Development Intern
Independence Center

Independence Center’s mission is to provide all of the services and resources a person with serious and persistent mental illness needs, to manage their symptoms, find belonging and purpose, and gain the independence to live a healthy, quality life.

VOLUNTEER DESCRIPTION: Independence Center is a forward thinking behavioral health nonprofit that is focused on improving the lives of those with serious and persistent mental illness. Our summer volunteer will work in partnership with the Development team and the Clubhouse to build video and written content focused on the outcomes of all of the services lines that make up Independence Center (Clubhouse, Community Support, Healthcare Home, Clinical Services, Quality/Medical Records, and Residential). By working with members in the Clubhouse, our summer volunteer will write articles, help to film, edit, and distribute video content, and create social posts that promote outcomes within the programs. Through this unique opportunity, our volunteer will gain experience working side by side with those who have mental illness and understand how to share important outcomes with the larger community through multiple forms of media.

EXPERIENCE YOU WILL GAIN: Unlike other volunteer opportunities that focus only in direct care, our volunteer will gain meaningful, real-world experience as both a provider of direct service and as a supporter of overall programming. You can expect to develop confidence and marketable skills by engaging in or assisting with many of the following activities:
- Preparing news releases, award nominations, fact sheets, member stories;
- Enhancing the organizations social media presence and website;
- Participating in strategy meetings and member/staff/donor interviews;
- Publishing the organizations findings on program outcomes;
- Supporting special events and facility tours, and much more!

To be considered for an Independence Center summer, fall, or winter volunteer opportunity, you must:
- Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher;
- Major in behavioral health (or related), public relations, communications, English, journalism, or marketing;
- Plan to pursue a career in line with the opportunity; and
- Be in undergraduate or graduate school
- Applicants are responsible for transportation to and from the volunteer opportunity
Hours are flexible and depend on the student’s class schedule, course requirements, and availability
- Experience with social media, marketing, and/or video campaigns to raise awareness and funds
- Passion for human services and breaking down the stigma of mental illness
- Open personality comfortable interacting with individuals of diverse backgrounds
- Proactive individual who is curious and willing to look for solutions on their own
- Able to commit at least 10 hours a week for a semester

Interested students may send applications - resume and cover letter to - Attn: AJ Herz - Development Specialist, subject: Development Intern.

Winter/Spring Fellow Positions
Forward Through Ferguson

Summary: We are a fast-paced, small, and agile team where excellence is the expectation. We are looking for people who thrive in an entrepreneurial environment and also have a shared belief in and commitment to modeling our core principles for achieving Racial Equity. The fellowship opportunities are part-time (15-20 hours per week) for 15 weeks beginning during January 2020 with anticipated pay of $15/hour. Forward Through Ferguson (FTF) will support the fellows with training opportunities that build an understanding of systems change and Racial Equity.

This is the perfect opportunity for an undergraduate/graduate student or person with equivalent work experience who is deeply interested in Racial Equity, policy and systems change, social sector startup culture, and collective impact. 

We have five Fellow positions available:

  1. Data & Research Fellows (2): support FTF's research,  analysis, and evaluation efforts
  2. Racial Equity Fellow: support FTF's efforts to grow regional Racial Equity capacity through our consultation, cohort, workshop, and other services
  3. Policy & Systems Advocacy Fellow - Youth at the Center-: support the campaign to break the school-to-prison pipeline

Policy & Systems Advocacy Fellow - Justice for All: build a campaign focused on community justice and police accountability

For a complete job description, and link to apply, click here.

Application deadline is Monday, Nov. 25.

Walk for Wishes Campaign and Event Intern - UNPAID

Position Title: Walk for Wishes Campaign and Event Intern - UNPAID - Make-A-Wish
Location: St. Louis, MO
Job Description
The Mission Resources Internship provides the opportunity to support Philanthropy Directors in large-scale fundraising strategy and implementation through reporting, data entry, donor cultivation, and solicitation and stewardship tasks, with the purpose of furthering the vision of Make-A-Wish Missouri to grant the wish of every eligible child. This role will assist and work directly with the Walk for Wishes campaign that is the largest walk for the organization in the country with a goal of $1 Million in fundraising revenue. The event takes place on April 11th at Forest Park in the Muny Upper Lot.
Intern(s) will work 20-25 hours per week and are responsible for their own transportation and housing expenses.
Primary Tasks:
• Support Make-A-Wish Walk for Wishes campaign by strategically cultivating and stewarding organization’s donors and key partners through phone calls, hand-written notes and targeted e-mail correspondence
• Review and update donor information in organization database
• Represent the organization through participation in charity fairs to increase awareness and funds
• Assist in event logistics execution
• Participate in leading and managing volunteers for the largest internal event for the Missouri and Kansas chapter
• Facilitate stewardship initiatives including annual Thank-A-Thon and holiday donor correspondence
• Ensure organization’s donors and partners have collateral needed to fulfill fundraising commitments
• Assist in donor solicitation by creating targeted proposals
• Attend and help work the Walk for Wishes event on April 11th at Forest Park in the Muny Upper Lot.
• Participate in strategic discussions regarding the Mission Resources programs and the overall financial revenue goals
• Work closely with fulfilling customer service requests and help manage the Walk for Wishes website by sending E Blasts, working closely with the IT team to fix bugs and respond to participate inquiries. Making periodic phone calls to help answer questions and resolve support will occur also.
• Additional duties as identified by Philanthropy Director
Required Experience:
• Professional appearance and presentation
• Exceptional customer service skills, with the ability to communicate confidently and clearly both verbally and in writing
• Proactive and detail-oriented, with the ability to manage multiple projects at a fast pace
• Exceptional time management and organizational skills
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and internet research tool
• Knowledge of the non-profit sector, either through coursework or employment experience
• Volunteer experience preferred, but not required
• Raiser’s Edge experience preferred, but not required
• The ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality with information that will be obtained in the daily interactions with donors, volunteers, chapters, and wish families
The ideal intern will be a junior or senior working towards their Bachelor’s degree. Knowledge of and experience with the Make-A-Wish mission and service population is preferred.
The internship program is designed for current undergraduate or graduate students with the goal of being a leader in the non-profit sector. The purpose of the internship program is to help undergraduate and/or graduate students further cultivate their skills through a real-life work experience. Applicants will be selected for an interview based on their application and resume.

If interested, click here to visit the organization's internship webpage to apply.

American Red Cross

  • Fundraising Administration
  • Event Planning
  • Grant Writing
  • Stewardship
  • Salesforce Data Entry

Interested students should email a cover letter and resume requesting an internship to Yvonne Berry at Include the number of hours required and requested semester.

Grant Writing Intern
Junior League of St. Louis

Graduate students with an interest in nonprofit grant writing are encouraged to apply.

Organizational overview:

Junior League of St. Louis (JLSL) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Our purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Founded in 1914, we are a diverse group of more than 500 Active and Sustaining members, aged 22 to 92, who are proud to have served the St. Louis community for more than 100 years.

Our Focus: Infant Mortality

In 2016, Junior League of St. Louis launched Day 366, an initiative aimed at dramatically reducing the number of St. Louis-area babies dying in their first 365 days of life from 11.8 deaths per 1,000 babies. Infant mortality is linked to the overall health of our society; when babies aren’t healthy, neither is the community.

Statistics show the greatest cause of a baby dying prior to her first birthday is preterm birth. Every week in St. Louis City and St. Louis County, 46 babies are born too early, 32 babies are born too small and five babies die before their first birthdays. JLSL members are making a difference through Day 366contributing their time to volunteer work, community partnerships, and advocacy.


The JLSL Grant intern will gain and use skills and knowledge essential to prospecting for, applying for, documenting, as well as reporting out on grants for the JLSL.  The JLSL Grants Internship is a part-time, unpaid position reporting to the President-Elect and Senior Staff. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Research, report on, and record grant and foundation opportunities
  • Input, update, and manage grant and foundation opportunities to ensure ample time for submissions
  • Compile organization and program data for grant documents
  • Contribute to organizational meetings as well as strategic planning
  • Interface with all functional teams of the JLSL to ensure grant/foundation requests are being met. The functional teams include, community impact, diversity, equity and inclusion, operational excellence, membership, and training
  • Interface with senior staff and senior leadership
  • Event support
  • Contribute to the Fund Development team with other duties


  • Graduate student
  • Desire to work in the fields of grant and/or development
  • Positive attitude and eagerness to learn

Please contact Carrie Crompton, President, at with any questions or to apply. Applications will only be accepted via email. Please include a resume, a cover letter describing why you are interested in this internship, and a writing sample. 

Mission: St. Louis

Mission: St. Louis is currently looking to fill a paid internship role starting January 2020. 

The Mission: St. Louis Intern will build the capacity of the AMP (Authentic Meaningful Practice) program, which brings in volunteers from all over the country to serve in 

St. Louis, MO. 

Responsibilities of the Mission: St. Louis Intern will include:

  • Recruiting, training, and managing individuals and/or groups to serve as volunteers in the AMP program (a social enterprise of Mission St. Louis that leads out volunteer groups to serve the city of St. Louis)
  • Identifying and forming relationships with organizations, churches, and educational institutions for the volunteers to serve alongside 
  • Creating a detailed database of projects to be completed, recruiting sufficient assistance, and securing all materials and supplies needed for each project
  • Tasking the service groups with specific projects and leading out the groups.

If interested, send your resume to 

Grants Intern/Volunteer
Safe Connections

Graduate/Undergraduate students with an interest in nonprofit grant writing are encouraged to apply.

The Safe Connections Grants Intern will gain and use skills and knowledge essential to prospecting for, applying for, documenting, as well as reporting on grants for nonprofit organizations. Additionally, the Grants Internship is a part-time, unpaid position reporting to the Grants Manager. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Research, report on, and record grant prospects
  • Input, update, and manage funder data in Salsa CRM (customer relationship management) database
  • Assist with reporting and renewal process on new and existing federal, state, and local grants in addition to funding credit distribution
  • Compile organization and program data for grant documents
  • Contribute to department meetings as well as strategic planning
  • Event support
  • Contribute to the Development team with other duties

Please contact Kathy Duffin, Grants Manager, at 314.646.7500 x102 with any questions.


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