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Intern - Strategic Planning (Spring 2023)

At CSIS we actively seek to employ a diverse group of people who embody our organizational values. We welcome and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decision makers concerned with global security and prosperity. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of some 200 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.

CSIS seeks a fall intern to support the Development Office. The Development Office Intern is part of the development team at CSIS that strategically develops and strengthens financial support from corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals to advance CSIS’s institutional goals and objectives. The development team seeks an energetic, detailed-oriented individual to assist with donor prospecting and retention, research, and to provide general administrative support. The internship would offer an opportunity to acquire experience and exposure to fundraising with corporate and foundation partners, while gaining a broader understanding of international affairs.

Interns will be paid a competitive hourly wage.

Essential duties and responsibilities
Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following

  • Writing technical materials such as donor briefs, proposals, and reports related to development and fundraising
  • Helping to maintain database of donors and prospects, namely updating mailing information of donors; maintaining records of donor contacts
  • Conducting prospect research to identify potential corporate, foundation, and government donors
  • Assisting in the logistics for meetings, roundtables, and high-level events with internal staff, donors, and the public, including coordinating materials for guests for monthly events
  • Helping to assemble solicitations and other materials for corporate and foundation donors
  • Assist with regular mailings of acknowledgement letters, renewal notices, and outreach materials
  • Assisting with ad hoc projects for the Development Office as the need arises
  • Full time (3 months consecutively) preferred

Knowledge, education, and experience

  • Must be at least a college junior, graduate student, or a recent graduate
  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited U.S. institution or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution
  • Excellent research, writing, editing and proofreading skills with the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment with ability to work well under deadlines and with competing tasks
  • Keen attention to detail and highly organized
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a positive, ‘can do’ attitude
  • Knowledge of and interest in international relations, nonprofit management, fundraising and communications preferred, but not required
  • Knowledge of Salesforce or similar CRM applications is a plus
  • Ability to work independently

Physical requirements and work conditions

The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee working in an office environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to apply

To apply, interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to