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Non-Profit Management/Advancement Intern (Summer 2024)

Zoo AtlantaAtlanta, GA
Start date: 05/06/2024(flexible)Duration: 13 Weeks
Unpaid Internship20 - 30 hrs/wk

23 days ago


Summer 2024 Term Schedule:

  • Applications due: Friday, March 1
  • Determination letters sent by Friday, March 29
  • ​​​​​​​Term: May 6 – August 1 or May 28 – August 31

Zoo Atlanta’s Advancement Team plays an integral role in the Zoo’s mission through the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individuals, foundations, and corporations interested in supporting the Zoo’s work in animal care, conservation, education and community outreach.


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Though unpaid, this internship provides the opportunity for professional nonprofit experience to students and other individuals whose career intent includes fundraising, stewardship, grant writing, administrative support, and other institutional advancement and nonprofit management duties. The Advancement Intern will work directly with the Prospect Research and Donor Database Manager and the Advancement team to support fundraising efforts, maintain data integrity, and inspire innovative ideas to advance the Zoo’s mission.


Interns will have the opportunity to work in collaboration with the team and propose new ideas to implement. Upon completion, interns can expect to acquire valuable experience working with fundraising software, prospect research, branding, event management, and strategic planning.


  • Semester Project: Create a visual log of donor recognition signage and sponsorable assets on Zoo grounds
  • Assist with donor database (Raiser’s Edge 7)
  • Research opportunities and collaborate on stewardship strategies and initiatives to enhance donor relations
  • Identify, research, and compile leads for potential funding sources, including researching foundation databases, community leaders, and corporate partners
  • Assist with donor tours and behind-the-scenes animal experiences
  • Assist with donor cultivation events
  • Assist with correspondence, including giving appeals and acknowledgments


  • Gain professional hands-on experience in fundraising and prospect management at a world-class nonprofit/zoological facility
  • Support the Advancement Department by assisting with creating histories of proposals, data input, prospect and donor events, and stewardship activities
  • Enhance the productivity and efficiency of the Advancement Department
  • Provide excellent service to Zoo Atlanta’s donors and guests
  • The chance to further develop professional skills and explore potential careers within zoos
  • The chance to network professionally within one of the world’s most respected zoological and conservation organizations
  • A chance to join Zoo Atlanta in its mission of wildlife conservation, education, and industry-leading research

Number of positions available



  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be willing to submit to a background check and provide proof of a negative TB test
  • Available to intern for a minimum of 10 weeks (scheduling can be flexible according to academic schedule and individual needs)
  • Available to commit a minimum of 20 hours per week (opportunity for some remote hours per week)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint is required, and knowledge of design applications (Canva, Photoshop, etc.) is a plus
  • Experience with a fundraising database is preferred but not required (Zoo Atlanta uses Raiser’s Edge 7)
  • Creativity and initiative to follow through on projects
  • Energetic and ready to do a variety of jobs
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Organizational, research, and editorial skills
  • Must be reliable, flexible, and work well in a team-oriented environment

About Zoo Atlanta

We’ve come a long way since opening our doors way back in 1889! Zoo Atlanta has changed dramatically since the earliest days of our Victorian origins, from the fascinating series of events that led to Atlanta’s first zoo, to the legendary Willie B., to the history of our giant panda program. We thank you for being part of the journey — our story is still being told!
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Skills you'll need for this internship

    microsoft word
    microsoft excel
    microsoft powerpoint

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What happens after you send in your application?

Zoo Atlanta has not provided an expected interview date. We asked Zoo Atlanta what they would do if an applicant does not move forward in the hiring process, and this is what they said: “Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to contact all applicants. Please note that determinations are based on qualifications and aligned with departmental needs. ”

Zoo Atlanta also indicates this role is likely to convert to full-time.

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  • Business Administration Management And Operations7%

  • Communication7%

  • Marketing6%

  • Management Science5%

  • Political Science And Government5%

  • 272 other majors67%

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Estimated Monthly Living Expenses

For Atlanta, GA | $3,272/mo

  • Housing/Rent$1,410

  • Miscellaneous$889

  • Food$432

  • Transportation$276

  • Utilities$265


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