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Development Internship (Unpaid)


Trees, Water & People (TWP) office in Fort Collins

Internship Details:

  • Minimum of 8 weeks, which typically fall during the Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or Summer Semester
  • 5-10 hours/week between 9:00 am-5:00 pm, M-F; flexible schedule within those hours


Assist Development team with raising funds to support TWP’s International Programs in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Cuba and TWP’s National Programs, focusing on the Tribal Lands Renewable Energy Program, Reforestation, and Food Sovereignty Program.

Primary Activities:

  • Research potential foundation, government, and corporate prospects using online memberships and resources
  • Draft letters of inquiry, full proposals, and award nominations for submission
  • Draft reports for previously awarded grants
  • Assist with logistics for local fundraising events
  • Assist with donor relations and cultivation
  • Additional tasks as assigned

Benefits to Intern:

  • Work with a respected award-winning international nonprofit based in Colorado
  • Gain fundraising and development skills for employment in the nonprofit sector
  • Learn about community-based development in Latin America and on US Tribal Lands including projects in sustainable agriculture, agroforestry, clean cookstoves, reforestation, biodiversity, and more.
  • Have the option to visit the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota

Required Skills:

  • Strong persuasive writing, communication, and research skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Gmail, and internet search engines
  • Spanish language skills a plus
  • Previous grant research and writing is a plus

Required Personality Traits:

  • Responsible, organized, detail-oriented, motivated, creative, work independently, communicate effectively, multi-task
  • Interest in TWP’s mission, natural resource management, conservation, and community-based development
  • Interested in nonprofit management and development

To apply, please fill out the form below and upload a resume and cover letter. Your cover letter should address the requirements listed in the internship description and provide information on how we can contact you for an interview. Please address all completed materials. Deadlines for applications are April 1st for summer internships, June 1st for fall internships, and November 1st for spring internships.