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Development Intern (CA #1920-38)

City: Oakland

State: California

The American Lung Association has a great opportunity for a Development Intern to join our incredible team in our Oakland, CA office. Working alongside members of the Development Team, the intern will join an outstanding group of professionals dedicated to our mission: to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education, and advocacy.

The intern will assist the American Lung Association Development staff in the execution of fundraising development activities to gain hands-on experience in the fields of Fundraising, Development, Marketing & Communications, and Event Planning.


This is a great opportunity for the intern to enhance their skills in organization, multi-tasking and communications. The intern can expect to develop confidence and marketable skills by engaging in or assisting with our Fight For Air Climb:

  • Event preparation: gain hands-on experience by assisting with event logistics, managing/coaching team captains and volunteers, solicitation and coordination of in-kind sponsors.
  • Participate in the community events’ recruitment process.
  • Assist with general administrative support for the Development Department to gain exposure to specific events terminology.
  • Serve as liaison for customer service and troubleshooting for the Fight For Air Climb and internal kickoffs.
  • Assist with brainstorming and providing creative ideas to execute on events and fundraising platforms.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn more about Non-Profit structure, including mission, development, and communications efforts.
  • Gain experience in event planning by assisting in event logistics, sponsor/donor outreach, creating/editing marketing materials, and coordinating event setup/breakdown.
  • Develop leadership skills by creating Climb team and managing/inspiring groups to fundraise and participate
  • Strengthen communications skills through proof reading and editing documents, grant writing, writing emails and making phone calls to solicit donations.
  • Learn time management strategies by effectively meeting special projects deadlines as assigned by Development Team, in addition to executing projects related to the day to day administrative options of the Oakland office.
  • Learn to cultivate relationships and effectively engage volunteers.
  • Learn how to communicate in a professional office setting.


Before internship begins, documentation from the school may be required stating that this internship opportunity is eligible for academic credits.

This is an unpaid internship position requiring a minimum time commitment of 10 to 20 hours per week (flexible schedule) and must be eligible for course credit.


  • Must be working towards or have attained a Bachelor's Degree in Non-Profit Management, Communications or related field
  • Qualified candidates must be enthusiastic, reliable, and interested in developing a career in communications or non-profit management
  • Qualified candidates should possess strong writing skills, attention to detail, and have a keen interest in the mission of the American Lung Association
  • Ability to multitask, perform in a team environment, and a demonstrated willingness to learn
  • Ability to work independently
  • Computer Proficiency – Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Social Media
  • Ability to lift and carry 25 lbs. (supplies)
  • Consistent with its mission, the American Lung Association maintains a smoke-free workplace; all unpaid interns and volunteers must abstain from tobacco use in any form


Please e-mail you cover letter and resume to (include EXACT title in subject of email):

Email: [email protected]

The American Lung Association is dedicated to a diverse workforce.
Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

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