The Development Department is comprised of three branches: individual giving, major gifts, and corporate giving. The department supports American Forests’ mission and vision through a variety of fundraising activities including direct mail appeals, cause marketing, and individual donor and corporate partner prospecting. The Marketing & Development Intern plays a key role in helping the organization reach its fundraising goals by supporting each team’s unique marketing needs. Through their work with staff within the department and across the organization, the intern will have the opportunity to assist the nation’s oldest national conservation nonprofit in making an impact on critical forest ecosystems worldwide.

Job Description

  • Assist the Director of Corporate Giving and Director of Major Gifts in cultivating key prospects through research, preparation of communication pieces and implementation of the department’s marketing plan.
  • Research corporate and individual donor prospects and developing tailored fundraising marketing pitches.
  • Prepare detailed reports including giving history, relationships and additional fundraising materials for corporate and individual donor visits.
  • Work directly with a variety of corporate partners, cultivating their relationship with American Forests through personalized communications pieces and other stewardship activities.
  • Attend educational fairs and events; educate and answer questions from the public about the organization.
  • Develop and execute in-house marketing campaigns, including digital e-mail appeals, newsletters, and print materials.
  • Offer ideas and insight into improving individual and corporate prospect outreach and marketing efforts.
  • Administrative duties as assigned.


Candidates must be currently attending an accredited four-year college or university, preferably enrolled in a communications/public relations, journalism, marketing or English program. American Forests internships are unpaid and available year-round to students receiving academic credit. While unpaid, American Forests’ internships are an opportunity to receive academic credit while gaining experience in the nonprofit fundraising environment, knowledge of conservation issues and programs, and by serving a key role in the organization’s strategic fundraising plan.


  • Detail-oriented with strong grammar and editing skills
  • Strong research skills
  • Excellent customer service
  • Highly organized with strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Ability to work independently, without supervision
  • Must be able to communicate in a professional manner with donors and fellow staff
  • Proficient using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Business or humanities background, or nonprofit interest, a plus
  • Interest in development, marketing, fundraising or conservation a plus

To Apply

We are currently accepting applicants for the winter/spring and summer 2018 terms. To apply for this internship, please send a cover letter and résumé to Ellie Parrish, Manager of Development, at The position will remain open until filled.