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Prospect Research & Fundraising Operations Internship

Immigration Equality is proud to be the national leader in the field we pioneered: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-positive immigrant rights. We helped end the HIV travel ban, led the successful fight to secure green cards for LGBTQ families, and represent LGBTQ asylum seekers and detainees every day.

Founded in 1994, Immigration Equality has a dual focus of direct representation and policy work. We take calls every day from clients who need help right now and we work to change the systems that have lasting impact on how LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants get treated. We work with LGBTQ and HIV-positive asylum seekers and detainees, answering more than 4,000 hotline calls and representing more than 600 individual cases each year.

In 2019 and beyond we are expanding our asylum work. In nearly 80 countries, it is a crime to be LGBTQ. Being out or being outed is truly life-threatening. That’s why we work to train, represent and hold accountable the government officials who make life or death decisions for LGBTQ people seeking safety in the U.S. We are proud to do life-saving work, and with much success to be proud of, we have more energy than ever to fight the policies that hurt scores of our families.

About the Position

The primary responsibility of this position will be to research and analyze individual, corporate, foundation prospects and donors and produce concise profiles. Additional responsibilities include maintaining research and other key information in our donor database, assisting with special projects related to fundraising, and administrative work related to research and operations. The work provides critical information needed to secure funding in support of Immigration Equality’s initiatives.

This is a hands-on internship opportunity for a student interested in exploring a career in nonprofits. They will learn about fundraising, prospect research and operations, and work closely with the Development team. School credit is provided.

REPORTS TO: Annual Fund Manager, Development Director

Specific duties and responsibilities:

  • Research, verify and analyze biographical, financial, and philanthropic information on individual, corporate, and foundation donors and prospects.
  • Prepare concise, in-depth profiles on individuals, corporations, and foundations for use by CEO, staff and volunteers in fundraising activities, and events.
  • Identify connections between Immigration Equality Board, key volunteers, senior leaders, and donors/prospects.
  • Monitor news on key corporate partners, nonprofit sector, Board members, volunteers, and prospects.
  • Post information in the donor database.
  • Assist with projects related to research, prospecting, operations, and events.
  • Prospect research serving the department’s ongoing information and data needs. Will provide research in a range of formats to fundraisers in major giving, corporate development and special events.
  • Assist with prospect management projects including database coding, relationship mapping, and others as assigned.
  • Assist with maintaining information in Salesforce, our donor database, and help with improving data integrity and reporting.
  • Assist with operations-related projects and tasks related to information management, creation of donor mailing lists, gift processing, acknowledgments, and creation of processes and protocols.
  • Attend Development team meetings as appropriate.


  • Enrolled in a degree program at an accredited college or university.
  • Ability to follow ethical standards, utilize discretion in dealing with sensitive and confidential information.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills, as well as strong intuitive skills and curiosity.
  • Interested in nonprofit fundraising.
  • Rigorous attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with research techniques; willingness to learn how to use new resources.
  • Strong computer skills including targeted Internet searches, spreadsheets, and Microsoft Office suite.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet stringent deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as with colleagues in a team effort.
  • Able to manage time effectively.
  • Must be flexible and able to handle a fast-paced work environment.
  • Must be available for 10-20 hours per week (exact schedule to be determined—two days/week is ideal).
  • This is an unpaid internship; must be eligible to receive academic credit.


Immigration Equality is an equal opportunity employer: immigrants, transgender people, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Immigration Equality is a progressive organization with an open office plan. Applicants are expected to collaborate within a diverse and inclusive environment.

Immigration Equality is a mission-driven organization full of smart, dedicated people. If you want to work at the cutting edge of the two most potent issues of our time, and do it with terrific colleagues in a fast-paced, nimble organization that seeks results, this is the place for you.

How to Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter, and available work hours to Camden Schinnerer at internships [at] immigrationequality.org with the subject line “Research Internship”. No phone calls, please.

Our office hours are Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and start/end dates are negotiable.