Development Intern

Search for Common Ground
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Mar 28

Position description

Search for Common Ground (Search) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to ending violent conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and in Brussels, Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict -- away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total of approximately 600 staff worldwide, Search implements projects in 49 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.  The organization is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with a dedicated and enthusiastic staff who love their work.

Search for Common Ground has a vibrant work environment, with hard-working and friendly co-workers. We promote the personal and professional development of all interns and staff, with unique opportunities for networking and access to high profile events, both at Search and throughout Washington DC. 

Summary of Position:

The Development Department attracts donations from private individuals, corporations, and foundations through targeted communications, fundraising appeals, events and one-on-one cultivation. The Department is in an exciting and challenging period of growth and is looking for an intern who is eager to learn how to raise revenue and transform conflict while doing so. The Development team is part of the wider Development and Communications department both teams collaboratively regularly on joint projects. 

As a Development intern, you will provide research, administrative, and logistical support to the team’s activities. The intern will develop their communication, program development, administrative, and research skills and play a key role in designing and implementing new fundraising initiatives.  

The intern will report to the Development Program Associate. This internship will begin in May 2017.


  • Conduct research on fundraising prospects, including individuals, as well as private and family foundations 
  • Support the creation of an alumni network and a communication strategy for continued engagement
  • Assist with the implementation of Search’s pilot Campus Engagement initiative, through the creation of toolkits, resources, and outreach materials 
  • Assist the Events Coordinator with the planning and implementation of major events, including researching attendees, managing guest lists, reaching out to vendors, and preparing other relevant materials 
  • Maintain and update database records and ensure all information is up to date, especially ahead of seasonal fundraising appeals and monthly communications 
  • Perform general administrative tasks as needed

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the Development intern may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Current student or graduate with a degree in Non-Profit Management, Communications, International Relations, Conflict Studies, Political Science, or other related area
  • Strong communication, editing, writing, and organization skills
  • Excellent research skills
  • Moderate computer skills (Microsoft Office, Google Applications)
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Passion for the cause of ending violence

The ideal candidate will further exhibit:

  • A self-starting and enthusiastic approach to the position
  • Interest in fundraising and organizational development
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and changing contexts
  • Experience with fundraising databases, including Salsa and Blackbaud
  • Experience with fundraising appeals and event planning
  • Positive attitude and willingness to represent Search at professional events

Salary: This is an unpaid internship.

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