Division of Development and Alumni Relations Summer Intern

University Park Campus
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As an intern in Penn State’s Division of Development and Alumni Relations (DDAR), you can play an integral role in one of the most respected and successful fundraising operations in the country. The success of the Division depends not only on our strong institutional culture of philanthropy, but also upon the more than 300 development and alumni relations staff members whose professionalism and expertise set the standard in the field. As an intern in this program, you will have the opportunity to work with and learn from these staff members—participating in meaningful projects, interacting with donors and senior leadership, and developing personal and professional skills along the way. The DDAR internship is a full-time, 40 hours per week paid position that exposes accepted candidates to a career in philanthropy as well as to Penn State’s approach to higher education fundraising. Prior experience with philanthropy is not required, but candidates should possess exceptional interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic, and a desire to learn and contribute to Penn State’s development efforts. Applications will be accepted until January 2, 2017. First round interviews will be held beginning January 18, 2017. All applicants will be notified of final decisions by March 6, 2017. The eleven-week program will begin on May 15 and conclude on July 28, 2017. After navigating to the job posting by searching on psu.jobs, you will be prompted to complete the application and submit your resume. In place of a cover letter, please craft a personal statement (between 750-1200 words) that addresses your interest in philanthropy, commitment to service and how the internship would be beneficial to your career aspirations. Consider some (but not all) of the following questions: What compelled you to apply for this internship? Describe your past volunteer service and how it’s influenced your personal values and professional ambitions. What do you hope to gain from the internship program, and what strengths can you offer to Penn State’s Division of Development and Alumni Relations? Do not feel compelled to answer every question; address what will best help the selection committee learn what’s most relevant about your interest in the program—and what you think you can bring to it— in less than 1200 words. Preference will be given to Penn State juniors, seniors and graduate students. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,104 $23,748 $31,392
B $17,712 $26,124 $34,524
C $19,152 $28,728 $38,304
D $21,072 $31,620 $42,156
E $23,604 $35,400 $47,196
F $26,436 $39,660 $52,872
G $29,136 $44,412 $59,712
H $33,192 $50,616 $68,040
I $37,848 $57,696 $77,580
J $42,444 $65,772 $89,136
K $49,236 $76,308 $103,392
L $57,120 $88,524 $119,928
M $66,240 $102,672 $139,116
N $78,168 $121,152 $164,148
O $90,768 $142,968 $195,168
P $107,124 $168,696 $230,280
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088