Intern - Development
Washington NationalsWashington, DC
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Full Time Unpaid Internship
The Nationals Youth Baseball Academy is a 501(c)3 organization that uses the sports of baseball and softball to foster character development, academic achievement and improved health among youth from underserved communities in Washington DC. The Academy seeks a dedicated intern to assist with the continued build out of its development operations.
The right candidate will have an interest in advancement, non-profit management, project design and proposal / grant writing, and prospect research, outreach and communications. As the Academy is a relatively new venture, so too are the development operations of the Academy -- the intern will be part of a team putting together new systems, processes and policies that enhance the ability of the Academy to communicate its story to potential supporters and secure resources in support of its mission.
The Nationals are a military-friendly organization actively recruiting veterans and spouses.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Maintenance of a prospect management database, including tracking outreach / communication to existing and potential funders.
• Prospect research, including use of a robust research tool to help identify new sources of support; design and execute strategies to introduce the work of the Academy to these funders.
• Generating letters, newsletters, updates, etc for supporter audiences and assist with distribution of those communication to key audiences.
• Assist with gift processing, including recording, receipting and acknowledgement.
• Numerous other duties as assigned.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
• Currently enrolled as an under graduate or graduate student of an accredited college or university and have completed a minimum of 1 semester or have graduated from an accredited college or university within the last 6 months. Or equivalent military experience
• Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
• Successfully pass a Background Investigation.
• Available for the entire term of the Internship.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities necessary to perform essential functions
• Experience working in an office setting, ideally for small or non-profit organization
• Experience with fundraising efforts in some capacity – drives, events, campaigns, etc;
• Excellent organizational skills; solid writing skills and enjoyment of creative writing and marketing;
• Willingness to work as a team player and tackle with enthusiasm even menial or mundane tasks;
• Interest in organizations focused on youth / community development;
• High level of competence in Excel and/or experience working with databases.
• Uphold Core Values: Excellence, Performance, and Accountability. These core values set the tone in everything we do, help us succeed on and off the field, make a difference in the community and provide the best guest experience in sports. It is important that the person in the position commits themselves to these core values so that we can constantly move forward in the same direction – Together.
• Office: Working conditions are normal for an office environment. Position may require occasional weekend and/or evening work.
• More About the Academy: Children in many parts of Washington, D.C. face academic and social challenges that profoundly hinder their development and minimize their potential to succeed. Poverty, low academic achievement, poor health, obesity, exposure to anti-social influences and a lack of exposure to perspectives and influences outside of their immediate neighborhoods all combine to limit their opportunities. The challenges they face are complex, systemic and intertwined – but the effects of those challenges for children in neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River are stark:
• Less than 30% of elementary school students achieve passable test scores in math and reading.
• More than 40% of young people under the age of 18 in DC’s Ward’s 7 & 8 are obese and access to healthy eating options is severely limited for all children and families.
• Nearly 60% of students drop out of high school before graduation, mostly before the tenth grade.
• The Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy (Academy) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was developed to address these challenges head-on. The mission of the Academy is to use baseball and softball as vehicles to foster positive character development, academic achievement, and improved health among youth from at-risk communities in Washington, D.C.
• Operating out of a state of the art, nine-acre education and recreation campus in Ward 7’s Fort Dupont Park, the Academy offers an enduring environment for children to receive high quality, holistic youth development programming. The facility at the Academy features an 18,000 sq. ft. education center complete with 7 classrooms, a full teaching kitchen, and multi-purpose training/education space, as well as grounds that include 3 baseball/softball diamonds and a teaching garden.
When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:
1. Yes/No. Are you currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student of an accredited university or have you graduated within the last 6 months?
2. Yes/No. Do you have experience working with a non-profit?
3. Yes/No. Do you have experience with any of the following activities: project design and proposal/grant writing, prospect research, and outreach and communications? Please explain.
4. Yes/No. Do you live in DC, MD, or VA?