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Development Intern

Spirit of America seeks an exceptional individual with communications and international affairs experience (academic or in the field) to serve as an intern in support of the Development Team. The development intern will work in close cooperation with the CEO and Development Team. They will be responsible for providing administrative support, drafting products for major donors, coordinating crucial activities, and ensuring key tasks are scheduled, prioritized, and completed. While the intern will support the Development Team on a variety of products and events, they will be encouraged to focus on end-of-year products and “Giving Tuesday” while also supporting other teams within the office (field team, finance, human resources, etc).


The successful candidate will possess a deep interest and passion for philanthropy, a results-oriented work ethic, a willingness to learn and try new things and fail, and a wicked sense of humor. By the time his/her tenure is complete, the intern will have developed a broader understanding of how a nonprofit operates and how US national security objectives can be complemented by nonprofit work.


The development intern will be based out of the Arlington, VA office.


The Development Intern will:

  • Work closely with the Development Team in support of ongoing projects and initiatives;
  • Help with information technology optimization such as Google analytics, Google AdWords, and search engine optimization;
  • Help with asset/media management;
  • Help design and complete major donor products;
  • Support Development Team activities including planning events, prepping for donor meetings, maintaining administrative records, and coordinating travel;
  • Help implement a marketing and social media strategy for “Giving Tuesday”;
  • Help manage multimedia content and provide input into messaging and social media efforts, when appropriate;
  • Help with donor segmentation for the end of year mailings

Experience and Qualifications

Spirit of America’s Development Intern will have:

  • Experience 1) fundraising; 2) writing; and 3) living or studying abroad and engaging directly with local populations and issues;
  • A basic understanding of America’s 3Ds of foreign affairs – defense, diplomacy, and development;
  • At least three years of undergraduate education; BA/BS degree is preferred. Foreign travel (study abroad, NGO work, USG experience) is strongly preferred;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, strong attention to detail, and excellent organizational skills are required.

The development intern must instinctively look beyond his/her own expertise to solve problems, asking "who knows more about this than me" and listening patiently to understand the issues as others perceive them.


Personal Qualities

The development intern's personal qualities are as important as their prior experience. They must be a friendly, outgoing, natural relationship builder who exhibits exemplary patience and outstanding listening skills;


They must understand that personal initiative, optimism, and a good sense of humor are "secret weapons" that must be employed in abundance;


They must combine a keen intellect with genuine humility and understand that "we" is smarter than "me." "Know-it-alls" need not apply.


Spirit of America

Spirit of America is a citizen-service 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity. Our mission is to support the safety and success of Americans serving abroad and the local people and partners they seek to help. Since being founded in 2003, we have provided millions in targeted assistance to help US troops and diplomats assist vulnerable local people in over 70 countries across Africa, the Middle East, Central and South Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. We've established a groundbreaking model for partnership of a nonprofit organization with the US military. Our support is fast, flexible and decentralized. It makes our troops and diplomats safer and more successful. It helps them improve security and stability, build goodwill, and increase the wellbeing of those most at risk of extremism and conflict. And, our support helps local people help themselves.



Interested candidates: please take the time to understand Spirit of America and this position. Then, send a résumé and cover letter to Relevant experience, skills, and expertise should be clearly articulated.  

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