Development Intern

(Fall/Winter 2019)

Chicago, USA


RefuSHE protects, nurtures, educates, and empowers young refugee women and girls in East Africa through a unique holistic model that provides shelter, education, case management, counseling, child care, legal advocacy, and vocational training. RefuSHE’s holistic program meets the imminent needs of unaccompanied, separated and orphaned refugee girls, young women, and their children.

Founded in 2008, RefuSHE is a U.S. nonprofit with headquarters in Chicago and operations in Nairobi, Kenya. It is the first and only organization dedicated to refugee girls in East Africa. Over the past ten years, RefuSHE has grown to become a leading institution and global thought-leader in the field of refugee protection. Today, RefuSHE is poised for strategic growth and scale. We are looking for someone who has a passion for social change, aspires to use their talent for good, and thrives in fast-pace growth environments.

The Opportunity

RefuSHE is seeking a dynamic and globally fluent Development Intern for Fall 2019.

The Development Intern will work directly with the Philanthropic Initiatives Officer and gain a better understanding of a small nonprofit’s communications, outreach, and donor relations initiatives. The intern’s primary responsibilities will support RefuSHE’s fundraising priorities with additional projects based on the intern’s interests and skill set. The Development Intern will be asked to contribute to all areas of RefuSHE’s work as needed. These areas include fundraising, prospect research, communications, marketing, event support, and others. Tasks may include, but are not limited to:


Fundraising and Communications

  • Assist in writing thank you letters to funders and donors

  • Coordinate social media outreach and campaigns to share general programmatic updates, content/news that relates to RefuSHE’s work, and fundraising-specific campaigns

  • Contribute to fundraising messaging that encourages donor engagement at all levels of giving

  • Support the development team’s cultivation and stewardship efforts through weekly/monthly “donor anniversary” thank you calls

Data Analysis and Organization

  • Support with data organization and management in organization’s CRM, Salesforce

  • Monitor Weekly Gift & Acknowledgment Tracker to ensure proper follow-up with donors

  • Enter contact records, notes, and next steps

  • Pull reports for development team on an as-needed basis

Prospect Research

  • Conduct initial research on interested partners (companies and/or individuals) and evaluate partnership compatibility and value.

  • Identify and research new potential funders or grant opportunities


  • Assist the development team with donor cultivation events as needed

Candidate Profile


  • Attention to detail and accuracy

  • Excellent writing and communications skills

  • Computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook

  • Interest in non-profit organizations and the mission of RefuSHE

  • Positive attitude and flexibility

  • Able to come into RefuSHE’s office consistently from week to week


RefuSHE expects interns to commit 10-20 hours per week to the organization, with occasional evening and/or weekend events. We are flexible on scheduling around classes and other such obligations. For the Fall/Winter 2019 position, preferred internship timeframe is November through April, but we are open to adjusting these dates as needed. Apply by November 4, 2019.


RefuSHE does not provide stipends for internships, but will work closely with students to see that the internship meets credit requirements.


To express your interest in this role please email your resume, cover letter, and short writing sample (1-2 pages maximum, can be an excerpt from a paper or coursework submitted for university credit) to US Chief of Staff, Ariana Erickson, with subject line “Development Intern - Fall - Your Name”. Please submit your application by November 4 for the Fall/Winter position.

RefuSHE is an equal opportunity employer and strongly applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ applicants.