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The American Lung Association has a great opportunity for a Development Intern (MI #2122-39U) to join our incredible team in Madison Heights, MI. Alongside members of the Development team, the intern will join an outstanding group of professionals dedicated to our mission: to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education, and advocacy.

The intern will assist the American Lung Association Development staff to execute fundraising and special events activities to gain experience in the fields of nonprofit fundraising, development, and communications.


Before an unpaid internship begins, documentation from an accredited college or university will be required stating that this internship opportunity is eligible for academic credit.

This is an unpaid internship position requiring a minimum time commitment of 12-20 hours per week (flexible schedule) and must be eligible for course credit. This position is for Summer Term 2022 and must be completed by August 19, 2022.

This is a great opportunity for the intern to enhance their skills in organization, multi-tasking, and communications. The intern can expect to develop confidence and marketable skills by engaging in or assisting with many of the following activities:
    • Gain a basic understanding of the American Lung Association
      • Become knowledgeable of mission, development, and communications efforts.
      • Gain technical training by utilizing special event databases and social media platforms
      • Participate in staff meetings and learning opportunities.
    • Special Events, Fundraising/Development, and Communications
  • Assist with general administrative support for communications and local special events, including the LUNG FORCE Walk and Fight For Air Climb, to gain exposure to specific events terminology.
  • Assist in the development of media materials such as press releases, facts sheets, and briefing documents, as well as working to develop compelling media pitches and story angles.
  • Assist in data entry, tabling promotional events, mailings, event promotion dissemination, and volunteer recruitment.
  • Assist with brainstorming and providing creative ideas to execute successful special events, as well as their marketing, recruitment, and fundraising plans.


  • Gain a basic understanding of Convio, Brandhub, and social media platforms.
  • Learn more about Non-Profit structure, including mission, development, and communications efforts.
  • Gain technical training by utilizing constituent management and office programs.
  • Learn about team building and collaborating with staff.
  • Learn how to develop communications for special events and peer-to-peer fundraising.
  • Learn to cultivate relationships.
  • Learn how to communicate in a professional office setting.


  • Must be working towards a bachelor's degree in Non-Profit Management, Communications, or related field.
  • Must be eligible to receive college credit for internship
  • Qualified candidates must be enthusiastic, reliable, and interested in developing a career in non-profit management or a related field
  • Qualified candidates should possess strong writing skills, attention to detail, and have a keen interest in the mission of the American Lung Association
  • Ability to multitask, perform in a team environment, and a demonstrated willingness to learn
  • Ability to work independently
  • Computer Proficiency - Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher
  • Ability to lift and carry 25 lbs. (supplies)
  • Consistent with its mission, the American Lung Association maintains a smoke-free workplace; all interns and volunteers must abstain from tobacco use in any form and are also required to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, unless approved for medical or religious exemption.


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The American Lung Association is dedicated to a diverse workforce.

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55 W WACKER DR., STE 1150, CHICAGO, IL 60601, US

Mission Statement

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. For 115 years, we have led the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air, whether it's searching for cures to lung diseases, keeping kids off tobacco, or fighting for laws that protect the air we all breathe. Our Mission: To save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Our Vision: A world free of lung disease. Our Strategic Imperatives: •Defeat lung cancer. •Improve the air we breathe so it will not cause or worsen lung disease. •Reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families. •Eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. •Accelerate fundraising and enhance organizational effectiveness to support the urgency of our mission.


Breathing is essential to life. From our first breath to our last, every breath counts. That's why the American Lung Association is dedicated to supporting healthy lungs and clean air, making an impact in your community and across the nation.




Mon May 23, 2022 - Fri Aug 19, 2022


1475 East 12 Mile RoadMadison Heights, MI 48071



  • Fundraising
  • Community Outreach
  • Resource Development / Management




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  • This position is for Summer Term 2022 and must be completed by August 19, 2022.

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