2017–18 Development Intern

10 to 12 hours per week, October 2017 through May 2018

The Oregon Humanities team is a small group of idealistic, collaborative, creative people who are committed to bringing Oregonians together across differences, beliefs, and backgrounds. Each year, we offer hundreds of public conversations and programs across the state and tens of thousands of dollars in grants to organizations that, like us, believe in the power of people in rooms listening, learning, and struggling together. In our magazine and on our website, we publish essays, photographs, films, and audio recordings that explore the thoughts, perspectives, and experiences of Oregonians, especially those who have been ignored, generalized, or oppressed.

We’re looking for an intern to join our development staff from October 2017 through May 2018, 10 to 12 hours per week. The start date and work schedule are flexible. This internship is available as a federal work-study position or will be compensated with an honorarium of $1,000 and a public transportation stipend.

We want to work with a forward-thinking self-starter, who’s passionate about creating positive change in the community through philanthropy. Your role will be to assist in the operation and growth of our comprehensive individual annual giving program and to assist with our annual calendar of foundation requests. This internship will provide hands-on experience of all aspects of our development department.

In addition to being a motivated and hard-working person with good communication, time management, and organizational skills, you should also have the ability to maintain confidentiality and be curious about new ideas and perspectives. Availability during the busy fundraising season of December and January is strongly preferred. We especially encourage college students currently enrolled in academic programs focused on marketing, media relations, nonprofit management, or related fields to apply, but student status is not required.

Duties may include the following:

  • Research stewardship practices of peer organizations and propose updates to OH’s current stewardship program
  • Assist in the development of appeal letters and stewardship reports for annual fund contributors
  • Help department with board relations, including event planning support for board members
  • Help acknowledge and track annual fund gifts
  • Assist in the preparation of foundation proposals and reports

Oregon Humanities, an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. We value equity, justice, empathy, and respect as essential for vital, flourishing communities. We encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds, particularly those from historically underrepresented groups, whose professional and personal experiences will help us work toward our vision of an Oregon that invites diverse perspectives, explores challenging questions, and strives for just communities.

If you are interested, please email a cover letter, résumé, and three references (preferably combined as a single document) to Adam Green, development director, at a.green@oregonhumanities.org. Applications will be reviewed until September 22, 2017.