Grant Writing Internship

Clara Vista - Boulder, CO (30+ days ago)


Looking to gain non-profit experience in grants research, writing and fundraising? Be our Grant Writing Intern and make a difference in the community of Venado, Costa Rica!

Clara Vista is currently seeking a Grants Writing Intern to support Clara Vista’s fundraising initiatives. The goal of the grants writing internship is to pursue new funding opportunities by researching and applying through non-profit organizations, foundations, governmental agencies, and corporations. Fundraising is essential for our organization’s success, and as the Grants Intern, you’ll use your creativity and gumption to help us create a solid foundation of diversified and dependable funding by finding and applying for grants and other opportunities. You’ll also work with other team members to support our fundraising and get people excited about Clara Vista! This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in improving their fundraising and grant writing skills/experience.

Over the past couple years, we have been working hand-in-hand with the rural community of Venado, Costa Rica to come up with a series of projects that will best address their needs documented in a 5-Year Sustainable Development Plan. We kicked off this plan in January 2017! As our intern, you will play a key role in growing our community of support so that we have the resources to successfully implement these projects, fulfill our commitments to Venado, and foster the strong partnership we have established with the community. You will lead the effort to make the Clara Vista name known around the world while ensuring our relationship with dedicated supporters is better than ever.

Who is Clara Vista?

Clara Vista inspires leadership from within rural communities and empowers them with the tools they need to achieve their dreams. We’re talkin’ more than just basic needs here - we’re talkin’ dreams. It is up to the community to define what “quality of life” means to them, but our guess is that it means more than just running water and a roof over their head. Clara Vista works with community leaders to establish goals, identify root issues, prioritize needs, build relationships with local stakeholders, develop holistic solutions, and monitor community development. We are currently focused in the coastal village of Venado, Guanacaste, Costa Rica as a proof-of-concept of our framework and have high hopes of scaling up to nearby communities and even communities across the globe. We are a start-up organization so join us if you are self-motivated and have an entrepreneurial spirit!

Ok, Clara Vista sounds great! But what will I do as your Intern?

As with any Clara Vista member, you are expected to be proactive and forward thinking, be a master communicator, take responsibility for your commitments, and reflect and adapt your work according to our fast-changing and exciting organization. Clara Vista has members across the globe that work remotely; work will primarily be organized online and over conference calls.

Specifically, we are looking for a Grants Coordinator Intern to perform the following tasks:

  • Write and submit grant applications using both existing content and new content.
  • Research grants, awards, and corporate sponsorships that are appropriate for Clara Vista’s goals and organizational values
  • Be an active member of the Fundraising Committee and attend bi-weekly meetings.
  • Report to Clara Vista team members on the status of grant applications and potential new opportunities.
  • Maintain and updates grant opportunity matrix.
  • Communicate with potential funding partners/supporters as a representative of Clara Vista.

How will I advance my skills as an intern?

You will work side-by-side with direction and guidance from our Executive Director. Additional training will be provided through online webinars and materials. Through this internship, you will:

  • Gain professional grant writing and fundraising experience.
  • Improve written and oral communication skills.
  • Strengthen your understanding of “what works” when it comes to fundraising and grant writing.
  • Learn how to develop and support a fundraising strategy.
  • Build your professional network.

What are you looking for in a Fundraising Intern?

As the Fundraising Intern, you must:

  • Have experience with fundraising and organizational development
  • Have grant research experience
  • Have strong writing and analytical skills
  • Be a motivated self-starter with a positive attitude.
  • Be a multi-tasker and a team player.
  • Be comfortable working in an environment that can be fast-paced and high-pressure
  • Be interested in nonprofit work and international development

It would be awesome if you also:

  • Were a Google Drive guru.
  • Had previous experience with Asana.
  • Had previous experience with non-profit and/or international development work.

Hours & Compensation

The internship requires a commitment of 8-10 hours per week for 3 months, contingent on consistent and satisfactory performance. Your hours are flexible and we are more than willing to work with you to develop a schedule that fits your lifestyle and commitments.

The internship can take place for any three-month period from early January through May 2019, with the possibility of extension if you’re a great fit for our team. Please mention your preferred start date and end date in your cover letter.

This is a volunteer position but holds amazing opportunities to gain hands-on non-profit experience, contribute to an exciting start-up, grow professionally and personally, and make an impact in the rural village of Venado, Costa Rica.


If interested, please submit your resume with a cover letter describing how you can help Clara Vista secure grant funding to achieve our goal of inspiring community-driven sustainable development to the email noted. This is a rolling application position and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible! For more information, We look forward to hearing from you!

Job Type: Internship


  • grant writing: 2 years (Preferred)