Communications and Development Intern

Location: Head Office (US Only)
Position Location: USA - Washington, DC


About RI:  

Relief International specializes in relief and development programs that benefit people in acute distress. A registered non-profit in the US, UK, France and Belgium, our work targets those fragile countries or communities that suffer from recurrent man-made or natural crises that impede human development. The people that we serve live in seventeen countries across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia where the debilitating effects of political instability, forced displacement, and natural disasters are pervasive. Often, RI is the only organization providing healthcare, education, logistics, energy, capacity building, economic development, sanitation, and many other forms of assistance to these highly vulnerable communities.


Position Summary:

Relief International is seeking an Intern to assist its Communications and Development team in all fundraising activities related to individuals, corporations and family foundations. The Communications & Development Intern will primarily support the team on research, event planning, external and internal communications, relationship management and administrative tasks as needed.

The intern will work closely with the team in Washington, D.C. and have the opportunity to interact with others across the organization. The Communications & Development Intern will learn how an organization approaches and cultivates relationships with individuals and corporations. A growing portion of Relief International’s funding comes from private sector support and, as such, the Communications & Development Intern will be part of a small team that makes it possible for RI to continue its work, serving people in some of the world’s most fragile settings. Students may receive course credit for internship.


Position Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Researching and compiling accurate profiles on prospective donors;
  • Assisting in the coordination, preparation and support of various donor events;
  • Helping to establish and sustain close relationships with current and prospective donors;
  • Maintaining the donor database and records on Blue State Digital;
  • Assisting with the preparation of funding proposals and correspondence for individual donors and foundations;
  • Drafting external and internal communications materials including, but not limited to, staff newsletters, social media, press releases and website content;
  • Coordinating with Communications Focal Points and other staff at the field level to obtain key information on new developments, programs and country updates.


Position Requirements:

  • Excellent verbal and written command of the English Language;
  • Ability to conceptualize, write and edit letters and proposals;
  • Ability to work independently and on a team, with strict deadlines;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, email and internet applications;
  • Knowledge of CRMs is preferred.


Stipend: Unpaid internship; monthly transportation stipend and academic credit available


RI Values:

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities. We value:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Agility and Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability

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