administration, Art History, Business Administration, Contemplative Practices, Comparative Religion, Philosophy, or other fields of study which support the skills necessary for fund-raising management.
• Independent, industrious, organized with a background or strong interest in the arts, activism, fundraising, and/or event production
• Strong office and administrative skills; computer-savvy with digital media skills a strong plus
• Familiarity or willingness to learn databases
• Available some nights and weekends for openings, special events, and performances
• Strong writing and communication skills
• Available 15-20 hours per week