July 18, 2018

Development Assistant-Intern

Capital Research Center
July 18, 2018
Job Type


Development/Fundraising Internship

Washington, DC


CRC is an investigative think tank and the leading source for information on left-wing/Progressive organizations and their donors.  The Center examines how these groups operate and analyzes their impact on our politics and society.


The Center was established in 1984 to promote a better understanding of charities and philanthropic organizations and of how groups and causes are “captured” by the Left and used to undermine Americans’ freedoms. CRC’s journalism is grounded in principles of individual liberty, a free-market economy, and limited, constitutional government.


CRC’s specialty: “connecting the dots”—uncovering the links between nonprofit organizations, interest groups, and government policies—investigating and exposing extremism, corruption, cronyism, self-dealing, hypocrisy, and deception.


We have an opportunity for a highly motivated person who possesses an exceptional work ethic, a positive attitude, and a desire to expose the false liberal narrative.


This position reports to the Vice President of Philanthropy and Development. The primary function of the Development Assistant is to assist the VP and the Development Associates with Development Department donor data management and donor retention.



  • Research donor contact information using the internet and other file sources to obtain most up-to-date information.
  • Enter contact information and other selected data for donors and prospects into new database.
  • Make donor thank you calls.
  • Assist with donor visit preparation.
  • Organize constituent files and their corresponding materials.
  • Prepare constituent acknowledgement mailings, including copying letters, sorting and including appropriate enclosures, and stuffing envelopes.
  • File copies of outgoing correspondence with its related incoming mail into constituent files.
  • Access files from various physical locations and replace files alphabetically.
  • Research prospective individual donors, foundations, and companies using Google and online sources. (Capital Research Center has a subscription to Wealth Engine.)
  • Work with the development team to continually improve the processes and procedures so that best practices are used to maximize fundraising effectiveness.
  • Assist with online fundraising, planned giving and other development activities.
  • Attend DC intern informational events.



Education and Experience Required

Beyond a bachelor’s degree (or in progress), a great attitude! You must be trustworthy and maintain confidentiality. A strong work ethic is a must, as is strong attention to the details and follow through. The individual chosen will be a self-starter, seeking a challenge with a commitment to the work of Capital Research Center.


Proficiency in MS Office is necessary (Word, Excel, Outlook). Priority will go to candidates who have experience working with donor databases, but all interested should apply.


About the Office

Working out of an historic building near Dupont Circle (Metro accessible), CRC’s small, close-knit team is in the process of launching number of dynamic and exciting projects. Working here will give you an opportunity to understand how the issue advocacy world works. If you are looking for a place to launch your career in DC, please consider this opportunity!



To apply, email your resume, answers to the following questions, and writing samples, if desired, to bbottcher@capitalresearch.org. We are accepting applications for future internships.


Please submit brief (less than 500 words) answers to the following questions.

  • Which political philosophy do you identify with and why?
  • Why do you want to intern at Capital Research Center?


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