Employer: United Way of the Tri-Valley Area
Internship Number: 614
Internship Title: Resource Development Internship
Location: Farmington, ME
Period of Engagement: To be determined by supervisor based on academic requirements and availability.
Compensation Unpaid
Description of the Internship:
United Way is a nonprofit organization that partners with 50 local programs to provide a better quality of life for people experiencing emergencies, hardships and personal challenges.

This internship will develop or hone fundraising skills that will serve all students well, but particularly students in the business and marketing departments.

Responsibilities and associated hours may be modified to meet internship and practicum requirements from 450 hours to a minimum of 135.

  • Orientation and training
    • Target outcome: Attend one orientation session
    • Target outcome: Identify potential professional development opportunities to acquire and ask for support. (Example: Excel training; public speaking; etc.)
  • Office assistance
    • Target outcome: Become familiar with community requests by providing office assistance including answering phones and greeting people as they visit the office depending on schedule and availability. Triaging requests provides valuable insight into community needs, resources, and gaps in services as well as the operations of a non-profit.
  • Understand community needs
    • Target outcome: Read applications for support, including Community Partner requests, Hope Fund requests, and Special Projects
    • Target outcomes: Review community needs assessments
    • Target outcomes: Meet with staff to determine perspective on needs
  • Become very familiar with existing sources of support
    • Target outcome: Meet with staff and review organizational information to determine who has contributed to United Way in the past and how and what relationships are being cultivated
  • Generate additional revenue
    • Target outcome: Develop and implement two new special events that have the potential to generate at least $2,000 each
    • Target outcome: Attend at least three Special Event Committee meetings
    • Target outcome: Participate in at least two existing special events depending on timing of internship and suggest ways to strengthen them and reach new audiences
    • Target outcome: Research potential funders and write at least one grant
    • Target outcome: Develop a plan to increase mobile giving. Work with Digital and Social Media Coordinator (when available) and implement this plan.
  • Special projects as assigned


  • Attend community meetings (such as the Franklin Resource Collaborative) as assigned and available.
  • Become familiar with United Way Community Investment process and United Way Community Partners to have a better understanding of community needs, and what United Way supports
  • Provide a written one-page report to site supervisor weekly
  • Meet at a scheduled time for a one-on-one meeting with site supervisor at least every two weeks (frequent interaction will also occur at the United Way office, FVN meetings, and other venues throughout the community)
  • Ask questions as needed so site supervisor can provide appropriate support
  • Be passionate about meeting United Way’s mission and goals
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to talk with a variety of persons/groups
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Good research and organizational skills
  • Good computer skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Familiarity with social media
  • Attention to detail
Application is made through UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement.
Complete and submit the Internship Application Form online.
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