Jobs: Summer Nonprofit Fundraising Undergraduate Internship

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Lambda Legal seeks talented and engaged interns for the Summer semester June – 2020) for assisting the Development Department in raising over $20M+ of Lambda Legal’s annual operating budget.

Lambda Legal’s Development Department creates and implements the organization's fundraising efforts, raising over $1 million each month. As an intern you will be assisting the core teams of the Development Department—Events, Foundations, Legacy Giving, Database, Membership and Major Gifts.

The internship will provide substantial experience in nonprofit development, event planning, research, solicitation strategizing while providing valuable experience working in one of the nation's leading civil rights organizations.



• Internal data reporting/organization

• Query/export building

• Assist with execution of national mailings


• Develop events in new fundraising markets

• Research event venues/caterers

• Depending on availability, provide assistance at key high profile events

• Depending on experience, help design invitations and event promotions

Membership/Major Donors/Planned Giving:

• Help with organizing our national LGBT Pride campaign (spring and summer interns)

• Research prospective donors

• Provide support for mailings/invitations

• Assist members with inquiries

• Maintain database records

• Each internship position will also have its share of office work including envelope stuffing and administrative duties, such as data entry.


Each intern will be expected to work 15–20 hours per week at minimum (this is flexible), sometime between the hours of 9:30am–5:30pm, Monday through Friday in our New York City office located on Wall Street in Manhattan.

We are seeking motivated and responsible college students or young professionals looking to gain experience working with a nonprofit. Prior interning experience is not a requirement, but we do require you to have a strong work ethic and willingness to learn. A candidate should have an interest in Lambda Legal's mission to provide equal rights to LGBT individuals and those living with HIV and have basic knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel. A potential intern should be comfortable working independently but also working with a team and a supervisor.


This is a volunteer unpaid internship. We encourage interns to use this opportunity to gain course credit and to seek out "work-study" grants with your university.


Those interested in the internship are asked to provide an updated resume with a cover letter. In the cover letter please identify which of the responsibilities and areas of fundraising listed in the internship description above you are interested in. For example "I am interest in working with database and events," or "just database." Also in the cover letter, please ensure to provide information regarding the estimated days and times you will be available to work.

You can email or mail your resume and cover letter, but email is preferred. When using email, attach your resume and cover letter as a Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. Email:

Mail to:

Development Internship

c/o Jonathan Menke

Lambda Legal

120 Wall Street, Ste 1900

New York, NY 10005

Lambda Legal is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, transgender and gender-nonconforming people, people with abilities in multiple languages, immigrants, and people with disabilities, including people living with HIV, are encouraged to apply.