STAR is seeking a Development Intern for our Baton Rouge office to begin in the Fall. This position will provide the right candidate with an outstanding opportunity to learn and grow as a part of an effective fundraising team. The intern will assist in various projects in support of STAR’s fundraising and communications strategies. The Development Intern will report directly to the Development Director and also work with the CEO, as needed, to research and cultivate supporters, mange the organization’s donor database, track and evaluate fundraising efforts, and organize events.  This is an excellent opportunity for a highly organized and motivated individual to develop skills in nonprofit work and ultimately learn about victim’s rights and support sexual assault survivors.


  • Current college student pursuing Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, nonprofit management, social work or related field.
  • Possess an interest in a nonprofit career- particularly development and fundraising
  • Be responsible, flexible, hard-working, ethical, and committed to the mission of STAR
  • Possess a high level of organizational skills and be detail oriented
  • Possess sold oral and written communication skills
  • Be proficient in variety of computer skill, e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat, expected and InDesign, and Photoshop a plus
  • Be able to operate standard office equipment (fax, photocopier, shredder, etc.)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a commitment to building strong working relationships with colleagues, donors and community partners
  • Ability to behave professionally with clients and co-workers
  • Must have the ability to communicate effectively, problem-solve, and work well with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Must have the ability to handle multiple tasks and respond to shifting priorities

Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Act consistently with agency mission, philosophy and core values and help promote the same in others
  • Ensure positive work culture by modeling STAR’s core values at all times
  • Conduct prospect research on individual, foundation and corporate donors
  • Maintain donor database and files, including calendaring deadlines, logging donations, generating and sending donor acknowledgements and logging donor appreciation efforts
  • Assist staff with researching state and federal regulations regarding donor solicitation and general development efforts (e.g., raffles, auctions)
  • Assist with making phone calls/cold calls to solicit gift cards, food donations, silent auction items, as needed
  • Support staff with logistics associated with special events, including assistance with creation of invitation lists, all logistics, soliciting sponsors, communicating with venues and vendors (e.g., Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Take Back the Night, Hunks in Heels, Champions of Change Breakfast, Evening of Appreciation, Denim Days, Give Back Nights)
  • Assist with Direct Mail Campaigns (e.g., Year End, Annual Giving and Annual Report Mailings)
  • Participate in team meetings and other events, as needed
  • Assist with tracking and evaluation of all development efforts
  • Work with the Development Director, CEO and other staff, as needed, to manage relationships with branch-based donors (e.g., send acknowledgement letters, thank you cards, manage donor contact list, etc.)

Time Commitment/Work Hours
: Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm; some evenings and weekends may be required. Minimum of 15 hours per week; minimum 3 month commitment, with 6 months desired.  (We will work with student’s schedule within these hours.

Compensation: This is an unpaid internship.  College credit may be available through the candidate’s college or university, if allowed. Position offers an excellent opportunity to work on projects and can result in a great reference.

How to Apply: To apply for this position, please submit a resume, cover letter detailing your experience, and a minimum of three professional references no later than Friday, July 21, 2017, to Alicia Murphy, Development Director at