Imagine a world in which gender-based violence is unacceptable—out-there, unusual, just not done. In that world, everyone has equal access to hope, happiness, human rights. And by joining our team—and the Breakthrough Generation—you will help get us there.

Breakthrough is currently seeking an intern for the summer to work with our development team.

The Development Intern position is open to students who wish to build their development/fundraising experience while helping to make gender-based violence unacceptable.

What you’ll do:

You will play a key role in helping to:

  • work on prospect management and research,
  • work on digital, hard-mail, and other donor communications as part of comprehensive donor campaigns,
  • implement engaging fall and end of year giving campaigns that highlight our work and stories of change in challenging the culture of gender-based violence,
  • plan our annual gala, our largest and ever-growing fundraising event,
  • manage and make strategic use of our donor database, Raiser’s Edge,
  • and other projects crucial to the success of the organization.

This is your opportunity to:

  • become a key player in an award-winning organization recognized globally for its ambitious, audacious campaigns, programs, and partnerships that have made human rights real, relevant, and urgent for millions worldwide,
  • join an energetic, creative, close-knit team, based in the U.S. and India, that thrives on innovation and collaboration,
  • learn hands-on about nonprofit development; fundraising best practices, donor cultivation and stewardship, event management, and database/CRM management.

Who you are

You might have some or all of these qualities! You are:

  • a self starter, hard-working, enthusiastic, and passionate,
  • detail-oriented and organized,
  • able to work both independently and collaboratively,
  • an outstanding writer with excellent research skills,
  • familiar with Microsoft Office, Google Docs, and have the ability to learn new technologies,
  • flexible and can adapt to the occasional fast-paced nature of nonprofit work.

Our past interns have been incredible leaders – they have gone on to work in the Peace Corps in the Horn of Africa on public health strategies, become a staffer in a U.S. Senator’s office, become a film producer, and have even joined Breakthrough’s staff.

We say “Human rights start with you.”

So when do you start?

Join the Breakthrough Generation as a Development Intern.

Internships generally run for 3-6 months throughout the year, but may run shorter or longer depending on the candidate’s availability and the scope of work. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Interns will be based out of Breakthrough’s New York City headquarters and generally work up to 20 hours per week.


While Breakthrough’s internships are unpaid, we do offer a modest per diem to help with lunch and travel costs. Interns in the past have received college credit. To receive college credit, speak with your internship coordinator at your college or university.

About Breakthrough

Breakthrough is a global human rights organization working to make gender-based violence and discrimination unacceptable. Our cutting-edge multimedia campaigns, community mobilization, agenda-setting, and leadership training equip men and women worldwide to challenge the status quo and take bold action for the dignity, equality, and justice of all.


Send your letter of interest and resume to

No phone calls please. Only selected candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Breakthrough is an equal opportunity employer committed to complying with all federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity laws. Breakthrough prohibits discrimination against any employee and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, familial status, military status, height and weight, religion, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest record, or any other legally protected status. People of all gender identities, people from underrepresented racial backgrounds, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.