SPRING 2021 World Resources Institute Internship

The World Resources Institute is an independent, nonprofit, global research institute dedicated to turning ideas into actions at the nexus of the environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being.  They are working to address critical challenges such as climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. Internships at WRI are learning experiences designed for current students, recent graduates, and other candidates who wish to gain knowledge about a specific area of our work. They strive to attract diverse, intellectually driven candidates who have a passion for sustainability and development. They are seeking an outstanding, organized Development (Fundraising) Intern to support the Foundation Relations team with fundraising and stewardship efforts for the institute’s top foundation donors. The intern will assist the Foundation Relations team with researching potential donors, developing briefings on donors for Executive Team members, drafting and tracking grant acknowledgment letters, writing external-facing donor communications, and executing donor communications and stewardship strategies.  The opportunity will last for 6 months with flexible start and end dates (preferable beginning in January or February) and will offer an hourly wage with a range of $15-18 per hour.

Program Details

Learning Outcomes
  • Experience in donor stewardship, including donor communications, briefing memos, and scheduling support for high-level meetings.
  • Working knowledge of one of the top-rated CRM systems in the world, including how to track funding opportunities and maintain data integrity.
  • Through various short- and long-term research projects, be able to identify and share relevant information on new donor prospects, strategies, collectives, trends, etc.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of ethical and effective fundraising best practices and strategies.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the various technical, financial, and operational systems of a large international NGO.
  • This is a remote-based internship with the option to work out of the Washington D.C. office once it reopens.
  • WRI will provide a laptop for the duration of your internship.
  • Currently pursuing or completed Bachelors degree
  • Excellent research, writing, and organizational skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
  • A high degree of professionalism and strong attention to detail
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality when handling sensitive donor information
  • Strong time management skills and comfort juggling multiple projects. Position involves coordinating with team members in different time zones
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team
  • Ability to use effective interpersonal skills, discretion, and diplomacy to work and communicate with a diverse group of people, including donors and staff
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations; commitment to a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and culturally competent workplace
  • Familiarity and experience with fundraising, database management (specifically Salesforce) and grant writing is a plus
  • Interest in environmental issues and sustainable development a plus
  • The final candidate will have to take a research & writing test

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