Development Intern

This internship position will provide you with substantial experience in nonprofit development and management, grant research, event planning, researching donor prospects, solicitation strategizing, in addition to gaining valuable office experience working in one of Rhode Island's leading environmental organizations.

Audubon seeks a dynamic, self-starter to assist fund development efforts. This internship is an excellent opportunity to experience various aspects of marketing while working for well-known community based nonprofit organization.  Duties include, but are not limited to the following. Each intern will be encouraged to take a leadership role in spearheading their own project within the objectives of the advancement department, depending on one's experience and hours of availability.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting prospect research on individual, foundation, and corporate donors
  • Maintaining donor and grant databases and files, including calendaring deadlines, logging donations, generating and sending donor acknowledgements, logging donor appreciation efforts
  • Supporting creation and dissemination of Audubon's yearly appeals
  • Assisting with annual application and year round tracking of workplace giving campaigns
  • Supporting staff with logistics associated with special events, including assisting with creation of invitation list, all logistics, soliciting sponsors, communicating with venue and vendors
  • Help at special events, including workshops, and cultivation and stewardship events
  • Helps handle administrative details associated with the development committee meetings of the Board (i.e. prepares and distribute notices, agendas, minutes, etc.).


  • Completed or working toward a college degree, preferably in a related field (e.g., English, Marketing/Communications, or Public Relations, Hospitality, Nonprofit Management, or other relevant major).
  • Previous internship or related experience in marketing or communications is a plus.
  • Must be computer literate (working knowledge of word processing, PowerPoint, Excel).
  • An effective communicator, both written and oral.
  • Ability to communicate in a professional manner with press and community contacts.
  • Self-motivated, good organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Interest in nonprofit development/fundraising.

The above job description and qualifications are not meant to be all-inclusive.

Hours: 6-10 hours/week, preferably twice a week in the office.
Compensation: This is an Unpaid/Volunteer internship
To Apply: Please fill out our internship application.