Fundraising and Communications Intern

Intern / Student, Full-time · Berlin

About us
The International Civil Society Centre helps the leading international civil society organisations (ICSOs) maximise their impact for a sustainable and more equitable world. 

The Centre works with ICSOs such as Amnesty International, Greenpeace or Oxfam to successfully navigate change. We scan the horizon for opportunities and threats; enable learning and cooperation among ICSOs and their stakeholders; support them in developing effective leadership; and promote robust accountability to strengthen their legitimacy. The Centre is a not-for-profit organisation fully owned by the organisations it serves. We strive to set high standards in management, governance and strategy for our shareholders and the wider sector.
Your mission
You will gain in-depth insights in the fields of fundraising and communications in the ICSO sector by following the everyday work of the team. You will learn how to research donor opportunities, how to approach donors and how to use and co-create appealing communication formats to attract external audiences, and more!  
Your main tasks include: 
  • research of institutional donors such as foundations or government agencies but also pro-bono or private philanthropy support 
  • preparation of donor meetings by preparing speaking notes and background research 
  • support to and follow-up of meetings and calls 
  • support and potentially independent work on funding applications and proposals 
  • research background information on relevant topics for the civil society sector, such as youth engagement, governance, inequality, and climate change 
  • support the Fundraising and Communications Teams with strategic projects and other day-to-day tasks 
As an intern, you will mainly work with the Fundraising and Communications Team, but you will also have opportunities to get to know other areas of the Centre’s work. 

Your profile
  • Enrolment in an ongoing study programme (“Immatrikulationsbescheinigung”) 
  • Your programme requires a compulsory internship (“Pflichtpraktikum”) 
  • Studies in a relevant field, such as Communications/Marketing or Political Science/International Relations 
  • Interest in the civil society sector and familiarity with key concepts in the sectors 
  • Very good MS Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, SharePoint) 
  • Diligent, reliable and focused way of working with a strong attention to detail 
  • Strong teamwork and self-starter skills 
  • Fluent in English, both written and spoken; German skills are an asset 
  • Proactively research and prepare for a visa or residency permit application in Germany, if needed  
Why us?
We Offer: 
  • A 6 months full-time paid internship 
  • Work experience and a thorough insight into the management and programme development of an international non-profit organisation 
  • Insights into the civil society sector and the work of the world’s largest ICSOs 
  • The opportunity to be part of an international, dynamic and ambitious organisation with enthusiastic colleagues  
Working hours: 40 hrs per week, negotiable
Holidays: depending on working days, based on 28 holidays p.a.
Compensation: € 350 per month for a full-time internship
Location: Berlin, Germany and/or in home-office
Starting date: January 2021

Your application should: 
  • consist of a CV and cover letter expressing your motivation and what you would aim to learn during your internship (in English); 
  • include the earliest possible starting date and desired duration of the internship; 
  • be submitted through our online application form by 24rd of November 2020. Please submit your application in one PDF-document, stating your name and the job reference “Internship” in the document title. 
We have interviews on a rolling basis, so please don’t hesitate to apply! Please also note that we can unfortunately only contact short-listed candidates.
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We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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