Development Intern

Department  Development

Reports to  Director of Institutional Giving

FLSA  Non-exempt

Position Summary

The Development Intern will experience a variety of tasks, integral to the function of the development department of a non-profit institution. The intern will perform support functions related to research of potential donors, records management, fund-raising events, and donor relationship management.

Primary Responsibilities


  • Supports the administrative activities of the Development Department as assigned:
    • Enters donor and grant institution data into the Raiser’s Edge development database; updates foundation records;
    • Conducts research to identify prospect pools, including:
      • external grants and independent family foundations;
      • external major donors and Conservationist prospects;
      • internal planned giving prospects from Raiser’s Edge and file data;
    • Researches and composes supporting documents for donor events, such as side-trip handouts, directions, and preserve descriptions/histories;
    • Provides support for events, including: packing, set-up, direction and coordination of volunteers, welcoming guests, and event registration;
  • Performs special projects as assigned;


  • Pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a related subject;
  • Previous experience supporting development activities;
  • Ability to maintain the privacy of donors’ sensitive, confidential information;
  • A passion for Natural Land Trust’s mission;
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills, thoroughness, and attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and follow through on projects;
  • Strong computer skills including proficiency with word processing and spreadsheet programs, Blackbaud experience, a plus

Physical Requirements/ Working Conditions

  • Reach, lift, carry, push, pull for placement and setup of event support items (tables, chairs, signs, displays, etc.);
  • Ability to lift and carry 20-35 pounds and to walk and stand on uneven terrain;
  • Position will require a flexible schedule with the ability to work frequent evenings and weekends, particularly during the fall and spring event seasons.
  • Must have reliable transportation for event attendance and related support tasks;