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Development Intern (Office of Development)

The Urban Institute’s Development Office seeks a highly motivated individual to serve as a Development Intern. In this paid position, the Intern will help the Development team contribute to the growth of one of the nation’s leading research and policy organizations. An ideal candidate should be a strong writer, attentive to detail, proactive, flexible, and interested in social science research, public policy, and nonprofit management. This internship will provide an introduction to many aspects of nonprofit fundraising and management, including prospect research, communications, fundraising strategy, and information management. 


What You’ll Do:

Conduct in-depth research on current and prospective philanthropic funders to identify alignment with Urban Institute priorities.

Support data management and improvement efforts to ensure accuracy and improve the effectiveness of our Salesforce CRM database and internal Development Box records.

Aid in Urban’s weekly roundup of philanthropic trends and fundraising opportunities.

Participate in and advance program development and fundraising strategy.

Help write and edit compelling narratives on the impact of Urban work.

Other duties as assigned.


Who You Are:

The successful candidate will:

Be pursuing a degree-seeking program.

Have proven organizational skills and a strong attention to detail.

Bring excellent interpersonal, relationship-building, and teamwork skills, while also being able to work well independently.

Have strong written and oral communication skills.

Be familiar with online prospect research resources (e.g. iWave, Foundation Center Directory, etc.) and Salesforce or similar CRMs. Preferred, but not required.

Have a commitment to professional ethics in working with confidential information.

Be proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).


Program Highlights

10-week paid internship; full-time preferred, but strong candidates will be considered for part-time positions

Internship program designed to provide students interested in research, public policy issues, and organizational operations with rewarding and substantive work assignments that contribute to Urban’s mission

Intern Program Dates: June 10th to August 16th 2024

Participate in our New Intern “Welcome” Orientation

Network with Operations Staff, Senior Professionals, and others who will support your professional growth and career interests

Participate in intern-specific workshops and networking events designed to advance your professional development and build your soft skills

Engage in team-building activities that forge new friendships with other Urban Interns

Receive informal feedback and mentoring from your intern manager

Present the value of your contribution and what you learned during our End of Summer Lightning Talks