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Development Intern

About the Obama Foundation

At the Obama Foundation, we are guided by a core belief: that ordinary people working together can change history. Our mission is to inspire those people to take action, empower them to change their world for the better, and connect them so they can achieve more together than they can alone.  
We were founded by community organizers, so when we seek change, we do it by bringing people together. 

That approach begins at home, on the South Side of Chicago, where we are building the Obama Presidential Center. The Center represents a historic opportunity for Chicago: a chance to build a world-class museum and public gathering space that celebrates our nation’s first African American President and First Lady, steps away from where he began his career, where she was raised, and where—together—they made their home. 

But that approach extends to all our work, whether its holding leadership training sessions in communities throughout the U.S., bringing local leaders together in countries around the world, working to support the global education of girls, or ensuring young men of color have pathways to opportunity.

As President Obama has said, “we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together.” So join us. 

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The mission of the Development team is to secure the funds necessary to support the design, construction and operation of the Obama Presidential Center, as well as to financially sustain the Foundation and its programs. Development interns should be clear, proactive communicators with exceptional attention to detail. This full-time internship will begin on January 6, 2020, and end on May 8, 2020. The Foundation will provide interns with a modest stipend of $3,000 to support a portion of the expenses directly related to the internship.


Interns will be expected to:
  • Assist in the drafting, editing, researching, and production of prospect research, grant applications, briefing materials, and development communications materials such as presentations, newsletters, emails, and other reports and donor collateral
  • Assist with event preparation and execution, as well as data entry and management
  • Assist with short- and long-term research projects and other special projects

Sample projects:
  1. Promoting a culture of philanthropy at the Foundation by working with the Midwest fundraising team to install a mosaic that will increase visibility into the progress we’ve made toward our capital campaign fundraising goals.
  2. Liaising with other departments to source the knowledge and data to inform drafting grant proposals and reports for corporate and foundation donors. 

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Foundation is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. If you are a qualified candidate with a disability, please e-mail us at if you require a reasonable accommodation to complete this application.