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Development

  • Interns in Development gain insight into the operations of an international nonprofit by supporting fundraising projects for Carter Center Peace and Health programs.

Overview

The Office of Institutional Development/Fundraising supports Carter Center Peace and Health programs by generating project-specific financial and in-kind resources from foreign governments, U.S. government agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals. Staff researches potential funding prospects and initiates relationships through letters, proposals, phone calls, and meetings. The development department maintains long-term relationships with more than 150 program donors and 4,000 individual donors.

Development staff must have extensive knowledge of The Carter Center's goals and activities in program countries. In addition, they must stay abreast of the assistance policies and internal politics of donor nations as well as current corporate and foundation philanthropic news and initiatives.

*Please note that while you only have the opportunity to apply to the Office of Institutional Development as a whole, you may choose to indicate in your short essay if you have a preference for a specific department.

Number of Interns per Semester: 1 per Department

Internship positions are available to support the following development departments:

+Annual Fund

The intern working with the Annual Fund will assist in efforts to raise unrestricted funds by marketing through the Ambassadors Circle. He/she will play an active role in the event planning process, providing support for donors in the annual Executive Briefing or the visit to Plains. This may include checking the event hotline daily and staffing the four-day event, including evening and overnight hours, as required. In addition, the intern will participate in strategy meetings, assist with donor and prospect research, compose communication materials, communicate internally with staff members, and other duties as assigned. The work environment is fast paced, and computer proficiency and attention to detail are required.

+Health Programs Development

As a Health Programs development intern, you will join a dynamic team that is tasked with raising support for the Carter Center's Health Programs from foundations, corporations, and governments. Interns will learn about contemporary global health issues, neglected tropical diseases, and the Center's health programs, while gaining insight into the operations of an international nonprofit. Responsibilities typically include editing grant reports and proposals; conducting research on prospective donor institutions; writing briefing documents to prepare our team and the Center's executive leadership for high-level meetings with donors; drafting website content; assisting staff with donor meetings; observing the grants management process; drafting correspondence on behalf of Carter Center executives; and completing other writing-intensive tasks. Experience or interest in the global health field is highly desirable. Former interns have gone on to careers at CARE, The Clinton Global Initiative, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Hawaii Department of Health, United Nations Population Fund, Deloitte, McKinsey, U.S. Attorney's Office, Habitat for Humanity-Japan, and The Carter Center, among others.

+Major Gifts Research

The intern will compile individual profiles of donors and prospects for use by giving officers, executive office staff, and President and Mrs. Carter. He/she will also conduct prospect research to identify individual donors, foundations, and corporations who can give larger-size gifts by reviewing various websites, wealth directories, philanthropic annual reports, and general press. Also, the intern will support events such as the Executive Briefing, Carter Weekend, and the Board of Councilors meeting by compiling profiles of up to 200 attendees and assisting with attendees and guests.

+Peace Programs Development

Interns become part of a team tasked with raising multimillion dollar support for the Carter Center's peace programs. Interns will learn about the Center's leadership in monitoring elections and raising democratic standards globally, innovative approaches to conflict mediation, mobilizing stakeholders in support of human rights, making governments accountable, and responses to regional issues. Responsibilities typically include editing grant reports and proposals; conducting research on prospective donor institutions; writing briefing documents to prepare our team and the Center's executive leadership for high-level meetings with donors; drafting website content; assisting staff with donor meetings; observing the grants management process; drafting correspondence on behalf of Carter Center executives; and completing other writing-intensive tasks. Experience or interest in the fields of democracy promotion, conflict resolution, human rights, and/or access to information is highly desirable. Former interns have gone on to careers at Habitat for Humanity, The Carter Center, and in law, social sciences, and public service.

+Estate and Gift Planning

The Estate and Gift Planning intern supports fundraising efforts for the Carter Center's Legacy Circle. This is a giving circle comprised of people who want to support The Carter Center after they pass away. Some Legacy Circle donors remember The Carter Center in their wills, some establish charitable gift annuities, and others create trusts. The intern conducts donor research, prepares materials, writes and edits letters and reports, and keeps database software current. The intern also provides support for events such as Conversations at The Carter Center, Executive Briefing, and Board of Councilors Meetings. Because there is the possibility of interacting with potential and current donors, the intern needs to be well versed and up to date on all of the Carter Center's programs. Candidates should be detail oriented, excel at time management, skilled writers/editors, and computer proficient.

+Direct Marketing

The Direct Marketing intern will work closely with the team responsible for raising funds from small sum donors (less than $1000) through direct mail and online communications. He/she will learn about and assist in the implementation of offline and online mailing, including list segmentation, donor analysis and reports, and copy writing. In addition, the intern will assist in the maintenance of the donor database and research and track how other nongovernmental organizations are marketing their mission via direct mail and online communications. The ideal candidate will have experience with database management, marketing, and/or fundraising.

+Principal Gifts for the Middle East, United Kingdom, and Asia

The Principal Gifts intern supports efforts to gather information on donors and prospects for The Carter Center in the Middle East, Asia, and the United Kingdom. These donors and prospects are generally foreign governments, foundations, and wealthy individuals. Interns will gain experience in proposal writing, prospect research, the Raiser’s Edge database, and other international fundraising activities. The Principal Gifts intern can be part-time to full-time (20-40 hours per week).

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Researching prospective and existing donors in the regions
  • Preparing biographies and briefing papers for gift officers and possibly other Carter Center personnel for upcoming trips
  • Refining proposals
  • Occasional assistance with donor events

Successful applicants will have the following qualifications:

  • Strong writing and research skills
  • Interest in international fundraising
  • Ability to work independently
  • Arabic or Chinese language skills are a plus

Applicant Preferences

  • Coursework in English, international development, international finance and economics, international affairs, public health, public policy, philanthropy, business, scientific and technical writing, library sciences, and/or nonprofit management
  • Familiarity with - or interest in - one or more of the following issues: foreign aid, mental health, international health, disease control, corporate philanthropy, democracy, civil society, human rights, and conflict resolution
  • Relevant experience in research and technical writing, procurement/contracting, fundraising, or other work with nonprofit organizations
  • Exceptional writing and research skills
  • Extensive experience with Internet resources and electronic databases
  • Proficiency with Access or another contact database
  • Creative and entrepreneurial
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a deadline-driven environment

Typical Projects

Varies by department, but may include:

  • Research potential funding prospects
  • Monitor international giving trends, development/humanitarian assistance approaches, and the work of similar nonprofit organizations
  • Write/edit letters, articles, reports, and proposals
  • Write talking points and briefing memoranda for executive staff
  • Assist with donor mailings and other correspondence
  • Support efforts to raise funds by marketing the annual fund through the Ambassadors Circle
  • Provide event support for donors participating in the annual Executive Briefing and Visit to Plains, Georgia

Interested in applying for an internship in Development? Check out the application deadlines >

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Internships

FALL (late August – early December)
Deadline: June 15


SPRING (mid-January – early May)
Deadline: Oct. 15


SUMMER (mid-May – mid-August) 
Deadline: March 1

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