Are you motivated to work on a collaborative, energetic team to protect Washington’s environment? Do you want to learn more about event planning, fundraising and database management? Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters are seeking a diligent, passionate intern to support our Development Team with event planning, data support, research, and business outreach.

We offer an exciting work environment, mentorship, and an opportunity for learning and strengthening a multitude of real-life workplace skills. This internship requires a highly motivated and detail-oriented person who is interested in events and development work and has some experience with data entry, Excel, event planning, and research.

Washington Environmental Council (WEC) drives positive change to solve our state’s most pressing environmental challenges. For over 50 years, we have been a respected leader for environmental protection in the state, securing laws and policies that safeguard the health of our families and our environment. Our current program areas are: Acting for Climate and Preventing Fossil Fuel Expansion, Protecting and Restoring Puget Sound, and Sustaining our Evergreen Forests. We collaborate with partners and work with impacted communities to galvanize support and effectively advocate for change with key decision makers and leaders.

Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) is the statewide political voice for the environment. We work to elect environmentally responsible candidates to state and local offices. Working with allies in the community, we advocate for strong environmental policies and hold our elected officials accountable during the legislative session. Through our political work, we are strengthening laws that safeguard the health of our communities, the beauty of our state and our economic future.

By effectively combining the policy expertise of WEC with the political expertise of WCV, we have reshaped how we make environmental progress in Washington state. While the organizations are independent, we work very closely together on appropriate projects. Combined, we have a staff of 30-plus and work in a LEED-certified building in downtown Seattle with a view of Elliott Bay.

Internship Duration / Hours / Location / Stipend:


Early October 2019 through mid-June 2020 (If the 8.5 month commitment is too long, internship could potentially end mid-end April 2020 and stipend adjusted accordingly)


15 hours a week (flexible scheduling Mon-Fri between hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm with potential of some evenings/weekends)

Month before WEC’s Gala (Weeks of March 16, 23 and 30): 18 hours a week

Day of WEC’s Gala (Saturday, April 4):  10:00am – 10:00pm


1402 Third Avenue, Suite 1400, Seattle, WA 98101


A stipend of $2,125 to be paid in three increments (early December, early March and early June) plus an ORCA transit pass.


The Development & Events Intern will support several important events including WEC’s signature fundraising Gala (early April), events associated with Orca Action Month (early June) and other outreach events.

Event Planning and Execution Support

  • Solicit and track several hundred in-kind donations from local businesses for silent auction and Mystery Bag fundraiser
  • Maintain correspondence with over 350 in-kind donors regarding donation, pick-up, and acknowledgment of auction gifts
  • Track supply inventory and packing list and provide general organization support of event materials.
  • Assist with day-of event set-up and breakdown.
  • Help manage and train event volunteers, with staff oversight.

Data & General Development Support:

  • Check and distribute mail daily.
  • Process any direct mail gifts, accurately tracking all information in Salesforce (on-site Salesforce training will be provided).
  • Frequent donor follow-up (via phone and email) regarding outstanding payments, monthly giving renewal, etc.
  • Support gift acknowledgment process and assist with in-house mailings.
  • Take on data accuracy projects to help maintain accurate donor records.

Business Outreach

  • Generate new business partnerships through research and outreach.
  • Help build our list of over 350 businesses currently donating to WEC’s Gala.
  • Table and engage with community members at outreach events.


Required Skills, Experience, and Abilities:

  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to communicate clearly over the phone and in email.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently in a fast-paced environment and under pressure of event deadlines.
  • An outgoing personality, persistence, and ability to connect with donors about WEC’s mission over the phone.
  • Ability to efficiently organize and prioritize work to meet deadlines.
  • Experience with Salesforce, Greater Giving, NGP/VAN, and Outlook are valued but not required.

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter and a resume online here by October 27, 2019. No phone calls or mailed applications please. Internal applicants, people of color, people with varying abilities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are especially encouraged to apply.

Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters are equal opportunity employers committed to dismantling structural racism and creating a welcoming work environment. WEC & WCV not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of all gender identities are encouraged to apply.