Events Internship

About the Events Internship:

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund offers a substantive, fast-paced internship program designed to give undergraduate students interested in the fields of philanthropy, events management, and fund development real-world work experience in the policy and progressive social justice arenas.

Working side-by-side with professional fundraisers and external event management consultants, the Events Intern will expand and ignite engagement within our communities by assisting in the preparation of organization’s 2021 Winter Reception on December 2, 2021 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C.

The internship will contribute to a critical area of fund development and relationship building with our coalition partners, and is a great opportunity to gain skills in business operations and project management, culminating in a practical capstone assignment that directly contributes to the success of the event. 

Fall and Spring interns will be paid an hourly rate of $16 per hour for a minimum of 24 hours per week, pending college or university approval. 

What You Will Do:

  • Core Responsibilities:
    • Assist Development Team in preparing for the 2021 Winter Reception
    • Using project management software (Microsoft Project), support the day-to-day tracking and updating of pre-event production deliverables, timelines, assignment, and goals
    • Research and identify potential event sponsors
    • Assist in creating materials needed for event sponsor solicitations, including letters, electronic presentations, and informational packets
    • Support pre-event outreach communications with potential and confirmed guests, including but not limited to corporate sponsors, elected officials, coalition partners, etc.
    • Help maintain fundraising database with donor and prospect information
    • Attend intern and networking events at The Leadership Conference on a regular basis
    • Provide administrative support as needed
  • Capstone Project:
    • Under the supervision of the Senior Manager, Operations and Annual Fund and with the project approval of the Intern Program Director, collaboratively identify, design, plan, execute, and assume direct responsibility of a practicum (capstone) project that will contribute directly to the success of the event. The capstone project is intentionally open-ended at the start of the internship and jointly developed according to the unique strengths and interests of the intern alongside the practical needs of the event. Examples can potentially include but are not limited to:
      • Product design, management, and production of the tribute journal / event program
      • Recruitment, identifying assignments for, and on-site management of volunteers
      • Web content management and updating / promoting the event web page on an ongoing basis as the event date approaches

What You Will Bring to the Internship:

  • A commitment to the advancement of human and civil rights and a commitment to working with diverse groups of people
  • A demonstrated interest in nonprofit fundraising, event management, or business development
  • Interest in and ability in external relations, comfortable with relationship building
  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); familiarity with Google Drive applications, database systems and internet research experience highly desirable but not required
  • Experience with Microsoft Project or other comparable project management systems (Basecamp, Asana, Trello,, etc.) highly desirable but not required
  • Organized, dependable self-starter with a close attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment and to manage a complex workload and intra- and inter-departmental priorities
  • Flexible team player with the ability to work with diverse groups of people
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise initiative, sound judgement, confidentiality and discretion
  • Efficient and comfortable in a deadline-driven environment
  • Great verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills

Internship Schedule:

Internships are for a length of one school semester. For the fall, we require a 24-hour minimum weekly commitment. The summer program is full-time (40 hours per week). We also strongly prefer that interns be able to work on Monday afternoons.

Fall internship: September 13 to December 10; Application Deadline: August 10, 2021

Spring internship: January 24 to April 22, 2022; Application Deadline: November 12, 2021

Note: 2021 fall and spring internships will be remote due to the ongoing public health crisis.

To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, two references, and a brief (1 to 3 pp.) writing sample to [email protected] with EVENTS INTERNSHIP in the subject line. Resumes are reviewed on a rolling basis. Only applications submitted by email will be considered. We cannot respond to telephone inquiries.

Who We Are:

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a 501(c)(4) organization, is the premier coalition of more than 200 organizations that promotes and protects civil and human rights in America. The Leadership Conference has coordinated national lobbying efforts on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957. To learn more about The Leadership Conference, please visit

The Leadership Conference Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization, builds public will for federal policies that promote and protect civil and human rights in the United States. Founded in 1969 as the education and research arm of The Leadership Conference, The Education Fund’s campaigns empower advocates to push for progressive change in the United States. To learn more about The Education Fund, please visit

Our Commitment to an Inclusive Workplace

The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.

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