San Francisco
Fundraising Events Intern

About SPUR

Through research, education and advocacy, SPUR promotes good planning and good government in the San Francisco Bay Area. We bring people together from across the political spectrum to develop solutions to the big problems cities face. With offices in San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland, we are recognized as a leading civic planning organization and respected for our independent and holistic approach to urban issues.


Location: San Francisco

Hours per week: Flexible, but three to four full (9-5) days per week preferred. Availability to help with the occasional late night, weekend, or early morning event preferred.

Duration: 5 months minimum (through November 29), long term preferred, holidays off

Start Date: Immediately

Important Event Date: Participation mandatory all day on Monday, October 21, 2019, Tuesday, October 22, 2019 and Thursday, November 14, 2019 (including evening)

Reports to: Development Events Manager


SPUR is seeking an intern to assist with fundraising and special events. Depending on the applicant’s strengths and the day-to-day needs of our team, the intern will gain experience in nonprofit marketing, social media management, data analysis, database management, event logistics, volunteer management, event technology, event design and programming, fundraising strategy, vendor management, and other administrative tasks. Furthermore, they will learn crucial project management, professional development, and organizational skills that will help them to continue growing a successful career for years to come.

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. They have excellent written and grammatical skills. They will be highly reliable, able to meet deadlines, and a self-starter who is comfortable with asking questions and making suggestions. They will have a keen interest in events, fundraising and/or non-profit management. They may also have an interest in urban planning.

Interns will have access to unique event locations and experiences.

We are seeking interns to start immediately. Interns will help us prepare for our biggest event, Silver SPUR, build a strong event infrastructure and support additional events.

Essential functions

Event logistics and day-of coordination

  • Developing a supply inventory and tracking system.
  • Lead volunteers on event day by providing orientation, assigning tasks, and providing support
  • Solicit quotes from vendors and negotiate rates
  • Support day-of logistics in preparation for and at events
  • Assist with clean-up and attendance tracking after event
  • Assist Development Events Manager with additional administrative tasks as needed

Data + database support

  • Maintain and add database records and data on an ongoing basis
  • Assist in developing a venue database
  • Develop cost comparisons and vendor summaries as needed.
  • Develop spreadsheets and clean data.

Communications support

  • Draft agenda and talking points as well as taking and distributing notes
  • Support social media strategy, collaborating on developing and drafting content and maintaining scheduling.
  • Draft and proof email content and other promotional content.

Administrative Tasks

  • Assemble packets, envelopes, invitations
  • Assist with meeting preparation and clean-up
  • Management of special projects and research opportunities
  • Other duties as assigned

Preferred knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Highly detail-oriented
  • Highly adaptable
  • Highly reliable and able to work independently
  • Interest in cities, public policy and urban issues
  • Office skills, knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Experience with online databases (eTapestry, Salesforce, Airtable etc.) preferred
  • Strong communications skills, both verbally and in writing
  • Copywriting and copyediting experience
  • Experience managing multichannel marketing campaigns (social media, print, email) with measured results
  • Online research experience
  • Ability to independently manage workflow but also thrive in a team environment
  • Ability to lead volunteers and provide clear instructions in a polite and courteous way
  • 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
  • Experience with social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn) preferred


  • 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, at

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