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Internship Opportunity: Development

About Riverlife:

Since 1999, Riverlife has worked to create, activate, and celebrate Pittsburgh’s riverfronts. A nonprofit leader in building a community vision for Pittsburgh’s riverfronts, Riverlife has overseen a $150 million investment in the city’s waterfront transformation, catalyzing $4.2 billion in related economic development, arts and culture, and ecological sustainability on or adjacent to the city’s riverbanks. We center our work on the belief that the riverfronts belong to everyone, and world-class riverfront experiences can be created for all using community-driven, equitable development and high-quality, regenerative design. Learn more at

Job Description: 

The Development Internship at Riverlife will provide practical hands-on training and experience while assisting Riverlife in achieving long-term objectives. The Development Intern is a member of Riverlife’s development department. The Intern will gain experience in organizational management and fundraising practices applicable throughout the nonprofit sector, assist in planning special events, and play a key role in implementation of Riverlife’s development and donor relations plan.

This is a part-time, seasonal internship requiring 20 hours per week between May – August 2024 reporting to the Director of Development. A flexible, hybrid work environment is available, with some work taking place remotely and some required in-person hours taking place at the Riverlife offices.

Key Responsibilities and Qualifications include:

Fundraising Operations

  • Support data management projects that ensure optimal health of Riverlife’s Salesforce database
  • Conduct prospect research on prospective corporate, foundation, and individual donors
  • Conduct research on best practices and trends in fundraising and donor communications
  • Assist staff in developing and updating content for donor communication

Special Events

  • Support development staff in planning and executing Riverlife’s Party at the Pier, its largest fundraising event, on Friday, August 23, 2024 (attendance at Party at the Pier is mandatory)
  • Support development staff in executing Completing the Loop campaign awareness events of varying sizes
  • Assist in additional community programs and riverfront activation programming, as needed, including pop-up events, community festivals, public art initiatives, and other activities to make Pittsburgh’s riverfronts cleaner, safer and more fun for everyone.


  • Attend required meetings; assist with note taking and preparing materials for reports
  • Maintain organizational records, files, and databases.
  • Assist other staff members with day-to-day office administration as needed.

Other related duties as assigned.

Experience & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated interest in Riverlife’s mission
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and disciplines simultaneously
  • Positive and professional attitude; strong work ethic; excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a small, non-profit environment
  • Fluency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Google Suite
  • Experience working with a CRM system or Salesforce a plus
  • Familiarity with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator a plus
  • Familiarity with WordPress or similar website content management systems a plus
  • Light physical activity, including some lifting of items up to 25 lbs. may be requested

Compensation Details:

This is a part-time, seasonal internship and reports to the Director of Development. A monthly stipend of $1,000/month will be provided.

How to apply:

Please submit your cover letter and resume to Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Riverlife is an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives and represent marginalized communities are especially encouraged to apply.