The advancement/events intern position offers a behind-the-scenes look at how funds are raised to support the liberty movement in Michigan. The person hired will gain an overview of donor relations, donor meetings, grant writing, donor-related mail, email efforts and more.

The candidate will have strong verbal and written communication skills, demonstrate a great degree of professionalism, and manage highly confidential information.

Advancement work might include:

  • Online research to help grow the Mackinac Center family of supporters. This includes gathering and analyzing data from news media, public databases, Facebook, LinkedIn and other sources.
  • Database work to strengthen communications with donors, primarily by acquiring email addresses and other contact information.
  • Personal contact with donors through phone calls and emails in support of excellent donor relations.
  • Clerical support, such as data entry, filing, handling mailings, etc.

Event work might include:

  • Assist event manager with logistics, such as pre-registration, set up and take down of event material, greeting guests, etc. This includes same-day travel throughout the State of Michigan and may involve evening or weekend work.
  • Review contracts and vendor documents for accuracy.
  • Call attendees to confirm registration and contact information.
  • Assist with follow-up with guests and vendors after each event.

Ideal candidates will possess strong research, writing and organization skills. Customer service experience is a plus. This internship provides an opportunity to work at the nation’s premiere state-based free-market public policy research and educational organization. Please note that a curriculum major in politics or economics is not required; students from all subject areas are encouraged to apply.

The employment term is a minimum of 10 full-time weeks between May and August. Interns are compensated at the rate of $10 per hour, and are employed on an at-will basis. Interns whose permanent address is outside a 30-mile radius of Midland are paid a housing stipend in the amount of $250 per month.

For consideration, please submit a resume, a cover letter and a 700-word essay on a policy issue to the director of operations before
March 15, 2018. If you wish to be considered for multiple positions, more than one essay is not required, but we do request a cover letter for each position.

Send application materials (soft copy preferred) to:

Christine Bowerson
Director of Operations
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
140 West Main Street
P.O. Box 568
Midland, MI 48640-0568

Also, candidates are encouraged to apply to us through the Koch Summer Fellow Program.