Membership and Fund Development Intern

Organization: International Crane Foundation (AZA Member)
Location: Baraboo, Wisconsin, United States
Job or Internship: Internship

Position: Membership/ Fund Development


Reports to: Development Officer

Location: Baraboo, WI

Type: Paid Internship no less than 3 months


The International Crane Foundation (ICF) works worldwide to conserve cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds and flyways on which they depend. ICF is dedicated to providing experience, knowledge, and inspiration to involve people in resolving threats to these ecosystems. ICF enjoys the support of over 7,000 members that support its work around the world.


The Membership and Fund Development (MFD) Intern will work with the Development Officers to help meet annual and campaign fundraising goals. The MFD Intern will assist in the following responsibilities and the percent of time indicated in an estimate and may vary from time to time.

• Working in the fundraising database to update donor records, mailing lists, and financial records. (50%)

• Researching funding opportunities through grants, contracts, corporate giving, and major individual donors. (20%)

• Writing gift request proposals and gift acknowledgement letters. (15%)

• Assisting with fundraising events. (15%)



o Bachelor’s or Associate degree ideally in Marketing, Communications, or Journalism, or related field or commensurate experience

o Excellent written communication skills including the ability to write routine reports and creative correspondence.

o Excellent verbal communication skills including being comfortable talking on the phone.

o Computer literacy, including Microsoft Office Suite.

o Ability to research and analyze issues from multiple perspectives, reach sound conclusions, make appropriate decisions and recommendations.

o Ability to work independently as well as cooperatively with others.

o Excellent time and project management skills, and the ability to quickly, effectively, and continually adapt to changes in work objectives, processes, and technology.

o Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, and percentages.

o Ability to commit to working 40 hours per week for 3 months (Sept-Dec).


o Experience with event planning, grant writing, major donor, mail and/or phone-based fundraising (volunteer, internship, or paid).

o Knowledge of database fundraising programs, such as Raiser’s Edge.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Stipend and free on-site housing are provided.


To apply for this position, please send an application, resume, cover letter, and one writing sample to Applications due August 30, 2013.