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About Leadership Brainery

Leadership Brainery is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt pipeline organization closing opportunity and wealth gaps by increasing the number of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) and first-generation college students being accepted and enrolled in postgraduate education programs and recruited into high-wage careers. We envision a day when competitive graduate and professional school classrooms throughout the country are enriched by an equitable representation of first-generation and diverse students, empowered to transform leadership in our country's workforce.

Development Intern

Job Description


 Leadership Brainery is funded primarily by individual donors, membership fees, private foundations, and corporate support.  To help us sustain and grow our fundraising efforts, LB is seeking a Development Intern.  The Intern will work directly with the Director of Philanthropy and Executive Director to research and cultivate supporters, manage the organization’s donor databases, track and evaluate fundraising efforts, and organize events. This is an excellent opportunity for a highly organized and motivated individual to develop skills in nonprofit development work and ultimately learn about education equity. 

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting outreach to donors via phone and email

  • Conducting prospect research on individual, foundation, and corporate donors    

  • Maintaining donor and grant databases (e.g., CRM) and files, including calendaring deadlines, logging donations, generating and sending donor acknowledgments, logging donor appreciation efforts    

  • Supporting the creation and dissemination of LB’s annual appeal  

  • Assisting staff with researching state and federal regulations regarding donor solicitation (e.g., registration with offices in other states) and general development efforts (e.g., raffles, auctions)  

  • Supporting staff with logistics associated with special events, including assisting with the creation of invitation list, all logistics, soliciting sponsors, communicating with venue and vendors  

Baseline Requirements

  • Be a junior or senior at a 4-year university or currently pursing a postgraduate degree

  • Be responsible, flexible, hard‐working, ethical, and committed to the mission of LB  

  • Possess a high level of organizational skills and be detail-oriented  

  • Possess strong oral and written communication skills    

  • Be skilled at a variety of computer skills, e.g., Microsoft Office is mandatory; knowledge of CRMs are a plus

  • Be able to juggle multiple tasks  

  • Possess an interest in a nonprofit career ‐ particularly development and fundraising  

  • Be a creative and optimistic thinker 

  • Possess a passion for social justice 

Leadership Brainery is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.