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Role: Hawaii Development Intern 

Location: Hybrid 

Start Date: July 1, 2024 

Reports to: Hawaii Program Manager 

Details: This is a part-time internship (30hours/pay period), starting July 1st and ending September 15  

Essential functions: Common Cause (HI) is seeking a Development Intern. This is an exciting opportunity to work at the intersection of policy and fundraising while growing your skillset and knowledge of the donor and policy landscape of Hawaii This is a chance to learn and grow at a non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy.   


  • 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 the major giving team 
  • Help with donor focused events 

Technical and other job skills to be developed during the internship 

  • Working with donor database 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 

Compensation: $2,625 for the 11 weeks paid in 5 equal twice monthly payments on the 15th and last day of the month.   

Classification: This position is classified as temporary and therefore not included in the union-represented collective bargaining unit.  

To Apply: Please complete the application here. Note that you will be asked for your resume and a cover letter. If you are moved forward in the process, additional details about the interview process will be shared with you by the hiring team.  

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. 

About Common Cause 

Common Cause (501(c)(4)) and Common Cause Education Fund (501(c)(3)) are nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots affiliate organizations dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process. 

Founded in 1970 and headquartered in Washington, DC, Common Cause has more than 1.5 million members (about the population of New Hampshire) and supporters living in every Congressional district in the United States, and offices in 30 states around the country. 

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