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BR-2326 Prospect Development Undergraduate Intern


WWF Overview  
For 60 years, WWF has worked to help people and nature thrive. As one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, WWF works in more than 100 countries, connecting cutting-edge conservation science with the collective power of our partners in the field – more than one million supporters in the United States and five million globally, as well as partnerships with communities, companies, and governments.  
Our vision for diversity, equity and inclusion at WWF is an organization as diverse as the world we protect; where the richness of all our unique views, experiences, and backgrounds combines to create the most sustainable and inclusive conservation outcomes possible — bringing the greatest benefit to the planet and every person who lives on it.  
Across the many cultures and individuals that represent WWF, we are unified by one mission, one brand, and one common set of values: Courage, Respect, Integrity and Collaboration. 
BRIDGE – Building Relationships, Inclusivity, Diversity, Growth, and Excellence 
WWF’s diversity-focused internship program, BRIDGE, aims to recruit professionals early in their careers who bring fresh thinking and innovation to the environmental and conservation sector and are well positioned to develop into the next generation of leaders. Our mission is to increase exposure of students from underrepresented populations to conservation and environmental careers, provide professional development opportunities, reduce the barriers to attracting a diverse pool of internship candidates, and develop a pipeline for future WWF hires from underrepresented populations. 
Position Summary 
WWF seeks an Prospect Development Undergraduate Intern interested in learning about donor research, management and fundraising as part of the WWF Prospect Development team. This position will assist the team in developing materials and effective systems to engage an audience of high-net-worth donors. The Prospect Development Intern will support every step of the donor lifecycle, from identification to cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. They will play a critical role in the enhancement of Development’s fundraising intelligence. 


Internship Description: 
Key responsibilities may include: 
  • Working with fundraisers and researchers to identify fundraising prospects and opportunities. 
  • Auditing donor contact information. 
  • Provide crucial background information on Development event attendees. 
  • Participating in internal meetings as requested. 
  • Preparing and distributing meeting notes following meetings. 
  • Other projects as assigned. 


Minimum Requirements:  
  • Must be an actively enrolled student and not received degree at time of internship start date. 
  • Pursuing an Associate’s or Bachelor’s program in Business Administration, Communications, English, History, Journalism, Marketing, or Political Science. Those studying outside these areas are still highly encouraged to apply. 
  • Excellent research skills and strong attention to detail. 
  • Organized and self-motivated. 
  • An interest in development/fundraising/research and international conservation. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment, meet concurrent deadlines, organize time and priorities and to do so in collaboration with diverse stakeholders. 
  • Exceptional communication, grammar, and editing skills. 
  • Identifies and aligns with WWF’s core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, and Collaboration:  
  • Demonstrates courage by speaking up even when it is difficult, or unpopular.  
  • Builds trust with colleagues by acting with integrity, owning mistakes, and holding oneself accountable.  
  • Welcomes other points of view and ideas, recognizing and embracing different and contrary perspectives with kindness, curiosity, and encouragement.  
  • Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices, behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and individuals.  
Preferred Qualifications:  
  • Experience in annual giving or fundraising campaigns.  
  • Experience writing or editing one or more of the following: newsletters, annual reports, donor profiles, acknowledgment letters, fact sheets, or equivalent, preferably in the nonprofit sector. 
  • Experience using critical thinking skills and qualitative report writing. 
Learning Outcomes 
  • Use of Relationship Management Best Practices for Fundraising. 
  • Using Constituent Relationship Management system to support the operational intelligence of fundraising and other Development functions. 
  • Principles of donor research and management systems. 
WWF interns will be provided a set of professional development opportunities, aimed at increasing their exposure to conservation and sustainability careers. This includes: 
  • Development discussions with their manager; 
  • Up to two online courses through Cornell University’s eCornell program; 
  • Speed mentoring with different WWF teams; 
  • Opportunity to present their work to intern peers and WWF staff; 
  • Session on resume and interviewing best practices. 
Interns will also have access to an array of networking opportunities. This includes meetings with WWF’s CEO, the senior management team, Employee Resource Groups, and representatives from other departments.  
US-Remote: WWF employs interns in all states with the exception of: Alabama, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Wyoming.