Now Hiring: Development Intern (January-May 2022)

Do you hate taxes and wasteful government spending? Do you love puppies and kittens? Do you sweat the details, enjoy working with a team, and dig a fast-paced startup culture?

If you answered yes, read on: this is your dream summer internship opportunity. We’re looking for a Development Intern to help us build the future, today. 

What We’re Looking For: A Development Intern to provide day-to-day support for White Coat Waste Project’s (WCW) donor communications and donor relationship management program. S/he will work remotely from home and closely with the Development Manager, Operations Manager, and other remote employees and consultants. Must be fully committed to WCW’s mission of ending taxpayer-funding for animal experimentation. Strong interest in issue advocacy, politics, public affairs, or animal protection work. This is a part-time, hourly internship position. United States Residency required.

Why You Want This Internship: WCW is a rapidly growing and innovative 501c3 non-profit startup based in the Washington, D.C. area. We’re a taxpayer watchdog and cross-party coalition of 3 million+ animal lovers and liberty lovers. Our message? Taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to pay $20 billion for wasteful government animal experiments. We find, expose, and defund wasteful government spending through hard-hitting investigations and public policy campaigns. Richmond Times-Dispatch says our message has “infiltrated the federal government.” Our work has been featured on the front cover of USA Today, New York Times, Fox News, and hundreds more. WCW was honored as the Public Affairs Campaign of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants and awarded the LUSH Prize as the world’s top public awareness campaign.


The Development Intern is responsible for specific duties that include (but aren’t limited to) the following:

  • Acknowledgments: thank and steward donor relationships within 48 hours of receiving a contribution; including handwriting thank you notes, mailing tax receipts, making phone calls, and sending emails.
  • Donor Communications: Keeping donors up to date with our campaigns, sending emails and snail mail to individual donors and working with the Development Manager to send mass updates monthly.
  • Research: conducting research on prospective donors and strategic partners.
  • Database Administration: Log donor communications in our CRM system, cleaning up data as needed.
  • Miscellaneous: additional relevant project management and duties, as assigned.


A competitive candidate will have the following background, knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Solid experience with Microsoft Office applications.
  • Has access to a computer and printer daily
  • Demonstrated interest in public policy, government relations, grassroots campaigns, animal advocacy, stakeholder engagement, and/or politics
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to proactively anticipate our donor’s needs.
  • Critical thinking skills. You’re able to identify and resolve problems quickly… and spot opportunities to advance our goals.
  • Strong sense of integrity
  • Excellent communication skills; ability to recall what you’ve learned and communicate it to donors as well as recall your conversations with donors
  • Excellent written skills. You don’t miss the main point or “bury the lead” in your communications … ever.
  • Entrepreneurial “take charge” spirit and a positive attitude. You must be an independent, proactive self-starter and relish a startup work culture.

Reports to: This position reports to the Development Manager and works closely with the Operations Manager.

Compensation: This is a part-time, hourly-based position. The hourly rate is dependent on your state’s minimum wage.

To Apply: Send resume, cover letter, references, and wage requirements to Christine McPherson, Development Manager, at [email protected] with Subject line: Development Intern. Please note: we will only consider applicants who submit all of these requirements.