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Prospect/Fundraising Research Intern, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Position Title: Less Than Halftime Prospect Research/Fundraising Intern

Details: This position will ideally start on January 2, 2018 and run through the end of June 2018. The hours will generally be less than 17 hours per week as a less than halftime employee. This is a paid position with an hourly rate in the range of $15-$20/hr.

Please submit resumes and inquiries to Chris Lawler, 

Duties and Responsibilities

The Harvard Medical School Office of Alumni Affairs and Development Prospect Research Department compiles information on current and potential funding sources, primarily individuals and foundations who share the Medical School's mission of creating and nurturing a community of the best people committed to leadership in alleviating human suffering caused by disease. 

Accordingly, the Prospect Research Intern is responsible for carrying out assignments integral to the work and activities of the Prospect Research team. This is an excellent parttime (less than 17 hours per week) opportunity for someone considering a career in nonprofit management or fundraising, or who shares a strong interest in the Harvard Medical School's mission. Additionally, the intern/assistant will gain valuable experience in data analysis, internet data mining, and prospect research. Position tasks may include at least some of the following, with other duties as assigned:

  • Assisting in the maintenance of the Advance Alumni/Donor database, particularly around donor/prospect management data.
  • Compiling and preparing raw data for use in donor/prospect profiles and summaries, particularly screening prospect donors lists for medical research/healthcare philanthropic interests.
  • Reviewing of electronic industry periodicals for potential Harvard/HMS alumni donors
  • Specialized database research, such as the use of relationship mapping databases to find potential connections to the Medical School.
  • Help identify new potential donors and learn more about Harvard Medical School donors and prospects via sophisticated research
  • Data mining the Advance Database

The Prospect Research Assistant/Intern will report to the Director of Development Research and will perform work on-site at the HMS Alumni Affairs and Development office at Landmark Center. 

Basic qualifications: The ideal candidate will have thorough knowledge of grammar, punctuation and spelling; proficient in use of online search tools and comfortable manipulating data in Excel, will be well-organized and able to work quickly and efficiently under deadline pressure; will be able to adjust to last-minute changes without setback, and able to use discretion with sensitive or confidential information. Position requires strong Windows-based computer skills including Word, Excel (ideally with more advanced sorting and data management techniques), and Outlook Email.

Preferred Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have strong analytical skills, be proficient with Microsoft Excel (ability to create pivot tables and formulas preferred), comfortable in utilizing a variety of online search tools and proficiency with Boolean and other search techniques. Research experience in print reference materials and the Internet 

About Harvard Medical School

Harvard Medical School is one of the world's preeminent institutions in medical education and research. The breadth and depth of its scientific and clinical disciplines are unsurpassed. The Medical School is the largest of Harvard's graduate faculties and has traditionally been a trend-setter for many University-wide initiatives. Careers at Harvard Medical School are quite diverse ranging from entry-level to senior leadership opportunities. These exciting positions span the areas of general administration, finance, grants administration, human resources, communications, development and fundraising, animal care, research, engineering/biologically inspired engineering, information technology, library sciences, custodial services, facilities/construction and many more. 

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