Our Task, Inc.- Development Intern

Development Intern; Our Task; Arlington, VA.

Responsibilities: The Development Intern will work directly with the Our Task Deputy Director to assist in fundraising and grant writing efforts. This work is needed for general funding, but also for specific projects, such as our 3rd annual Earth 2100 Conference, a Youth Plan B publication, and our EarthWiki.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining regular contact with our donors
  • Finding new prospective individual and corporate donors
  • Finding grant prospects and writing grant proposals
  • Assisting with budgeting
  • Helping us create a membership program
  • Helping maintain contact and donor history databases
  • Maintaining and improving the donation page on our website
  • Responding to requests for information via phone and e-mail
  • Planning fundraising events
  • Conducting data entry and analysis using our contact and communications database tool (NationBuilder)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preferred Bachelor’s Degree, or working towards one. Graduate students and recent graduates are encouraged to apply.
  • Previous fundraising experience, comfortable on the telephone and speaking to new contacts.
  • Previous grant writing experience, or eagerness to learn.
  • Experience in grassroots social change initiatives desired, but not required.
  • Marketing experience desired, but not required.
  • Strong written/verbal skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite Applications.
  • Working knowledge of national and global sustainability issues and a personal commitment to living sustainably.
  • Highly self-directed individual who can develop new projects and take on previously existing projects and make them their own.


  • Part to full-time, 15-35 hours a week. Hours are flexible. Willingness to work on weekends if necessary.
  • Preferred start by end of January, but we can work with your schedule if you are the right fit. We ask that you stay with us for at least 3-4 months.


  • Most work can be done from home. You will need to be able to occasionally come to our office, located within walking distance to Clarendon Metro. You can come to the office to work as often as you’d like.


  • We will work with you and your university so that you can receive academic credit for your work with Our Task. The position can be altered to fit your institution’s requirements for credit.
  • There is a possibility, but NO PROMISE, of a stipend at the end of your internship.
  • You’ll get plenty of free snacks and meals!


  • This position is an opportunity to work on BIG planet-level issues in a small, but influential organization. In this position, you will meet senior people in the global environmental/sustainability field. You will gain fundraising and grant writing skills, which are essential for a career in nonprofits. You will also have a significant amount of responsibility, and gain valuable experience that will serve your resume well!

Application Process:

Please send a resume and cover letter to Martha Nowlan, Deputy Director, Our Task, Martha@OurTask.org. he cover letter should make clear that the applicant has read and understood the position description, the mission and the programs of Our Task (see www.OurTask.org), and has relevant knowledge, passion, and experience. Questions? Feel free to shoot us an email!



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