Development Internship

Meridian’s Development Team is responsible for maintaining relationships with Meridian’s donors and corporate partners, cultivating development opportunities, fundraising, and producing cultural diplomacy programs. The Development Intern responsibilities will often vary depending on the schedule of events, but the Development Intern can expect to gain experience in donor relations, corporate research, fundraising, non-profit management, events and logistics, social media promotion, and database management. Below, we have included a general overview of intern duties:



  • Conduct research on foundations, corporations, and individual prospects to assist with identifying funding sources;
  • Research the current global interests/involvement of specific foundations and corporations to help assist in event matching;
  • Research special projects and organize research information systematically;
  • Provide administrative support to external affairs staff as needed.

Data Management

  • Code event invitees and attendees and other relevant information in Meridian’s relationship management database, Salesforce
  • Update constituent and contributor information in Salesforce


  • Assist in event planning and organizing for Meridian Global Leadership Council and Corporate Council programs;
  • Support External Affairs staff with pre- and post-event database management;
  • Help print, mail, and email invitations to Meridian hosted events;
  • Assist in setup, staffing, and breakdown of events as needed.


  • Assist in generating content and writing program write ups for the website and blog posts for the Meridian blog, The LEAD;
  • Support Social media outreach on platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook


  • Working toward a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, or a recent graduate
  • Must be highly organized, detail-oriented, self-motivated and able to work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment
  • Familiarity and comfort with online research and marketing tools
  • Interest in global issues and international affairs
  • Strong organizational and writing skills
  • Ability to multi-task and collaborate effectively with a team
  • Ability to efficiently manage time between short term and long term projects
  • Computer proficiency in Windows based applications including Microsoft Word and Excel is mandatory; knowledge of database applications such as Salesforce is preferred
  • Must show tact and discretion

Preference will be given to candidates with 25-30 hrs/week availability. Internship is unpaid, but Development Intern will receive daily travel/meal stipend. Start and end dates are negotiable, but ideally January 22 – April 26. Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to noting "Development Internship" in the subject line. Only those selected for interview will be contacted.