Washington State Budget & Policy Center internship

The Washington State Budget & Policy Center is offering a winter internship. The program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. This is an unpaid educational internship designed to provide the intern with exposure to fundraising and database management as well as the public policy field to aid the intern in selecting a career, and/or in fulfilling course work requirements. Upon successful completion of the internship, the intern may receive a letter of reference. In addition, the supervisor will certify time spent for educational credit towards college degrees and work experience. The intern is encouraged to enter the internship with goals in mind and communicate those goals to staff members so they can assist with fulfillment of those goals.

About the Budget & Policy Center: The Washington State Budget & Policy Center is an independent, progressive policy organization that works to create a just and prosperous state through sound research and analysis.
Internship objective: To offer training and experience to students or recent graduates interested in learning the basics of fundraising and donor database management.
Internship type: Database Management/Fundraising
Start date: November 2010
End date: Negotiable
Hours per week: 10-15 hours per week/depending upon the number of weeks scheduled to intern.
Compensation: Internships are unpaid, but interns may be provided with a small travel stipend.

Applicants should:

  • have completed the Freshman year as an undergraduate;
  • be comfortable with Windows-based software and be able to spend extended periods at a computer terminal;
  • have experience with fundraising database systems, especially Exceed and Salesforce;
  • be proficient with Microsoft Access a plus;
  • have excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • be discreet, professional and mindful of confidential information; and
  • be committed to the goals of the Budget & Policy Center.

Description of intern responsibilities – Will assist the Development Associate and Manager of Donor Relations in several projects:

  • Coordinate data spot-checking for Exceed Basic to Salesforce transition. Verify data is correct by comparing reports with Salesforce interface. Keep track of inconsistencies and communicate data discrepancies in a timely manner. As needed, work with external consultant to correct data.
  • Updating other databases as needed.
  • Assist with annual appeals.
  • Assist with event planning.
  • The intern may spend some time (approximately 10%) on administrative tasks such as organizing office supplies, filing, or processing mailings.

Evaluation – Interns will be evaluated by their supervisor at the end of the internship. Evaluations will be based upon the following:

  • Quality of work
  • Willingness to complete tasks as assigned
  • Initiative

Intern supervisor: Kate McMullen, Development Associate
Location: 1402 Third Avenue, Suite 1215, Seattle, WA 98101

Application instructions:

Please submit the following to Kate McMullen at katem(at)budgetandpolicy.org:
1. A cover letter that should include the following:

  • An explanation of why you wish to work at the Budget & Policy Center.
  • A description of your areas of interest. Be specific.
  • A description of what you hope to achieve in this internship.
  • How many hours you would like to work per week and your preferred start and end dates.
  • Any other information you feel would be relevant.

2. A resume. Remember to include volunteer and school activities.
3. A list of two current references.

Deadline: The Budget & Policy Center will accept applications for this internship through November 20th.

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