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Special Events Intern

The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. Our development team is responsible for raising financial and philanthropic support for the Rainforest Alliance’s conservation programs around the world, a portion of which is raised from corporate and individual giving for special events.

Position summary:

The Special Events Intern will be responsible for assisting the Special Events team in its preparations for the annual gala in May 2017, as well as smaller stewardship and cultivation events. The gala is the Rainforest Alliance’s largest annual fundraiser, with over a million dollars raised in 2016. This is a black-tie event that features a cocktail reception, a dinner, an award ceremony and an auction.

Tasks will include a variety of projects related to the gala, for example helping to coordinate details for the gala auction, assisting with prospect research, and supporting all event mailings. The Intern will also help coordinate other event logistics as needed, as well as take part in a variety of research projects.

This hands-on position is an excellent opportunity to learn about what it takes to put on a large scale, high-profile fundraising event. Joining the Rainforest Alliance team also affords an inside look into the workings of a large, international environmental non-profit.


Candidate must be a student currently enrolled in a university or college and in good academic standing. This position is ideal for students receiving academic credit for internships. The candidate should be interested in special events production and fundraising. The candidate should also be a self-starter, resourceful and detail-oriented with great written and oral communication skills. Adeptness with Microsoft office is required. Experience with Salesforce Luminate is a plus. This position requires a minimum commitment of 15 hours a week.


This internship is unpaid, however the intern may be eligible to earn academic credit for his or her work with the Rainforest Alliance.


Send resume and cover letter to with the subject line Special Events Spring Internship.