Foundation Center Seeks Paid Graduate Student Intern

Foundation Center ( is an innovative nonprofit that gathers and analyzes data, shares it worldwide, and empowers people to understand and increase philanthropy’s ability to improve the world. Our mission is to strengthen the social sector by advancing knowledge about philanthropy. We are seeking a resourceful, self-motivated, conscientious, and detail-oriented graduate student intern to provide assistance with its fundraising efforts on a full-time basis during summer 2017 and part-time during the 2017-18 school year. Advancement opportunities may be available for the right candidate upon completion of the internship. The pay for this position is $12 per hour.

This is ideal work experience for someone interested in a career in the nonprofit sector (including the arts, education, environment, and health/human services fields, among many others) and in applying his/her liberal arts skills in a real-world environment. Learning opportunities include:

Using Foundation Directory Online, Foundation Maps, and other tools, the Fundraising Intern will be responsible for gathering and helping to analyze a variety of data related to new and returning Foundation Center funders.

Key duties/projects

 Prepare letters of intent, proposals, acknowledgment letters, and other correspondence;

 Update donor records with current information on deadlines, contact information, key funding interests, and reporting deadlines;

 Conduct research on prospective donors through Foundation Directory Online, Foundation Maps, and other sources;

 Help update internal language repositories;

 Assist with grant reporting as needed;

 Research and identify key trends in the sector that apply to Foundation Center’s work;

 Help the development team track metrics on usage and impact by metro area and state;

 Track requests for proposals and current events relevant to Foundation Center;

 Make calls to funders regarding status of submitted proposals;

 Maintain up-to-date filing systems; and

 Additional tasks on an as-needed basis.


Candidates must be currently enrolled in or have recently graduated from a professional certificate or master’s level program in fundraising, communications, or nonprofit management, or demonstrate prior experience in a nonprofit environment where excellent written and oral communication skills were required.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to excellence, the ability to think creatively and learn quickly, strong attention to detail, a high level of competency in using popular office software, ease in interacting with others, and an appreciation for the nonprofit sector. Experience with fundraising software is a plus.

Career exploration

 Exposure to processes and practices of foundation fundraising at an organization with five regional offices nationwide (in Atlanta, Cleveland, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., in addition to our New York headquarters) and a network of more than 400 active partner sites across the United States and around the world;

 Exposure to current issues and trends in the broader field of philanthropy, including philanthropic activity outside the United States and philanthropy’s role in advancing social justice, sustainability, and diversity;

 Exposure to the processes and systems involved in the day-to-day management of the development department of a large nonprofit organization; and

 Exposure to the specialized body of literature published on the subjects of nonprofit management and fundraising.

Skill development

 As scheduling allows, complimentary enrollment in Foundation Center training workshops on effective foundation fundraising and nonprofit management;

 Experience in use of the Foundation Center’s Foundation Directory Online, the nation’s leading database for researching foundations and their grants, as well as other Foundation Center tools and resources;

 Experience in fundraising management systems;

 Experience in donor prospect research;

 Experience working as part of a welcoming and effective fundraising team.

Please email cover letters and resumes by Friday, April 21, 2017 to:

E-mail: (Please put the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line).

Please do not telephone.

For more information on positions available at the Foundation Center please visit our website:

Foundation Center is an equal opportunity employer.