The U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington, DC-based national nonprofit organization of over 18,000 corporate and organizational members from every sector of the building industry united to transform the building marketplace to sustainability, currently has an opening for an individual with an interest in learning about nonprofit fundraising and management to serve as intern with its Fund Development Department.

The intern will work closely with department staff to research prospective funders; draft proposals, reports, and department communications; assist in fundraising appeals; and support department administration. Training opportunities provided.


•Work with staff to identify and research independent and corporate foundations and individual prospects whose philanthropic interests are compatible with USGBC’s programs. Learn standard fundraising research techniques using professional research tools and databases.
•Work with staff to analyze, segment, and target USGBC’s membership base for fundraising solicitation, both online and direct mail.
•Assist in drafting and editing solicitation and report materials. Learn how to submit formal letters of inquiry, proposals, and budgets to foundations.
•Draft and edit general correspondence and assist in compiling and proofing information for USGBC annual report.
•Implement mass mailings to prospects.
•Maintain department hardcopy and electronic files.
•Prior relevant professional experience strongly preferred
•High school diploma, some college preferred
•Strong writing, communication, and organization skills
•An interest in fundraising for non-profit organizations
•Electronic research experience – Web and database (training provided)
•Proficiency in MS Office Suite, especially Excel
•Strong attention to detail
•Strong organizational skills
•Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
•Appreciation for USGBC mission

To Apply:

Please forward résumé and letter of interest with title of internship applying for by email or fax, attn: E. Tarring.

Contact Information:

202-478-5046 (fax)
Apply for the U.S. Green Building Council Internship

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Author: Tracey de Morsella (323 Articles)

Tracey de Morsella started her career working as an editor for US Technology Magazine. She used that experience to launch Delaware Valley Network, a publication for professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. Years later, she used the contacts and resources she acquired to work in executive search specializing in technical and diversity recruitment. She has conducted recruitment training seminars for Wachovia Bank, the Department of Interior and the US Postal Service. During this time, she also created a diversity portal called The Multicultural Advantage and published the Diversity Recruitment Advertising Toolkit, a directory of recruiting resources for human resources professionals. Her career and recruitment articles have appeared in numerous publications and web portals including Woman Engineer Magazine,, Job Search Channel, Workplace Diversity Magazine, Society for Human Resource Management web site, NSBE Engineering Magazine,, and Human Resource Consultants Association Newsletter. Her work with technology professionals drew her to pursuing training and work in web development, which led to a stint at Merrill Lynch as an Intranet Manager. In March, she decided to combine her technical and career management expertise with her passion for the environment, and with her husband, launched The Green Economy Post, a blog providing green career information and covering the impact of the environment, sustainable building, cleantech and renewable energy on the US economy. Her sustainability articles have appeared on Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation, Chem.Info,FastCompany and CleanTechies.