Development Intern

About National Park Trust

The National Park Trust’s mission is to preserve parks today and create park stewards for tomorrow. Our vision is that everyone should experience the endless possibilities of our parks. Since 1983, the National Park Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has been working with the National Park Service and other partners to protect our national parks. We do this by acquiring critically important private lands to complete our national parks, and by introducing a new generation of young people to our parks, our future caretakers of these resources.

Position Overview

The Development Intern supports the National Park Trust’s rapidly growing fundraising programs, providing administrative support to the Development Director, entering data into the donor database, preparing gift acknowledgments and other small mailings, and researching information about current and potential donors. In addition, the intern will research and update content for use in gift acknowledgments, grant proposals, email and direct mail appeals and other donor materials, as well as participate in an upcoming platform integration project. This is a part-time internship for someone who likes both words and numbers that reports to the Development Director. In addition to fundraising, the intern will gain exposure to a full range of activities for a small nonprofit organization, from accounting to general management and program administration.

Detailed Position Description:
  • Accurately process donations and generate timely and accurate gift acknowledgment letters and tax receipts
  • Support Director of Development with grant proposals
  • Schedule meetings and related logistics for board, staff, and partners. This will include conference calls and in-person meetings.
  • Edit and proofread a variety of content, from emails and appeals to web pages to proposals and presentations
  • Update content for acknowledgement letters
  • Compile a content library for use in proposals, impact reports and appeal letters
  • Enter data into Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) platform, including
    • Donations
    • Information about donors
    • Activities related to major fundraising asks (Moves Management)
  • Participate in platform integration project
    • Learn capabilities of CRM by watching videos and reading articles
    • Participate in meetings around integration of CRM with Quickbooks Accounting Platform and Mailchimp (Email Platform)
    • Document new data structure to support integration as well as process to manage data syncing
  • Use internet searches and other research tools to identify and document information about prospective and current donors
  • Prepare research briefings for Development Director, Executive Director and Board Members
  •  Interact with donors via telephone to answer questions or update their information
  • Manage the logistics of cultivation events, tasks include:
    • Generating guest lists
    • Facilitating event mailings
    • Tracking RSVP’s
    • Creating name tags
    • Assistance with donor/guest check-in
Skills and Qualifications:
  • A passion for the Park Trust’s mission and vision
  • Comfortable in a fast paced environment
  • Strong communication skills (written, phone, and in-person). Written documents will include email communications, donor thank you notes, and board reports.
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Ability to work in a team or independently as needed
  • Pays close attention to detail
  • Flexible and able to problem solve under pressure
  • Experience in CRM or donor database software a plus
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel spreadsheets 
  • Proficient in Google Workspace and GSuite products
  • Comfortable assisting with basic IT troubleshooting

This is a 25 hour per week unpaid volunteer position; however, National Park Trust will be offering a stipend to cover living expenses and commuting. Internship stipends issued by the National Park Trust are not considered salary or meant as compensation but are awarded to help defray living expenses for an intern during the term of their appointment. The stipend amount will depend on the length of the approved internship.

Physical Requirements:

This position requires some physical exertion including lifting items up to 25-45 lbs. on occasion.

To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter to