TERM: Summer 2022

LOCATION: Washington, DC (Remote Telework available)

REPORTS TO: Foundation Relations Manager



American Rivers believes that a future of clean water and healthy rivers for everyone, everywhere is essential. Since 1973, we have protected wild rivers, restored damaged rivers and conserved clean water for people and nature. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., and 300,000 members, supporters and volunteers across the country, we are one of the most trusted and influential river conservation organization in the United States, delivering solutions for a better future. Because life needs rivers. For more information, please visit www.americanrivers.org.

At American Rivers, we embrace and celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion in all that we do. Rivers Connect Us is more than just our tagline. The beauty of rivers is that they connect all people and communities. We seek to build and embody this diversity in our organization and throughout the conservation field. The life experiences, knowledge, innovation, and talent that each individual brings to our work provides perspectives and competencies which are critical to our effectiveness in protecting wild rivers, restoring damaged rivers, and conserving clean water for people and nature.


American Rivers is seeking an intern to work with the foundation relations team. The intern has a choice to work on premise at our DC headquarters, work remotely or choose a hybrid schedule. The Foundation Relations Intern will gain direct experience with foundation research, proposal and report writing and budgeting and grants management. The intern will be responsible for a variety of projects and activities and have the opportunity to learn from experienced mentors who are passionate about conservation. Upon completion of the internship, the intern will have a solid grounding in foundation fundraising, familiarity with river conservation issues and a portfolio of project outputs. This internship is a great opportunity for anyone interested in obtaining valuable skills while exploring a career in nonprofit conservation or fundraising.


  • Complete foundation research
  • Draft or edit internal and external documents, including acknowledgement letters, fact sheets, proposals and reports
  • Create templates to assist in the drafting of grant reports and proposals
  • Update fundraising-related tip sheets and training materials for staff
  • Maintain accurate fundraising information in the organization’s files and development database
  • Actively participate in team meetings and trainings
  • Manage and complete special project(s) and other duties as assigned


  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Word and Excel
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Self-motivated
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Commitment to American Rivers’ Core Values

TIME COMMITMENT AND PAY: The Foundation Relations Internship requires a minimum commitment of 24 hours per week during regular business hours. The internship duration will last at least eight (8) weeks between the period May 2022 through August 2022. This internship is unpaid. A teleworking subsidy of $50 per month is available during the internship period to help offset the costs of personal telecommunications and internet services. A transit subsidy of $5 per day is available to help offset the intern’s commute if commuting into an American Rivers office. In addition, American Rivers will work with the intern to obtain academic credit where available.

APPLICATIONS: Internship applications will be accepted through April 20, 2022. Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to https://americanrivers.bamboohr.com/jobs/. Please indicate why you are interested in the internship and your future career goals in your cover letter. No phone calls, please. 

American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply