Development Intern

Posting Date: October 30, 2023

Location: TAPS National Headquarters, Arlington, Virginia

Position: Internship (unpaid)



This position works alongside a team in Fundraising and Event Planning. The Development Intern will work with our fundraising development team to support ongoing donor stewardship, campaigns, affiliate office fundraising and grant research.

This internship will provide the following outcomes:

  • Development of fundraising and event planning skills
  • Experience in communication skills with supporters and potential supports for the mission of TAPS
  • Exposure to international nonprofit and the ability to collaborate with team members supporting the mission

Interns work a 20-hour work week during normal business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Please note we are extremely flexible around your work and school schedule. Internship beginning and end dates are flexible. Work will be performed at our National Headquarters in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia. Academic credit for internships is strongly encouraged and enthusiastically supported. Please arrange for credit through your own programs and TAPS will provide all documentation necessary for you to receive credit for your talent and work.



  • Assisting with department projects related to donor recognition and stewardship
  • Providing database support by creating, updating, and managing donor data
  • Assisting in the drafting of donor acknowledgements and recognition
  • Drafting content for the Donor Newsletter and assisting in the editing process
  • Researching foundation grants whose goals align with the mission of TAPS
  • Assisting with the planning and execution of a meetings with major sponsors and corporate partners
  • Providing administrative support to Development Managers and Directors as needed
  • Preparing progress reports at the end of each month
  • Tracking and reporting hours



  • Passion to support the families of America’s fallen heroes
  • Currently enrolled in or recently completed an undergraduate degree
  • Enthusiastic support for the mission of TAPS
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Organized self-starter with a positive attitude
  • Patient and willing to work collaboratively with a team
  • Able to meet deadlines and work until the job is done
  • Fluent in Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, Excel
  • Candidates must work at the TAPS National Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia


School Years

Junior, Senior, Masters, Doctorate


Application Process

Please send an email to with the following subject line: Development Intern: Last name, first name. Please attach a brief cover letter, resume, and writing sample.  Ensure attachments are saved with your name.