Internship: Philanthropy Intern
Washington, DC
Job Description

Position Description

As a Philanthropy Intern, you will be learning from other highly motivated Searchers while having ample opportunities to grow and gain valuable, hands-on experience in the fields of peacebuilding and international Philanthropy. Search is full of committed, enthusiastic and talented individuals. It is a fun place to work and an exciting place to learn. Search offers a rich range of opportunities from challenging and fascinating projects to networking events within the organization. You will provide research, administrative, and logistical support to the team's activities. The intern will develop their communication, program Philanthropy, administrative, and research skills and play a key role in designing and implementing new fundraising initiatives. You will report directly to the Donor Relations Coordinator and Event Producer. This internship will begin on Aug 19, 2019.

If you are a student and would like to earn course credit from your internship, we are willing to work with you to develop a rigorous workload that is relevant to your field of study and professional interests.

We want our interns to make the most of this experience. To this end, we ask every intern to develop a set of strategic learning objectives at the beginning of their internship with their supervisor, outlining their key learning and professional Philanthropy needs. Search for Common Ground's staff will work with you to ensure assignments are relevant to these learning objectives, and that you continue to grow throughout your internship.

Key Responsibilities

Philanthropy Intern Responsibilities:

  • Provide support for the Donor Relations Coordinator as she completes her day-to-day tasks, including donor cultivation, stewardship, and retention
  • Draft and develop one-pagers summarizing Search for Common Ground's efforts to be distributed to prospective donors and partners
  • Provide database management support to track donations, communication, and strategic planning for individual donors
  • Assist the Event Producer with the planning and implementation of major events, including researching attendees, managing guest lists, reaching out to vendors, and preparing other relevant materials

General Responsibilities

  • Organizing meetings, taking notes, and providing logistical support for The Communication and Philanthropy Team
  • Perform general administrative tasks as needed
  • Attending events around the D.C. area to increase knowledge of peacebuilding and provide memo reports on said events



  • Current student or graduate in Nonprofit Management, Conflict Studies, Political Science, International Philanthropy, Global Communications, or a related field.


  • Experience in fundraising
  • Excellent written and oral English communication skills and the ability to draft, edit and proofread
  • Excellent computer skills (including Word, Excel, various Web 2.0 tools)


  • Proactive attitude and ability to work independently and in a team;
  • Interest in fundraising and organizational Philanthropy;
  • Experience with fundraising appeals and event planning;
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills;
  • Creative and thorough approach to work;
  • Positive attitude and willingness to represent Search at professional events;
  • Interest in evaluation of conflict resolution intervention; and,
  • Previous experience working with Salsa or eTapestry.

Salary: This is an unpaid internship

This position will close on August 9th, 2019.

Sound good? To apply, interested candidates should do the following:

Send the following items to our employment portal here:

  • current resume
  • cover letter
  • 2- 3 page writing sample

Please compile your writing sample and resume into one document as the system only has the functionality to upload two documents per application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

In your cover letter, please clearly state why the position is of interest, what you can bring to it and what you hope to gain from it, and any regional or topical interests. If applicable, please list any other divisions you have applied to within Search. Please clearly state if you are seeking course credit from this internship and any requirements your University may have for such work. Also, please include the date you can start work, the length of your availability (in months), and the number of hours per week to which you can commit.

Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website for full details of our work.

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