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Development Intern

Development Team

The Development Intern will be focused on curating new fundraising ideas and campaigns to bring in the most funding possible for Pawsible. They will work closely with the Director of Development. Pawsible’s Development Team heads all Pawsible’s revenue streams which includes: fundraisers, grants, and donor relationships at all levels of the organization. The Development Intern will also have the opportunity to work with other teams and interns throughout their internship.

This is a remote, part-time, and unpaid position within a growing organization. We are currently unable to pay any team member within Pawsible. The remote aspect of this position will be conducted largely on your own time and will require fluency in Google Suite products. Video conferencing will be used for meetings that will occur on a regular basis as they fit in your schedule.


In addition to assisting the Pawsible Team in your department, interns will receive professional development, networking, and other insights into the workings of a small nonprofit. We are looking for individuals that are able to commit at least 5-10 hours a week, but can be flexible to your availability. If you are doing this for course credit, we will do our best to accomodate the needs of your academic program.


The Summer 2021 Internship Program will begin June 1, 2021 and end August 13, 2021. These dates can be adjusted to fit the needs of your academic program on an as needed basis.


You do not need to be a student or involved in volunteer puppy raising to be an intern.

Key Attributes

  • Accountability - Pawsible is a young and growing nonprofit that cultivates a fast-paced startup environment in which team members, including interns, have a great deal of autonomy and ownership over their work. Working at Pawsible may be a bit of an adjustment for some, but we know you can flourish here. Maintaining personal accountability with all the work you do here, especially with projects and time management, will help you get the most out of your experience with Pawsible.

  • Initiative - Becoming a Development Intern requires taking initiative beyond the tasks given to you by the CEO. Our startup environment is well-suited to self-starters that take initiative with their projects and related work. In this position you are encouraged to grow and work beyond the basic outline of this position description.

  • Empathy - Practicing empathy is essential to all of our work here at Pawsible. This applies to working with team members, program applicants and recipients, and our external community. You can embody empathy by practicing growth mindset, giving and receiving feedback constructively, communicating with an open-mind, and assuming positive intent even in tough situations. We do not have a tolerance for discriminatory or judgmental behavior. We hope that as a Development Intern you will use your position and resources to make the raising of future assistance dogs a better experience for all.

  • Dedication - As a volunteer for Pawsible we greatly value your contributions to our cause and organization; we invest back into you through goal setting, mentorship, projects, and various other ways. Volunteering with us does require dedication not just to our cause and mission, but to our team and the team members you work with. We have found the more time and effort you pour into your work with Pawsible, the more you will get out of your experience with us.

As a Development Intern you will:

Be a Team Member

  • Plan projects with the Development Team

  • Give input on other development-related projects in order to improve them

  • Collaborate with other members of the Development Team and members of the greater Pawsible Team

  • Attend virtual team meetings

  • Maintain confidentiality as required. Protected information, such as program applicant and team member information / demographics, are highly confidential and not to be shared externally. (Exceptions are managed by Pawsible’s Marketing & Communications team in accordance with our Privacy Policy).

Assist with Fundraisers, Grants, & Donor Relations

  • Help run national-level and peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns

  • Pitch ideas for fundraisers and fundraising campaigns

  • Work with the Director of Development to promote campaigns through newsletters, social media, and our Chapter Representatives

  • Help manage all online fundraising platforms, assist with the management of  online branded apparel and product store in coordination with the Director of Development

  • Help manage grant applications

  • Work with the Director of Development to standardize methods of donor appreciation

Grow Pawsible

  • Identify grant opportunities, build a functional understanding of grant management, and assist in grant funding applications

  • Research and identify company sponsorship, fundraising, promotional partnership opportunities

  • Increase reach through donor relations

  • Grow all of Pawsible’s fundraising efforts and form a robust fundraising structure

Participate in Pawsible’s Internship Program

  • Bi-Weekly check ins with your Supervisor

  • Monthly check ins with your Mentor

  • Attend Informative Presentations on every Pawsible Team

  • Attend Professional Development & Workshops

  • Complete a project and present to the Pawsible Team

  • Track hours working on Pawsible

  • Create and achieve personal goals with your Mentor