Internships with Behind the Book – Development Opportunity

Calling all future educators, aspiring literacy advocates, and development and communications buffs: BtB is offering internship opportunities. You can also see the post to apply for Program Intern.

Development & Communications Intern

Location: New York, New York, 10030, United States
Area of Focus: Children and Youth
Skills: Writing, research
Last Day to Apply: Ongoing
Paid or Unpaid: Unpaid

Behind the Book is a literacy non-profit that serves students in high-needs New York City public schools. BtB identifies books that speak to urban youth from pre-K-12, then partners with teachers to create immersive curriculum units that bring those authors into the classroom.

Through a series of workshops, authors discuss their work and teach a genre of writing, encouraging students to see themselves as readers and writers as they guide them in the creation and publication of their own original work.

Behind the Book seeks a Development & Communications Intern to assist with the organization’s events and promotions. The position is ideal for a go-getter with excellent communication skills who is interested in being an integral part of a growing non-profit organization’s donor base and public profile. The position is based at our Harlem office with a commitment for one semester at a minimum of 10 hours per week (flexible).

Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with preparation for fundraising events, including research for décor, gift bag items, and other miscellaneous tasks
  • Inputting information in Salesforce (database training provided) related to fundraising
  • Assisting with donor communications, including thank-you letters
  • Drafting content to promote fundraising events on Behind the Book’s website and newsletter
  • Profiling and thanking donors and volunteers on the website and in newsletter
  • Maintaining and updating photo bank
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications: Detail-oriented, eager to learn, and able to manage tasks independently. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English required. Candidates interested in fundraising and philanthropy are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply: Submit a resume and cover letter, along with a two-page writing sample, to “Development & Communications Intern” should appear in the subject heading of your email.

Behind the Book is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation, family responsibilities, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state or local law. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort.

Behind the Book
216 West 135th Street, Ground Floor
New York, NY 10030
(212) 222-3627