2016 Summer Internship

Development Intern  

The Intern will work directly with the Board of Directors’ (Development Committee) to research and cultivate supporters, manage the organization’s donor databases, track and evaluate fundraising efforts, and organize events. This is an excellent opportunity for a highly organized and motivated individual to develop skills in non-profit development work and ultimately learn about open government and civic engagement. Position offers an excellent opportunity to work on substantive projects and can result in a great reference. 


Responsibilities include:

· Conducting prospect research on individual, foundation, and corporate donors  

· 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 OLI’s annual appeal  

· Assisting the Board (Committee) with grant application writing and tracking  

· Assisting the Board (Committee) with researching state and federal regulations regarding donor solicitation and general development efforts (raffles, auctions, etc.)

· Supporting the Board (Committee) with logistics associated with special events, including assisting with creation of invitation list, all logistics, soliciting sponsors, communicating with venue and vendors

· Tracking and evaluating all development efforts

· Working with Board of Directors’ (Development Committee) to implement development strategies


An ideal candidate must:  

· Be responsible, flexible, hard‐working, ethical, and committed to the mission of OLI

· 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 Word, Word Perfect Excel, PowerPoint 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 non-profit career particularly in development and fundraising.

Time commitment: Minimum of 15 hours per week; minimum 3 month commitment, with 6 months desirable. Compensation:  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:

E‐mail cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Nicholas Gaudi at ngaudi@openlocalillinois.org