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ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The development intern will work with the Development and Membership departments, focusing on donor relations and fundraising efforts in the organization.

Supervisor: Sam Anderson

Job Duties, Products, and Deadlines

  • Donor & Foundation prospect research
  • Participate in department-wide strategy and planning meetings
  • Sort & forward emails in the Giving Inbox
  • Help with direct mail appeal and acquisition process, start to finish
  • Write and edit fundraising language as needed
  • Schedule (and potentially participate in) donor meetings with SPAs

Technical and other job skills to be developed during the internship

  • Working with CRM data and utilizing and updating donor information
  • Working with donor analysis programs like DonorTrends

Learning Objectives

  • See the inner workings of a development department at a nonprofit
  • Learn to write fundraising copy and learn how an appeal is formed, organized, and executed
  • Learn how to communicate with donors and how to craft a fundraising pitch
  • Learn what make someone a prospective donor and how we move forward with these organizations and individuals
  • Learn about various relationships with database orgs, processing partners, and vendors

Summer 2021 interns will work for 8 weeks for 15-20 hours/week.

Hours and start dates are flexible, ideally June 16-August 15.

LOCATION: Internship positions are remote opportunities open to undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent graduates.

COMPENSATION: Interns will be paid $600 as an untaxed stipend every 2 weeks. There will be a total of four payments. 

QUALIFICATIONS: Must be passionate about good government issues. Must be self-motivated and able to work independently. Excellent writing, researching, and editing skills are required; must be familiar with Microsoft Word, Publisher, Excel. Ability to work cooperatively with a diverse range of community partners. Good listening and communication skills.

First-generation college students, low-income students, and/or students of color are encouraged to apply.

EQUITY & INCLUSION: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status. Common Cause is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout the organization and believes strongly in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce.

TO APPLY: Complete the application found here. It will take about 15 minutes to respond to the questions but a cover letter and resume is required. Some offices may require a writing sample at the time of interview.

ABOUT US: Common Cause is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to upholding the core values of our democracy. We work on voting rights, redistricting reform, government transparency, and money in politics to end structural inequities in our state and local democracies and to create governments at all levels that are accountable to and reflective of the communities we serve.

COMMON CAUSE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND WELCOMES APPLICANTS OF ANY RACE, CREED, COLOR, RELIGION, ETHNICITY, NATIONAL ORIGIN, INCOME CLASS, POLITICAL AFFILIATION, SEX, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY OR EXPRESSION, AGE, DISABILITY, VETERAN STATUS OR MARITAL STATUS, AS WELL AS APPLICANTS WHO HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY INCARCERATED.

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