There’s never been a more exciting time to be part of the development team at Wake Forest Athletics. Our three-phase program offers an outstanding opportunity to learn fundamental development operations from a successful and talented fundraising staff.
Our interns will have access to learning every aspect of how a development office operates in a Power 5 conference school and will leave the program fully prepared for the next step in their career, as evidenced by our recent participants landing positions at top institutions.
The Deacon Club is committed to ensuring that each intern receives valuable experience through a variety of special projects and day-to-day interaction. Our program is designed so that each participant engages with our five areas of focus throughout the internship: Major Gifts, Annual Fund Operations, Annual Fund Prospect Management, Donor Experience, and Strategic Initiatives and Engagement (leadership councils and committees).
Now accepting applications from candidates interested in completing our 11-month program, starting August 2, 2021.
Learning Objectives: Fall Phase: August 1 – December 22 Learn about game day responsibilities, premium seating and hospitality. Learn Blackbaud, Paciolan, Advizor and other software systems to manage development operations. Participate in the student-athlete Thank-a-Thon. Learn about the management of volunteer boards, councils and committees and observe programs and events designed to support our fundraising efforts. At the Staff Retreat, interns participate in role play for development calls and learn the responsibilities of each development position. Learn how to evaluate challenges and opportunities in the fundraising environment.
Spring Phase: January 2 – June 30 Learn set up for reunions and observe high-end stewardship events. Learn about the activation of social functions including Homecoming and Deacon Club Appreciation events. Learn to develop strategic long-term plans for prospects and the actions and best practices for reaching fundraiser targets and goals. Learn how to transform data into actionable information. Learn about our year-end fundraising push, securing new donors, annual fund renewals and solicitations.
Summer Program: May 15 – August 15 Learn the daily operations of a fundraising office including crucial planning stages.
Supervisor’s Role: Learning will take place with various staff members including the Senior Associate Athletic Director of Development, Associate Athletic Director of Major Gifts, Assistant Athletic Director of Donor Experience, Assistant Athletic Director of Annual Fund & Development, Director of Donor Experience, and the Operations Director of Development. Their roles are to educate interns on all aspects of the responsibilities under their area. Interns will participate in role play, and observe and shadow each supervisor. At the conclusion of each phase, interns will document their learning experience and review the opportunity to continue to the next phase.
TO APPLY: Email letter of interest and resume (including 2 references) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Salary Information: This is an unpaid internship.
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