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Summer 2024: Communications and Development Intern (Unpaid)

🚀 Summer Internship

San Diego

💻 Remote

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  • You should be a detail-oriented student or recent graduate proficient in English and Microsoft Office. Experience in event planning, graphic design, or social media is a plus. Strong communication skills and ability to work in a fast-paced environment are essential.
  • You will support fundraising events, maintain databases, create outreach content, manage social media, collect client stories, secure donations, and assist with administrative tasks for the Development Team.

Summer Internship

MarketingSan Diego


  • The role will offer vital assistance to the Development Team at the IRC in San Diego, aiding in stakeholder engagement by organizing strategic events, leading the local communications planning, and other assigned business development projects. The intern plays a pivotal part in involving the community and producing materials to back the IRC's work in significant ways. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Student will learn how to plan and execute major fundraising and community events 
  • Student will learn about strategic planning for fundraising and communications 
  • Student will learn about administrative processes in the non-profit space.  


  • Currently in an undergraduate or graduate degree program or graduated within one year, preferably event planning, marketing, communications or related area of study
  • Proficient in spoken and written English
  • Experience in graphic design or Canva a plus
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite
  • Detail-oriented and able to multi-task efficiently
  • Experience in event planning, sales or marketing, or managing social media a plus
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Able to work in fast-paced, deadline driven, team-oriented environment
  • Intern will need to supply their home workspace, computer, internet access, etc.
  • Time commitment: 3-4 months, 10-20 hours per week

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities



  • Work closely with the Grants Coordinator and Grants Specialist to review IRC San Diego's donor prospecting strategy, grow a database for opportunities identified, and conduct ongoing research related to the pre-award grant processes.
  • Work closely with the Grants Coordinator and Grants Specialist to maintain the Asana database and the Proposal Data Bank Support the planning of IRC in San Diego fundraising events, including strategy around social media, outreach, material production, sponsorship research, and ticket sales
  • Brainstorm and create a strategic outreach plan and content to engage new community partners, university contacts, and other groups supporting IRC events
  • Manage IRC webpages and social media to ensure information is current and regularly updated
  • Aid in content collection and storytelling projects for web and social media platforms
  • Opportunity to transcribe client interviews, gather content for IRC social media accounts
  • Aid the Development Team in securing in-kind donations for refugee and asylum-seeking clients
  • Provide administrative support to the Development Team by assisting with data entry, producing acknowledgments, and other cultivation activities
  • Participate in weekly meetings with the Development Team and bi-weekly staff meetings that houses relevant and common proposal data that can be updated regularly.
  • Update program materials (such as one-pagers, concept notes, and office brochures), involving coordination between program staff to update information. This will result in the creative design of materials distributed among internal IRC Staff. This effort will increase internal referrals' efficiency and visibility of IRC programming in the community.
  • Aid with post-award activities, including reporting reminders and creating Grant Summary sheets.
  • Research best practices for assigned topics.
  • Provide support as needed in other areas of identified projects.
  • Participate in weekly meetings with the Development Team and bi-weekly staff meetings.


Work type

Part time

Work mode



San Diego