Summer 2011 Internships with the Division of Development and Alumni Relations

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Summer 2011:  late May through early August
Applications due December 31, 2010
Paid at $10 / hour
Academic credit optional

The Division of Development and Alumni Relations Internship is available to students or recent graduates interested in learning more about a career in fundraising and non-profit work. Applicants must possess excellent organizational, communication, and time-management skills. Qualified applicants can be seniors in the 2011-2012 academic year, graduate students, or recent college graduates.

The intern will be placed in a University Development office for the duration of the program and will participate in an array of projects while developing an understanding of fundraising in higher education. Applicants must be able to commit 40 hours per week.

The internship experience will be based on a three-pronged program, including real world experience, classroom learning, and professional development.  The participant will spend 32 hours per week in a University Development office working on meaningful projects that introduce the intern to new skills and career opportunities. These challenges could include anything from helping to create a major gift proposal to working with event planners to meeting with donors to coordinating a recognition event. Along the way, the intern will get valuable feedback and mentoring from experienced professionals.

Classroom Learning:
The intern will spend 8 hours per week in the classroom learning about the role of philanthropy within institutions of higher education and exploring the role of philanthropy in non-profit organizations. Interns will participate in class discussions, complete readings and assignments, listen to guest speakers and take tours. Interns will also keep a reflective journal detailing their own philanthropic interests and motivations.

Professional Development:

Interns will also participate in a variety of professional development events designed to expose students to industry professionals and develop appropriate conduct in such situations. Programming includes an etiquette workshop, a networking workshop, a 2-day professional development workshop, several donor social or educational events and field trips.

Please contact Lyn Culver ( or Jordan Ford ( with any questions.

Applications will be available on or before November 15, 2010. 

View the 2010 Summer Intern video on YouTube.


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This is an incredible internship for students. Anyone who is passionate about philanthropy, education, or non-profits should check this out. The personal and professional benefits from this can't be overstated. Check it out!

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