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Development Intern (WA #1920-49)

City: Seattle

State: Washington

The American Lung Association has a great opportunity for a Development Intern to join our incredible team in our Seattle, WA 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 promote and execute fundraising activities to gain experience in the field of special 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 special event databases and social media platforms.
    • Participate in staff meetings and learning opportunities.
  • Communications
    • Create content for specific event/activity, publish it and manage the social media communications
    • Collaborate for content planning and strategizing social media calendars
    • Analyze content performance on social media channels and develop corrective measures to enhance performance
    • Assist with the participant outreach for promoting events
    • Assist with general administrative support for upcoming events to gain exposure to specific events terminology
    • Assist in data entry, tabling promotional events, mailings, event promotion, and volunteer recruitment
    • Participate in brainstorming sessions to develop creative ideas for successful execution of marketing, recruitment, and fundraising plans for special events

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain understanding of content management system, social media platforms, and Brandhub
  • Learn how to develop inbound and outbound communications strategy
  • Develop basic understanding of branded content development and communications
  • Gain technical training by utilizing the special events database and office programs.
  • Learn more about Non-Profit structure, including mission, development, and communications efforts.
  • Learn to cultivate relationships and communicate/collaborate 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 is for Winter 2020.


  • Must be working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Non-Profit Management, public relations, 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 special events, fundraising, 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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