Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Development Internship at the Institute for the Study of War

Development Internship at the Institute for the Study of War

About the Organization: The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) advances an informed understanding of military affairs through reliable research, trusted analysis, and innovative education. We are committed to improving the nation’s ability to execute military operations and respond to emerging threats in order to achieve U.S. strategic objectives. ISW is a non-partisan, non-profit, public policy research organization. We believe that the formulation of strategy and policy must be driven by the realities of current conflicts and threats. In pursuit of this principle, ISW conducts detailed, open source intelligence analysis to provide the most accurate information on current military operations. Our research educates military and civilian leaders, members of the media, and the public to enhance the quality of policy debates. ISW researchers spend time in conflict zones conducting independent assessments and enhancing their understanding of realities on the ground. ISW also conducts regular briefings for senior military commanders and Members of Congress, and hosts timely events for a wide-ranging and influential audience to facilitate the exchange of ideas. Since our founding in 2007, military and civilian leaders have come to rely on ISW as an unbiased and invaluable resource. We aim to ensure that the decision-makers and practitioners of military policy are formulating and executing the most effective strategies based on our timely and independent analysis.

About the position: The Development Intern is responsible for assisting the Development Department in developing, implementing, and monitoring ISW’s fundraising initiatives to enhance and promote the organization's funding base. The intern will be highly involved in prospect research and donor identification and will assist with the planning and coordination of cultivation events and activities. Among other duties, the Development Intern will be responsible for performing donor research and will be required to think creatively to identify donor prospects through internal and external sources. The intern will also assist in: authoring newsletter articles, gift acknowledgments, and ongoing communications to prospective and current donors; maintaining records and database information on prospective, past, and current donors; and assisting the Development Director with developing and implementing the strategic development plan.

Qualifications: Motivated undergraduates or recent graduates with an interest in fundraising and marketing are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates will have a strong academic record in business, public relations, political science, international relations and/or communications. Candidates with development or non-profit management experience are preferred. This position offers a unique opportunity for an individual with excellent communication skills, both oral and written, and an interest in international affairs, fundraising, and public relations to enhance their credentials. Strong candidates will have a commitment to and interest in ISW’s mission.

To apply: Please email your cover letter and resume to internships@understandingwar.org.

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