Development Intern (Fall)

Washington, D.C. (or remote) | Intern

Position overview

The Development Intern will support the Development team in its efforts to identify, cultivate and steward individuals, companies, foundations, school and community groups interested in donating to Malala Fund. The Development Intern will conduct donor research projects, communicate with our supporters, support the organization’s fundraising campaigns and develop their fundraising skills. The ideal candidate is a highly organised individual with a passion for fundraising and girls’ education.

Responsibilities and tasks

Research and data management

  • Conduct research related projects on existing donors, partners and new prospects, utilizing various donor and fundraising research platforms
  • Provide donor database support across multiple platforms, including Excel, Salesforce, WealthEngine and others

Direct Engagement

  • Manage Malala Fund’s external giving inbox and communicate with donors and interested supporters
  • Conduct research on new giving circles and student supporter programs, lead outreach and host virtual information sessions or fundraising events
  • Support the development of fundraising tool-kits for select donor categories
Department Support
  • Assist with the end of year fundraising campaign by brainstorming creative ideas with the team, tracking cross-departmental action items and supporting the development of materials
  • Assist with the quarterly donor newsletter
  • Other fundraising administrative tasks as needed, such as processing, acknowledging and reconciling gifts

Qualifications and experience

  • Passion for fundraising, experience desirable
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience working collaborative; ability to work well with others through virtual platforms
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrable research skills
  • Maintain high degree of confidentiality with sensitive organisational matters interact professionally at all internal/external levels
  • Demonstrable commitment to Malala Fund’s mission
  • Passionate about global issues around girls’ education and gender equality

How to apply

Please submit your resume and response to the writing prompts below through the form on this page or to, indicating “Development Intern” in the subject line of your email. The deadline to apply is August 2, 2020.

Please respond to the following writing prompts in one to two short paragraphs each:

  • Tell us about a fundraising project you’ve worked on (at school, with friends or family, online, etc.) and why that cause was important to you
  • Brainstorm one to three fundraising ideas and why you think they would be successful at Malala Fund
  • Please write a mock email to a student group encouraging them to launch a fundraiser for Malala Fund

Please note that due to the very high number of applications we receive every time a position is posted, we are unfortunately only able to respond directly to candidates with whom we wish to move forward in the interview process.

Malala Fund is committed to safeguarding children and employment with our team is conditional upon successfully completing a background check.

Malala Fund is committed to racial equity and social justice. We actively seek applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences, ages, and identities, to provide a wide range of perspectives, ideas, views and insights into the strategy, policies, culture and ambitions of Malala Fund.

About Malala Fund

Registered as a public charity in the United Kingdom and the United States, Malala Fund is working toward a world where all girls can learn for 12 years and lead without fear. We advocate for resources and policy changes needed to give all girls a secondary education. The girls we serve have high goals for themselves — and we have high expectations for leaders who can help them. We invest in developing country education leaders and frontline organisations — the people who best understand girls in their communities — in regions where most girls are missing out on secondary school. We amplify girls’ voices. Malala Fund is building a movement of young education activists who, like Malala, speak truth to power around the world.