Development Intern

Learn highly marketable skills in the field of non-profit development and/or event management.


The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF) is the world’s largest showcase of environmental films. We are in search of a detail-oriented and motivated Development Intern to assist with all aspects of fundraising and/or event management duties. S/he will be a part of a creative, dedicated team that works together to produce this major annual two-week cultural event, plus a year-round schedule of programs and educational events for the Washington, DC metro.

Each March we partner with leading museums, embassies, universities and theaters in Washington DC to present more than 100 films from around the world. Our audiences are passionate, informed and large. Festival films screen to audiences of 30,000 annually and many screenings are free. All are accompanied by thought-provoking discussion panels that bring together filmmakers and subject matter experts.

This internship is unpaid, and students receiving course credit are preferred. The internship runs from September through December, or January through April, although preference will be given to candidates who can commit to for an entire academic year from September-April. The internship would require a minimum of 10-20 hours per week, with additional hours necessary in the run-up and during the Festival.


Duties include:

Event Management
Plan and assist with all stages of event planning and management for a broad range of events. Depending on interest/experience of the candidate, intern could provide general support for the full range of 12 to 15 events OR take on additional responsibility for select events.

  • Events include large public screenings during the March Festival and year-round, smaller receptions for high-level speakers and donors, two major fundraising events (fall and spring), as well as four filmmaker awards programs and opening and closing night during the Festival.
  • Duties include: assisting in planning events, preparing schedules, interfacing with partner and venue contacts, drafting speaking notes and run of shows, editing and drafting copy for programs and invitations, selecting photos, managing guest lists and gifts, updating files and lists as necessary, and on-site execution of events.

Provide support for all development team tasks and operations, including:

    • Compiling/researching information for proposals & reports
    • Updating donor lists and creating/updating spreadsheets
    • Database management and data-entry
    • Support fundraising mailings and campaigns
    • Administrative duties, including assisting with mailings and filing, as needed


  • Proactive worker with eye for detail and high-level organizational skills
  • Positive and professional office demeanor
  • Comfortable working with spreadsheets & document design (Excel/Word/Google Docs)
  • Layout/design experience a plus (Adobe Creative Suite / InDesign)


To apply for a Fall or Winter internship please send your resume and cover letter to