Unpaid Internship for the Department of Athletic Development - Donor Engagement
Wake Forest Athletics
July 25, 2018
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Full-time - Internship
Operations, Operations - Development
The Wake Forest Athletic Development Internship is a three-phase program that provides an outstanding opportunity to learn fundamental development operations from a talented fundraising team led by the 2015 NAADD Fundraiser of the Year, Barry Faircloth. Our highly successful staff has led the ACC in capital fundraising for the last three years.
The Deacon Club is committed to ensuring that each intern receives valuable experience through a variety of special projects and day-to-day interaction with our five areas of focus: Major Gifts, Annual Fund, Analytics, Donor Engagement and Volunteer Army (boards and councils). Interns will leave the program with a thorough understanding of how a development office operates in a Power 5 conference school, fully prepared for the next step in their career.
The Donor Engagement intern position will have the opportunity to gain experience in stewardship and events with endowment outreach, annual student-athlete thank-a-thon, reunion events, golf outings, campaign events (groundbreakings, dedications, dinners, etc.) game day operations (football and men’s basketball) and other duties as assigned. This position also provides the opportunity to learn how to steward our highest level donors.
In addition, this intern positionwill collaborate on communications and marketing efforts around stewardship initiatives.
Now accepting applications from candidates interested in completing all phases of the program starting August 1, 2018.
Fall Phase: August 1 – December 22
Learn about game day development responsibilities, premium seating set up and hospitality. Learn Blackbaud, Paciolan, Advizor and other software systems to manage development operations. Participate in the student-athlete Thank-a-Thon. Learn about the management of volunteer boards, councils and committees and observe programs and events designed to support our capital campaign. At the Staff Retreat, our interns will participate in role play for development calls and learn the responsibilities of each development position. Learn how to evaluate challenges and opportunities in the fundraising environment.
Spring Phase: January 2 – June 30
Learn how to set up a successful reunion weekend and observe high-end stewardship events. Learn about the activation of social functions including Homecoming and Deacon Club Appreciation events. Learn to develop strategic long-term plans for prospects and the actions and best practices for reaching fundraiser targets and goals. Learn how to transform data into actionable information. Learn about our year-end fundraising push, securing new donors, annual fund renewals and solicitations.
Summer Program: May 15 – August 15
Learn the daily operations of a fundraising office including crucial planning stages.
Learning will take place with various staff members with primary leadership from the Operations Director of Development, Assistant Athletic Director of Donor Engagement, and Director of Donor Engagement. Their roles are to educate interns on all aspects of the responsibilities under their area. Interns will participate in role play, and observe and shadow each supervisor.
At the conclusion of each phase, interns will document their learning experience and review the opportunity to continue to the next phase.
TO APPLY: Email letter of interest and resume (including 2 references) to Bronnie Queen at email@example.com.
Additional Salary Information: This is an unpaid internship.
About Wake Forest Athletics
The Deacon Club is the fundraising unit for Wake Forest Athletics. In an effort to support the Athletic Department's vision of Developing Champions, we are driven by three primary objectives: 1. To provide scholarships for academically deserving student-athletes; 2. To equip our student-athletes with first-class facilities; and 3. To develop programs to further engage members with Wake Forest Athletics.