Development Internship

Position Title: Development Internship
Location: Washington, D.C.
Reports To: Development Coordinator

Purpose and Description

Meridian’s Development Team is responsible for stewarding relationships with Meridian’s philanthropic partners, fundraising, and producing high-profile diplomatic programs and galas.  The Development Intern responsibilities will vary depending on the schedule of events.

The Development Intern will gain experience in donor relations including some or all of the following: prospect research, fundraising, non-profit management, events and logistics, social media promotion, and database management.

Essential Functions


  • 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

  • Keep donor information up to date and confidential using Meridian’s relationship management software, Salesforce

Events and Audience Management

  • Assist in event planning and organizing for Meridian Global Leadership Council, Corporate Council programs, and the Meridian Ball;
  • 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.


  • Create and edit content for the Meridian website and for electronic correspondence for events using Pardot.
  • Support social media outreach on platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

Other duties and special projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications


The internship is best suited for a rising senior student pursuing their undergraduate degree or recent college graduate. Interest in International Relations preferred.

All applicants must:

  • Commit 30-40 hours per week to the internship
  • Be able to work on Mondays and either Thursday or Friday
  • Be available all day on Thursday, October 22nd and Friday, October 23rd.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Interest in global issues and international affairs
  • Must be highly organized, detail-oriented, self-motivated and able to work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment
  • Comfort working in a diverse environment with people from all over the world
  • Strong organizational and writing skills; superb attention-to-detail necessary
  • Ability to efficiently manage time and prioritize between short term and long-term projects
  • Familiarity and comfort with online donor engagement, prospecting, and marketing tools such as Salesforce, iWave, and/or Pardot.
  • Computer proficiency in Windows based applications including Microsoft Word and Excel is mandatory; knowledge of database management applications, such as Salesforce, is preferred
  • Must show tact and discretion due to our constant engagement with high-level government, diplomatic, and business officials
  • Proven initiative and strong interpersonal skills
  • Preference will be given to applicants available through the Fall 2020 semester.

Physical Effort and Dexterity

Not applicable

Visual Acuity, Hearing, and Speaking

  • Excellent verbal and written command of the English language

Environment and Scheduling

  • Interest in working with an international not-for-profit professional exchange organization
  • Interest in working within a diverse work environment
  • Internship is from May/June to November/December
  • Internship is 30-40 hours per week
  • Internship is unpaid, however Meridian does provide a $10/day transportation stipend and can provide college credit.

Employer’s Statement and Rights

This position posting does not list all the duties of the job. If an offer is made, you will be presented with a detailed job description. Applicants will be evaluated based upon their demonstrated ability to perform the tasks listed above, and their education and experience. The employer has the right to revise this posting at any time. Neither this posting nor the job description is a contract for employment. Meridian is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to Apply

All applicants must submit a resume and cover letter detailing their interest in this internship.

Interested and qualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Ms. Kylie Cash, External Affairs Associate, at

Only applicants including a resume and cover letter will be considered. Due to the volume of applications received, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted and provided an update on the status of their application.