Fundraising and Development Summer Intern

Cause Areas


Mon Jul 16, 2018 - Thu Aug 30, 2018


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.
Pen Parentis Literary Salons
Building community and inspiring writers who are also parents to stay on creative track


About Pen Parentis

Pen Parentis is a 100% volunteer run 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization that provides critical resources to writers to help them stay on creative track after they start a family. Founded by author (and parent) M. M. De Voe, the award-winning organization runs a bicoastal literary salon that seeks to change the stereotype of parent-writer by presenting works of a diversity of exemplary writers who happen to also be parents.

Pen Parentis also seeks to support writing parents through its annual Writing Fellowship, its online and in-person community-building events, and through various partnerships with nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies that support the arts. By focusing on writers, we hope to help create a world in which the arts community at large supports and embraces parenthood as a normal choice in any working artist’s life.

Position Description

Reporting to Executive Director, the Fundraising and Development Intern is responsible for developing, enhancing, and implementing the organization’s funding plan

  • Work with the Founding Director to develop and implement a fundraising strategy
  • Plan Fundraising Events
  • Meet with potential donors, partners, clients
  • Research and apply for grant funding


We are seeking a highly motivated volunteer who can commit 5-10 hours per week for the summer and will tackle all projects with enthusiasm. Applicants should have the following qualifications:

  • Some experience in fundraising or nonprofit development (or educational equivalent--classes in same)
  • Self-motivated and eager to work
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Interest in books, literary, nonprofit growth, and/or arts programs


Aside from networking with other volunteers and multi-disciplinary professionals in the writing and publishing industry, Pen Parentis offers volunteers the opportunity to gain experience in the following areas:

  • Professional Development (if the candidate has flexibility during the day, we sponsor our volunteers to attend various seminars about fundraising and grant writing)
  • Community Impact
  • Industry Networking


  • Budgeting
  • Donor Management
  • Fundraising
  • Grant Writing / Research
  • Business Development
  • Market Research / Analysis

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • 5-10 hours per week, remote (flexible schedule)
  • weekly meetings with founding director (can be virtual); NYC-based preferred but will consider all.

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