Development Intern (Paid)

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks a Development Intern to be based at its Philip Merrill Environmental Center located in Annapolis, MD for Summer 2018.

About the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional non-profit conservation organization working solely to save the Bay. Established in 1967, CBF has a staff of approximately 185 employees working in offices in Annapolis Maryland; Richmond and VA Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. Our staff and volunteer corps work throughout the region educating students and adults, advocating for clean water polices, restoring waterways, and litigating when necessary.

CBF's headquarters office in Annapolis, MD is the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world’s first U.S. Green Build Council’s LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened The Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, VA. The Brock Center is one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.

CBF has an annual budget of approximately $21 million and is supported by more than 200,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF please visit

Context of the Position

The Development Intern will assist the Major Gift Officers in their duties to seek private funding support for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s annual operating needs and campaign initiatives by focusing on the donor base in the Washington DC and Baltimore metro region.  Function as a collaborative member of the Development team and the Major Gift Officers. 

Essential Functions

  1. Shadow Director or MGOs by attending various departmental-related meetings and calls with management (as appropriate)
  2. Attend environmental activities to learn from other staff and to experience "on-the-ground" environmental activities (e.g., oyster cultivation and restoration) and participate on a one-day educational field trip
  3. Assist staff with qualifying DC and MD prospects
  4.  Learn how to make thank you calls to recent donors that would help further qualify and steward them
  5. Joini staff in an effort to make phone calls to schedule appointments
  6. Assist staff with research Corporate prospects, businesses, and business leaders in Washington, DC and Baltimore
  7. Assist with the data entry into the LCRM system to assist staff with updating their portfolios/actions and tracking next step strategies

Professional Experience and Qualifications

Student pursuing Bachelor’s degree with interest and low-level experience in working with alumni, membership, annual giving and/or major gift solicitation and campaign experience. Successful candidate will demonstrate excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; experience with preparation of funding requests; an ability to work effectively with volunteers; an ability to work as a member of a fundraising team. Excellent time management skills needed to handle multiple, concurrent projects.  Proficiency in computer systems and experience with non-profit CRMs. Experience in a mission driven, environmental advocacy and educational organization is desirable.

How to Apply

To apply, please send cover letter and resume no later than March 23, 2018 to:

Human Resources/FY18-011-DI
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.                       

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