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Development Office Paid Internship

Development Officer Internship Program - Paid 

The internship will be housed with the Wilson Center’s Development Office. The Development Office is tasked with organization wide stakeholder management, business development efforts and key private and public event management. The Development Officer will perform a wide range of tasks including drafting pitch and marketing materials, assisting with fundraising, database management, drafting outreach and target list as well as attending and staffing high-level engagements with existing donors and key stakeholders.  

 Application Parameters: All applications must be submitted to 

 Application Materials: To be considered for the role please submit a resume, and brief one page essay outlining one timely major geopolitical, foreign policy or business-related issue that you consider critical, or one that is currently being discussed by the Wilson Center. 

Expected start date: October 10, 2023  

Position Details: 

Up to 35 hours a week, part time options available on a case-by-case basis 

This position will be compensated at $17.45/hour*   

 Application Process: 

After submitting application materials, selected candidates will be screened through an initial phone call. Afterwards, selected candidates will be selected for a second round of interviews. Finally selected candidates will be asked to complete a basic task such as creating a prospecting list, or draft pitch materials. The process will span approximately two weeks.  

Internship Responsibilities: 

 Conduct industry research relating to fundraising projects as well as programmatic focus 

Drafting pitch materials including meeting briefs, event notes and solicitation materials 

Creating target and outreach lists that will be used for pitch meetings  

Drafting proposals based on fundraising projects 

Identify potential partnerships for the Wilson Center to explore  

Perform ad-hoc administrative duties 

Track event attendance  


Recent graduates (in the last calendar year), graduate students, seniors graduating in summer of 2024, or Juniors with expected graduation of summer 2025 

Ability to attend in person events in Washington DC preferred 

Intermediate Microsoft Office skills  

Business or Foreign Studies majors encouraged to apply, other majors welcome to apply 

Excellent verbal and written communication skills 

Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast paced environment on a variety of tasks 

Ability to meet deadlines 

*$17.45/hour for in person interns, compensation varies on location for remote interns