Marketing & Fundraising Intern - Summer (June-August)

  • Washington, DC
  • Intern

Company Description

The McClendon Center, founded in 1980, is a certified community based service provider operating under the District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health.  As a leading not-for-profit organization in Washington, DC, the McClendon Center provides outpatient behavioral rehabilitation to the mentally ill by fostering creativity, promoting friendship, instilling independence, and providing an outlet for emotional growth and greater participation in the community.    Accredited by Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the McClendon Center operates two programs: Day Program Services and the Core Services Agency (CSA).

Job Description

This internship will provide the right candidate with an opportunity to learn and grow as part of an effective fundraising team. This is a multi-faceted position that will encompass research, event planning, social media, story-telling, and drafting foundation proposals. The Development Director will work with the incumbent to identify any specific areas of interest and, together, will design a project to build skill sets in that field.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist with grants research and grant writing as needed

  • Draft reports, proposals, and donor appeals.

  • Assist with planning donor events and other activities (e.g., fundraiser happy hours)

  • Support special events including managing registration lists and event check-in operations

  • Draft content for the monthly e-newsletter, website, and social media.

  • Interview staff and program participants to develop compelling testimonials and stories that can be used in various media

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Current college or post-graduate student pursuing a degree in marketing, communications, nonprofit management, social work, or related field.

  • Excellent written, presentation, and communications skills.

  • Experience and/or ability to complete online research assignments.

  • Experience or willing to learn social media content management (Facebook and Twitter).

  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel (Publisher a plus)

  • Keen attention to detail.

  • Able to work independently and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check.

Additional Information

This internship is unpaid. You may be eligible for course credit, if approved by your education institution.

Physical Demands: The position requires moderate physical effort on a daily basis such as walking, bending, stooping and standing for periods of time.

McClendon Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion, or disability.

This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the job and the general nature and level of work performed by job holders within this job. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position.