The Corporate Coalition is (CoCo) a cross-divisional working group tasked with securing funding from corporations and corporate foundations to support the National Trust’s mission to save historic places and communities. CoCo has identified potential corporate partners, but it lacks contacts at those corporations. The research project will entail identifying corporate and foundation board members, advisors, and executives. Additionally, research would include identifying other corporations and foundations not already in the CoCo database and further identifying their board members, advisors, and executives. The goal of developing and expanding this database would be to provide it to the National Trust Board of Trustees to determine if they are networked with any of the individuals that might be able to provide us with a contact for soliciting corporate funding.
National Trust internships are temporary experiential learning opportunities with no expectation of employment at the conclusion of the internship.
For this internship, the National Trust is offering a stipend of $2,000 to help offset expenses. The period of the internship would be from approximately the beginning of June 2021 through the end of July 2021, for approximately 28 hours per week (some flexibility of schedule available).
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most National Trust staff and interns will continue to work remotely for the foreseeable future (currently projected through August 2021). Internships for 2021 will be performed remotely.
- Conduct online research on potential corporate donors & foundations
- Track research in a shareable document
- Coordinate with the CoCo working group
- Participate in regular online Zoom or Teams meetings with the CoCo group
- Prepare briefing and strategy notes/talking points outlining prospective donors’ marketing and philanthropic priorities and capacity
- Track current partnerships
- Coordinate the development of a corporate case for support
- At the conclusion of the internship period, present three “big ideas” for the future of corporate partnerships at the National Trust.
EDUCATIONAL VALUE TO THE INTERN
The intern will gain experience under the mentorship of respected Development and Marketing professionals in an educational setting at one of the nation’s leading arts & cultural and non-profit advocacy organizations.. The intern will also have the opportunity to participate in educational programming offered via the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s organization-wide internship program. Students may also be eligible for college or graduate school academic credit at the discretion of their institution.
Specifically, the intern will gain knowledge and experience in the following areas:
- Research, briefing material preparation, and record keeping
- Project management
- Constituent database building and management.
At the end of the project, the intern will have produced a database of corporations and corporate foundations including their boards of directors, advisors, executives, and contacts for those individuals if possible. Creation of this database and donor prep materials can be added to a professional portfolio in support of future career pursuits.
- Basic analytical and problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization. Basic project-organization skills.
- Excellent attention to detail.
- Ability to collaborate and achieve results with supervision, including ability to interact professionally with key internal and external stakeholders as needed.
- Strong organizational skills required, with ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently, and meet deadlines in a timely fashion
- Ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment. Ability to work effectively with frequent interruptions required. Able to handle frequently changing and/or unscheduled tasks with accuracy.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills. Friendly and professional demeanor on the phone and in writing, with ability to speak and write clearly in English.
- Ability to work effectively with culturally diverse colleagues; connections to or experience helping to engage culturally diverse audiences and partners a plus. Bi-lingual language skills (especially English/Spanish) a plus.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office products required, including Outlook, Word and Excel.
- Ability work effectively in a remote environment, maintaining productivity and communications to meet deadlines and goals, is required.
- Bachelor’s level studies (or equivalent years of experience) required; current or rising juniors, seniors or graduate students preferred. Studies or demonstrated interest in business administration or marketing preferred.