Research Internship with a Progressive Nonprofit in D.C.
Do you love trying to change someone’s mind about an issue using numbers and stories? Do you sweat the small details on school and/or work projects? Is your attention to detail matched by an ability to cut through the clutter to get to the heart of the matter? Are you driven to make your community and our country a more just and equitable place?
We’re a 40 year old nonprofit and since 1976, we’ve been an unabashed champion for philanthropy that serves the public good, a brave and unrelenting watchdog and advocate for funding that directly benefits the under-served, under-represented and marginalized communities, and a courageous voice for social justice for all people in our society. For the mission and vision statements of National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and to learn more about our work, visit www.ncrp.org.
We're looking for graduate student or recent graduate who can help the organization’s small but mighty team promote philanthropy that builds the power of marginalized communities and leads to long-term change. This PAID research intern position is for one year, with the opportunity for extension. You will be supervised by the Director of Research.
This position is a wonderful opportunity for hands-on experience using data to tell compelling stories at a national nonprofit. You’ll practice collecting qualitative data via interviews and managing short-term projects whose goal is to persuade donors to give more of their charitable dollars to support social justice causes. You’ll also learn more about and interact with grassroots nonprofits and social movement activists across the country as well as the progressive foundations that support them in making change on issues including immigrant rights and racial justice. If you’re interested in learning more about this sector and building transferable skills for future work at a nonprofit or foundation, please read more below.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office, especially Excel
- An excellent communicator, both in writing and verbally
- Familiar with the basics of quantitative data analysis, including reading a table of data, calculating basic statistics (average, median, etc.), and explaining what you’ve found
- Able to quickly synthesize data and stories clearly and concisely
- A creative, strategic thinker
A major plus: Familiarity or experience with US immigrant communities including those whose first language is not English.
You’ll be responsible for…
- Data entry and database maintenance
- Quantitative and qualitative data analysis
- Scheduling interviews with research partners
- Working – often collaboratively and sometimes independently – on a 3-person research team to change hearts and minds about grantmaking for communities with the least wealth and power in our society
- Other duties as assigned
You’ll learn how to…
- Gather and interpret quantitative data on the nonprofit sector from diverse sources
- Build relationships with leaders on the front lines of social change
- Gather information in an interview setting
- Support a thriving organizational culture at a nonprofit dedicated to respect, ethics, affirmation and diversity in the workplace
Duration of internship: October 2018 to October 2019
Hours: 20 hours per week internship