APPLY NOW! Non-Profit Development Intern with Volunteer Fairfax


Volunteer Fairfax (VF) is the regional volunteer center serving Fairfax County and the National Capital Region. We serve a population of nearly 1.5 million people and we partner with leading regional public agencies, non-profits, and corporations. Established as a private  nonprofit  in 1974, we  have  been the heart of volunteerism in the region for 45 years.

Volunteer Fairfax mobilizes people and resources to meet regional community needs.  Our mission is to amplify  community  impact  through  targeted  matching  of  volunteer  resources  to  community  needs  in Fairfax County and beyond.   We are dedicated to promoting volunteerism to all ages and carrying the ethic of volunteerism to future generations through our programs and public awareness activities.


Volunteer Fairfax seeks a talented and engaged part-time intern to support the Development Department in raising $600K of the organization’s $1.2M annual operating budget. This internship position will provide the selected candidate with substantial experience in nonprofit development and management, proposal writing, events planning, researching donor prospects, solicitation strategizing, in addition to gaining valuable office experience working in the region’s leading volunteer agency. Volunteer Fairfax is an excellent training ground and has launched the careers of many local nonprofit leaders.

The Volunteer Fairfax Development Department creates and implements the organization’s fundraising efforts over its July 1 to June 30 fiscal year. As an intern, you will be assisting with the core functions of the Development Department—government, corporate, foundation, and individual fundraising, and events that support resource development. Our small but mighty team consists of a Director of Development and Grants Administrator. This position reports to the Director of Development, but the intern may receive projects from time to time from the CEO or Grants Administrator.

Core Responsibilities

We encourage and value innovation and creativity in our work and there’s an expectation that the intern will contribute toward new approaches to complete work in an expeditious manner. Duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist with gift acknowledgment, donor database maintenance (Donor Management System scheduled launch Winter/Spring 2020), and filing of donations
  • Perform data analysis for annual appeal and other fundraising campaigns, and be an active member in the launch of these resource development campaigns
  • Research and prepare background briefs on individual, foundation, and corporate prospects and possible grant applications
  • Draft and proofread professional correspondence
  • Assist Director of Development in corporate partnership development and benefit fulfillment
  • Support and attend special events and fundraising activities
  • Coordinate closely with Communications and Marketing team on social media, collateral, and web content to promote fundraising campaigns and events
  • Support Board member interactions and requests
  • Support the CEO and Director of Development in government funder requests


  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Dependable, reliable, honest and trustworthy and can maintain confidentiality with donor information
  • Self-motivated, flexible team player with a positive attitude. Demonstrate the ability to multi- task, meet deadlines, and adjust to changing priorities
  • Comfort with soliciting/interacting with individuals and companies face-to-face, on the phone or via mail/email
  • Exceptional phone etiquette
  • Research, writing, editing and proof-reading skills
  • Demonstrate commitment to non-profit work
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word/Excel/PowerPoint) applications, email and donor management system preferred
  • Comfort and familiarity with event planning preferred
  • Social media experience a plus
  • Must be 18 years or older and authorized to work in the United States

Time Commitment: 15-20 hours/week


This position can be for academic credit or a stipend position.


Interested candidates should send a current resume with cover letter, and a 1-2 page writing sample of your choice. In the cover letter, please provide information on your availability with estimated weekdays and times. Preference will be given to those candidates who have the desire for a long-term commitment beyond a single semester and may be seeking potential full-time employment at the conclusion of their studies.  Please email all materials as one pdf to Marianne Alicona, Director of Development, at

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Start Date: Negotiable

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