Job Posting

Released August 2015
POSITION                Development Intern
LOCATION               New York, NY

Creative Alternatives of New York® (CANY) is looking for interns for the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters to help the Development Department raise over $250,000 of the organization’s annual operating budget in the coming year. This position is unpaid.

As an intern you will be working directly with the Executive Director on fundraising, major donors and events. This internship will provide substantial experience in nonprofit development and management, grant writing, events planning, researching donor prospects, solicitation strategizing, in addition to gaining valuable office experience working in one of the nation's leading trauma informed drama therapy organizations.

Each intern will be encouraged to take a leadership role in spearheading their own project within the objectives of the development department, depending on one's experience and hours of availability. Duties include, but are not limited to the following:

• Research new foundations to apply for funding
• Conduct external research on CANY’s key program priorities to use in writing proposals
• Help with copy editing of proposals and reports
• Help in writing minor proposals and reports

Membership / Major Donors:
• Help in researching potential donors
• Help in conducting in depth researching into new fundraising markets
• Provide support in sending mailings and invitations.
• Help provide current donors and members with information requests
• Help with maintaining database records
• Each internship position will also have its share of "busy" work including envelope stuffing and administrative duties like file cleaning and data entry.

We are seeking motivated and responsible college students or young professionals looking to gain experience working with a nonprofit. Prior interning experience is not a requirement, but we do require you to have a strong work ethic and willingness to learn. A candidate should have an interest in CANY’s mission to empower people who have endured trauma to rebuild their lives. Necessary skills include,

• Self-motivated, team player with the ability to meet deadlines, remain flexible, and adjust to changing priorities.
• Have self-discipline and time management skills necessary to work independently.
• Strong organizational skills, with keen attention to details, as well as excellent problem solving abilities.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office, specifically Word and Excel.
• Ability to work 15–20 hours per week between 9:30am–5:30pm, Monday through Friday
• At least a sophomore class standing/ranking, with a minimum 3.0GPA/4.0 scale.

Please send resume and cover letter to This position is unpaid.