– DEVELOPMENT INTERN JOB DESCRIPTION –
First Descents (FD) seeks a highly organized, self-motivated and passionate Development Intern to
support the organization’s Advancement Team. Our ideal candidate is passionate about serving young
adults impacted by cancer and is interested in pursuing a career in nonprofit fundraising and
development. The development intern will assist with the execution of several development projects,
including weekly stewardship practices, coordination and communication related to FD’s ‘Out Living It’
campaigns and events, and administrative gift management support.
The Development Intern must have strong written and verbal communication skills, excel at project
management, and be well-versed in clerical-related tasks. Above all, the Development Intern will
embrace the culture and the mission of First Descents. Familiarity with nonprofit fundraising is
preferred. Top-notch customer service, is a plus! Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
EVENTS & FUNDRAISING
You will assist the Development Coordinator on ‘Out Living It’ campaign communication, particularly
related to FD’s annual Climbathon and race series events. You will help make these events come to life
with stellar communication with team leaders, individual participants, and volunteers. We are looking
for an intern who can hit the ground running when it comes to jumping on the phone, communicating
logistics, and getting folks excited to fundraise for First Descents. The Development intern will grow and
develop the ‘Out Living It’ Project’s presence among FD alumni, current supporters, and those new to
hearing about First Descents.
GIFT MANAGEMENT & STEWARDSHIP
Saying thank you is our bread and butter! You will assist the Development Officer in the timely
acknowledgment and receipting of the generous gifts made to First Descents. Our donors make FD’s
programs possible, and your help will grow our stewardship practices as we intentionally acknowledge
each and every gift with our signature FD love. We’re big on keeping organized so you will also work to
maintain donor records within our Salesforce database.
OUT LIVING IT
It’s our motto and succinctly sums up our core values of adventure, challenge, community, humility and
humor. Saying it’s important is an understatement. We live, breathe and sweat it every day – and as the
newest member of our team, you will too.
This is a stipend based position based at our HQ in Denver, CO. T he Development Intern is expected to
contribute 15-25 hours per week for three months at our HQ office on weekdays between
8:30am-4:30pm (exact schedule is flexible). First Descents hires interns on a rolling basis.
To get started, send your resume as well as a cover letter to i email@example.com. We want to
get to know the real you and why you would be a great addition to our team – be sure to let this shine
through in your cover letter.