International Rescue Committee Donor Cultivation Intern in United States


The Donor Cultivation Intern will be a part of an interdisciplinary team that works across all departments in the organization. Major initiatives of donor cultivation are fundraising, event planning, marketing, and external relations. This will be a unique opportunity to be cross trained in various programmatic areas. This role is will be a combination of administrative tasks and working in a team environment.

Overall Department Goal Objectives

To gain a better understanding of what motivates philanthropists to give and volunteer.

To create meaningful opportunities for individuals, businesses, and the community to engage with the work of the organization at a high profile

international NGO.

To learn effective marketing and communication strategies that increase awareness, assist with advocacy efforts, and promote the mission of the


Internship Tracks You role may include any or all of the following skills/tasks:


Assist in the planning, advertisement,coordination, and staffing of fundraising and special events.

Support the Development Team in creating ways to cultivate individual, group, and obtain corporate sponsorships.

Assist with direct appeal mailings, including labeling and addressing envelopes to IRC supporters and other administrative

tasks as needed.

*Desirable skills/characteristics to be successful in this track:

Outgoing, comfortable with public speaking, thoughtful, attention to detail

Grant Management:

Research new funding opportunities from federal, state, and private sources using the internet and other grant database search engines.

Collect & aggregate data from various departments to support grant proposal development.

Compose, draft, and edit Letter of Intents (LOI), online applications, and full technical narratives with the assistance of the Development team.

  • Desirable skill/characteristics to be successful in this track: Analytical, Critical thinker, strong foundation of grammar and ability to


External Relations:

Work with Development team to plan, create, and execute meaningful outreach material.

Help create new and support existing relationships with organizations, businesses, volunteer groups, schools and civic organizations who are

interested in learning more about refugees and the IRC.

Research best practices for community engagement and social media strategies.

Assist with advocacy needs and disseminate public education about refugees and IRC.

*Desirable skills/characteristics to be successful in this track:

Creative, Tech-savvy, innovative


College junior, senior, recent college graduate or graduate student

Excellent computer skills: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook.

Desire to work in the human services field in context to social services delivery

Cultural sensitivity and desire to work in a multi-cultural environment