15 hours per week, September-December 2021

The News Literacy Project (NLP) is seeking a part-time development intern. There is intense public interest in NLP’s work, and we are experiencing tremendous growth. This is a great opportunity for you to a join an ambitious development team and support every aspect of fundraising efforts, helping NLP expand its reach as it addresses one of the most critical issues of our time.

This position is ideal for both students and professionals beginning a career in fundraising and will provide a range of nonprofit fundraising experience including prospect research, data management, donor communication and events.

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • A strong interest in supporting NLP’s mission.
  • Exceptional research and analytical skills.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Strong work ethic and motivation to learn and grow.

We’re looking for someone who will hit the ground running, has a collegial nature, a sense of fun and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively.

This position reports to the director of development.

About NLP

Founded in 2008, the News Literacy Project is a national nonpartisan education nonprofit

that empowers educators to teach middle and high school students how to sort fact from fiction in the digital age. Our central offering is the Checkology® virtual classroom, an online e- learning hub. Since the platform was introduced in 2016, over 35,000 teachers have registered to use it in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories and 118 other countries.

About the position

This position will support all frontline fundraisers and provide needed capacity to ensure ambitious goals are met during a time of organizational growth. The development intern will work closely with the development team to prospect research. In addition, they will provide support with the auditing and correct entry of donor data and help execute donor communications and select donor events. While not a direct fundraising position, this person will have the opportunity to work closely with and learn from the frontline fundraisers on staff, including the vice president of development, director of institutional giving and the director of development. This position may have direct contact with donors and prospective donors and will have access to a significant amount of confidential information.

The main responsibilities for this position are:

Prospect Research

  • Provide significant support on prospect research for individual and institutional donors.
  • Support ongoing screenings of current and new donors and additional research as needed.

Development Administrative Support and Events

  • Assist with entering and auditing development data in Every Action, including point of contact information, relationship linking, gift reconciliations, pipeline updates and more.
  • Assist with donor events, including guest list management, invitation creation and project management.
  • Support in meeting preparation, donor communication (including mailings), reports and other administrative needs as required.

About you

In addition to the qualifications noted at the beginning of this job description, the successful candidate will have all or most of the following:

  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication.
  • Exceptional time management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks at any given time.
  • Experience with foundational functions of Microsoft Excel; advanced proficiency a plus.
  • Not required but experience with CRMs, preferably Every Action, a plus.
  • A highly professional manner.
  • Ability to work well alone and under direct supervision.

Compensation and benefits

The position involves a maximum of 15 hours per week and pays $15 per hour. This is a non-exempt position and is not eligible for benefits.

This position is virtual; the successful candidate can live anywhere in the United States.

To apply, send a cover letter and a résumé to jobs@newslit.org with “Development Intern” in the subject line.

The application period closes Wednesday, Aug. 25 at 5 p.m. ET. We hope to hire as quickly as possible for an anticipated start date the week of Sept. 13.

The News Literacy Project welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. We offer equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons and prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service or other protected status.