The People is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, focused on bringing Americans together to find common ground around nonpartisan policy reforms. Our organization embraces diversity and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. The People is looking for candidates who are able to work directly and respectfully with people from across the political spectrum without bias. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Interning with The People

The People is a completely remote team, so the Fundraising / Grant Intern must be a driven self-starter, able to work successfully with minimal virtual oversight. This role will report to the Development Director. The remote nature of the organization and our national network also requires flexibility to adjust and develop new policies and procedures based on best practices and the needs of the team. This is an UNPAID internship. Please indicate in your cover letter if you intend to use this internship as a requirement for credit for your college/university.

About the Role:

The Fundraising / Grant Intern will have the opportunity to support the development department raising funds for our work both in state and nationally. Duties include: conducting prospect research; updating donor/prospect profiles, identifying new funding opportunities for The People, writing grants and LOI to support our work and conducting other general administrative support. The Development department exists to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward individuals & companies interested in supporting The People’s work. 


  • Assist developing the People’s online giving program for in state and nationally
  • Assist with gift acknowledgment, donor database (NeonCRM) and filing of donations
  • Background research for individuals, corporations and sponsorship/grants
  • Support identifying, crafting grants, and building relationships with foundations
  • Draft and proofread professional correspondence
  • Develop social media marketing, recruitment, and event updates for events and related activities for fundraising
  • Identifying and Researching grant opportunities for our work 


  • Self-motivated, flexible team player with a positive attitude, demonstrate ability to multi-task and the ability to meet deadlines and adjust to changing priorities
  • Must learn quickly, thrive in an environment with competing demands and quickly changing priorities, and be able to thrive in an environment where team members are given general direction and expected to figure out the details 
  • Research, writing, editing and proof-reading skills
  • Dependable, reliable, honest & trustworthy


  • Must be 18 years old and authorized to work in the US
  • Must own / have access to a computer for intern project use
  • High School diploma or equivalent required. College students preferred with strong preference for students currently pursuing or who have obtained a degree in Liberal Arts, Communications, Political Science or a closely related field
  • Computer Literacy and experience with Google Suite, Microsoft Office, Zoom, Neon and Grantstation


  • Experience in the non-profit sector
  • “Hands on” ownership of projects, building experience in project management
  • Potential opportunity after the Internship to join The People staff as a Development assistant
  • Professional development program including interaction with leaders in the democracy reform space through our guest speaker series
  • This internship is not paid; however, there is the potential for academic credit

Working Schedule:

  • 10-15 hours / week, with exact days and times to be determined according to your schedule. May be required to participate in planning call, which are typically once a week for 1 hour
  • All job duties may be done from home, but weekly digital meetings with the National Development Director and weekly organization wide internship briefings will be required via Zoom
  • This internship is offered for 2-3 month term, with the opportunity to extend into the spring semester

To Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter highlighting any experience in community organizing, volunteer work, or skill related work or past projects/papers to


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