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Development and Communications Intern

NECHAMA - Jewish Response to Disaster


Organization Summary:

NECHAMA is a voluntary organization that provides natural disaster preparedness, response, and recovery services nationwide. Through the years we have brought comfort to disaster survivors by training and mobilizing thousands of volunteers to help communities after floods, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. 

Our work is rooted in the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam ("repairing the world through acts of kindness"). We offer help to all people affected by disaster on the basis of need regardless of religious affiliation. We also welcome anyone willing to volunteer and serve others to join us.


Our collective work is not done in an effort to proselytize; rather we train, equip, and lead volunteers that assist disaster survivors in the spirit of goodwill and creating mutual respect among all people.


NECHAMA is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.


Location: Twin Cities Metro Activity Area: Human Services and/or Youth Development
Category: Fundraising and Fund Development Closing Date: open until filled
Job Type: Intern - Paid Salary: $250/month stipend

Primary Duties:


Position Description 

The Development and Communications Intern will learn how to be a part of a development and admin team within a small nonprofit, with a focus on assisting with day-to-day fundraising activities including database work, research, and grants, communications and social media engagement, and general administrative activities.


This is an opportunity to gain experience in and familiarity with areas such as fundraising, philanthropy,  development, disaster relief, communications, and the day-to-day operations of a nonprofit organization with a national reach. The Development Intern will report to the Development and Communications Manager.


Specific Responsibilities 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: 


Development Duties

  • Assist Development staff in preparing and mailing out acknowledgement letters.
  • Participate in planning events and other activities.
  • Work with Development staff on Grant writing, LOIs, and grantee reports.
  • Managing data entry into Funraise, NECHAMA’s donor database.
  • Conduct research on potential donors and strategic partners.
  • Prepare reports and presentations for internal and external use.
  • Help to prepare and send mailings.
  • Maintain donor files and other development materials.

Communications Duties  

  • Prepare, plan and post on social media (Facebook and Twitter).
  • Create and send out general correspondence.
  • Update website when needed.


  • Attend department and staff meetings.
  • Assist with special projects as needed.




  • Strong writing and research abilities.
  • Desire to learn more about fundraising and philanthropy.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Experience with databases is a plus.
  • Good interpersonal skills and attention to detail.
  • A demonstrated commitment to NECHAMA’s mission and values.
  • Must have reliable transportation - not accessible via public transportation.


Additional Info:

Hours, Start Date and Duration 

Flexible within business hours (9:00 am to 5:00 pm). A firm commitment of 15-20 hours per week is required. The internship will start at a mutually agreed upon date and will continue for three months. The position will receive a stipend of $250 per month. 

How To Apply:


How to Apply
To apply for the position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and one page writing sample by email to (please put “Development Intern” in the subject line).


The position is available for immediate hire, with applications considered on a rolling basis. Candidates are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible. No phone calls, please. While the above is a description of the essential functions of the position, other duties may be assigned. This job description is subject to change at the discretion of management. The position is based in St. Louis Park, MN. Please visit our website at to learn more. 


NECHAMA – Jewish Response to Disaster is an equal opportunity employer.


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