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Role: National Development Intern

Location: Hybrid

Start Date: May 15, 2023 

Reports to: Sam Anderson 

Details: This role is part-time (20 hours/week), and temporary (8 weeks) 

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


  • 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. 

Salary: $2,720 for the 8 weeks paid in 4 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: Complete the application found here. It will take about 15 minutes to respond to the questions, but a cover letter, resume, and Gmail email address is required. Some offices may require a writing sample at the time of the interview. 

Covid-19 vaccines are required, except where prohibited by law. Reasonable accommodations will be provided when required by law. 

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. 

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