Fundraising & Development Intern


Cause Areas


Mon Feb 13, 2017 - Fri Sep 01, 2017


216 West 135th StreetGround FloorNew York, NY 10030


Behind the Book works directly in New York City public schools, providing rich, innovative literacy programs in urban classrooms. Working with students from pre-K to 12th grade, Behind the Book identifies books that speak to the students, and partners with teachers to create immersive curriculum units that bring the authors into the classroom. Through a series of workshops, authors discuss their book and teach a genre of writing, encouraging students to see themselves as readers and writers. Learn more about Behind the Book on our website.

Behind the Book seeks a Fundraising and Development Intern to assist the Development Manager in all aspects of fundraising. The position will be based at our Harlem office. The commitment is for one semester, for a minimum of two days per week.

Responsibilities include:

  • Researching prospective funders
  • Assisting with donor communication, including thank you letters, appeal letters, and letters of inquiry to foundations
  • Publicizing donations (and/or profiling donors) on Behind the Book’s website, newsletter and social media
  • Assisting with database management (training on Salesforce provided)
  • Assisting with promoting fundraising events.

QUALIFICATIONS: Detail-oriented, eager to learn, and able to manage tasks independently. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are required, as are strong skills in Microsoft Office. Strong research skills are a plus. Candidates interested in fundraising and philanthropy are strongly encouraged to apply.

TO APPLY: Please submit a resume and cover letter, along with a two-page writing sample to Kara Matthews at "Fundraising & Development Internship" should appear in the subject heading of your email.

Deadlines to apply for next two semesters:

  • Spring 2017: February 1st
  • Summer 2017: May 31st

Behind the Book is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation, family responsibilities, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state or local law. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort.


  • Grant Writing / Research
  • Fundraising
  • Donor Management
  • Copy Writing / Copy Editing
  • Microsoft Office Suite

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 19
  • 2 days a week. flexible hours

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