Development Internship – Fall 2017

People For the American Way is a nationwide advocacy organization that mobilizes its members and activists to fight for public policies that reflect the values of freedom, fairness, and equal opportunity; to champion constitutional protections and civil rights. People For the American Way Foundation conducts research, legal, and education work on behalf of First Amendment freedoms and democratic values; monitors, exposes, and challenges the Religious Right movement and its political allies; and identifies, trains, and supports the next generation of progressive leaders.

This is an excellent opportunity for a student to gain experience working in the development department of a national non-profit organization. The development department intern assists the development staff with various aspects of our fundraising activities related to donor research, event planning, mailings and outreach, and other cultivation activities.


  • Prepare and help assemble major donor mailings and solicitations
  • Assist in the creation of materials for donor solicitation events around the country
  • Conduct research to evaluate current and prospective individual donors to match their interest with the program priorities of People for the American Way/People For the American Way Foundation
  • Work with development staff to develop reports to aid in donor solicitation and tracking
  • Analyze current donor files to help ensure the accuracy and timeliness of information in the files
  • Conduct research on foundations to identify new donors whose grants portfolio match the program priorities of PFAW/F
  • Assist with development and fundraising administrative tasks when needed.


  • Computer proficiency including experience using online research tools and MSOffice
  • Excellent organizational and writing skills
  • Great attention to detail
  • An interest in non-profit development and a commitment to People For issues.

Internships are unpaid, though academic credit may be available. We provide interns working six hours per day with an $8 per day per diem to help defray transportation costs to and from the People For office; some restrictions apply.

To apply, send resume and references to with “Development Intern” in the subject line. PLEASE INCLUDE IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL THE FOLLOWING: what date you could start the internship, what date it would need to end, and how many days and hours per week you could devote to the internship (for example: I can begin the internship August 25 and go through December 15. I am available Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm for the internship).

People For the American Way is an equal opportunity employer.