Job Description: Development Intern (part time)

The Center for Media Change/Oakland Local is a non-profit organization founded in 2007.  Our mission is to use media and technology to find a way to make professional journalism viable in the digital age, and leveraging online media and technology to foster civic engagement and create positive social change, especially in communities of color.

We are seeking a part-time Development Intern to support our Ed and Development Director in all aspects of foundational fundraising. The ideal candidate will be interested in pursuing a career in the Development sector of the nonprofit world.


-Donor research and evaluation for multiple projects and moving each prospect up the pipeline accordingly, both through the Foundation Center and the web.

-Data entry and calendar management regarding deadlines for each grant and a plan for accomplishing each task.

-Support the ED and the Development Director in all aspects of grant proposal preparation, including writing LOIs and language for various proposals.

-Participate in strategic planning meetings and assign follow-up tasks accordingly.


-College graduate with interest in learning fundraising best practices and a long-term vision of working in the Development sector.

-Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written.

-Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

-Reliable, punctual, honest and friendly

-Demonstrate outstanding attention to detail and follow-through

-Sense of humor required


This position is unpaid to start, but the right candidate may be offered a $500/month stipend after a 1 month trial.

Position is part time (12-15 hours per week), daytime hours required.

Start date is Monday, August 5th


To apply for this position, please send your cover letter and resume to

About The Author

Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local ( a news & community hub for Oakland, CA. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & former! Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; was a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and is a board adviser to The Center for Health Reporting at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.

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