Jobs: Fall Nonprofit Fundraising Undergraduate Internship

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Lambda Legal seeks talented and engaged interns for the Summer semester (September – December 2019) in assisting the Development Department raise over $19 million of the organization's annual operating budget.

The Development Department of Lambda Legal 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, planned giving, database, membership and major gifts.

These internship positions will provide substantial experience in nonprofit development and management, events planning, researching donor prospects, solicitation strategizing, in addition to gaining valuable office experience working in one of the nation's leading civil rights organizations.

Duties include, but are not limited to the following. Each intern will be encouraged to take a leadership role in spearheading their own project within the objectives of the development department, depending on one's experience and hours of availability.



• Internal data reporting/organization

• Query/export building

• Help with execution of national mailings


• Research and develop events in new fundraising markets

• Research event venues and caterers, and help to get quotes

• Depending on availability, provide assistant at key high profile even

• Depending on experience, help design invitations and event promotio

Membership / Major Donors/Planned Giving:

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

• Help in researching potential donors

• Aid in conducting in-depth research into new fundraising markets

• Provide support sending mailings/invitations

• Help provide current donors and members with information requests

• Help with maintaining database records

• Each internship position will also have its share of "busy" work including envelope stuffing and administrative duties like file cleaning and 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.


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.