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🔗Development Intern

  • Internship
  • Part Time
  • Washington D.C
  • $17 USD / Hour
  • Department: Development
  • Job Summary: The American Battlefield Trust, the nation’s largest nonprofit dedicated to battlefield preservation and education, seeks an enthusiastic intern to support the Development Department in its fundraising efforts.
  • Job Qualifications:

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    ·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills

    ·         Strong research and organizational skills

    ·         Ability to work both independently and in collaborative group settings

    ·         Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs

    ·         A passion for history, conservation, historic preservation, and the American Battlefield Trust’s mission

  • How to Apply:

    ·         Application packages including a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples (not more than three pages) should be submitted to with subject line “YOUR NAME – Summer Development Intern Application”.

    ·         We regret that, due to the volume of submissions, we may not be able to respond personally to all applicants.  No calls, please.

  • Physical Demands / Work Environment: Office environment
  • Application Email:
  • Application URL:
  • Application Address: American Battlefield Trust, 1156 15th St NW Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005

Website American Battlefield Trust

The American Battlefield Trust preserves America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educates the public about what happened there and why it matters. As the nation's leading heritage land preservation organization, we have saved more than 58,000 acres of battlefield land in 25 states to date — thanks to the support of our members & partners.

This position is a part-time, in-office role with occasional remote work options in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.  This internship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students as well as post-graduates.  Individuals with an interest in fundraising and/or the non-profit sector are highly encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Development Intern plays a crucial role in:

·         Conducting prospective donor research that informs philanthropic giving portfolios;

·         Major donor, planned giving, and institutional giving mailings, data collection, and member management;

·         Contributing to direct mail and digital donor stewardship efforts across multiple giving societies;

·         Using, maintaining and updating EveryAction donor database (previous database experience not required);

·         Editing and proofreading donor correspondence, appeal and gift acknowledgment emails, proposals, and other materials;

·         Supporting Events staff with digital and/or in-person event planning and management;

·         Performing general administrative duties as needed, including digital filing, data entry, mailings, and customer assistance, among other tasks


All NCPE interns received an hourly stipend, the rate is listed at each position description. Additionally, interns receive paid time off (PTO), paid Federal holidays if working full-time, and access to NCPE's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for career and personal counseling, coaching, and referrals. Project sites may also offer a housing allowance and/or commuting stipend; this information is also listed in the description or offered during the interview.

Eligible NCPE interns who successfully complete their internships may count their position towards earning a Public Land Corps (PLC) Non-Competitive Hiring Authority certificate. To be eligible to earn a PLC certificate, an intern must be 30 years old or younger (or 35 if a veteran). Once earned, the PLC hiring authority certificate may be used to apply for eligible Federal temporary, term, or permanent positions. Successful completion of a NCPE internship does not guarantee Federal employment. Contact for more details.


To be eligible, applicants must be at least 18 years old, currently enrolled in a degree-seeking academic program at the college level (or recently graduated within the past 12 months), and be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. Interns are not eligible to work more than 1200 hours total in the program; previous interns must stay within this overall limit. The length of an internship can vary from 10 to 30 weeks if full time (40 hours per week) or longer if on a part-time schedule. If selected, the exact starting date will be determined by you and the NPS supervisor. The stipend rate is $17.00 per hour unless otherwise listed.

The successful candidate is responsible for finding and paying for travel to and housing at the internship location; some exceptions apply. The supervising office may be able to assist in locating housing but it is ultimately up to the individual accepting the internship to find accommodation.

The National Council requires all interns working in-person at Federal facilities and/or with Federal employees receive the Covid-19 vaccination. Please be advised that you may also be required to wear a mask, depending on the protocols adopted by your work site. Also be aware that, due to Government-wide security requirements, a background check will be required if you are selected for a position. This will include providing information about recent housing and employment history. The position supervisor will have more information about these requirements and procedures at the time of hiring. You may direct any questions to NCPE's Internship Program Director, Julee Johnson, at

Please note that interns are not NCPE or NPS employees. Stipends are academic awards and taxes are not withheld, nor are social security contributions made on your behalf. These funds may be taxable, however, so consult a tax preparation professional if you have questions.

How to Apply

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Step 1: Click on the Apply for Job button, then select Universal Application. Click on Register to create a User Account, which requires a username and email. A link will be sent to you from to create a password. We suggest that you add this email to your safe senders list so you don't miss receiving this important link. You will be instructed to Log In to Preservenet using your username or email and password, which will take you back to the Universal Application.

Step 2: The Universal Application is required to apply for all NCPE internships. You fill out this form only once. In addition to contact information, educational status, work history, and experience, it requires two attachments: (1) the 2 most recent years of academic transcripts. These may be unofficial transcripts if official versions are unavailable. A PDF is preferred, labeled Your Your Last Name_Your First Name_Transcript. (2) a resume or CV (curriculum vitae). Please limit to a maximum of 4 pages; 2 pages are preferred. A PDF is preferred but jpg, png, doc, or docx file types are accepted. Label Your Last Name_Your First Name_Resume. This form may be saved as a draft and completed later. Use the link provided to return to the form.

Step 3: Once you submit the Universal Application, you may browse and apply for NCPE internships using the link provided. Complete the application process by clicking on the Apply for job button found at each internship listing and upload the required Essay. Use the essay to explain why you are applying for an internship, including how your interest areas will benefit the National Park Service (NPS) and how the internship will further your studies and career goals. Be as specific as possible; there is a 400-word maximum length. Submit the essay to finish the application for that position. You may apply for a maximum of 6 internships during an application round; there is no limit at other times of the year. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!

Once the deadline for submission has passed, NPS supervisors will review the applications and may contact candidates for a phone interview. Candidates who are not selected will be notified. Please allow about 4 weeks after the deadline before inquiring about the status of your application.

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