Fundraising and Marketing

Fundraising and Marketing Internships

Understanding how nonprofits successfully raise funds to support and sustain their work is an essential way of learning about nonprofit organizations. Whether your learning objective is just to understand nonprofits better or whether it is to prepare for a possible career in the nonprofit sector, an internship that builds your skills and experience in nonprofit fundraising and marketing can be a critical step to help you move forward.

Through a Fundraising or Marketing Internship with Children’s Defense Fund, interns will join the CDF Development Team whose work includes raising funds from foundations, government (public sector) entities, individuals, businesses, organizations and community groups.

Interns will assist in developing and analyzing the results of specific campaigns targeted towards specific audiences, learn basis strategies for segmentation and analytics, conduct background research for specific donors and donor prospects, conduct research and analysis related to funding across CDF’s various program and policy areas, and assist with CDF’s digital marketing and website fundraising efforts. Over the course of the semester, interns will also have the opportunity to participate in lunch and learn sessions with guest speakers and in meetings from time to time outside of their specific assignment areas.

The Development team is looking for interns to focus on the following several key areas in the Fundraising and Marketing, with a possible internship relating to the following focus areas:

Grants Internship

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Help develop compelling, high quality proposals for submission to foundations, government agencies and corporations.
  • Conduct prospect research on potential grants
  • Research on a range of topics related to the needs of low-income and poor children and youth
  • Assist with the start to finish grant proposal process, while learning about CDF policies and programs
  • Administrative Tasks related to Grant development

Qualifications:

  • Ability to work effectively, independently and collaboratively.
  • Experience with grant proposal writing
  • High level of attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Commitment to social advocacy and CDF’s mission to be a voice for all children in America.
  • Must display incentive and creativity on various research efforts

Marketing Internship

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Participate in outreach to individuals, businesses, corporations, family foundations and major donors
  • Assist with fundraising campaigns, like organizing the Beat the Odds®; Washington DC 2018 event
  • Help with quality control of direct mailings, proposals and reports
  • Maintain donor database records
  • Generate reports on current donors, lapsed donors, and potential donors.
  • Gain an understanding of nonprofit marketing strategies while learning about CDF’s policies and programs
  • Administrative Tasks related to Fundraising and Marketing

Qualifications:

  • Ability to work effectively, independently and collaboratively.
  • Experience with donor databases, especially Raiser’s Edge
  • High level of attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Commitment to social advocacy and CDF’s mission to be a voice for all children in America.
  • Must display incentive and creativity on various outreach efforts

Digital and Online Internship

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work to develop a framework of requirements, copy and fundraising content for the new CDF website, anticipated to launch in summer 2018
  • Help to optimize CDF’s presence on third-party platforms (e.g., Network for Good, Just Give)
  • Make needed updates to CDF’s online profiles for such rating organizations as Guidestar and Charity Navigator
  • Research other NGO websites to create an optimal plan for maximizing online impact

Qualifications:

  • Ability to work effectively, independently and collaboratively.
  • Experience or Interest with website development
  • High level of attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Commitment to social advocacy and CDF’s mission to be a voice for all children in America.
  • Must display incentive and creativity on various research efforts