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Internship: Development Intern

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KET Division/Work Location

Commonwealth Fund for KET
Lexington, KY

Position Details/Eligibility

These paid internships are available year-round. Up to two interns are needed each semester. Junior-, senior-, and graduate-level students attending any college or university in Kentucky and the Southern Indiana region are eligible. Additionally, all Kentucky residents attending a college or university out of state may apply.

10 hours per week (approximately 150 hours per semester) are required, although special arrangements may be made when school requirements differ. Each successful intern upon completion of the 150-hour requirement will be awarded a $1,000 stipend.

Students must have a minimum GPA of a 3.0 to be eligible for this internship. Two letters of recommendation from faculty or prior employers are required with your resume submission.

Fall 2022 Intern Work Plan

This internship will adhere to COVID-19 guidelines in place and are subject to change. Application deadline: April 15th

Interns will gain an understanding of the following:

  • Individual Giving (including membership and major gifts)
    • Annual Giving program
    • Planned Giving campaign
  • Corporate Giving
  • Database entry and payment processing
  • Event planning/management
  • Fundraising communications

Each intern participates in the production and execution of the following:

  • Events
    • Telefund (On-Air Pledge Drive) – Production Assistant (graphics/photography, volunteer coordinator)
    • Concerts – representing KET at event venues, as necessary
    • Runner for Summer Celebration Auction Items
  • Database Management
    • Updating donor information
    • Gift entry and reconciliation
  • Annual Giving (Membership)
    • Donor thank you gifts
      • Research, purchasing, and order fulfillment/shipping
    • Family Fun Club
      • Representing KET at community events, as necessary
      • Creating a promotional plan
  • Writing and editing
    • Direct mail solicitation samples
    • Donor acknowledgements
    • E-solicitations
    • Web/social promotional copy
  • General Office Support
    • Answering phones, returning calls
  • Other duties as assigned

Interns will not be required to do any direct fund-raising, either by mail or through phone solicitation.

This internship is an opportunity to learn what it is like to run a major fund-raising department for a large statewide public television network. The emphasis will be on understanding efficient fund-raising practices and procedures and the management of a nonprofit organization.


For inquires or resume submission, please contact

If you have questions, please contact:
600 Cooper Drive
Lexington, KY 40502-2296
(859) 258-7102