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Development Intern (Office of Development)

Urban Institute

Urban Institute

Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2024

About Urban Institute:

At the Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. As a nonprofit focusing on social and economic policy, our researchers and policy entrepreneurs are a trusted source for changemakers who seek to strengthen decision-making, create inclusive economic growth, and improve the well-being of families and communities.

Our Mission

To open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions through economic and social policy research.

Our Values

Collaboration, Equity, Inclusivity, Independence, and Integrity

For more information on the Urban Institute, please visit https://www.urban.org.

The Opportunity:

The Urban Institute’s Development Office seeks a highly motivated individual to serve as a Development Intern. In this paid position, the Intern will help the Development team contribute to the growth of one of the nation’s leading research and policy organizations. An ideal candidate should be a strong writer, attentive to detail, proactive, flexible, and interested in social science research, public policy, and nonprofit management. This internship will provide an introduction to many aspects of nonprofit fundraising and management, including prospect research, communications, fundraising strategy, and information management.

What You’ll Do:

  • Conduct in-depth research on current and prospective philanthropic funders to identify alignment with Urban Institute priorities.

  • Support data management and improvement efforts to ensure accuracy and improve the effectiveness of our Salesforce CRM database and internal Development Box records.

  • Aid in Urban’s weekly roundup of philanthropic trends and fundraising opportunities.

  • Participate in and advance program development and fundraising strategy.

  • Help write and edit compelling narratives on the impact of Urban work.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Who You Are:

The successful candidate will:

  • Be pursuing a degree-seeking program.

  • Have proven organizational skills and a strong attention to detail.

  • Bring excellent interpersonal, relationship-building, and teamwork skills, while also being able to work well independently.

  • Have strong written and oral communication skills.

  • Be familiar with online prospect research resources (e.g. iWave, Foundation Center Directory, etc.) and Salesforce or similar CRMs. Preferred, but not required.

  • Have a commitment to professional ethics in working with confidential information.

  • Be proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).

Program Highlights

  • 10-week paid internship; full-time preferred, but strong candidates will be considered for part-time positions

  • Internship program designed to provide students interested in research, public policy issues, and organizational operations with rewarding and substantive work assignments that contribute to Urban’s mission

  • Intern Program Dates: June 10th to August 9th 2024

  • Participate in our New Intern “Welcome” Orientation

  • Network with Operations Staff, Senior Professionals, and others who will support your professional growth and career interests

  • Participate in intern-specific workshops and networking events designed to advance your professional development and build your soft skills

  • Engage in team-building activities that forge new friendships with other Urban Interns

  • Receive informal feedback and mentoring from your intern manager

  • Present the value of your contribution and what you learned during our End of Summer Lightning Talks

What You’ll Experience:

No matter your role with Urban, you will contribute to meaningful work that makes a difference for people and communities across the country. And whether you call the Washington, DC area or elsewhere home, you can expect to be part of a welcoming and hybrid workplace. We are committed to cultivating a community and working in a manner defined by collaboration, equity, inclusivity, independence, and integrity.

Urban’s greatest asset is our people.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the people assigned. This posting is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements. Urban management reserves the right to amend and change duties, responsibilities, and requirements to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.

The Urban Institute is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, veteran status, pregnancy or family responsibilities, matriculation, disability, political affiliation, or any other protected status under applicable law. The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.

We are committed to equal employment opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you have a physical and/or mental disability and are interested in applying for employment and need special accommodations to use our website to apply for a position, please contact Human Resources at humanresources@urban.org. Reasonable accommodation requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.