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Intern, Grant and Proposal Writing-Remote

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American Heart Association

Intern, Grant and Proposal Writing-Remote

  • Responsibilities


    Now is the time to join us and make a difference. Be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Here at the American Heart Association, you matter and so does your career.

    The American Heart Association’s Internship Program provides college students an opportunity for hands-on experience in various facets for individuals interested in gaining work experience with a non-profit, voluntary health organization.

    The American Heart Association has an opportunity for a Grant and Proposal Writing Intern in our Mission Advancement department. Mission Advancement is responsible for raising individual major gifts ($100,000 or more), foundation and government grants, and estate gifts from donors who wish to make an impact and leave a lasting legacy. The majority of our major gift requests are presented in writing, through a proposal or application process, or at the donor’s invitation. In this role, you will gain on-the-job experience learning how to identify new prospects, how to develop a fundraising proposal strategy, as well as best practices in writing and customizing compelling proposals to raise funds for the prioritized initiatives of the AHA.

    The Grant and Proposal Writing Intern will work under the supervision of an experienced fundraising professional and support the needs of the Mission Advancement team in a variety of ways, as described below.

    The Association offers many resources to help you maintain work-life harmonization through changing needs and life situations. To help you be successful, you will have access to Heart U, our award-winning corporate university, as well as training and support locally and through our National Center.

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    Internship Overview:

    • Time Commitment: 20-25 hours per week
    • Internship Duration: 5/20/24-8/9/24
    • Location: Remote position
    • Salary: $23.00 per hour

    Internship Outcomes:

    Individuals participating in the internship program are provided with an opportunity to:

    • Gain important and practical job skills to be successful in a non-profit environment.
    • Opportunity to explore a career path with a reputable voluntary health/service organization.
    • Gain experience in the professional world while learning about board management.
    • Complete an internship that enriches your academic and professional resume as well as enriching your personal life by making a difference in the lives of others.


    Tasks could include things like the following:

    • Conduct external research on prospective foundation donors, using specific database tools and basic internet research, identifying priorities, application due dates, and application requirements.
    • Reach out to assigned foundations to inquire about opportunities, gain additional information about the requirements and deadlines for proposals, and identify next steps, documenting the information in the CRM (Customer Relationship Management database, Salesforce) and sharing it with the fundraising team.
    • Attend planning meetings with seasoned fundraisers to develop strategy and cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship plans for donors and prospects.
    • Use resources and templates to write applications and customize proposals, ensuring that each is well-written, compelling, consistent with the strategic direction and funding needs of the AHA, and respond to donor goals.
    • Document donor plans and activity in Salesforce CRM (Customer Relationship Management) database, leveraging dashboards and reports, and providing regular progress reporting as requested.
    • Work as requested on special assignments as requested.
    • Handle sensitive and confidential information with the utmost discretion and professionalism.
    • Adhere to ethical guidelines and data privacy regulations when conducting research and handling donor information.


    • Candidates who are college juniors, seniors, or graduate students.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication abilities and strong attention to detail.
    • Excellent attention to detail.
    • Research skills - An ability to do “deep dives” in individuals, companies, and foundations.
    • Strong analytical skills, comfortable with qualitative and quantitative data.
    • A highly motivated self-starter who creates opportunity does not wait for direction, is highly organized, and operates with limited management – the Intern must be resourceful.
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment managing multiple priorities involving multiple entities.
    • Intermediate to excellent proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
    • Required Equipment: Reliable WiFi Connection
    • Minimum availability of 20 hrs/wk, M-F between the hours of 8:30am-5pm CST.
    • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer without sponsorship, now or in the future. For any roles working remotely, the work must also be performed inside the United States, not in a foreign country.

    Compensation & Benefits

    The job application window is expected to close April 12, 2024.

    The American Heart Association invests in its people. Visit Rewards & Benefits to see more details.

    • Compensation and Performance – Attracting talented, committed interns means offering competitive compensation, ongoing professional development and training, and a diverse and inclusive environment in which to work and grow. And we do.
    • Professional Development – You can join one of our many Employee Resource Groups (ERG) or be a mentor/mentee in our professional mentoring program. HeartU is the Association’s national online university, with more than 100,000 resources designed to meet your needs and busy schedule.

    Apply Today:

    So, are you ready to intern for the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases?

    The American Heart Association’s 2024 Goal: Every person deserves the opportunity for a full, healthy life. As champions for health equity, by 2024, the American Heart Association will advance cardiovascular health for all, including identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.

    At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, age, language, sexual orientation, national origin and physical or cognitive abilities. We're committed to ensuring our workforce, workplace culture and mission have a shared impact across a diverse set of backgrounds.

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  • Industry
    Health, Wellness and Fitness
  • About Us

    The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. We fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide critical tools and information to save and improve lives.

    Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. We want to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

    The size and scope of our organization, along with our more than 40 million volunteers and supporters, allows us to make a real impact on our shared focus of cardiovascular and overall health.