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Non Profit Development & Management 

Internship Description:  

The Non Profit Management / Development Intern at the Innocence Project of Minnesota will work directly with the organization’s Executive Director on all administrative and development projects and tasks.  The Intern will share responsibility for the financial bookkeeping, gift processing, donor management and general administration of IPMN.  Candidates should be professional, responsible, self-motivated, and able to work on challenging projects independently.  This position will offer tremendous “on the job” experience, and offers opportunities for the execution of intern driven projects.

The intern will work at the IPMN offices – Hamline University, 1536 Hewitt Avenue, St. Paul, MN.

Essential Development Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Complete prospect and donor research
  • Facilitate data entry of donor records, gifts, and interactions
  • Assemble gift acknowledgement letters, and coordinate timely mailings
  • Generate sponsorship and third party agreements, and track their completion
  • Administer correspondence for fundraising programs
  • Participate in event planning tasks for fundraising events and the fall benefit for innocence
  • Solicit silent and live auction items and event sponsorships and tickets
  • Assist with implementation of publicity campaigns

Essential Administrative Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with database maintenance 
  • Independently prepare various documents, including spreadsheets, mass communications, PowerPoint presentations, and forms
  • Assist with organizational bookkeeping 
  • Updating and managing IPMN web site 
  • Assisting with grant application, implementation and reporting
  • Maintain and troubleshoot office equipment and system access issues
  • Appropriately and independently refer and process information requests

Applicant Requirements:

  • Extremely self motivated 
  • Able to work independently or in a group
  • Interest in non profit operations
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Very detail-oriented and organized
  • Experience in Microsoft Office

Preferred Qualifications:

  • SquareSpace / MailChimp/ Eventbrite
  • Salesforce
  • Quickbooks
  • Social media communication strategy


  • Vital work experience at a nonprofit
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Training and practice in working directly with non profit Executive Director
  • High level of independence and experiential learning
  • Help meet an important community need
  • Internship course credit can be arranged

Please send your cover letter and resume to Heather Ring at

Legal Intern

The Innocence Project of Minnesota is looking for a Legal Intern who can volunteer a minimum of 20 hours per week over the summer of 2017. The Legal Intern will work under the direct supervision of the Legal Director. The Legal Intern will screen cases and engage in fact based investigations in an attempt to uncover facts that prove innocence. Legal Intern will find, review and summarize underlying discovery and court documents. Among other tasks, Legal Intern may locate and interview inmate/applicants and witnesses, locate documents and evidence, assist private investigators, and find and consult with experts. Legal Intern may have the opportunity to prepare legal motions, appellate briefs and otherwise assist in preparation for litigation. Legal Intern may work on legislative initiatives, research projects, participate in our educational outreach programs, and assist pro-bono lawyers who are working on our actual innocence cases.

Legal Intern will do general office administration and data entry, including case management and correspondence. The Legal Intern will also answer phones, direct callers and take messages as needed.

Requirements: Currently enrolled in and in good standing with law school or nearing the successful completion of a paralegal certification program.  Knowledge of and proficiency in Microsoft Word, Xcel and Westlaw. Able to be detail oriented while working on several projects at the same time. Comfortable working independently in a small staff environment. Intern must also be comfortable interviewing people in a variety of settings. Some local travel will be required.

Prior work in the criminal justice field or investigations a plus.

Please send resume and references to Julie Jonas at