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Location: New York City

Immigration Equality is proud to be the national leader in the field we pioneered: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV immigration rights. We helped end the HIV travel ban, led the successful fight to secure green cards for LGBT families, and represent LGBT asylum seekers and detainees every day.

Founded in 1994, Immigration Equality has a dual focus of direct representation and policy work. We take calls every day from clients who need help right now and we work to change the systems that have lasting impact on how LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants get treated. We work with LGBT and HIV-positive asylum seekers, detainees and binational couples, answering more than 4,000 hotline calls and representing more than 300 individual cases each year.

In 2014 and beyond we are doubling down on our asylum and detention work. In 76 countries it is a crime to be gay. Being out or being outed is truly life-threatening. That’s why we work to train, represent and hold accountable the government officials who make life or death decisions for LGBT people seeking safety in the U.S. We are proud to do life-saving work, and with much success to be proud of, we have more energy than ever to fight the policies that hurt scores of our families.

Immigration Equality is seeking a special events & development intern in New York City to work 15-20 hours per week for a commitment of at least three months. Because Immigration Equality’s office is structured as an open, team-oriented, non-hierarchical space, development interns will also gain insight into many different facets of non-profit work, all while helping Immigration Equality raise more funds and execute more events to advance its mission.

Responsibilities include

• Conducting prospect research on individual, foundation, and corporate donors
• A hands-on experience with the planning of organizational special events, including our annual 500+ person gala.
• Maintaining client and donor database (Salesforce), including logging donations and drafting donor acknowledgements
• Drafting development e-blasts and event invitations, including any relevant social media copy

Specifically, development interns will gain

• An overview of non-profit fundraising, donor communications, and event planning
• Proficiency in Salesforce, our client and donor database, and experience with managing the odds and ends of a busy not-for-profit organization
• An introduction to the field of LGBT and HIV asylum law

A qualified candidate must

• Show a commitment to winning social justice for LGBT, HIV-positive, and immigrant families
• Possess strong communication, organization, and computer skills
• Show a willingness to perform administrative tasks with enthusiasm and high attention to detail
• Be able to understand the importance of client confidentiality
• Possess an interest in a career in the nonprofit sector – particularly in event planning, development and fundraising
• Bilingual desired but not mandatory

To Apply

We are now accepting internship applications for Fall 2014. We will review applications on a rolling basis.

Please send a resume, cover letter, and available work hours to plotierzo@immigrationequality.org. No phone calls, please.

Our office hours are Monday-Friday 9:30am – 5:30pm and start/end dates are negotiable.