Spring Development Intern

 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, 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


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


  • Support the development team’s cultivation and stewardship efforts through

    weekly/monthly “donor anniversary” thank you calls.




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  • Conduct initial research on interested partners (companies and/or individuals) to help the Philanthropic Initiatives Officer evaluate partnership compatibility and value.

  • Identify and research new potential funders or grant opportunities.

  • Assist the Philanthropic Initiatives Officer with the Run4RefuSHE running event in the spring. This will include researching running events, coordinating with runner volunteers, and advertising the event on our social media channels.

  • Assist the development team with donor cultivation events as needed.

  • Attention to detail and accuracy

  • Excellent writing and communications skills

  • Computer skills include Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook

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

  • Positive attitude and flexibility


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.


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

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, short writing sample, and resume to: Charlotte Halbert, Philanthropic Initiatives Officer, at chalbert@refushe.org