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Fundraising, Development and Membership Intern Spring 2023

National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Development, Fundraising and Membership Intern
The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA), founded in 1911, is America’s oldest and largest nonprofit association devoted to excellence in the delivery of legal services to those who cannot afford counsel. For 111 years, NLADA has pioneered access to justice at the national, state and local level through the creation of our public defender systems, groundbreaking legislation and the creation of institutions from the Racial Equity Institute to the Sentencing Project to the Legal Services Corporation. A leader in the development of national standards for indigent defense services, NLADA also provides advocacy, training and technical assistance to indigent defense programs across the country.
In particular, our focus in recent years has been on the theme of racial equity and safeguarding justice. Because the quality of justice in America should not depend on how much money a person has, NLADA leads a broad network of advocates on the front lines to advance justice and expand opportunity for all by promoting excellence in the delivery of legal services for people who cannot afford counsel.
NLADA’s Development, Fundraising and Membership Intern gets a bird’s eye view of all aspects of resource development from major donors, direct campaigns, grants, and large scale events. This individual is an integral member of the Development and Membership team providing support with social media communications, research, administrative processes, membership and creative projects. Interns are encouraged to think creatively and strategically and to utilize their unique talents and skill-sets. This position is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates interested in pursuing a career in non-profit development, membership or communications and learning about the day-to-day working of a legal aid non-profit. The internship has flexibility for half or full days during the school week (M-F) around your class and work schedules. We are currently accepting internship applications for SPRING 2023 only.
In today’s world, development is an interdisciplinary skill set crossing numerous majors and academic pursuits from the non-profit to the business world. The experiences gained through an internship with the development and membership teams can be applied to any area of study and will give you the opportunity to work with other departments, including communications and membership. We work closely with both on utilizing the experiences and stories of NLADA members and then finding ways to illuminate those stories through social media and fundraising campaigns.
·      In-depth research and analysis of current funders, prospective donors, and corporate partners.
·      Assist with regular donor e-mail communications and outreach regarding events and fundraising campaigns; coordinate with Communications and Membership departments as needed.
·      Create and manage social media content for campaigns, donor relations management, etc. across Twitter, Facebook and other platforms.
·      Maintain donor databases, membership database and other development files
·      Work with Development and Membership teams on content for monthly Messenger e-newsletter and quarterly Client newsletters as well.
·      Support preparations for NLADA’s Annual Dinner, Social Justice Art Auction, EOY campaigns, conferences and other fundraising events
·      Potential to attend virtual webinars, talks, etc put on by NLADA and partner organizations
·      Other tasks as necessary
·      Strong writing skills with experience in research, writing and editing
·      Experience with Excel- additionally any experience with customer or membership databases is a plus (ex. Blackbaud ReNXT, Netforum, Constant Contact)
·      Creativity and enthusiasm
·      Attention to detail
·      Time-management and work prioritization skills
·      Highly personable and customer-service oriented
·      Familiarity with social media fundraising platforms and/or Hootsuite
·      Canva, PowerPoint, Photoshop, InDesign and other graphic software experience is a plus
The position would be an entirely remote part time unpaid internship depending on availability. Interns should expect to work a minimum of 10 hours each week with a possibility of up to 21 throughout the week.
NLADA has a collegial, highly collaborative, professional office environment where employees take pride in effectively leveraging resources and fully engaging to deliver excellent results. We value service, creativity, and thought-leadership.
Our office remains mostly remote and we anticipate that all SPRING 2022 internships will be 100% remote as well.
To: Apply for this position send a resume and cover letter to with the subject line “NLADA Jobs: Development, Fundraising and Membership Intern.”