Development Internship

DC Central Kitchen, Inc.
Washington, DC
Mar 09, 2017
Aug 11, 2017
Full Time

Position: Development Intern

Season: Summer 2017

Duration: June 12 - August 11, 2017 (10 weeks)

Schedule: 25 - 35 hours / week


DC Central Kitchen (DCCK), an equal opportunity employer, is one of America's leading nonprofit organizations and a social enterprise pioneer, using food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds and build communities. For twenty-six years, we have prepared at-risk adults with histories of incarceration, addiction, homelessness, trauma, and chronic unemployment for meaningful careers in the food service industry. We in turn hire many of our graduates to support our social enterprise portfolio, which includes preparing 12,000 meals for our community each day, catering corporate events, and delivering wholesale produce to corner stores in low-income neighborhoods. Our commitment to making the most of our human capital starts with an intensely value-driven work environment that is purposefully diverse, proudly unconventional, and dedicated to relentless incremental improvements.


Fundraising is vital to DCCK's mission-driven programs. The Development team manages a calendar of more than 75 foundation and corporate partners that exceeds $2.2 million in revenue annually. This development internship will offer an opportunity to gain proficiency in two highly used fundraising tools (Salesforce and SharePoint), advance project management skills, and build a grant writing portfolio. The Development Intern will report to the Grants Manager.


  • Lead the transition of grant information (deadlines, reports, status, request amounts, foundation contacts, upcoming tasks) into our upgraded Salesforce-based donor database
  • Leverage Salesforce data to deepen our ties with corporations, corporate foundations, and corporate volunteers
  • Archive, organize, and transition grant files into SharePoint, Microsoft's cloud-based platform for storing, organizing, and sharing information and documents
  • Maintain up-to-date community needs statements by researching publications and reports
  • Research grant prospects using foundation database
  • Develop, draft, and proof grant proposals and reports by working with previous templates and your own fresh ideas


  • Current student (rising senior) with prior grant writing, fundraising, and/or nonprofit management experience (internship, service learning, volunteer experiences accepted)
  • Exceptional organizational skills; ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-starter, comfortable working independently and collaboratively with a team
  • Ability to stay flexible and keep a sense of humor while working in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, experience with Salesforce and SharePoint a plus, but not required
  • Passion for increasing healthy food access, breaking cycles of poverty through sustainable employment, building robust local food systems, and incorporating principles of social entrepreneurship and innovation into the nonprofit sector

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