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OrganizationTess Ortega
TypePart Time
Application DeadlineDecember 11, 2020
College Degree Required?No
Salary Range$12/hour
Phone(434) 939-0001


The Mind & Life Institute operates as a nonprofit organization thanks to the charitable contributions of individuals and foundations at varying levels. Charitable contributions are the source of more than 90% of Mind & Life’s budget. The Advancement Intern would work with the Director of Advancement and the Advancement Team who are responsible for donor research, stewardship & cultivation, securing major gifts, corporate and foundation grants, individual giving, and planned giving. Interns may earn a stipend for their service.

Job Duties

Important/Critical Activities:

  • Researching and writing proposals for grant applications
  • Conducting in-depth research about grant applications, organizations, and individual donor prospects.
  • Maintaining organizational database with all information corresponding to donations, grant funding, and giving pipeline
  • Timely and professional communication with recent donors via phone calls, emails, and preparing digital letters.

Professional Development:

Advancement interns will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain experience in many areas of philanthropic giving with real world applications and practice.
  • Advance writing and communication skills.
  • Gain experience working in a nonprofit setting and as a member of a team.
  • Form professional connections and learn from the dynamic Mind & Life staff and its global community of scholars, scientists and contemplatives.
  • Explore contemplative practice for personal and professional development.

Skills Required


  • Technical proficiency using Mac OS, Google Apps, and Excel
  • Professional communication with donors via email and phone.
  • Close attention to detail and quality of large datasets
  • Desire to gain experience in nonprofit philanthropy
  • Preferred: Basic understanding of relational database design and functionality
  • Preferred: Some experience in administrative role

Work Schedule

Schedule: 10hrs/week during the Academic Year; up to 20hrs/week over Summer

Supervisor: Director of Advancement