Apply Now: Summer Write-a-thon Fundraising Intern

Clarion West is seeking a fundraising intern for the summer annual Write-a-thon (WAT). The WAT is our largest annual fundraiser and runs concurrently with our flagship six-week writing workshop. The WAT provides opportunities for writers to set and reach writing goals and ask for support from friends, family members, and the community through donations.

Write-a-thon participants are also invited to join local social events with the six-week workshop students, instructors, and the local writing community. The online format allows us to work with writers worldwide and often provides solitary writers an opportunity for community, accountability, and social and professional engagement.

Position Description:  This position is a key support role for the WAT program and fundraising staff and will provide hands-on experience with planning fundraising schedules, database management, peer-to-peer fundraising production, marketing, communication, and program administration. Learn to develop programs, manage volunteers, and the daily operations of a nonprofit writing organization. 

Reports to: Program Director and Executive Director

Primary goals of the Write-a-thon Fundraiser:

  • Support writers in meeting their writing goals during the six week program, in whatever stage of their project
  • Build organizational awareness through group writing and critique opportunities
  • Offer access to community and resources for writers at any stage of their careers
  • Raise money to support year-long writing programs online and in person.
  • Promote our ongoing writing programs

Clarion West is seeking one program intern for summer support from early June to early August 2024 (ideally June 1-August 2; exact dates are flexible). The fundraising intern will work on a wide variety of tasks and projects, including:

  • Assist peer-to-peer fundraising efforts to support year-long writing programs online and in-person
  • Monitor and provide feedback for peer-to-peer participants towards their fundraising goals and rewards
  • Assist the executive director in communications and outreach to donors
  • Update the database and track donation amounts and survey participants
  • Marketing and communications brainstorming, planning/scheduling, and copywriting
  • Responding to participant requests for information and assistance via email and Discord
  • Monitor event Discord community and communications and help engage community in discussions, writing, and other activities

Platforms you will get experience in:

  • NeonCRM
  • Canva
  • Google Drive/Apps
  • Discord


  • A commitment from June to August 2024, 10-15  hours per week, on a regular schedule (likely 5 days a week, approximately 2 hours per day). Intern credit is available in collaboration with university faculty.
  • Collaboration with staff and volunteers.
  • Communicate with staff. We are excited to hear your ideas, observations, and feedback!
  • Note: this is primarily a remote internship position, though there will be several opportunities to interact in person with staff and participants throughout the summer.

Qualifications & Experience: 

  • A demonstrated interest in fundraising with nonprofits. Interest in science fiction, fantasy, or horror genres is a bonus! 
  • A positive attitude and ability to be flexible & courteous with participants from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds.
  • Excellent communication skills, and ability to initiate communication around issues quickly and effectively.
  • Previous experience working with volunteers is a plus. 


  • Pay is $19/hour with a projected 10 hours/week for 8-10 weeks (up to 100 hours over the course of the summer). Credit hours are available for college students.

Application instructions: Please email a cover letter detailing your interest in the position and a resume along with your summer dates of availability as one PDF, with the subject line: “WAT 2024 Fundraising Intern Application,” to info@clarionwest.org by April 15, 2024.  

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