Building the next generation of nonprofit professionals


Internships with Local Non-Profits

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Internship Program through AFP Quad Cities

Application for Non-Profits

Develop an internship for your organization with assistance from AFP

We know that building and mentoring the next generation of nonprofit professionals is crucial to the sustainability of many local nonprofits. That is why we started this internship program to expose college students and small nonprofits to each other.

In Spring 2014, AFP Quad Cities initiated a unique internship program to address two identified community needs: (1) a shortage of qualified professionals with fundraising experience to fill open positions in the community and (2) a need for additional fundraising expertise and assistance, especially in smaller nonprofit organizations.

This program meets this need by helping nonprofit organizations find college students with an interest in an internship opportunity, linking them with the appropriate position and nonprofit organization, and providing a qualified fundraising professional to serve as a mentor to that student (and de facto, that organizations).

AFP charges no fee for this service to member organizations. Complete the application online or download a copy of the scholarship application request and apply for funding today.  


+ Non-Profit Organizations

To participate in this program, a non-profit must:

  • Be a member in good standing of AFP
  • Small organizations (operating budget of less than $1 million and fewer than 2 FTE fundraisers) can join for $150/year and enjoy all of the benefits of membership
  • The AFP chapter offers scholarships of up to 50% of the cost of membership for new organizations
  • Have an operating budget of less than $1 million OR fewer than or equal to 1.5 FTE of fundraising staff
  • Agree to abide by the AFP Code of Ethics
  • Agree to all of the terms outlined in the contract
  • Have the AFP Youth in Philanthropy Committee approve your job description

+ Student Interns

  • Meet all internship requirements of the sponsoring college or university
  • Agree to abide by the AFP Code of Ethics

+ Mentors

  • Minimum of 5 years of fundraising experience in the specific area of mentorship (grant writing, solicitation fundraising, event planning, donor stewardship and retention)
  • Agree to abide by the AFP Code of Ethics
  • Agree to all of the terms outlined in the contract
  • Successful vetting by the Youth in Philanthropy Committee

For more information on this program, please contact Sara Morby at


This project is supported by Quad City Arts Dollars, provided by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Hubbell-Waterman Foundation, and John Deere. Generous grants have also been provided by the Community Foundation of Great River Bend and the Regional Development Authority to support this program.