Advancement Intern (Summer 2024)

Issue One

Job Description

Posted on: 
March 7, 2024

Advancement Intern 

Semester: Summer (June-August 2024)

Status: Part-time Temporary (15-20 hours per week)

Reports to: Our Advancement Team (3 members) 

Stipend: $17.50 per hour 

Location: Washington, DC Preferred 

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Issue One is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization that unites Republicans, Democrats, and independents to win game-changing federal reforms to fix our broken political system and create an inclusive democracy that works for everyone. Issue One educates the public and Congress to pass legislation to increase transparency, strengthen government ethics and accountability, reduce the influence of big money in politics, protect the freedom to vote, and strengthen U.S. elections.

Issue One is helping lead the fight to protect U.S. elections and election workers, ensure a peaceful transfer of power in 2025, and win comprehensive reforms to combat disinformation on technology platforms. Issue One built the National Council on Election Integrity and led its $15 million Count Every Vote campaign to defend the integrity of the 2020 elections and push back against attempts to undermine faith in our democratic process.  


Issue One is on the lookout for an adaptable and detail-oriented Advancement Intern to join our fundraising department for the summer. This internship is centered on enhancing our donor database, supporting research, stewardship, event planning, and relationship management. The ideal candidate will excel in a dynamic environment, demonstrating flexibility, the ability to work independently, and a keen eye for detail. This role is an excellent opportunity for individuals seeking to delve into the essential aspects of fundraising and development, offering hands-on experience and the chance to significantly contribute to our mission-driven work.

Our interns are integral members of Issue One. We are a small but growing office where you will gain hands-on experience in bipartisan outreach and advocacy, communications and messaging tactics, event planning, and much more. We also work closely with other reform organizations and will give you a comprehensive look at the vital work being done nationwide in democracy reform.


  • Assist with research projects, including prospect research and outreach. 
  • Contribute to the writing and distribution of various donor communications. 
  • Assist with maintaining records. This includes entering data, organizing files and documents, supporting donor database clean-up and ensuring data integrity remains a top priority.
  • Provide support with event planning and any logistical concerns. Keeps supervisor(s) abreast of any problems.
  • Help manage and maintain relationships with donors. 
  • Help all members of the development team with tasks as requested. 

Given our advancement program's growing nature, duties are subject to change, and new responsibilities might be added based on the program's needs. 


  • Current undergraduate or graduate student or a recent graduate
  • Excellent computer skills (Mac and PC, Google docs/sheets, and MS Office)
  • Self-starter who can see projects through to completion
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Positive attitude and willingness to try new things
  • Demonstrated ability to generate ideas and adapt to new projects
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently, as well as with a team


It’s preferred for the the intern to reside in the DMV area, so they can join us on-site for a hybrid schedule, including being in our Washington, DC, office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

We anticipate this being a roughly 12-week internship, with a start date on or about Monday, June 3, through about Thursday, August 22.


This intern will be expected to work between 15 and 20 hours per week and be compensated at a rate of $17.50 per hour. 

Issue One treats interns as W-2 employees rather than independent contractors. Because of this, any intern must reside in a state where Issue One is registered, namely, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Utah, Virginia, or Washington, D.C.

Intern Selection Timeline

  • March 1-17: Position is posted, and resumes are collected 
  • March 18-22: Resumes are screened and interviews are scheduled.
  • April 1-5: Interviews occur w/ potential assessment scheduled 
  • April 8-12: Finalist selected and internship offered  

DEI Philosophy and Self-ID Questionnaire 

Our DEI efforts focus on empowering staff, valuing differences, and ensuring every voice matters. We aim to attract diverse candidates with varied perspectives and experiences, reinforcing our commitment to a workplace where everyone's unique contributions are celebrated.

We ask all applicants to fill out a voluntary self-identification questionnaire as part of our application. This helps us maintain our DEI commitment and create equal opportunities for success.

How to Apply

  1. Interested applicants can apply by clicking "Apply for this Job" at the top of this page. Please include how you heard about the position.
  2. All applicants are encouraged to complete the self-identification questionnaire. 

Issue One is committed to the principles of equal employment. We are committed to complying with all federal, state, and local laws providing equal employment opportunities and all other employment laws and regulations. We intend to maintain a work environment that is free of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation because of age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation (including transgender status, gender identity or expression), pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation, and related medical conditions), reproductive health decisions, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, credit information, employment status, physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), veteran status, uniformed servicemember status, status as a victim or family member of a victim of domestic violence, a sexual offense, or stalking, homeless status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws. The Company is dedicated to the fulfillment of this policy in regard to all aspects of employment, including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, placement, transfer, training, promotion, rates of pay, fringe benefits, and other compensation, the application of disability and/or temporary disability policies, termination, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.

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