Development Intern

AJB Development Intern Job Description


The development intern works directly with the Executive Editor and other AJB staff, and occasionally with the press’s Board of Directors, to aid and enhance the fundraising efforts of the press in all areas of giving.

Responsibilities include:

  • Prospecting: researches and compiles data on potential new individual, corporate, and foundation donors, projects donation amounts
  • 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 AJB’s annual appeal
  • Updates website to add new donors as gifts are received
  • Considers, creates proposed budgets, and pitches donor incentive programs
  • Drafts and sends communications related to AJB’s giving programs
  • Develops and pitches new fundraising ideas for the press
  • Assists in grant application writing and tracking
  • May aid in facilitating or setting meetings with potential and/or existing donors
  • Assists director in compiling packets for AJB’s BoD, suggesting new materials to include where appropriate
  • May call donors or foundations to discuss their current or potential partnership with AJB
  • Ensures AJB’s presence on all nonprofit and giving related websites and groups online
  • May research, develop, and implement new ways of giving online to AJB
  • May update or enhance giving plugins and pages on AJB’s current website
  • Runs reports via AJB’s donor tracking software, GiftWorks
  • Reads up on and researches current trends in philanthropy and presents findings to the director
  • Assists staff with researching state and federal regulations regarding donor solicitation (e.g., registration with offices in other states) and general development efforts (e.g., raffles, auctions)
  • Supporting staff with logistics associated with special events, includes crafting of invitation lists, all logistics, soliciting sponsors, communicating with venue and vendors
  • Tracking and evaluating all development efforts
  • Working with Board of Directors to implement development strategies

An ideal candidate must:

  • Be responsible, hardworking, flexible, ethical, and committed to AJB’s mission
  • Possess a high level of organizational skills and be detail-oriented
  • Possess solid oral and written communication skills
  • Be skilled at a variety of computer skills, e.g., Microsoft Office suite and Adobe Acrobat are mandatory; knowledge of InDesign and Photoshop a plus.
  • Be able to operate standard office equipment (fax, photocopier, etc.)
  • Be able to juggle multiple tasks
  • Possess an interest in a nonprofit career ‐ particularly development and fundraising

Time commitment: 
Minimum of 15 hours per week; minimum 3 month commitment, with 6 to a year desirable.

This is an unpaid position.  There is opportunity for school credit if allowed by the college/university of applicant.  Position offers an excellent opportunity to work on substantive projects and can result in a great reference.

To apply: 
Email cover letter, resume, and reference info to Attn: Executive Editor Carey Salerno at, with subject “Application for Development Intern.”