Advancement Intern: Summer 2023

Founded as Science Service in 1921, the Society for Science has been dedicated to expanding scientific literacy, access to STEM education and scientific research for more than 100 years. As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization, our mission promotes the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate, and inspire. We are best known for our award-winning magazine, Science News, our world class science research competitions and our outreach and equity STEM Programs making sure that every young person can strive to become an engineer or scientist.

The Advancement Intern works with a vibrant fundraising team encompassing annual giving/ membership, digital fundraising, alumni relations, and major gifts. In this paid position, the Advancement Intern will help Society for Science enhance our website; improve our communication with alumni, members, and donors; streamline internal processes; improve our data hygiene; and report to donors on the impact of their giving.   

Start date in early February 2023 is negotiable. Applicants planning to receive course credit for this internship should provide any necessary information regarding requirements to the Society.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist with building out the donor, alumni, and volunteer testimonial section of the Society for Science website: collecting stories, quotes, and photos from constituents, keeping a spreadsheet of stories and photos yet to be requested and received, and editing and publishing selected stories/photos  
  • Work with the Senior Digital Fundraising and Individual Giving Specialist to create and implement digital communications, including fundraising appeals and stewardship  
  • Assist in updating internal content calendar on a weekly and monthly basis 
  • Create / update spreadsheet compendium of top competition finalists/winners for the Society’s two most recent STEM competitions
  • Collaborate with team to develop new creative material for various 2023 fundraising campaigns 
  • Assist in reviewing print proofs of general donor and member acknowledgement letters  
  • Perform data entry and analysis using the database Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge
  • Analyze and organize Advancement’s shared files to maximize efficiency and to improve usage 
  • Proofread various Advancement materials including donor testimonials, donor letters, email communications, etc. 


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Creativity, energy, and ability to think “outside the box” 
  • High attention to detail; demonstrated proactive and strategic approach to daily tasks
  • Demonstrated ability to work with others as a team as well as to work independently
  • Database experience preferred (Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge, Access, Excel)
  • Customer service experience desirable
  • Understanding of and affinity for the core values of the Society

Work Environment

  • The internship can be hybrid or remote; our offices are in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, DC. 
  • Society for Science has mandated the COVID-19 vaccine for all employees, as applicable. (Exceptions to the vaccine requirement may be provided to individuals to accommodate religious beliefs or for medical reasons.)

Physical Demands

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and fingers to operate a computer and other office equipment.

Position Type and Expected Hours

  • This is a part-time internship with a term of approximately six months. The Advancement Intern will work 15-18 hours per week and will be paid a rate of $16.10 per hour. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday during normal office hours of the Society.

Required Education and Experience

  • Interns must be current undergraduate or graduate students at a college or university. 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, communications, alumni relations, advancement, or audience development.

How to Apply

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To be considered for this position please submit a professional resume and cover letter.

EEO Statement

The Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Society for Science 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 identity 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.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover every duty, responsibility and activity that are required of the individual in this internship. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.