Development Intern (EH #1920-53)

City: East Hartford
State: CT

The American Lung Association has a great opportunity for a Development Intern to join our incredible team in our East Hartford, CT office. Working alongside members of the Development Team, you 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.

In this role, the intern will assist the American Lung Association Development staff to execute fundraising activities to gain experience in the field of events and development.


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 many of the following activities:

  • Gain a basic understanding of the American Lung Association
    • Become knowledgeable of mission, development, and communications efforts.
    • Gain technical training by utilizing.
    • Participate in staff meetings and learning opportunities.
  • Communications
    • Assist with general administrative support for signature fundraising events, seeking in-kind donations, and sending letters to current donors and contacting potential corporate partners regarding fundraising opportunities to gain exposure to specific events terminology.
    • Assist in the field of development, health promotions, and events.
    • Assist in compiling donor information, and sponsorship packages for fundraising opportunities, and opportunities for in-kind donations.
    • Assist with brainstorming and providing creative ideas to execute events, obtaining in-kind donations, new event participants, and tabling opportunities.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain a basic understanding of various Development platforms.
  • Learn more about Non-Profit structure, including mission, development, and communications efforts.
  • Gain technical training by utilizing spreadsheets.
  • Learn about team building and collaborating with staff.
  • Learn how to develop communications for fundraising campaigns. 
  • Learn to cultivate relationships.
  • Learn how to communicate in a professional office setting.


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

This is an unpaid internship position requiring a minimum time commitment of 10 hours per week (flexible schedule). This position will be available starting in the 2019 Winter Session.


  • Must be working towards a bachelors degree in Non-Profit Management, Business, Marketing, Communications or related field
  • Qualified candidates must be enthusiastic, reliable, and interested in developing a career in Development 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 Publisher
  • 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):


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

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