Advancement Intern | Society for Science & the Public

Advancement Intern

Summer 2019

Society for Science & the Public seeks a dynamic and self-motivated Advancement Intern to work with a vibrant advancement team – encompassing annual giving, corporate and foundation relations, major gifts, and development operations – to help us communicate with alumni and donors, streamline internal processes, plan our approach to corporations and major foundations, and report to donors on the impact of their giving.

The internship will be a key part of a fast-paced office of seasoned development professionals, advancing an organization that excels in cutting-edge science journalism and science competition experiences for middle school and high school students around the world.

Interns must be current undergraduate or graduate students. Preference is given to students who are considering careers at educational institutions or non-profits and/or have an interest in fundraising, membership, institutional giving, alumni relations, communications, advancement, or audience development.

This intern will work 15-35 hours per week at the Society's Washington, D.C. offices near Dupont Circle and will be paid a rate of $15 per hour. Applicants planning to receive course credit for this internship should provide any necessary information regarding requirements to the Society.

Possible duties include:

  • Perform substantive, comprehensive research projects
  • Assist with identifying potential major gift or institutional giving prospects via online research and writing brief memos
  • Perform data entry and analysis using Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge
  • Assist with data integrity of major gift portfolios
  • Identify potential sponsors for Science News in High Schools program
  • Build logistics and templates for direct marketing plan
  • Assist with year-round fundraising campaigns
  • Analyze and organize department shared files to maximize efficiency and improve usage
  • Proofread various materials including donor letters, proposals, sponsorship documents,etc.
  • Assist with general administrative duties

Desired competencies:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Database experience preferred (Raiser’s Edge, Access, Excel)
  • Customer service experience
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel,PowerPoint, Outlook
  • High attention to detail and demonstrated proactive and strategic approach to dailytasks
  • Proficient with Internet searches
  • Demonstrated ability to work with others as a team

How to Apply:

  • Send your resume and cover letter to
  • Emails should include “Advancement Intern” in the subject line. They can be addressed to Bruce Makous, Chief Advancement Officer. No phone calls please.
  • To learn more about Society for Science & the Public, please visit

About Society for Science & the Public

Society for Science & the Public (Society) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. Our vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement; to inform, educate, and inspire. We do this work through our award-winning Science News media group and world-class science competitions: the Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS), the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), and Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars). Intel ISEF and Broadcom MASTERS begin at local, regional, state, and national fairs that affiliate with the Society to participate. This network includes more than 400 science fairs representing more than 70 countries, regions, and territories.

The Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Society for Science & the Public is committed to equal employment opportunity. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, the Society does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis, including but not limited to: veteran status, race, color, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identify or expression, ancestry, national origin, disability, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, age and/or any other categories protected by the laws of the United States or the District of Columbia.