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Development Intern (OH #1920-03)

City: Columbus

State: Ohio

The American Lung Association has a great opportunity for a Development Intern to join our incredible team in our Columbus, OH 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 and development activities to gain experience in the field of fundraising, development, marketing and 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 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 ALA’s digital properties.
      • Participate in staff meetings and learning opportunities.
    • Communications
      • Assist with general administrative support for the Development Department to gain exposure to specific events terminology.
      • Assist in the planning of the American Lung Association’s special events
      • Serve as liaison for customer service and troubleshooting for signature events and internal kickoffs.
      • Assist with brainstorming and providing creative ideas to execute events and fundraising platforms.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain a basic understanding of media platforms by assisting in the preparation and production of marketing and media materials.
  • Learn more about Non-Profit structure, including mission, development, and communications efforts.
  • Gain a basic understanding of media platforms by assisting in the preparation and production of marketing and media materials.
  • Gain technical training by utilizing ALA’s digital properties.
  • Learn about team building and collaborating with staff.
  • Learn how to develop communications for the Development Department.
  • Learn to cultivate relationships.
  • 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 hours per week (flexible schedule) and must be eligible for course credit.   This position will be starting in Fall 2019.

  • Must be working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Non-Profit Management, Communication, Marketing, or related field
  • Must be eligible to receive college credit for internship
  • Qualified candidates must be enthusiastic, reliable, and interested in developing a career in communication, marketing, 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):

Email:  [email protected]

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


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