Career Opportunities

Summer Development Internship

Position Overview   
The Internship provides meaningful opportunities for individuals interested in gaining hands-on experience in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector in New York City. The Foundation gives you the hands-on experience you need to advance your career in a variety of nonprofit or philanthropy settings. We welcome a diverse applicant pool and strongly encourage people of color, immigrants, members of the LGBTQ community, and applicants from low-income and working class backgrounds to apply. 

Interns will:

  • Enhance their leadership and communication skills
  • Broaden their understanding of the philanthropic and nonprofit community and the issues addressed
  • Discuss and become familiar with concepts of racial equity and community leadership

Timeframe and Stipend:

  • Internships are for approximately 2-3 months for an average of 30 hours per week, including occasional evening events
  • Academic credit can be offered (with school authorization); alternatively interns can elect to receive compensation of $15/hour
  • The start/end dates of the program are flexible and should be agreed upon between the intern and their supervisor prior to the start of the internship

Specific Responsibilities

The intern will support the Foundation’s Development team which is responsible for raising $3M to help support grantmaking to Brooklyn-based organizations within three core program areas—Youth, Neighborhoods, and Nonprofits. All initiatives are deployed through a Racial Justice lens to advance equity of opportunity and outcomes for people of color in Brooklyn.

Duties and Responsibilities

Including but not limited to:

Development Department:

  • Learn about what a community foundation is, its role in the nonprofit sector and its unique model for building assets to meet community needs
  • Research potential sources of support for community foundations, including individuals (major donors), corporate and institutional funders
  • Learn about donor advised funds (DAFs) and fund management processes
  • Assist with donor/fundraising events, including event planning, execution and follow-up
  • Use Salesforce CRM to manage incoming donations, maintain donor records, prepare donor acknowledgements, and run relevant reports
  • Provide general administrative assistance, including mailing, filing, printing, scheduling meetings
  • Assist with the development of donor-facing communications/content (social media, newsletters, etc.)


  • Current junior or senior undergraduate students, or graduate students preferred
  • Commitment to public service, and interest in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector
  • Interest in underserved neighborhoods, racial equity and social justice
  • Ability and desire to interact with a broad cross-section of individuals
  • Prior experience in an office setting, preferably with program and administrative support
  • Excellent computer skills required with particular proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, mail-merge, experience with database management in Salesforce
  • Maturity to work independently
  • Keen sense of discretion when handling confidential donor files and sensitive information
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated analytical and quantitative skills
  • Strong time management skills and ability to work on multiple projects        

Additional Information

Brooklyn Community Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In alignment with its Racial Justice Lens, the Foundation is committed to maintaining a diverse staff and lifting up the leadership of people from communities historically underrepresented in philanthropy. Additionally, the Foundation does not base any hiring decisions on an applicant’s history of involvement in the criminal justice system.


Email cover letter and résumé to (no reference letters or phone calls please!) and please list Development Internship in the Subject line.


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