Development Operations Intern (Fundraising)
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 14-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. Interns will be a part of a robust community of emerging professionals who each contribute uniquely to Friends of the High Line. 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?
The Development Operations Intern will initiate a broad prospect research project aiming to provide a landscape overview of the nonprofits, charities, and philanthropies that comprise the cultural corridor that borders and neighbors all 1.45-miles of the High Line, as well as a selection of like-minded organizations. With a mission to develop our nonprofit community and learn more about its stakeholders, the Development Operations intern will track these organizations’ mission, board membership, budget size, and other such data points.
You will also be attending professional development workshops and networking events, have an 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 be supported by the Learning and Development Manager and the Director of Prospect Management and Development Operations.
- Provide support to our Prospect Research Landscape Overview Project by researching the nonprofits, charities, and philanthropies that neighbors the 1.45-miles of the High Line, as well as a selection of like-minded organizations.
- Using Google Documents, record these organizations’ missions, board membership, budget size, and other such data points.
- Help create a visual map of the nonprofits, charities, and philanthropies that neighbors the 1.45-miles of the High Line
- Assist with the production of mailings, including fundraising appeals, acknowledgment letters, and membership benefit packages
- Assist with the production of fundraising events, including events that take place outside of office hours
- General administrative support to the individual giving team
- receive and routing donations received in the office
- maintain digital and paper files
- schedule internal meetings and prepare meeting materials
- Make photocopies, shredding documents
- Order and distributing office supplies for special projects
- Run errands, completing special projects and performing miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned
Who are you?
- An up-and-comer in the development/fundraising or nonprofit management 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
- A passionate and creative individual with an interest in live events
- High school / HSE graduate
- Can work at least 25 hours per week (up to full-time)
- Can commit for the entire 14 weeks: September 10th - December 14th
- 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?
- Deep curiosity matched with superb focus
- Excellent research skills
- 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!
All interns under FHL's internship program are offered a $14 hourly wage for the entire length of the program. During the course of the program, FHL invests in professional development opportunities for all interns (including: courses, certifications, etc.) creating a robust intern compensation package.
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