Development Intern (San Francisco)


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 14 hours a week preferred

Duration: 3 months minimum

Start Date: January 2016

Reports to Development Director



Administrative Support

  • 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

Event logistics and day-of coordination

  • Prepare by performing inventory and gathering supplies

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

  • Setup boards, registration, and decorations at events

Other duties as assigned

  • Communicate with vendors

  • Handling phone calls and emails

  • 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.


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. 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 real-estate, architecture, design, and consulting.



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