Development Intern

About The National Women’s Health Network

Founded in 1975, the National Women’s Health Network improves the health of all women by developing and promoting a critical analysis of health issues in order to affect policy and support consumer decision-making. We are consumer activists, supported by a national membership of thousands of individuals.

Position Description

The Network seeks a current college student, current graduate student, or recent college graduate who is interested in serving as a Development Intern and providing a wide range of database, research, administrative, and general support to the Network’s development team. In return, the Network will provide an opportunity for the intern to gain experience in and familiarity with areas such as fundraising, philanthropy, women’s health, advocacy, consumer advocacy, and the day-to-day operations of a nonprofit organization with a national reach. Successful applicants gain experience in the administrative and external roles of the Development Office, from stewarding donors, writing monthly pieces, understanding the importance of quality control in fundraising, interacting with vendors. Past interns have had the chance to explore various avenues of fundraising from grant proposals, event planning and all forms of individual giving. This position will report to the Director of Development.

Specific Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assist with in entering data into The Raiser’s Edge, the Network’s donor database
  • Conduct research on potential donors and possibly foundations
  • Draft correspondence, copy edit appeals and proofread letters
  • Steward donors through strong and responsive communication, with a key role in Collective Champions, our monthly donor program, and producing gift acknowledgments
  • Assist the development staff in planning events and other activities
  • Maintain donor and department files, including development materials
  • Assist with mailings, filing, and special projects, as needed


  • Interest in fundraising for the nonprofit sector
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ideally familiarity with and/or experience with databases, preferably with Raiser’s Edge
  • Clear written and oral communication abilities
  • Strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail

Hours, Start Date and Duration

The position is based in Washington, D.C. The Network’s business hours are 9 am – 5:30 pm. A firm commitment of 20 to 30 hours per week is required. The internship will start at a mutually agreed upon date and may continue further depending on mutual interest and satisfactory performance.

How to Apply

To apply for the Development Internship at the National Women’s Health Network, please email your resume and a cover letter expressing your interest in the position to Director of Development Michelle Lockwood, Please include “Development Internship” in the subject line of your email.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. NWHN will work with students and their colleges or universities to complete any documentation required.

While the above is a description of the essential functions of the position, other duties may be assigned. This internship description is subject to change at the discretion of management.