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Development Internship

Development Internship

Program: Development 

Reporting to: Development Manager 

Part-Time, Non-Exempt

Location: New York City, Hybrid


Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Human Rights seeks a Development Intern to support our Development efforts. This internship will focus heavily on research and will help strengthen one’s research and data management skills. 

About the Development Team

The work of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is possible thanks to a dynamic, multi-source model of revenue, supported by an endowment, individual giving (largely driven by board and leadership council support), events (such as our annual Ripple of Hope gala and Compass Investor Conference(s), and institutional (grant-based) support. 

Internship Responsibilities:

  • Assist Development team with researching, prospecting, and creating confidential donor briefs; 
  • Aid in updating our Salesforce database with current donor information and latest outreach, as well as producing reports;
  • Assist in drafting and editing funding proposals for RFK Human Rights programs;
  • Liaise with members of each of our programmatic teams (at all levels) as needed;
  • Assist in research and follow-up for our online fundraising auction;  
  • Support our annual gala projects as needed, including mailings, follow-up phone calls and donor research; 
  • Assist with automating our current program software to routinely send engagement emails to donors;
  • Assist with event planning, which includes but is not limited to research, budgeting, logistics and attendee registration;
  • Assist with other tasks and activities as needed, including but not limited to general office work. 

A successful candidate must have the following skills and experiences:

  • Undergraduate student with experience and interest in online research, data management, fundraising, non-profit management, and/or event planning;
  • Interest in working in and learning more about the non-profit sector;
  • Awareness of, and interest, in current events and issues relating to human rights around the world;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Workspace;
  • Demonstrated research skills suitable for varied audiences;
  • Strong attention to detail and able to scope out errors, including a willingness to own and fix mistakes;
  • Time management, you have the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at once;
  • High level of integrity and discretion in handling confidential information;
  • Strong sense of teamwork that builds positive relationships with colleagues, and a willingness to help others;
  • Inclusive, you’re excited to work with people who have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives from your own.

Optional preferred qualifications:

  • Experience working with a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system such as Salesforce.


Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer and believes we are stronger and more effective by working internally and externally with people of all abilities, diverse backgrounds, and a range of perspectives, particularly those who have historically been marginalized or underrepresented. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We do not discriminate in our hiring practices and in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seek a diverse applicant pool. If you're in need of an accommodation at any time during the application and hiring process please contact us by emailing your request to with the subj. line "Accommodation Request". Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Having documents in alternate formats or read aloud
  • Having interviews in a more accessible location/format