San Francisco
Fundraising Events Intern

About SPUR

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 (9-5) days per week preferred. Availability to help with the occasional late night or early morning event preferred.

Duration: 3 months minimum, long term preferred 

Start Date: Immediately (Fall through Winter)

Important Event Date: Participation mandatory all day Tuesday, October 30, 2018

                                      2018 Silver SPUR Awards Luncheon Event

Reports to: Special Events Team

This position opens on a rolling basis 


SPUR is seeking an intern to assist with fundraising, and special events. Depending on the applicant’s strengths and day-to-day needs of our team, the intern will gain experience in nonprofit marketing, data analysis, database management, event logistics, and other administrative tasks.

The ideal intern will be highly motivated to learn about the nonprofit sector, and won’t be afraid to take initiative. They will also have a strong eye for detail and a positive attitude.

We are seeking interns to start immediately. Interns will help us prepare for the 2018 Silver SPUR Awards Luncheon and other events.

Essential functions

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 poster 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

Data + database support

  • Maintain and add database records on an ongoing basis

  • Perform research

Communications support

  • Draft agenda and taking point

  • Respond to members’ email inquiries abut events

  • Update the SPUR Events webpage as needed

Administrative Tasks

  • Assemble packets, envelopes, invitations

  • Assist with meeting preparation and clean-up

  • Other duties as assigned

  • Management of special projects and research opportunities

Preferred knowledge, skills and abilities

  • 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.


  • Free SPUR membership for 1 year

  • Free access to SPUR’s lunchtime and evening forums

  • Exposure to Bay Area urban planning and policy

  • Commuter checks available for interns working at least 24 hours/week


To apply, send your cover letter and resume to Research and Volunteer Coordinator, with the position title in the subject line, to

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