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Development & Events Intern

The Bridge Teen CenterOrland Park, IL
Unpaid Internship15 - 20 hrs/wk

3 months ago


Under the leadership of the Executive Director, the intern will provide assistance in the specific areas of planning, organizing, and implementing annual events such as the Chefs Auction (that raises $207,000+), the Open House (which attracts over 350 individuals), and our Drive Out Bullying initiative (which raises $35,000+ and engages over 500 volunteers in service in one month). In addition, the Development & Events Intern will provide support in a variety of areas of fundraising as outlined below.



1.      Research and prepare background for individuals, corporations and possible sponsorship/grant applications.

2.      Assist with submitting in-kind and gift card requests.

3.      Utilize LinkedIn as a means of “connecting the dots” between existing relationships and donor prospects.

4.      Assist with preparing thank you letters for Friday Night Live food sponsors, other in-kind donors, and gift card donors.

5.      Research potential inventory sources for The Bridge Thrift Store.

6.      Assist with putting together individual donor fundraising appeals (Spring & Winter).



1.      Serve as part of the Chefs’ Auction event planning team.

2.      Pick up silent auction donations from businesses in the community as needed.

3.      Inventory silent auction donations and package silent auction baskets.

4.      Upload silent auction package descriptions to online silent auction website .

5.      Assist with day-before and day-of event set-up & operations (mandatory), 1st Thursday of March.

6.      Assist with executing post-event thank you and post-event donor acquisition plan.



1.      Serve as part of the Open House planning team.

2.      Assist with day-before and day-of event set-up & operations (mandatory), 1st Sat. after Memorial Day.

3.      Identify potential new event sponsors and volunteer groups for Drive Out Bullying (DOB) initiative.

4.      Register DOB volunteer opportunities on corporate websites.

5.      Identify potential new event sponsors for Chefs’ Auction event.

6.      Build Chefs’ Auction silent auction prospect spreadsheet and inventory donations.



1.      Serve as part of the Drive Out Bullying (DOB) initiative planning team.

2.      Assist the Development & Events Coordinator in leading DOB volunteers (as schedule allows).

3.      Prepare thank you notes for DOB volunteer groups and sponsors.

4.      Identify potential new event sponsors for Chefs’ Auction event.

5.      Build silent auction prospect spreadsheet.

6.      Start silent auction donor recruitment.

Required graduation year

2024 - 2027


MUST POSSESS:           

1.      Passion for the mission of The Bridge Teen Center.

2.      Confidence to share new ideas.

3.      Willingness to complete small, non-glamorous tasks with excellence.

4.      Sensitivity to different opinions.

5.      A friendly, responsive, and patient approach.

6.      Personal and professional integrity.

7.      The ability to work well with individuals and groups.

8.      Clear, creative, and critical thinking skills, to discern donor prospects.

9.      The ability to meet deadlines and complete all tasks with excellence.

10.   Strong organizational and time management skills.

11.   Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including both writing and verbal.

12.   A sense of humor.



It is the desire of the Bridge Teen Center, through our internship program, for each student to experience hands-on training in a career area of interest and develop practical leadership skills for the future. We encourage interns to:

1.      Set personal goals for what he/she would like to accomplish during their internship.

2.      Have regular informational meetings with staff.

3.      Tackle all tasks with enthusiasm and a positive attitude.

4.      Take advantage of opportunities to learn more about the organization.

5.      Gain exposure to new ideas and people (network).

6.      Not be afraid of asking questions.

7.      Take Initiative.

About The Bridge Teen Center

The Bridge Teen Center is an innovative grassroots nonprofit community center that was designed around the interests and needs of teens in the suburbs. We opened in Orland Park in 2010, and have served over 10,000 different teens and families from 128 Chicago Southland and Northwest Indiana communities. We serve students in 7th-12th grade, and also provide ongoing programs and resources to help parents navigate through the teenage years. Because student safety is our primary concern, The Bridge is managed by experienced professionals who are supported by well-trained and pre-screened adult volunteers.
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Estimated Monthly Living Expenses

For Orland Park, IL | $4,214/mo

  • Housing/Rent$2,264

  • Miscellaneous$909

  • Food$439

  • Transportation$328

  • Utilities$274


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