Development Student Intern


Wed, Oct 27, 2021


Mon, Nov 15, 2021


PBS Wisconsin Development seeks an intern to work in our Madison office and remotely who is interested in providing a wide range of research, database, administrative, and general support to PBS Wisconsin’s Development team. The internship experience will provide the successful candidate with solid training in the basics of development practices, philanthropy, public broadcasting, and will build familiarity with the day-to-day operations of a state-wide nonprofit organization. The ideal candidate is interested in a career in development or public media and possesses curiosity, good writing ability, and strong interpersonal skills. The position reports to PBS Wisconsin’s Development Department Manager.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assist with mailings, filing, and special projects
  • Provide support for donor events and other activities
  • Maintain donor files and other Development supplies
  • Assist with research on potential donors and strategic partners
  • Prepare reports and materials for internal and external use
  • Draft correspondence, reports, proposals, and donor appeals
  • Attend department and staff meetings


  • Experience Working in Nonprofit Management: The individual gains an understanding of best practices in the field of Development, working with multiple disciplines within Development, and establishes working relationships with an award-winning professional team of television producers and journalists.
  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems. The individual is able to obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data in this process, and may demonstrate originality and inventiveness.
  • Interpersonal Communication: Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of the organization. The individual has public speaking skills; is able to express ideas to others; and can write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively.
  • Professionalism/Work Ethic: Demonstrate personal accountability and effective work habits, e.g., punctuality, working productively with others, and time workload management, and understand the impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image. The individual demonstrates self-awareness, shows integrity and ethical behavior, acts responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind, and is able to learn from his/her/their mistakes.
  • Career Management: Identify and articulate one’s skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the position desired and career goals and identify areas necessary for professional growth. The individual is able to navigate and explore job options, understands and can take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities, and understands how to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.


Relevant areas of study desired:

  • Communication Arts
  • Community and Nonprofit Leadership


  • Desire to learn about fundraising, philanthropy, and not-for-profit organizations
  • Attention to detail and good interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the mail merge function
  • Strong writing and communication abilities
  • A demonstrated commitment to PBS Wisconsin’s mission and values
  • Experience with non-profit donor/CRM (Customer Relationship Manager) databases is a plus
  • Unimpeachable ethical standards and personal integrity
  • Ability to collaborate well and to work independently
  • Must be available at least 8 hours per week and may work more. Hours per day and days per week are flexible based on class/work schedule and availability.



Apply at by 11/15/21. The job number is 500000. A completed application will include:

  • A comprehensive resume.
  • A detailed cover letter explaining how you meet the qualifications and why this internship meets your career development aspirations.
  • A list of two (2) personal or professional references, including an email contact for each (references may be tied to your academic career).

Direct inquiries and online support questions to: Kate O’Connor, PBS Wisconsin, 821 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53706, 608-262-5221.