General Intern for the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

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The American Bar Foundation
750 N Lake Shore Drive, Floor 4
Chicago, IL
Posted: October 13 2016
Application Deadline: No Deadline
Position: Part-time, Unpaid
Timeframe: 11/07/16 — ? (Flexible)

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This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated college student, recent college graduate, or graduate student who would like an opportunity to gain practical, professional-level experience in the fundraising and donor services operations of a national nonprofit. The experience will also provide the opportunity to develop valuable expertise in Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge, one of the most widely used donor management systems used by large nonprofits.

This individual will provide a wide range of database, administrative, events coordination, and general support to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. Reporting to the Assistant Director of The Fellows, the Fellows Intern will support the entire Fellows staff. This is an unpaid position; however, there is an opportunity for academic credit if permitted by the college/university of the applicant. The position offers an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience in a professional nonprofit environment and can potentially result in an excellent employment reference.

Hours and location
This individual will work on site at the American Bar Foundation on Northwestern University’s Chicago campus, in the city’s Streeterville neighborhood. Individual may develop his/her own schedule of 10-20 hours per week between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Schedule is flexible but must be consistent from week to week. Internship will begin as soon as possible and will go through December, with the possibility for extension through May.

The Organization
Located in Chicago, the American Bar Foundation is a nonprofit, independent national research institute committed to empirical research on law, legal institutions and legal processes.

Integral support to the ABF is provided by The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, an honorary organization of lawyers, judges, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.

The American Bar Foundation is committed to equal opportunity in employment under all governing laws. The ABF encourages diversity in its workforce and seeks to provide equality of opportunity for all applicants and employees. All persons are considered for positions on the basis of job-related requirements. All decisions regarding recruiting, hiring, promotion, assignment, training termination, and other items and conditions of employment will be made without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, disability, veteran status, pregnancy, or marital status.

To receive full consideration, email or fax resume and cover letter to:

Fellows Intern Search
Fax: (312) 564-8910
No phone calls, please.


Specific responsibilities include:
• Assisting in Fellows recruitment efforts by researching print and online sources;
• Assisting in donor prospect research projects;
• Assisting in the generation of Fellows invitations, follow-ups, welcome packets, and emails;
• Updating constituent records in database with new information as received;
• Assisting Fellows Events coordinator in preparation of invitations, nametags, registration lists, and other materials;
• Researching potential event venues and vendors; and,
• Being responsive to requests from the Director of the Foundation and other managers and work collaboratively with colleagues across all departments of the Foundation.


• College student, recent college graduate, or graduate student
• Interest in nonprofit work
• Able to communicate (verbal and written) and work effectively with volunteers and staff
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
• Computer proficiency (Word, Excel)
• Adaptable and flexible
• Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
• Ability to work independently and in a team environment
• Ability to interact with attorneys, judges, scholars, and academic professionals

This position is highly responsible and depends on maintaining confidentiality and discretion in all areas of Foundation business.

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