International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Development Internship



Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a leading, non-sectarian, non-profit organization providing emergency relief, protection, rehabilitation assistance, resettlement services, and advocacy for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict.  Domestically, our 22 offices across the U.S. ensure new refugee arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency.



The Summer Development intern will work closely with the Development Manager to identify donor prospects including corporations, foundations, and government funding, and assist in fundraising efforts through written solicitations, grant compliance, community outreach, and special events.  This is a unique opportunity to gain skills in an essential component of non-profit work.



20 hours per week to be completed during regular business hours, M-F 9 am – 4 pm



  • Update and analyze research of Northern California’s donor market to identify foundations, corporations, and individuals that fit the IRC’s mission and activities.
  • Assist Development Manager with preparing and compiling grant applications.
  • Assist Development Manager in managing proposal and reporting deadlines to donors.
  • Data entry of donations and assist in gift acknowledgements
  • Update facebook page and assist in monthly newsletter articles
  • Assist with special events as needed


We require that candidates have the following qualities:

  • Solidly reliable with strong attention to timeliness
  • Excellent communication skills (both interpersonal and written)
  • Possess a great attention to detail and organization
  • Have a strong sense of personal initiative and be able to work independently in a fast-paced office
  • Desire to gain skills in the development area of non-profit management
  • An interest in international and refugee issues
  • Computer literacy with PC systems


  • Minimum of 2 years of completed undergraduate experience
  • 6 – 12 month commitment; The final candidate will become an integral part of our fundraising team and be trained/mentored on grantwriting, special events, and other skills building responsibilities. As such, we want someone that we can invest time and energy in training and who will have the time to learn and grow in the position



  • Gain first hand experience and knowledge of grantwriting and nonprofit fundraising from a seasoned professional.
  • Gain nonprofit professional experience. Interns are seen and utilized as an extension of IRC staff, and all leave their internship with transferable skills that can help launch a career within the nonprofit sector.


This position reports to the Development Manager



1) Apply by sending your resume, a cover letter, and short writing sample as a single Word document to Volunteer & Internship Coordinator Rachel Taber at . Title document “Development Intern Application”.

* Cover letters should clearly state your time availability, which includes 1) a specific,  projected start and end date, 2) the number of hours you are available each week, and 3) the days and times in which you are available.

2) Send a 1-3 page writing sample (writing sample more than 3 pages will not be accepted)



IRC leading the way from harm to home.