San Francisco
Development Intern


SPUR is one of North America’s preeminent urban planning and public policy organizations. Through research, advocacy and public education, SPUR promotes good planning and good government. SPUR is a member-supported nonprofit organization.


Location: SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, San Francisco

Hours per week: Flexible, but two full days per week preferred

Duration: 3 months minimum

Start Date: Immediately

Reports to Senior Development Systems Manager



SPUR seeks a Development Intern to support preparation for the 2016 SPUR Member Parties-- our signature events to celebrate 6,500+ members across three cities. The Development Intern will assist with event logistics, as well as the Development Team’s day-to-day operations.

This role is ideal for individuals looking to gain experience in fundraising, nonprofit management, or event coordination. The Development Intern will also gain exposure to policy formation and contemporary Bay Area planning issues.

Candidates should be organized, flexible, professional and detail-oriented.



Event logistics and day-of coordination

  • Prepare by performing inventory, assisting with RSVP tracking and gathering supplies

  • Update VIP lists as directed

  • Lead volunteers on event day by assigning tasks and providing support

  • Setup boards, registration, and decorations at events

  • Assist with clean-up and attendance tracking post event

  • Assist Development Events Associate with additional administrative tasks as needed


Administrative Support

  • Maintain database records on an ongoing basis

  • Generate confirmations, invoices, thank-you letters, RSVP lists, reports; handle follow-up correspondence

  • Assist with high-level volunteer event committee meetings and communication

Assemble packets, envelopes, invitations
Other duties as assigned

  • Communicate with vendors

  • Handling phone calls and emails with SPUR members

  • Management of special projects and research opportunities


  • Highly detail-oriented

  • Interest in cities, public policy and urban issues

  • Office Skills, preferably knowledge of Word and Excel to mail merge, and database experience

  • Familiarity with online databases (eTapestry, Salesforce etc.)

  • Strong communications skills, both verbally and in writing

  • Copywriting and copyediting experience

  • Experience with managing multichannel marketing campaigns (social media, print, email) with measured results

  • Ability to independently manage workflow but also thrive in a team environment

  • Ability to lead volunteers

  • Ability to comfortably lift 30 lbs.

  • Ability to travel to off site events as needed.

  • Ability to participate in early morning and evening events as needed.


Internships at SPUR are unpaid, however, interns will enjoy SPUR membership benefits, including free admission to all forums and tours and a one-year subscription to SPUR’s magazine, The Urbanist. This particular internship will provide an opportunity to participate in SPUR’s special events. As a thought leader in urban planning, design and policy, SPUR has been a valuable stepping stone for interns to graduate school and careers in fundraising, real-estate, architecture, design, and consulting.


To apply, send your cover letter and resume to Brandon Durant, Research & Volunteer Coordinator, with the job title in the subject line, at

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