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Internship – Fundraising Assistant
In a typical year, MRG must raise over £2.2million from creative campaigns to generate individual giving and corporate donations, and also 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 calls for proposals tackling a pressing concern, or operationally simply 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.
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. MRG will reimburse you for travel and lunch expenses up to £16.50 daily.
What will I be doing and what skills will I develop?
- Assist colleagues from the Development & Partnerships team to build up possible partnerships and contacts with stakeholders including like- minded organizations, activists, intergovernmental agencies and donors to maximize opportunities for the successful implementation of the designed initiatives in the long term.
- Assist colleagues from the Development & Partnerships team as well as our local partners to put together and submit funding proposals to identified donors to secure funding for the newly design projects.
Overall, a Fundraising Assistant is a very varied seen as it involves several of the different areas of fundraising. For instance, proposal writing for an 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 young fundraiser is £27,000 and progression can be quick! Your tasks will primarily involve researching donors, funding opportunities & supporting Fundraising staff to write proposals (these can range in size from £10,000 to £1.5million) and compiling reports.
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! Note, we normally do not offer full time internships.
What are the application dates?
Deadline to submit application: 26th August 2019.
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted between: 28th August and 6th September.
Interviews will take place between: 9th – 13th September 2019.
Expected start date: mid-September 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
- Familiar with maintaining a database
- Previous examples of working to deadlines
- Understanding of budgets
- French speaking
How to apply:
If you would like to apply, please send your CV and cover letter to Laia@mrgmail.org by 26 August 2019.
Please indicate in your cover letter how many hours per week you would be available and when you would be able to start.