Development Intern

The Illinois Prison Project seeks a dynamic, creative, and resourceful Development Intern to join our team. Start and end dates are flexible, however we prefer this intern to be with the team for the full school year. 

The Development Intern will provide fundraising and development support to the Executive Director. This is a great opportunity for someone who is interested in learning more about the fundraising and development side of nonprofits and is interested in potentially pursuing a career in nonprofit management. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this can be a remote opportunity, although preference will be given to Chicago-area based applicants. Interns are asked to work approximately 15-20 hours per week, between normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm). In your cover letter, please specify your approximate start/end dates and your approximate available hours. Currently, IPP internships are unpaid.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Review, conduct research, and reach out to current IPP donors
  • Help to plan and coordinate virtual and in-person fundraising events and initiatives
  • Establish new relationships with potential high-donors
  • Reach out to potential for-profit company partners, like Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and/or philanthropic teams
  • Assist in establishing fundraising goals
  • Brainstorm and creatively establish new partnerships in order to reach our fundraising goals
  • Assist the Executive Director with writing grant proposals

Desired Qualifications:

  • Is able to work at least 15 hours per week (start and end dates are flexible) during M-F 9-5
  • Is exceptionally detail oriented and friendly
  • Has excellent written communication skills in English; ability to compose, edit, and proofread materials
  • Is comfortable cold-calling and reaching out to new organizations, companies, and potential donors.
  • Exhibits independence and self-initiative
  • Is motivated to learn more about Illinois' criminal justice system
  • Is passionate about supporting criminal justice reform


Illinois Prison Project is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion or belief, sex, pregnancy, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Illinois Prison Project believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as an organization, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

How to Apply:

  • Submit a resume and cover letter via email to info@illinoisprisonproject.org with “Development Intern” in the subject line.
  • In your cover letter, please specify your approximate start/end dates and your approximate available hours.
  • Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Please note: applications that do not include a cover letter will not be considered.