Internship: Development Associate

The Boston Public Library Fund is seeking an organized and creative self-starter to join its team as Development Associate Intern from May through July/August, 2020.

An exciting, new fundraising initiative of the Boston Public Library (BPL), the Fund is responsible for generating philanthropic support for the work of the BPL, its impressive research collections, its educational programs and its 25 branches. The Development Associate Intern will be a key member of the team.The Development Associate Intern will be the primary administrative support for the Fund and will report to the Executive Director.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Provide high level administrative support to the development group, primarily to the Executive Director of the Fund
• Manage correspondence, invitations, acknowledgements, stewardship and communications with Fund prospects, donors and volunteers to assure overall coordination, individualized attention and to maximize the building of satisfying long-term relationships
• Organize small group fundraising meetings in conjunction with the team
• Prepare high-quality reports and presentation materials as needed
• Process and enter Fund donations and coordinate thank you acknowledgement process
• Answer office phones, general email inquiries, and greet visitors. Manage the Fund’s incoming and outgoing mail
• Track all incoming payables, prepare checks for Executive Director’s signature after coordinating with the Finance and Administration Officer
• Maintain research information on the Fund’s prospects
• Assist in preparation of Fund Board materials and coordinate communications from Board
• Provide event planning support for cultivation receptions, and fundraising events
• Maintain office files, both paper and digital, manage office supply needs
• Post job listings as needed, communicate with applicants, schedule interviews
• Assist with employee onboarding (facilities requests, welcome packets, liaise with BPL HR for CORI and badge requests, and vendor orders)

Qualifications, Skills, and Knowledge Required:
• Highly motivated, self-starter with the ability to work independently and prioritize tasks
• Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills
• Professional demeanor, ability to interact well with high-level executives, trustees, library staff and contributors, and the public
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point
• Familiarity with development and fundraising databases (Raisers Edge) preferred, but not required
• An appreciation of the valuable role that libraries play in our society
• Current or recent undergraduate/graduate student

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Mary Flynn Myers at