Foundation relations interns require, at their core, strong communications skills. This is the lowest-level role in an office that serves as the primary fundraising arm of a large, multinational advocacy organization. Raising money from foundations and grant-making institutions is not easy, and it is made all the more achievable if one is able to clearly, concisely and effectively communicate needs, goals and outcomes of diverse projects. While interns won't be writing grants, per se, they may assist the writers in doing so and may also be involved in the critical post-award process that requires consistent communication with the grantor for the official records of both sides of the agreement. Additionally, prospect research is a major component of an intern's life cycle. Thus, having Google savvy and a knack for database and web-oriented research is important. Shaking digital branches to uncover new funding leads necessitates creativity and attention to detail. It also doesn't hurt to be well-organized to keep results in a presentable form and to prevent oneself from rehashing the same leads over and over again. Lastly, be flexible. As with all internships, data entry and the paperwork grind find their way into this role as well. Don't be put off by the occasional menial task - everyone - at all levels - does it from time to time.