Development Intern

Work must be performed in or near Bushwick, NY
Published 26 days ago

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Make the Road New York (MRNY) builds the power of immigrant and working-class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services. Make the Road New York operates community centers in Bushwick, Brooklyn; Jackson Heights, Queens; Port Richmond, Staten Island; Brentwood, Long Island and White Plains, Westchester County. With a membership of 27,000, MRNY tackles the critical issues facing our communities, including workplace justice, tenants’ rights, immigrant rights and civil rights, TGNCIQ justice, public education, health care access, and immigration reform. (TGNCIQ = transgender, gender non-conforming, intersex and queer).  MRNY is a newly unionized workplace, currently negotiating its first Collective Bargaining Agreement.

MRNY is a multi-service organization.  Our member-led organizing committees -- which work on the issues named above -- implement strategies to combat shared problems, and develop leadership and the capacity for civic participation. We also provide an array of high-quality bilingual services: We offer English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Spanish-language literacy, computer literacy, citizenship preparation, and in-school and after-school youth programs. We have a robust legal program that offers direct representation across a spectrum of practice areas, including employment law, immigration law, housing and benefits, and TGNCIQ civil rights; we also take on impact litigation as a strategy for achieving broad change. Our health program offers facilitated enrollment into health insurance programs and SNAP benefits, a community health worker home visit program, nutrition education and emergency food pantries, health care navigation, and more."

The Development Department is a 10-person team that supports the Make the Road NYs work fundraising from individuals, private foundations, and government sources. The institutional giving team, under the umbrella of the Development Department, leads fundraising from private foundations and government agencies. They manage a grant portfolio comprised of existing funders and cultivate long lasting relationships between MRNY, program officers, government officials, and owners of foundations. In addition, they conduct prospect research about funding opportunities offered by foundations as well as local, state, and federal governments.

Current Opening:

Make the Road New York (MRNY) is seeking an intern for Summer 2024 to work as part of the Development team. This intern will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of development work, including material creation for funders, data analysis, participate in organization-wide actions,and drafting small grant proposals and reports as needed.  

Purpose of the project: The intern will gain valuable experience in development work ranging from drafting grant proposals to data reporting which is an integral part of funding MRNY’s work in immigration policy, health care, affordable housing, and police reform. In addition, the intern will assist in designing materials for funders and organizational systems for government and foundation grant reporting purposes.

We pride ourselves in providing interns a high quality internship program that focuses on leadership building skills. Interns are held to high standards and will gain hands-on experience in a structured and well supported environment. They will become a part of an inspiring group of leaders and volunteers dedicated to empowering immigrant and working class communities. During the first week of their internships, interns complete a Goals and Learning Plan to help interns focus their efforts and get a meaningful experience.

Interns will have the opportunity to learn about:

  • The fundamentals of writing proposals for government agencies and foundations;
  • Designing materials that highlight the important work of MRNY to funders;
  • Project management - Learn about program design and planning and what it takes to effectively oversee a project from beginning to end
  • The operational side of a nonprofit organization – how to work across program areas on projects
  • Professional development opportunities

Desired time commitment: 15-20 hours per week from June –  August, flexible days Monday through Friday (9:30 AM - 5:30 PM generally) with some evenings and occasional weekends. Final schedule will be determined with your supervisor, up to 350+ hours total

Key Responsibilities but not limited to:

  • Assist in the drafting of grant proposals and reports to government agencies and foundations under the supervision of Development Staff; 
  • Conduct interviews of MRNY members across all program areas to be featured in program one-pagers for funders;
  • Support and attend actions and organizing events as needed 
  • Assist with designing the one-pagers for funders;
  • Provide logistical and administrative support for meetings, mailings, and appeals, including preparation, assembly, and updating internal databases (i.e.: Google Sheets, Salesforce)
  • Conduct research on prospective foundation and government funders using online databases 


  • Eligible to work in the U.S
  • Required to be fully vaccinated with an FDA approved COVID-19 vaccine prior first day of employment.
  • Possess a commitment to collective action and community organizing. 
  • Bilingual English/Spanish is a plus
  • Have experience working in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic work environment
  • Strong writing skills
  • Basic knowledge of InDesign Preferred

Job Competencies:

  • Self-starter with strong organizational skills and strong attention to detail
  • Be highly professional and team oriented with a passion for excellence and eagerness to help the department meet our goals.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and complete assignments under strict deadlines with minimal supervision in a fast paced environment.
  • Ability to work under pressure required.
  • Have a working knowledge of spreadsheets, Microsoft Office suite, and using a database (ideally Salesforce) to run reports.
  • Flexible work schedule, some evenings or weekends required
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • High level of accountability and initiative; needs to be a self-starter and eager to do team work to support the organization as a whole

Salary and Benefits:

MRNY offers sick days for this position. The hourly rate for this position is $15.00

How to Apply:

Please attach your resume and cover letter and submit all documents to the Make the Road New York career center.

Make the Road believes that social change is best achieved through grassroots community-based organizing that flows directly from and engages the community demanding the change. As a membership-based organization, we are committed to providing equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, criminal history, or Veteran status. We strongly encourage those from historically excluded groups to apply.

Make the Road New York (MRNY) builds the power of immigrant and working-class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services. Make the Road New York…


Work must be performed in or near Bushwick, NY
Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY, USA

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