SEU Work-Study: Foundation Communities Intern
Department: Institutional Giving/Grants
Positions Available: 1 for the full academic year
Pay Range: $9.75-$10.75, commensurate with experience
Foundation Communities is searching for interns to assist various departments with meeting their goals and objectives. In exchange, we will provide a mission-driven learning environment where you can gain experience and build your resume. This is a great opportunity to learn the ins and outs of a national award-winning, local nonprofit. Interns will serve 10-15 hours per week on either a semester or academic year basis, at determined by the department work plan. Candidates must be eligible for work-study through St. Edward’s University.
Foundation Communities is a local nonprofit that provides affordable, attractive homes and free on-site support services for thousands of families with kids, as well as veterans, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. We offer an innovative, proven model that empowers our residents and neighbors to achieve educational success, financial stability, and healthier lifestyles. We own and operate 25 communities all over Austin and in North Texas. foundcom.org
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
- Conduct prospect research to identify potential funders and partners that align with FC’s mission and programs.
- Assist grants team with writing letters of inquiry and grant applications to existing and potential funders.
- Assist in gathering and writing new client stories to demonstrate positive impact of programs for use in grants and grant reports.
- Assist with upkeep of proposal information in Raiser’s Edge database.
- Other grants department assignments based on intern’s specific interests.
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite and interest in learning to use Raiser’s Edge database.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to pay meticulous attention to detail.
- Available at least 10 hours per week between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Remote work access can be discussed as needed.
- Position is contingent on St. Edward’s University Work-Study eligibility.
- Hours and location are flexible—work can take place at Foundation Communities’ main office if it is open; intern will have ability to work remotely as needed and may have the opportunity to visit other FC locations, as well as the Texas Grants Resource Center.
- 10-15 hours per week expected.
- Skills you will gain:
- Knowledge of inner workings of a dynamic, collaborative institutional giving team, including the grants lifecycle, soliciting funds, and the role of data and storytelling.
- Familiarity and competence in each phase of grants proposals, from prospect research, through writing, through contracts and reporting.
- Knowledge of the structure of a nonprofit organization through participation in team meetings and conversations and opportunities to collaborate with other teams.
- Effective and professional communication skills, including written, phone, and in-person communication with colleagues.
- Effective time management skills and organizational strategies.
- Compelling storytelling skills, including writing client stories related to financial wellness, education, housing, and health stories.
- Ability to condense intricate program information into clear, concise summaries through original writing, as well as proofreading, editing, and/or rewriting existing language.
- Foundation Communities is located at 3000 S. IH-35 at St. Edward’s drive and is walkable from campus.
- While students should expect to work in person for the 2021-2022 academic year, in response to the ongoing pandemic and potential changes in risk and safety measures over the next year, remote work may be considered taking into account St. Edward’s University Employee policy, Foundation Communities COVID Response Plan, and supervisor approval.
- Work-study interns will take part in a cohort experience, including onboarding with other Foundation Community interns at the start of the term and engaging in monthly professional development activities.
- Interns will also take part in semester check-ins and end of job student evaluations with the Career and Professional Development office at St. Edward’s.