Development Support Intern

Agency Summary:

Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) is a community-based, local economic development organization which has engaged individuals and small businesses in community-building strategies for over 40 years.  Our mission is to achieve economic justice for San Francisco’s low and moderate income Latino families through asset development.  

Program Learning Outcomes:

Internships are designed to expand the depth and breadth of academic learning for you in your particular areas of study. It is an opportunity for you to receive experience in applying theories learned in the classroom to specific experiences in the community and workplace. An internship can also heighten your awareness of community issues, motivate you to create opportunities, embrace new ideas, and give direction to positive change. A successful internship can give you valuable information in making decisions about the direction of future studies or employment.

By the end of the internship our hope is that the you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate leadership skills and gain confidence entering the workplace.
  2. Demonstrate the fundamental behaviors of cultural competency.
  3. Evaluate your fit within a career field and understand career pathways.
  4. Describe your knowledge about working in a mission driven, high performing environment.
  5. Create a network of peers and professionals to help you in your career path.
  6. Add your internship experience, skills gained and goals accomplished to your resume.

Internship Objectives:

Internship objectives are goals established to ensure the intern’s productivity and growth as part of his or her experience within the organization. These objectives are project and training based, aligned with the job description, and/or provide structure to the student and supervisor for the time spent at the internship.

  1. Interns will gain familiarity with office structure and field-specific knowledge through an orientation, job shadows with staff members not on the team, observing all staff meetings, and participating in community events.
  2. Interns will be exposed to all facets of a high performing service providing organization by adding capacity to a program and participating in weekly assessments, database training and updating, researching, writing blogs, staff socials, mentor lunches and monthly Lunch and Learn sessions
  3. Intern will gain understanding about the culture of our community and clients by attending community events, working with clients at the office and on various projects.
  4. Intern will follow professional, safety and confidentiality standards by arriving on time, following the dress code, learning about time management, how to work independently and in a team and customer service standards.
  5. Interns will gain a professional network by participating in a cohort of interns, job shadowing, cross training with at least three other programs, and being paired with a mentor.

Program Specific Duties and Responsibilities

The Development Intern will work on special projects and needs for the Development Department while utilizing and learning new skills in donor cultivation and stewardship, research and communications, as well as data analysis.

Undergraduate Internships

  • Prospect research foundations, corporate, galas (for sponsorships)
  • Events research on best practices
  • Cataloging of reports and data used for proposals
  • Creating 1 pagers of program and snapshots, including performance data and “needs” data for each program.
  • Cleaning up of Salesforce data systems
  • Supporting with the coordination of fundraising events, particularly for the MPN Scholarship Fund
  • Supporting with an individual donor drive
  • Supporting with an implementation of a communications campaign

Graduate Internships

  • Creating 1-pagers of needs data to support for each program
  • Analyzing individual donor giving levels and communications engagement
  • Qualitative research on how some organizations fund organizing/advocacy or creating a fundraising strategy/plan for organizing/advocacy
  • Creating a “social marketing” communications campaign
  • Creating a “movement building/activism” communications social media campaign