Development Intern

Applications for the fall 2017 internship have closed.

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Are you interested in learning about fundraising and development? Are you passionate about bringing about a more just and sustainable world?

The Development Department at YES! Magazine supports our progressive, award-winning journalism by encouraging individual donations and foundation grants. This small, three-person department offers interns an opportunity to learn about every aspect of fundraising, including donor communications, fundraising campaigns, special events, and grantwriting. 

What you’ll be doing: 

  • Fundraising Campaigns: Help plan and execute fundraising campaigns using print, email, web, and social media
  • Donor Communications: Help prepare thank-you letters, pledge reminder letters, legacy bequest mailings, and a donor newsletter  
  • Special Events: Help plan and manage donor cultivation events  
  • Donor Research: Help identify likely YES! supporters 
  • Donor Recordkeeping: Become fluent with Salesforce, a powerful donor database used by many nonprofits
  • Grantwriting: Review and discuss grant proposals and reports
  • Development Strategy & Planning: participate in department planning and budgeting 

What we ask: 

The Development internship is an immersive experience and requires a commitment of 24 hours per week in our Bainbridge Island office. The internship lasts four to six months depending on the intern’s schedule. 

What we offer:

YES! offers a $1000/month stipend, as well as ferry passes for the commute to our Bainbridge Island office.

Skills required:

  • excellent writing and communication skills
  • ability to manage projects while working under deadline
  • organized, self-motivated and able to work independently on projects
  • comfortable with technology—intern will learn and work with our Salesforce database, Adobe InDesign, Google documents and spreadsheets, mail merge, and Office 365
  • diplomacy, flexibility, attention to detail, sense of humor, team player
  • interest in sustainability; social, racial and economic justice; and building a better world.

To apply:

Applications for the fall internship have closed.


Think of a cause that means a lot to you. It can be a real cause out in the world, or a personal cause (e.g. you need to raise $1,000 to fund your trip to Greece). Write a short letter (250 words max) convincing me that I should give money to your cause.

Please send this application along with your resume and a cover letter to [email protected]. Put “Development Internship” in the subject field.