by justineh

PICS Organization Name


Washington, District of Columbia

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Sydney Jordan '19, Rose Arbittier '20

Organization Description
LIFT is a national nonprofit working with – not just for – low-income families to design, implement and evaluate solutions to end intergenerational poverty. Our mission is to empower families to lift themselves out of poverty. We work on the ground in communities with some of the highest rates of concentrated poverty – Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. LIFT knows that if parents believe in themselves, have strong support networks and can access high-quality resources, then economic opportunity for their children is possible.

Sponsoring a Princeton intern over the summer will allow us to work towards empowering more families across the nation. Because we are at such an exciting time in our trajectory as an organization (having just launched a four-year strategic plan), the Princeton Intern's help building the capacity of the LIFT team as we unveil an improved organizational and programmatic model will be immensely valuable. It will allow us to develop and implement system efficiencies, turn-over tasks at a faster rate, and overall increase the organization's capacity.

Internship Description
Although we have yet to determine this summer's internship projects, it will likely resemble the previous years' positions: 

Over the course of this 10-week professional development experience, the LIFT National Development Summer Intern(s) will (a) complete two major projects and (b) provide day-to-day operational support to LIFT’s national and regional development teams. Each responsibility is described in greater depth below.

Projects: Over the course of this 10-week professional development experience, the LIFT National Development Summer Intern(s) will complete two significant projects: 

1. Research Consolidation and Dissemination Project: 
a. Context: To make effective fundraising pitches, the Development team must be equipped with best-in-class and up-to-date research on a broad range of topics. Issue areas range from the very general (e.g. poverty in the Bronx) to the very specific (e.g. the detrimental impact of chronic scarcity on the developing brains of young children). 
b. Task: The intern will build a body of research one-pagers that will be used internally (to train current and future members of LIFT staff) and externally (to share with current and potential donors). Once these one-pagers are created, the intern will disseminate the information across LIFT’s national network, hosting a training session for LIFT’s current development fellows. Additionally, at the end of the internship term, the intern(s) will have the opportunity to present a culminating video or PowerPoint presentation to the entire development staff (including the CDO).  

2. Funder Portfolio Project Management: 
a. Context: To raise annual revenues at a nonprofit organization, it is not enough to simply submit grant proposals to corporations and foundations. To generate funds effectively, nonprofits must build deep alliances with a broad range of funders. 
b. Task: The intern(s) will autonomously manage portfolios of current or prospective donors. Management responsibilities may include: leading strategies to pique the interest of prospective donors, creating meeting prep documents and briefs for the CEO, drafting emails for the CDO to top leaders at partnering firms, and prompting the CDO to reach out to program officers at various funding institutions. 

(B) Day-to-day operational support: Working alongside LIFT’s national development staff, the intern will support LIFT’s CDO as the team builds toward greater organizational financial sustainability. The intern will gain a strong understanding of how a national non-profit organization is organized and led. Roles will include any or all of the following:

  • Teaming up with LIFT’s National Development Associates to plan meetings, write reports to funders, and research prospective funders;
  • Learning industry-standard technical skills (e.g. managing Salesforce, organizing SharePoint) to help LIFT’s development team manage its large database of donors; and
  • Pitching in to assist other departments (beyond development) on an as-needed basis. As a lean organization, LIFT’s executive, program, communications, and human resource teams frequently provide one another with vital support on major projects. The intern will provide much-needed manpower to these other teams on such occasions. Additional projects resulting from cross-department collaboration could include: writing LIFT member stories for the communications team, co-leading portions of logistics-planning for major LIFT events, etc. 

NOTE: Starting April 2018, LIFT’s national headquarters will be co-located with our regional LIFT-DC office. The intern(s) will have a unique opportunity to observe LIFT’s on-the-ground work with parents and caregivers in the community as they work towards passionately held family-level goals that range from securing career employment to obtaining referrals for services like childcare and healthcare.

Internship Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to LIFT’s mission and core values (community service and prior experience with low-income communities is preferred);
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent time-management skills and an ability to prioritize and multi-task;
  • Ability to thrive in the start-up environment of a fast-growing, entrepreneurial organization; must have flexibility, creativity, ability to take initiative, and a commitment to being a team player;
  • All academic majors welcome.

**Writing sample required: 1-2 page writing sample on any topic of choice.

Expected Start Time
9:00 am

Expected End Time
5:00 pm

Required Dates
No earlier than May 30 - no later than August 23

Internship Length
8 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
Given that our office is located in the nation's capital, we've found that many of our past interns were able to sublet housing with other interns in the area. We'd be happy to provide suggestions, if necessary.

**Writing sample required: 1-2 page writing sample on any topic of choice.

Evaluation Excerpt

I cannot praise my internship at LIFT enough. The social change element of the internship was clear: The interns even went on three different site visits to partner organizations in our community to help emphasize LIFT’s mission and target population. These visits helped put a lot of our office work into perspective.
—Rose Arbittier '20

When it comes to systemic social change, LIFT’s two-generation approach to ending poverty is definitely on the cutting edge of new ideas. LIFT doesn’t just provide resources, it empowers parents and caregivers to build a better life for themselves and a better future for their children.  —Sydney Jordan '19

Applications for Summer 2020 will open in November 2019. 


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program


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