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Internship Opportunity

Development & Events

Help plan and execute vital development activities and events for the Colorado River Alliance. The river is our community’s heart and soul, and this position is a great opportunity to ensure its vibrance and vitality. The qualified candidate will assist the Director of Philanthropy Operations in a variety of activities focused on fundraising, donor relations, communications, research and events.

Internship period: Fall

Key responsibilities:

  • Identifying and cultivating donors through engagement and communications
  • Drafting and processing gift acknowledgements
  • Updating constituent records and compiling research on donors, foundations and corporations
  • Assisting with planning and executing development events, including CRA’s annual fall gala
  • Assisting with grant-writing
  • Contacting donors and constituents as needed by phone and email
  • Other administrative tasks related to fundraising and events as required

Time commitment: Hybrid internship. Minimum commitment of 10 hours/week. Flexible between business hours (Mon-Fri). Specific work shifts and virtual/in-person hours can be negotiated. Some evening and weekend hours may be requested for fundraising events or other activities.

  • Fall Semester: August – December

Stipend: Dependent on budget and will be confirmed at beginning of internship.

  • Fall Semester: $1000

Reports to: Director of Philanthropy Operations


  • Pursuing or completed an undergraduate degree
  • Can commit to 10 hours a week for a semester, with potential for some evenings and weekends
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Excellent organizational skills, with great attention to detail
  • Ability to handle confidential information
  • Solid teamwork skills and ability to work individually
  • Experience with graphic design and/or social media preferred, but not required

Skills you’ll develop:

  • Data and database management
  • Gift processing, stewardship and reporting
  • Project management and event planning
  • Donor relations
  • Prospect research
  • Development communications

About Our Internships

The Colorado River Alliance champions the long-term vitality of the Texas Colorado River through education and engagement. At the Alliance, we believe that a healthy, flowing river is imperative to the long-term well-being of our communities and our state.

Our interns gain comprehensive training, professional development consultations with our staff, and networking and resume-building opportunities.


All interns will receive a $500-1,000 stipend upon successful completion of the internship.


All intern positions require a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week.


In-person at the Wilkerson Center for Colorado River Education on Lake Austin Blvd. (unless otherwise noted in posting details).

General Qualifications

Spanish proficiency a plus but not required. Pursuing or completed an undergraduate degree. For class credit not required.

College Students/ Recent Grads