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Strategic Partnerships Grants Intern – Spring 2023 (Remote Eligible)

Building Tomorrow, Inc., an international social-profit organization delivering literacy and numeracy to children in underserved areas in Uganda, invites interested individuals to apply for our Strategic Partnerships Grants Intern position.

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Started in 2006, Building Tomorrow equips communities to support universal access to inclusive, quality education. Through a team of 150 Building Tomorrow Fellows and over 7,000 Community Education Volunteers, Building Tomorrow will deliver its Roots to Rise literacy and numeracy programming to more than 100,000 learners in 2022 in response to a nearly two-year closure of schools in Uganda. Between offices in the USA and Uganda, Building Tomorrow has a full-time staff of nearly 175, just seven of whom work in the United States. Building Tomorrow has received funding and recognition for its innovative work from the Mastercard Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, Educate A Child, Echoing Green, Big Bang Philanthropy, and Forbes Magazine. More information can be found online at:

The Strategic Partnerships team, headquartered in Building Tomorrow’s Indianapolis office, is responsible for identifying, cultivating, securing, and stewarding funding from institutional and individual partners, as well as liaising with volunteers and other stakeholders. In 2022, Building Tomorrow has raised over $3 million in funds for the current operating year, and we look to be able to further scale our programs with additional multi-year investments from philanthropic foundations, individual gifts, event revenue, and multilateral organizations and donor governments.

The Strategic Partnerships Grants Intern will join Building Tomorrow’s three-person Strategic Partnerships team and will report to the Grants Manager. The ideal candidate is self-motivated and detail-oriented, with experience or interest in business development, nonprofit operations, the international education sector, and/or international development. The Intern will be a valued member of a tight-knit team, with opportunities to build research, writing, and prospecting skills, while collaborating within a dynamic international nonprofit operation.

Active Engagement
  • Serve as an active member of the Strategic Partnerships team, consistently bringing ideas and energy
New Business Development
  • Conduct prospect research, both supporting ongoing efforts by the Strategic Partnerships team and working independently to develop innovative methods to expand our funder pipeline
  • Strategize ways to make current prospect tracking more efficient, and implement agreed-upon solutions
  • Help maintain the institutional prospect calendar and Salesforce databases
Grants Support
  • Draft content for grant applications, reports, and letters of inquiry
  • Draft briefing papers/talking points for meetings with funders and potential funders
  • Support or lead select systems streaming efforts, possibly including the compilation of internal reference documents or media toolkits and organizing historical grant data
  • Research and compile key statistics from authoritative sources on education and learning in Uganda and create a central repository system
  • Assist with organizing shared drive files
  • Other duties as assigned

  • You have an unshakeable passion for education equality, believing access to an inclusive, quality education is a basic human right.
  • You possess creative ingenuity, being progressive in your thinking and approaching challenges old and new. You are intrapreneurial and unafraid to pilot new ideas.
  • You are relentlessly determined. You refuse to accept the status quo and persistently strive to create new opportunities to reach more children, allowing them to reach their maximum potential.
  • You believe in collaborative engagement. You believe more can be achieved together than alone, believe in the power of cultivating relationships and see everyone as an equal partner.

  • Pursuing a college or master’s degree, or recent graduate
  • High level of attention to detail and ability to problem solve
  • Ability to self-motivate and think critically to bring creative ideas and solutions to assigned tasks
  • Excellent time management skills and capacity to multi-task
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and positive energy
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, Salesforce a plus
  • Possess superior English written and oral communication skills.

Building Tomorrow’s intent is to work with the selected applicant to ensure academic credit is received, where relevant. The internship itself is unpaid. The internship can be based in-person in Indianapolis, IN, or be conducted remotely. The intern must commit to working at least 10 hours/week. This internship reports to the Grants Manager and works alongside the rest of the Strategic Partnerships team.

All applicants must submit a CV, a cover letter, and a recent writing or creative sample in English. Please also note your availability in terms of start date and full-time versus part-time. If someone referred you to apply for this position, please provide their name in your cover letter.

Building Tomorrow is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and maintains a dedication to promoting gender equity, diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion, and recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or age.