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  • Women in Nepal

    Development and Special Events Intern

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    BACKGROUND: The Women's Refugee Commission advocates for laws, policies and programs to improve the lives and protect the rights of refugee and internally displaced women, children and young people—bringing about lasting, measurable change.

    The Women’s Refugee Commission was established in 1989 to address the particular needs of refugee and displaced women and children. The Women's Refugee Commission is affiliated with and is legally part of the International Rescue Committee, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. It does not receive direct financial support from the IRC.

    SCOPE: The intern will be an integrated member of the Development team, gaining experience and expertise on special events through work on our 2012 Voices of Courage Awards Luncheon. In addition, there are opportunities to gain skills for conducting prospect research and for utilizing the Raiser’s Edge fundraising database. This is a great opportunity for an energetic individual to learn about fundraising on a global scale for an advocacy organization.

    The Development team consists of three staff engaged in all aspects of fundraising for the Women's Refugee Commission. Our team works closely with program officers and senior leadership to determine funding needs. We prospect and cultivate resources from a variety of groups and individuals, including: foundations, United States and international government agencies, philanthropists, NGOs and corporations.


    • Support all aspects of Annual Voices of Courage Awards Luncheon and other planned cultivation events.
    • Assist with updating and maintaining the database (Raiser's Edge), individual records and mailing lists.
    • Prospect research on foundations, individuals, corporations, government agencies, and NGOs.
    • Support the team’s efforts by performing a range of administrative tasks.


    • The ideal candidate should be a graduate student who displays:
    • Strong research, writing and communication skills.
    • Enthusiasm for issues related to refugee women, children and youth.
    • Ability to work both in a team and independently.
    • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft office programs, including Word and Excel.
    • Willingness to learn new database systems.
    • Attention to detail, patience, ability to juggle multiple projects.

    Location: US-New York

    This internship is unpaid and requires a commitment of 20 hours per week starting in May and continuing at least through August.

    To apply for this position, click here.