Development Intern

Job posting
Closing date: 5 April 2019

Title: Development Intern (Unpaid)

Reports To: Vice President, Business Development

Hours: Part time (minimum 10 hours/week)

Length: Up to one (1) academic school year

buildOn Regions: Detroit, Chicago and Remote

Start Date: Spring 2019


Overview of the Organization


buildOn is a not-for-profit organization working to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. buildOn is not a charity, it’s a movement. In the United States, we run intensive service learning programs in 40 underserved high schools in six major cities. Through these programs, buildOn empowers youth to transform their communities through high-impact service. Over the last 27 years buildOn has empowered more than 100,000 urban youth to contribute more than 2.3 million hours of service that has touched the lives of more than 1.0 million people living below the U.S. poverty line. 97% of these youth graduate high school and nearly all of these go to college, even though 40% of the kids going to the same schools drop out.

Teams of buildOn students from our programs also fan out across the world to help build schools in the economically poorest countries on the planet. We have now built over 1,400 schools in Haiti, Nicaragua, Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Malawi and Nepal. More than 2.2 million children, parents and grandparents have attended these schools so far, while more than 160,000 attend buildOn schools every day. 50% of all students are girls or women. Most importantly, community members have organized leadership committees and contributed more than 2.2 million volunteer work days to literally build their schools.

Overview of the Role

buildOn is seeking passionate, motivated, and dedicated Development intern to assist in managing various relationships with buildOn Donors supporting our Global programs. Within this role, you will help ensure that buildOn meets all reporting requirements as needed. The Development intern will primarily work with our Vice President, Business Development and with a focus on supporting our reporting requirements for Dubai Cares, one of buildOn’s donors. The opportunity offers opportunities to experience various responsibilities and complete diverse tasks within the account/relationship management.


buildOn Core Competencies


  • MISSION: Understanding of and commitment to buildOn’s mission, methodology, and core values.
  • GRIT: Tries really hard and never gives up on mission and getting results.
  • COMMITMENT TO METHODOLOGY & STRATEGY: Demonstrates mastery and discipline around methodology.  Leans in and contributes to the strategic plan that will guide our future.
  • SOLIDARITY:  Unite with and engage all stakeholders to work side by side to achieve our mission, through immersions.


Development Team Competencies


  • ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT: The ability to take calculated risks and see all possibilities to build something great from nothing.
  • HUNTER: Identifies, cultivates, and secures donations from new prospects.
  • PERSUASIVE COMMUNICATOR: Strong oral and written communicator, especially around storytelling.
  • RELATIONSHIP BUILDING: Builds authentic mission-driven relationships with donors.
  • FUNDRAISING: Closes the deal.


What you will learn:

  • Leadership and relationship building skills
  • Valuable tools for working with Donors
  • Project planning and execution skills
  • Relationship development skills
  • Report and proposal writing skills
  • You will learn how to work in a professional environment and have ample opportunity to network with internal and external departmental leaders in the non-profit field


Our internships offer you the opportunity:

  • Explore Career Opportunities – by working in the field you have chosen, you can receive an inside look at your potential career path
  • Network – meet a variety of people in your chosen profession through your internship, allowing you to form relationships you can build on in the future
  • Find Mentors – We value all our interns and go the extra mile to make sure you receive a learning experience that fits your career goals 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Helping collect content and images for use in the Dubai Cares reports.
  • Participate in the report writing process.
  • Helping catalogue past and currently active programs, identifying and helping write all outstanding/pending reports.
  • Liaising with Program Country staff and Loyalty Marketing Coordinator to ensure timely delivery of school completion and adult literacy program Reports.
  • Provide Donors with updates on past and present programs as needed.
  • Join in on Donor group meetings/phone calls where possible.
  • Assist in any other way as needed.



Who we are looking for:

  • buildOn Alumni preferred
  • Results oriented, possess strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Creative and flexible people with a passion for mission-drive work to join our team
  • Experienced, first hand, the power of service, and are looking to bring this passion to the communities buildOn works with. 
  • Has knowledge of International Development and Report Writing in particular. 
  • Working towards a degree or has equivalent work experience. Preferred majors included International Development, Marketing, Communications and English.
  • Enjoy working with diverse groups of people.
  • Willing to work minimum of 10 hours/week (sometimes Saturdays and or early mornings)


This is a volunteer position. College credit is available depending on the requirements of your college or university.  If selected for the position, you must pass a background check.

How to apply

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to


Washington DC, DC 20001
United States
Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE):

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