Development Assistant

Job Type

Part Time


Minimum: $10,000
Maximum: $15,000
Details: $14.00/hour; salary range based on 15-20 hours per week.



Start Date


Application Deadline



1414 Northeast 42nd Street
Suite 300
United States


Position Summary

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is looking for a team player interested in developing office skills and professional experience in a nonprofit, policy-research setting. The Development Intern will be exposed to various aspects of institutional development, such as prospect research, a database audit, events, the annual campaign, and more. This opportunity allows for the individual to develop skills in fundraising, event planning, and administrative support through on-the-job experience.

This is a paid, part-time (20 hours per week), temporary (3-6-month) internship located in NBR's Seattle, WA office. The ideal candidate will be detail oriented, passionate, hardworking, and have the ability to multitask. This position is available to start in December. The Intern will be supervised by the Director of Board and Corporate Relations. This internship position would be ideal for a candidate seeking to apply and expand his/her skills and build a portfolio in nonprofit fundraising to advance career opportunities.

About NBR

NBR conducts advanced independent research on strategic, political, economic, globalization, energy, and health issues affecting U.S. relations with Asia. Drawing upon an extensive network of the world's leading specialists and leveraging the latest technology, NBR bridges the academic, business, and policy arenas. NBR disseminates its research through briefings, publications, conferences, Congressional testimony, and email forums, and by collaborating with leading institutions worldwide.

The Intern will work on the following:

·        Donor Cultivation: Support donor cultivation and stewardship activities by identifying and researching prospective new donors or funding opportunities; reaching out to schedule in-person meetings and introductory phone calls; and creating new value to current donors.

·        Database Administration: Support an audit of NBR’s donor database to review records and verify for accuracy; maintain the donor database by adding new contacts and updating donor contact information, such as mailing addresses and email addresses; record and track supporter gifts, relationships, and key strategies.

·        Prospect Research: Assist in researching partnerships and potential corporate sponsors; like-minded organizational funding; donor prospects, including online research, contact information searches, and collection of information from other organizations.

·        Events: Support event planning, execution, and follow-up by assisting with invitations, participant tracking, travel and accommodation, venue arrangements, on-site support, etc.

·        Administration: Maintain calendars, deadlines, and internal database systems for all donors and organizational funders to secure and renew funds; maintain tracking report and research on events, conferences and other networking sources.

·        Board Meeting Support: Assist with board meeting logistics, participant tracking, the creation of invitations, and board books.

·        Annual Campaign: Support the annual campaign by creating a mailing list, annual campaign materials, and tracking responses.

·        Phone and General Office Support: Answer incoming calls to the organization and provide general office support as needed.


  • Current student or recent graduate holding a degree in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy, Nonprofit Leadership, Marketing, Communications, or Business and an interest in Asia and foreign Policy preferred.
  • The ideal candidate must be self-directed and results-driven, detail-oriented, and organized. S/he must possess strong problem-solving skills and good judgement, customer service skills, and an interest in relationship building.
  • Some in-office experience with the responsibilities listed above preferred.

Application Instructions

The deadline for applications is Sunday, November 18. To apply, submit the following materials through NBR's employment site (

  • Resume
  • Cover letter: The cover letter should explain your qualifications and interest in the position and NBR, and when you would be available to begin work
  • Writing sample: The writing sample must be a piece that has not undergone external editing, such as a paper for school or a draft of a published piece
  • Three references: Name, title, affiliation, relationship to you, contact info (email and phone)

A proofreading test will be given to applicants at the interview stage.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Sick leave and transit benefits offered.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluent in English; Asian language fluency is a plus

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

High School

How To Apply