Development Internship


Development Internship

Connect with international leaders and thinkers at the World Affairs Council.

Organization: The World Affairs Council of Greater Houston is a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. The mission of the Council is to promote better understanding of the world – the people, politics, economies and cultures – enabling our citizenry to participate more effectively in the global community.

Internship Program

This program will expose the intern to the dynamic office setting of an educational nonprofit focused on international issues. The intern will have the opportunity to contribute to the mission of the Council while learning and developing skills specific to their interests and area of study.
Reports To: Director of Development
Type: Part-Time (flexible hours within 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. office hours) for current or recent undergraduate/graduate student
Compensation: Unpaid, Course credit possible. Membership in the Council upon completion.


The Development Intern will work with the Director of Development to manage the organization’s donor list and to build on it by researching and cultivating community support. The intern will research and evaluate prospective individual, foundation, and corporate donors. The Development Intern will learn and maintain donor and grant files and assist in managing deadlines, logging donations, generating donor acknowledgements, and evaluating donor appreciation efforts. In addition to the upkeep of the donor database, the intern will ensure the website accurately reflects the status of these relationships.


The Development Intern will be comfortable in a fast-paced office environment, must possess the drive to learn and see tasks through independently but ask for assistance when needed.

  • Currently pursuing, or recently graduated with, an undergraduate or graduate degree
  • Preferred concentration: International Studies, Public Relations, Marketing, Communications, Journalism, Education, or related field with high academic credentials
  • Comfortable using computers (both Windows and Mac OS), proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or be willing to learn database, CRM, and website management skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Detail-oriented, organized, and reliable
  • Possess an interest in a nonprofit career – particularly development and fundraising
  • Familiarity with and a demonstrated interest in the mission of the Council
  • Availability to work one to two events in the evening each month (counts toward internship hours)


To Apply, please send an email to [email protected] with the subject [Internship]. Include a resume, cover letter, and 1-2 page writing sample. In the cover letter, please specify for which Internship you are applying and your availability during the specified term (when you would be able to start and what days/hours you would be able to work).

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