NY Development Internship (2019)

New York, United States Part-time

Common Sense (https://www.commonsensemedia.org/) is the nation's leading independent nonprofit organization devoted to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology. Every day, millions of families turn to Common Sense for trusted advice and unbiased ratings. We offer the largest library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for everything your kids want to watch, play, read, and learn. Our movie and TV ratings are available on Netflix, Comcast, DirecTV, and many other partner networks, helping families and kids make smart media choices. Through our schools program, we provide educators with a curriculum that teaches the essential digital citizenship and literacy skills every student needs to succeed. More than 100,000 member schools across the country use our ratings and free curricula and content. We also work with policymakers, industry leaders, legislators, and a grassroots community of concerned parents and teachers to improve the media and education landscape for kids, families, and schools.


Common Sense is seeking an all-star development intern who will work with our New York team over the summer. This is a great opportunity for any individual looking to gain practical development experience, with a focus on event planning at a rapidly growing nonprofit. The ideal candidate is a strong team player and a go-getter who is detail-oriented and can work both collaboratively and independently.


The New York development intern will be part of the team working on 2019 Common Sense Awards, taking place in fall 2019. This is a night when we honor and celebrate the people who embrace media and technology to make the world a better place for kids, and it is also our biggest fundraising event of the year. As Common Sense's NY development intern, you will play a crucial role in setting the stage for a successful 2019 Awards. In addition to the Awards, this role will also support smaller development events such as parent talks in schools, small intimate fundraisers, movie screenings, and thought leadership events.


An average week will involve activities such as drafting emails to potential sponsors for the Common Sense Awards and making cold calls; researching, securing, and liaising with vendors; scouting out new venue locations; conducting prospect research on event attendees; data entry and data cleaning on Salesforce; participating in events meetings; logistical support for smaller events such as printing materials, managing RSVP lists, and liaising with venues; and more development projects as needed by the New York team.





  • Candidates with event planning and/or development experience strongly encouraged to apply.
  • A familiarity with:
    • Common Sense's mission
    • Salesforce (or other CRM), G Suite, and Microsoft Office
    • Prospect research tools
  • Strong research, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • An aptitude for writing and communicating persuasively to a variety of different audiences
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize workload in a timely manner to complete assignments when faced with many deadlines and competing requirements



  • You're not afraid to pick up the phone and make things happen.
  • You're inspired by the Common Sense mission.
  • You're an enthusiastic and eager learner.
  • You're energized by a fast-paced workplace.



  • Ideal start date: Orientation is Monday, June 17, from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. (PST). For internships outside of our San Francisco office, remote attendance is requested.
  • Ideal end date: Friday, August 9, 2019
  • Hours: ~15-20 hours/week
  • Interns need to be available to attend a minimum of six weekly educational Lunch & Learns (there will be seven total). Lunch & Learns will be every Wednesday from 12 p.m.–1 p.m. (PST).  For internships outside of our San Francisco office, remote attendance is requested.
  • We will work with your clinical or internship office for school credit.
  • This is a paid opportunity.


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