Philanthropy Intern

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) is seeking 1 intern to help in our Philanthropy Department.  This is an unpaid position of indeterminate length with hours and schedule to be mutually agreed upon between SMRLS and the successful candidate.

SMRLS provides free, high-quality legal help to low-income people in critical civil matters. For more than 100 years, we’ve helped individuals and families secure and protect their basic needs, maintaining freedom from hunger, homelessness, sickness, and abuse.  One of the largest and the oldest legal aid firms in Minnesota, SMRLS serves communities in the Southern 33 counties of the state.  In 2017 alone, SMRLS helped over 23,445 people receive justice and legal protections.


The Philanthropy Intern will work directly with our Director of Philanthropy and staff.  He or she will be responsible for:

  • managing department and donor correspondence,
  • assisting with managing the donor database and researching/updating donor information,
  • helping with the organization and execution of our Campaign for Legal Aid,
  • assisting with the organization’s social media presence,
  • assisting with and participating in organization meetings and events, as appropriate,
  • other advancement projects as assigned by the Director of Philanthropy.

Unpaid Position

This position is unpaid.  Benefits of this position include gaining an understanding of the operation of a philanthropy/advancement unit in a large legal-aid firm, experience in the areas of donor communications and research, exposure to the executive operations of a large legal aid firm, and the opportunity to contribute creatively to activities and projects that support the firm and, by extension, the people we serve in our communities.  Gain critical skills and experience, build your resume, and learn more about working in the non-profit sector.   Upon successful completion of an internship, SMRLS may be willing to write letters of support and/or serve as a job reference for those individuals.

Time Commitment

The Philanthropy Intern position will require a commitment of 10-15 hours per week, during regular workday hours.  The exact schedule is flexible, as is the duration of the internship, and will be negotiated with the Director of Philanthropy. 

Successful interns will be detail oriented with strong communication skills, both written and verbal, strong time management skills, good analytical skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.  Individuals applying for this internship should have a sincere interest in serving the legal needs of low-income individuals in Minnesota. 


To apply, click the “Apply” button below, or submit a cover letter, resume and 3 references to:

Lindsay Davis
55 East 5th St, Suite 1000
St Paul MN  55101

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