Development Intern

Title: Development Intern
Reports to: Associate Director of Development
Location: Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) office in Washington, DC
Salary: $15 per hour for 25 hours per week over the summer 2019

Type: Full-time

The mission of the Melanoma Research Alliance is to end suffering and death due to melanoma by collaborating with all stakeholders to accelerate powerful research, advance cures for all patients and prevent more melanomas. MRA has awarded more than $101 million to melanoma research programs around the globe, and through unique collaborative approach, has leveraged an additional $101 million. MRA was launched in 2007 by Debra and Leon Black under the auspices of the Milken Institute, and, due to the ongoing support of our founders, 100% of every donation to MRA supports melanoma research.

About the Internship:

MRA seeks a highly motivated individual to support the development team on a number of projects, ranging from research on cause marketing and successful grassroots fundraising campaigns, to supporting daily department operations, including updating the organization’s database.

Projects and primary work include:

  • Develop and execute plan for year-end outreach campaigns;
  • Support logistical execution of bi-annual gala, including tracking attendees, donors, and invitations;
  • Research giving prospects including ultra-high-wealth individuals, foundations and corporations, and pharma/bio-tech programs;
  • Support daily operations of invoicing and acknowledging donations, database updates, and scheduling outreach meetings for industry and foundations;


  • Interest in fundraising roles: The intern will gain greater knowledge of the core development functions of a non-profit. We hope to find someone who has a particular interest in learning more about this area.
  • Professionalism: The intern will be expected to represent MRA and will need excellent interpersonal skills, specifically in order to write a good business email and hold meaningful conversations with donors on the telephone.
  • Attention to detail: strong eye for details and focus on quality control is paramount, and we begin evaluating this characteristic as soon as we review the application materials requested below.
  • Drive: The ideal intern will be ambitious and eager to take on new responsibilities and new challenges. We are looking for someone who works hard to advance projects, with minimal supervision.
  • Marketing instinct: The intern will assist in drafting outreach materials. We want someone who not only has excellent oral and written communication skills but can think creatively about promoting this work.
  • All applicants must complete a security background check, be authorized to work in the US, and be located in Washington, DC

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.

Please submit a cover letter and resume - all applications materials should be attached as PDF files. Any application that does not include both a cover letter and a resume saved as PDFs will be rejected.

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