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Grants/Fundraising Intern

The Launch HOPE Foundation transforms lives through the power of Entrepreneurship. Our Launch HOPE members are those in the Indianapolis community that potentially have had challenging backgrounds such as incarceration, poverty, addictions, immigrants, sex trafficked, etc, and need an opportunity.... That's where our interns come in!!

The grants intern will be responsible for researching and applying for eligible grants. There is a grant tracker that will be utilized to manage the process of all grants. There is a requirement that there are 4 applications submitted during the semester. This intern will also serve as a liaison & team lead for all grant & fundraising efforts. Must be eligible for internship credit and meet all university internship requirements (EX: LSB 401/402 interns need to complete 20 hours/week).



  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Comfortable with fundraising/connecting with potential donors
  • Prior exposure to grants is not necessary
  • Soft skills: creative thinking, problem solving, teamwork, time management, data analysis, interpersonal skills

At Launch HOPE we have three interrelated areas; Educate, Employ, Execute and Empower.

Educate: We teach the fundamentals of Entrepreneurship from Ideation to building a complete business model.

Execute: Those members that are ready to move their business models into the market join our Business Accelerator Program at one of five levels. Here entrepreneurs receive 5 years of support from interns, business mentors and other Launch HOPE resources. Some members with established companies may join directly into the business accelerator

Employ: We employ members at our Industrial Center which also acts as an experiential business learning environment. Additionally, the Industrial Center provides manufacturing services for Business Accelerator member companies as well as takes on private and government contracts.

Empower: We work with different community partners to facilitate removing obstacles from our members' lives. Members are able to take part in a barrier removal program to make accessing entrepreneurship easier.


Location and Times: Launch HOPE interns meet in DH 131 (strategy room/garage) at Butler University. We have set meeting times once per week and then you will also be required to work with your teams or entrepreneurs outside of the group meeting times. Half of the required hours must be completed in the Dugan Hall garage. For students located at other Universities we have remote opportunities.

Supervisor: Prof. Kristi Mitchell is the overall intern supervisor with support and leadership also provided by Launch HOPE Managing Interns.

Compensation: This position will be compensated on a stipend basis.