Fundraiser Event Planning Internship

Fundraiser Event Planning internships are intended for qualified applicants seeking hands-on experience in event planning and PR—especially related to nonprofits. Ideal candidates will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong organization and management abilities, and a self-starting attitude.

The Fundraiser Event Planning Intern will work closely with the Development Associate and Development Assistant to plan and organize Red Hen’s largest fundraiser of the year—our anniversary event—which annually attracts 300+ attendees, including some of the nation’s most acclaimed authors. Responsibilities may include: Contacting authors and other contacts for ticket/table/advertisement sales; researching, applying for, and communicating with potential corporate sponsors and auction item donors; sending out invitations; co-coordinating LA County intern; working with publicity and marketing departments to publicize the event; working with the production department to design and create items for the event; maintaining an up-to-date log and database of all mailing and contact information; providing general Fundraiser Event Planning support such as data entry, filing, scanning, database maintenance and upkeep, and other administrative duties; and providing general office support and upkeep as needed.


Internship benefits include free workshops and presentations on various topics taught by our experienced staff; an intern luncheon and Q&A with our Managing Editor and Publisher; invites to Red Hen readings and events; complimentary books; and course credit, if applicable.


  • Previous experience with fundraising, event planning, PR, and marketing (not required but strongly preferred)
  • An ability to commit to 16–24 hours per week for 4–6 months
  • A completed or in-progress undergraduate degree (at least 2 years completed by requested internship season) in a relevant field (i.e. English, Communication, etc.)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent research abilities and a meticulous attention to detail
  • A self-starting attitude and ability to maintain deadlines, multi-task, and work efficiently in a fast-paced environment without close supervision
  • Strong ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Computer literacy, especially with Microsoft Office and Windows 7 and 10
  • Background in publishing (not required but preferred)


To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and Red Hen to: jobs[at]

Make sure to include “Fundraiser Event Planning Internship” in your subject line. Only PDF and .doc/.docx files will be considered.

Unlike other internships with rolling admissions, our Development Associate relies heavily on the Fundraiser Event Planning Intern for assistance in our annual benefit, which takes place sometime in late October, early November. We require candidates apply only if they have summer availability. Interested candidates should submit their materials and applications by May 31.

Please apply to only one internship at a time; if you are interested in more than one position, please apply to your first choice and indicate your second choice in your cover letter.
All applications that do not follow the above guidelines will not be considered.