Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Foundations Relations Summer Internship with Conservation International

Conservation International seeks students interested in gaining career skills in the non-profit sector. We provide opportunities for future professionals and leaders to become familiar with our mission, strategy, and values and expose students to the business and management of an NGO, field work and research, and partnerships.  For more information, please visit Conservation International at

This position will support the Foundation Relations team, located in Arlington, Virginia, which helps CI programs raise funding from professional foundations. The Foundation Relations team is part of CI's Development division, and the intern will be part of this larger unit and its efforts to find, secure, and maintain the support needed to meet CI's mission. Specific products expected to be completed by the end of the three-month internship include, but are not limited to, prospect research and foundation profiles, as well as at least one research project on improved approaches to foundation fundraising. The intern will also provide support as needed towards proposal development, donor stewardship, record keeping, and other core activities.

  • Conduct prospect research on foundations utilizing a variety of sources, including Foundation Search and Raiser’s Edge
  • Raiser’s Edge data entry to support stewardship of foundation relationships
  • Create foundation profiles that will be used to create donor briefings and strategies
  • Identify potential matches between prospects and institutional priorities
  • Support for proposal development and submission, as necessary
  • Other tasks in support of Foundations Relations, as assigned
Working Conditions
  • The work environment is a normal office environment. Occasional lifting of moderately heavy boxes may be required.
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program
  • Must demonstrate an interest in conservation and a willingness to learn.
  • Good communication and writing skills are required.
  • English Fluency Required.
  • Must show a high degree of organization and attention to detail.