Development/Fundraising Intern, Individual Giving
Interning at the Park in the Sky!
Friends of the High Line’s internship program is committed to finding New Yorkers with big dreams and cultivating them into future industry leaders. Through our immersive, intensive, and inclusive 13-week program, we offer interns the opportunity to apply their current industry skill-set in a real-world setting while mapping out their future through comprehensive workforce development services including: professional development, work readiness, network building, and career planning. But, wait! It doesn’t stop there. We continue to offer career support for 12 months following the program based around educational advancement, job search, and job placement within your respective industry. It is our goal to serve as an incubator for our next generation of leaders by leveraging our resources and influence as one of the top cultural destinations in the country.
What will you be doing?
Our Development team, otherwise known as fundraising, raises 99% of the funding necessary to keep the High Line running. There are several departments within Development, one being the Individual Giving team, which raises the majority of the funds to support the High Line’s annual operations (if you don’t know what Individual Giving is, read up on it here!) As the Individual Giving Intern, you will be part of the lifeline that operates our great park! You will provide administrative and special project support to multiple members of the team, gaining an understanding of how a fundraising team works in a non-profit organization.
You will also be attending professional development workshops and networking events, have the opportunity to take paid certification courses, joining professional associations, creating your own long-term projects, and developing your employment portfolio. Special workforce development tasks and projects will arise as needed for your individual needs and growth.
You will report to the Internship Program Manager and the Major Gifts Associate and may assist all members of the Development Department as needed.
- Researching current and potential donors and event guests, and preparing detailed research profiles
- Assisting with the production of mailings, including fundraising appeals, acknowledgment letters, and membership benefit packages
- Assisting with the production of fundraising events, including events that take place outside of office hours
- General administrative support to the individual giving team
- receiving and routing donations received in the office
- maintaining digital and paper files
- scheduling internal meetings and preparing meeting materials
- Making photocopies, shredding documents
- Ordering and distributing office supplies for special projects
- Updating records in the donor database
- Assisting with the production of proposals and reports
- Running errands, completing special projects and performing miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned
Who are you?
- An up-and-comer in the Fundraising field, looking to get your first real-world experience
- A champion and advocate for FHL’s mission, as well as the people who visit the High Line
- Possess a growth mindset with an openness to coaching and critical feedback
- High school / HSE graduate
- Can work at least 20 hours a week (opportunity to work up to 37.5)
- Can commit for the entire 13 weeks: September 18th - December 15th
- Priority given to residents of the High Line neighborhood (Chelsea/Hell’s Kitchen) and FHL’s Green Council, TACC, Teen Event Staff, and Participatory Budgeting Council Alumni
What are you good at?
- Strong spoken communications and the ability to frame and draft clear emails
- Basic level of computer and Internet literacy, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Suite as well as an aptitude for learning new computer applications
- Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
- A team player that is flexible, resourceful, and detail-oriented
- A sense of humor is always nice!
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