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Proposal Writer (Internship)
In a typical year, MRG must raise over £0.5million from creative campaigns to generate individual giving and corporate donations, and over £1.9million from well-considered and well-crafted proposals to governments and Trusts and Foundations. Are you intrigued by how charities must find ways to engage new donors amidst a lot of “noise” ? Do you think of yourself as a good writer or debater? Have you got that commercial mind and vision when it comes to reacting to gaps in service provision and ways to become more efficient?…We are proud to provide a highly sought after fundraising internship programme where you are given real responsibility and tutoring from day one. Below the role description, you’ll find the names and contact details of previous interns in our team and we encourage you to reach out over LinkedIn and discover for yourself how working for MRG can boost your future careers!
Established in 1969, MRG is a civil society organisation that works to support, campaign, capacity-build and litigate with and on behalf of minorities and indigenous peoples. The organization is headquartered in London with offices in Budapest (MRG Europe) and Kampala (MRG Africa), supported by staff in a variety of other locations in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas. The organisation works closely with over 130 partners in 60 countries. Further details about MRG, its strategic aims, programmes and personnel can be found at https://minorityrights.org/
How is an internship at MRG structured and how much will I be paid?
Please note that this is an unpaid internship and MRG will only reimburse you for travel (up to £8) and lunch expenses (up to £6) daily.
What will I be doing and what skills will I develop?
A Proposal Writer for a NGO is a hands-on, detail orientated and time-pressured role that will expose you to all of our project teams around the world! The average wage for a full-time entry-level position is £30,000 and progression can be quick! Your tasks will primarily involve drafting funding applications taking place over the next several years and these can range in size from £10,000 to £1.5million. Every successful application begins with building an understanding of the donor and ability to research and pose questions.
What is the duration of the internship?
We are looking for a commitment of either 3 months or 6 months. You will need to have permission to work in the United Kingdom and unfortunately we cannot sponsor Visas at this time.
How long am I expected to work and is it flexible?
The post is for minimum 14 hours per week and we are always considerate of your other duties whether you have shifts for another job, are studying a postgraduate course, or starting your own business. That’s why we ask what days you prefer and have a desk ready for you within our small fundraising team!
What are the application dates?
Deadline to submit application: 24th June 2019
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by: 28th June 2019
Interviews will take place between: 1st and 2nd July 2019
Expected start date: 4th July 2019
- Excellent written skills in English
- Experience in conducting desk-based research
- Interest in human rights and minorities
- Willingness to undertake administrative work
- Ability to work on own initiative
- Attention to detail
- Proficient in relevant IT packages including Word and Microsoft Excel
- Previous fundraising experience
- Previous examples of working to deadlines
How to apply:
If you would like to apply, please send your CV and cover letter to Laia@mrgmail.org by 24 June 2019. Please indicate in your cover letter how many hours per week you would be available and when you would be able to start.
Previous fundraising interns for you to contact if you wish:
Tham Huynh – https://www.linkedin.com/in/tham-huynh-4ab94a175/