Washington Monument during Cherry Blossom festival


Each year our office is honored to host some of the world's environmental leaders of tomorrow as interns.

For future reference, internships are also open to foreign nationals, however please be advised that accepted applicants are responsible for any fees related to obtaining a visa.

Grants Management and Development Intern

Summer 2015



IUCN Washington DC Office


International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)


Washington, DC, United States

Reporting to:

Grants Coordinator, Washington DC Office

Expected start date:

May 15, 2015

Type of contract:

Fixed-term (3 month commitment)


·         Open to a recent university graduate or graduate student

·         Summer (3-month commitment requested)

·         Part and Full-Time (approximately 20-40 hours/week)

·         Salary: Stipend

The Grants Management and Development Intern will work in the IUCN Washington, D.C. Office, and provide support to both the Grants Coordinator and Development and Partnerships Officer.  He/she will gain experience in grants management and analysis, research, fundraising, donor stewardship, and will help to coordinate project deliverables for IUCN and partner organizations. This position will require professional interaction with a wide variety of conservation professionals around the world. It is a unique opportunity to learn the mechanics of a 501c3 charitable organization and an internationally renowned public international organization.

Grants Management Responsibilities

1.                  File Organization: Learn how to organize, arrange, and track  a diverse assemblage of funding sources and projects through electronic and paper grant file systems.

2.                  Deliverable Coordination: Maintain a calendar of grant deadlines and the specifics requirements of deliverables along with contact information for programme staff. And interact with programme staff regarding the submission of project deliverables.

3.                  Proposal and Grant Evaluation Learn how to prepare and review grant agreements and project deliverables with internal and external donors and colleagues, including revision and editing of technical reports for a wide field of national and international environmental/ecological projects.

4.                  Working with a Board of Directors. Learn the administrative and technical support required for arranging bi-annual board meetings

 Fundraising Responsibilities

1. Outreach: Support IUCN’s fundraising and outreach efforts, and attend events and meetings on behalf of IUCN, as needed.

2. Research: Conduct prospect research and write (or edit) summary papers on corporations, foundations, and individuals, using internet, print and electronic sources, as well as in-house files and documents.

3. Database Management and Analysis: Access and update funder database as needed. Provide analysis of current donors lists.   Assist in helping to input data into a new ERP data system.

4. Communications/Social Media: Research and engage in new social media tools for fundraising.

5. Program Support:  Review and edit grant proposals.  The intern will have the opportunity to learn about IUCN programs housed in the IUCN office, and may have the ability to work substantively on specific projects.

Reporting Arrangement and Work Planning

Under the overall supervision of the Grants Coordinator and Development and Partnerships Officer, the successful candidate will be responsible for drawing out a work plan and schedule over the course of the internship. This will require regular review of the workload and priority setting. S/he will also need to keep the concerned managers informed about the work schedule on a weekly basis. At the conclusion of the internship, the successful candidate will have gained important insight into the mechanics of international nature conservation and will produce a product that furthers his or her career goals.


·         Knowledge of key concepts, issues, and recent developments in international nature conservation.

·         Excellent writing, communication, and presentation skills.   

·         Fundraising experience, database management, writing, public speaking and outreach experience, and/or graphic design experience, are a plus.

·         Fluid knowledge of file sharing software (Dropbox) and Microsoft Office Word and Excel.

·         Attention to detail, punctuality, and well-rounded critical thinking and problem-solving skills


Please submit a cover letter and resume including professional references to craig.beatty@iucn.org by May 1, 2015

About IUCN

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges.

IUCN works on biodiversity, climate change, energy, human livelihoods and greening the world economy by supporting scientific research, managing field projects all over the world, and bringing governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.

IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than 1,200 government and NGO members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.

Past Interns

See what former interns have to say about their experiences working in the IUCN Washington, D.C. Office

"Interning at the IUCN Washington, D.C. Office has been a great opportunity to see how an organization like this works. The office has a fast paced, pro-active environment with the staff involved in many interesting projects. Interns have the chance to experience a variety of different aspects of the work and research currently undertaken in the office. DC is also a great place to get involved with environmental issues through the many meetings and conferences that take place in the city." – Jemma Aitken, Summer 2010 Intern

"Interning at IUCN Washington, D.C. Office was definitely an experience I won't forget. The work was completely substantive, and I feel like I truly got to know the ins and outs of what I was researching. I was able to see some of the to environmental shakers and movers speak around the city. The mood in the environmental field is undeniably one of action and urgency. It feels great to intern at the IUCN-Washington, D.C. Office and really feel like I'm playing a part in the fight to solve today's major issues." - Amy Willis, Spring 2009 intern.

“Working at IUCN is a great experience for anyone who has an interest in any aspect of environmental issues. The freedom each intern has to explore their specific interest as well as the chance to attend meetings or do research projects on any topic makes this an invaluable internship. Whether someone is just beginning to learn about environmental issues or they have a solid background in a particular area working at IUCN is an excellent opportunity to learn of a variety of new projects and ideas in the environmental world.
Along with being exposed to different ideas interning at IUCN allowed me to work with a great group of interns. It was great to see how a group of people with different backgrounds can all have an interest in environmental issues. The fact that everyone had a variety of interests enhanced my experience of learning different aspects of the environmental challenges facing the world. I feel lucky to have been able to spend a summer working with such intelligent, interesting, and motivated people who all want to help the environment.
” – Lange Clancy, Summer 2008 Intern

“I think our interns' active and positive attitudes about diverse projects and meetings make us special. Especially for an international intern like me, other interns' kindness made us bond with each other.” Su Jeong Suh, Summer 2008 Intern

“I enjoyed getting a taste of so many aspects of working for IUCN. We worked on projects like a Facebook initiative to raise IUCN’s profile among young people, a fundraising venture based on the 1% for the Planet program, research projects about topics from climate change to free trade, and meetings where we got the opportunity to hear speakers including Senator John Kerry and former IUCN Director General Achim Steiner. I felt like we were encouraged to really explore and develop our interests by supervisors who wanted to see us get the most out of the experience. For me, the best part of interning for IUCN was the bond the interns formed as a group during both IUCN-sponsored trips (the crab feast) and spontaneous outings around the city. I really feel lucky to have learned so much and met so many amazing people in such a short time.” – Amanda Hunt, Summer 2008 Intern