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Development Operations InternBookmark This
4742 N. 24th Street, Suite 400
Posted: September 21 2016
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DescriptionDuration: Spring—January 17, 2017—May 5, 2017 (20 hours/week)
The Make-A-Wish internship program is designed for current undergraduate or graduate students who have a goal of being a leader in the non-profit sector. The purpose of the internship program is to help undergraduate and/or graduate students further cultivate their skills through a real-life work experience.
The Development Operations Internship will provide an opportunity to contribute to numerous fundraising and donor relations initiatives. The Annual Fund team secures financial support through personalized cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies throughout the year. The Annual Fund team focuses on middle donors - including individuals, small businesses, and corporate and family foundations - and utilizes giving methods that include wish sponsorship, direct mail contributions and face-to-face appointments. The Donor Relations team serves as a support function for all chapters, the Development department at the National Office and National donors of all levels. The Donor Relations team manages relationship activities and strategies which are meaningful to donors, appropriate to their level of giving, and consistent with the Foundation’s fundraising goals and overall strategic plan. The Prospect Development team focuses on providing research on donors and chapters to aid in decision making; and serves to connect the right donors with the right philanthropy advisers at the right time to enhance fundraising efforts.
ResponsibilitiesDuties & Responsibilities:
Throughout the internship, duties and responsibilities could include:
Maintaining donor records in the Raiser’s Edge database
Researching corporate and family foundations to prepare grant proposals
Preparing solicitation and donor relations mailings
Compiling data to plan new fundraising strategies
Knowledge and Abilities:
Some knowledge of the non-profit sector, fundraising, and Raiser’s Edge (or another donor database), either through coursework or professional experience
Excellent communication skills with the ability to confidently and clearly communicate information verbally and in writing
Strong attention to detail in data maintenance and project organization
Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality with information and excellent customer service skills
Some experience using InDesign or a comparable design program preferred
Proficiency in MS Suite (Excel specifically) and internet research tools (such as LexisNexis)
Some volunteer experience preferred, although not required
The ideal intern will be a Junior or Senior working toward a Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) or higher. Knowledge of and experience with the Make-A-Wish mission and service population is preferred.