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Nonprofit Development Internship (PAID)

RMHC Philly is seeking a Development Intern ready to embark on a transformative journey, where passion meets purpose, by joining our team and creating a meaningful impact on behalf of the families we serve!

Job Summary:

The Development Internship at RMHC Philly is a unique and immersive experience working directly under the mentorship of the Chief Development Officer. The position is designed for individuals eager to learn the intricacies of running a robust development team for one of the most impactful nonprofit organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

The Development Intern will gain a comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted operations within the development landscape that fuel our effort to advance our mission, impact, and longevity. From Major Gifts and Institutional Giving to Annual Giving, Events, and Database Administration, you’ll contribute to and support every facet of our mission. This role encompasses a diverse range of responsibilities, including but not limited to event logistics and planning, day-of event coordination, active promotion at third-party fundraisers or donor events, facilitating tours of the Chestnut Street House, and direct support for all members of the development team.

This is not just an internship — it’s an invitation to be an integral part of our efforts to provide critical support to families in need.

This position includes some travel within the Philadelphia region, requiring a car.

Essential Duties:

  • Be physically present at our Chestnut Street House, fostering a direct connection with the heart of our mission and the families we serve.
  • Active participation in Events- attend and actively engage in events both onsite and out within the community at large whenever scheduling allows, ensuring a firsthand understanding of our community dynamics and donor interactions.
  • Collaborate with the Special Events and Family Activities to orchestrate seamless fundraising events and family entertainment opportunities. This involves meticulous coordination, from pre-event participant and vendor confirmations to day-of event/activity management and post-event/activity follow-up.
  • Industry Research for Continuous Improvement – conduct research on evolving non-profit trends. Use insights to enhance our current development policies and procedures, ensuring that we stay at the forefront of effective fundraising strategies.
  • Relationship Management – engage with various stakeholders of the organizations such as donors, volunteers, community groups, board members, and staff across all departments.
  • Cultivate relationships that strengthen our network and foster a sense of community around our fundraising efforts.
  • Marketing and Communications – collaborate with the Marketing and Communications team to support the development and implementation of strategic initiatives, ensuring alignment with the overall mission and goals of RMHC Philly and RMHC Global.
  • Social Media Support – actively contribute to our social media presence by creating engaging content related to fundraising events. When possible, provide content for the marketing team to promote events, share live updates, and interact with our online community. Leverage social platforms to enhance our reach and foster a sense of community engagement for our donor base.
  • Database Administration- help maintain our donor database, ensuring accurate and up-to-date records. Utilize the database for recording donor communication and extracting information to enhance the efficiency of fundraising efforts.
  • In-Kind Donation Coordination – assist in the procurement and management of in-kind donations and auction items, playing a key role in maximizing the support we receive from generous contributors.
  • Stewardship Communication- engage in stewardship communication to express gratitude to donors, fostering meaningful relationships. Conduct follow-up calls after events to thank attendees and gather feedback, contributing to the cultivation of a supportive donor community. 


  • Rising Sophomore, Junior or Senior, currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program in Business, Hospitality, Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations, Event Planning, Communications, or related degrees


  • Effective Communication Skills – demonstrates excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, ensuring clear and concise interactions within the team and external stakeholders.
  • Organized and Efficient – exhibits strong organizational and time management skills, efficiently handling tasks with precision and meeting deadlines effectively.
  • Adaptability and Flexibility – adapts seamlessly to changes, demonstrating flexibility when needed, and embraces evolving priorities with a solutions-oriented approach.
  • Independent and Team-Oriented – capable of working independently and collaboratively within a team, fostering a balanced and harmonious approach to achieving goals.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office – proficient in using Microsoft Office tools, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, ensuring effective communication and documentation.
  • Passion for Non-Profit Events and Fundraising – possesses a sincere interest in a non-profit career, particularly in fundraising and events, bringing enthusiasm and dedication to the role.

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to work flexible hours, including occasional nights and/or weekends, to accommodate the to meet project demands.
  • Ability to transport oneself and event materials to and from various sites within the Philadelphia region, ensuring efficient logistics management, requires a car

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • Moderate sedentary office work. Frequently required to sit and spend moderate amount of time on the computer.
  • Must be willing and able to travel between RMHC Philadelphia locations and other regional locations using personal vehicle or alternative
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel; talk or hear.
  • Must be physically capable of lifting and transporting up to 30 lbs., contributing to the physical demands associated with event setup and breakdown.

Interested student applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to HRDevelopment@rmhcphilly.org.