Development and Communications Internship

Hours per week

12 hours per week




44 School Street
Suite 415
United States


The Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice is seeking a Development and Communications Intern for the 2019 spring semester. 

The Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice is a non-profit organization driven by a mission to promote equal rights and opportunities for Massachusetts residents by developing and advocating for systemic solutions to social justice issues. We strive to identify social injustices that have not been fully addressed by either public or private sectors and address those injustices by leveraging our own resources, partnering with pro bono attorneys, and working with strategic coalitions. 

The Development and Communications Intern will assist with the day-to-day operations of the office and collaborate with staff to track and evaluate fundraising efforts and cultivate support. This is an excellent opportunity for an exceptionally motivated individual to develop skills in non-profit development work and learn about issues such as access to justice, youth homelessness, and the school-to-prison pipeline.

Ideal Qualifications: 

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly organized with the ability to manage multiple projects and shift priorities
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Enthusiastic belief in Massachusetts Appleseed’s mission and values
  • Experience with databases preferred but not required
  • Graphic design experience a plus

Core responsibilities include: 

  • Assist with planning and execution of annual fundraising event
  • Research corporate funding prospects
  • Provide administrative support for donor stewardship and communications
  • Manage social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter), create content for daily postings, and track analytics.
  • Assist with writing and editing grant proposals
  • Assist with the writing, copyediting, and formatting of advocacy alerts and internal communications

Students interested in event planning and communications in a non-profit setting are especially encouraged to apply. A passion for social justice and telling stories that have the power to change the world is essential. 

While internships are unpaid, interns gain valuable experience in database management, fundraising, and have the opportunity to take ownership of a long-term project that they will help choose. 

Internships will begin as soon as possible and entail a minimum time commitment of 12 hours per week. Depending on the intern’s duties, this time will likely be divided between our office in downtown Boston and working remotely. Exact starting date and work days/hours are flexible. 

How To Apply

To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to Madeline Poage at madeline@massappleseed.orgApplications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Massachusetts Appleseed is an Equal Opportunity Employer, is committed to diversity in its workforce, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, military status or any other status protected by applicable law.