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Development Intern (WI #1920-52)

City: Brookfield

State: Wisconsin

The American Lung Association has a great opportunity for a Development Intern to join our incredible team in our Brookfield, WI office. Working alongside members of the Development Team, you will join an outstanding group of professionals dedicated to our mission:  to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education, and advocacy.

In this role, the intern will assist the American Lung Association Development staff in Wisconsin to execute fundraising activities for the Fight For Air Climb, LUNG FORCE Walk, and Oxygen Ball to gain experience in the field of special event planning


This is a great opportunity for the intern to enhance their skills in organization, multi-tasking and communications.  The intern can expect to develop confidence and marketable skills by engaging in or assisting with many of the following activities:

  • Gain a basic understanding of the American Lung Association
    • Become knowledgeable of mission, development, and communications efforts.
    • Gain technical training by utilizing social media platforms and development databases.
    • Participate in staff meetings and learning opportunities.
  • Communications
    • Assist with general administrative support for the Fight For Air Climb, LUNG FORCE Walk, and Oxygen Ball to gain exposure to specific events terminology.
    • Assist in data entry, tabling promotional events, mailings, event promotions, volunteer recruitment, and day-of event.
    • Assist with brainstorming and providing creative ideas to execute successful marketing, recruitment, and fundraising plans for special events.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain a basic understanding of Convio, Brandhub, and social media platforms.
  • Learn more about Non-Profit structure, including mission, development, and communications efforts.
  • Gain technical training by utilizing the special events database and office programs.
  • Learn about team building and collaborating with staff.
  • Learn how to develop communications plans for volunteer and participant recruitment and social media platforms.
  • Learn to cultivate relationships.
  • Learn how to communicate in a professional office setting.


Before internship begins, documentation from the school may be required stating that this internship opportunity is eligible for academic credits.

This is an unpaid internship position requiring a minimum time commitment of 10 hours per week (flexible schedule) and must be eligible for course credit.  This position is for Spring 2020.


  • Must be working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Non-Profit Management, communications/public relations/marketing, or related field
  • Must be eligible to receive college credit for internship
  • Qualified candidates must be enthusiastic, reliable, and interested in developing a career in special events, communications, fundraising, or non-profit management
  • Qualified candidates should possess strong writing skills, attention to detail, and have a keen interest in the mission of the American Lung Association
  • Ability to multitask, perform in a team environment, and a demonstrated willingness to learn
  • Ability to work independently
  • Computer Proficiency – Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher
  • Ability to lift and carry 25 lbs. (supplies)
  • Consistent with its mission, the American Lung Association maintains a smoke-free workplace; all unpaid interns and volunteers must abstain from tobacco use in any form


Please e-mail you cover letter and resume to (include EXACT title in subject of email):


The American Lung Association is dedicated to a diverse workforce.
Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

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