Careers & Internships


Position Summary: The Development Officer, reporting to the Director of Development, is responsible for oversight of donor support and donor education activities, development related events, development reporting and database management, supervision of development interns, as well as providing grant support and development and administrative logistic support. The position supports the overall development team inclusive of interns, volunteers, internal and external partners, and the CEO.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Project manager for special events including, but not limited to: Breakfast Gala, Colfax Marathon, Golf Marathon, third party events and cultivation of community partnerships related to special events, including management of committee members, participants/fundraisers, and volunteers.
  • Management of DonorPerfect Online, the donor database, including data entry, reporting, maintenance, and analysis to ensure high quality database information.
  • Donor cultivation support by generating and processing donor acknowledgement letters, coordinating meetings with donor and community members, researching current and prospective donors, implementing the master cultivation plan, and pursuing other communication outreach as needed.
  • In partnership with the Director of Development, serve as a staff liaison to the Young Professional Council (YPC) and provide support to YPC by attending and providing logistical support for meetings and events, including the YPC annual signature fundraising event.
  • Manage the recruitment, selection process, and management of development department interns.
  • Participate in and/or lead donor cultivation/solicitation meetings and presentations.
  • Conduct grant research, write and submit grant applications and reports.
  • Coordinate the logistics for the various mail and email appeals throughout the year.
  • Solicit, track, and record in-kind donations.
  • Manage documentation and accurately communicate the EZ tax credit program.
  • Track and manage invoices for outstanding pledges.
  • Administrative support for the Director of Development and CEO, including logistical support related to the Board of Directors.
  • Other tasks as necessary.


  • 3-5 years of experience in development, sales, or life experience equivalent.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, analytical, and organizational skills with the ability to work collaboratively with all levels of staff, community volunteers, Board Members, donors, and prospective donors/investors.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills are required. Will be asked to provide writing samples.
  • Experience coordinating special events for small and large groups of attendees.
  • Excellent computer skills including MS Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • High attention to detail in order to maintain high quality and accurate data, reports, communications, etc.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Experience working in non-profit development.
  • Understanding and knowledge of the Denver metro area philanthropic climate.
  • Familiarity with donor database systems (DonorPerfect Online experience preferred).
  • Experience working with executive teams/Board of Directors.
  • Supervisory/training experience with volunteers, interns, or staff.


  • Maintains positive “can do” attitude, takes initiative, strives for results, and enjoys being an active/engaged participant of a high-performing development team.
  • Confidence and willingness to solicit current and potential donors for in-kind and financial contributions.
  • Self-aware and believes in accountability and in our core value of continuous learning.
  • Thrives in a fast paced work environment and able to quickly identify and step in to fill gaps.
  • Friendly, courteous, and professional outreach to donors, Board Members, vendors, community partners, and internal staff.
  • Ability to respond to changing circumstances and maintain a flexible approach.
  • Motivated by the program’s high potential for widespread impact on reducing the dropout rate in the Denver Public Schools system.

To apply, please submit your cover letter, resume, completed employment application, and responses to the following four questions to

Department: Programs | Duration: Academic Year

Denver Kids, Inc. is looking for energetic and education-focused intern to help strengthen our connection with students. This role is designed to provide additional support to our educational counselors through enrichment services activities that ensure every student is given opportunities to learn and develop.


  • Support and contribute to the Enrichment Programs/Activities Team. Focused on Student Engagement and Future Options programs but also able to support the Volunteer Mentor and Parent Engagement programs as well.
  • Engage in collaboration with the Enrichment team to brainstorm new program ideas
  • Complete casenotes based on interactions with students and parents on a weekly basis
  • Contribute to the Social Emotional and Academic Learning (SEAL) of our students
  • Communicate via phone with students and parents to invite students to activities and programs
  • Help Transport students to events, (Using your car)
  • Have Fun!

 Program Support

  • Help with event planning and preparation – grabbing supplies, creating invitations/signs, etc
  • Attend student events – support programing staff, engage with students and families
  • Clean up and contribute in debrief of events
  • Data Collection and Entry
  • Support in Partnership Cultivations
  • Other Duties as assigned


  • Currently enrolled in a Post-Secondary Education program
  • Bilingual language ability (English and Spanish) preferred
  • Safely transport students to and from Denver Kids, Inc. events and activities – stipend will be provided
    • Current valid driver’s license with access to a vehicle for transportation
    • Current auto insurance with minimum $100K/$300K/$100K and $5K in medical coverage
  • Use of Personal Smart phone – stipend will be provided
  • Must pass background screening (Federal, local and driving)
  • Energetic and go with the flow attitude!

 What You Can Expect:

  • To be part of a dynamic team committed to the Core Values of this organization: Courage to Excel, Integrity, Lifelong Learning, and Partnership; as well as an ongoing desire to be made stronger by our inclusiveness and diversity initiatives
  • 15 – 20hrs per week
  • All internships are part-time with no financial compensation, but are a learning opportunity. Academic credit is available.

To apply, please submit your cover letter, resume, and completed internship application to No phone calls, please.

Department: Development & FundraisingDuration: Semester 

An internship with the Denver Kids Development Team provides the opportunity for hands-on learning and work experience with a leading local educational nonprofit organization. As an intern, you will work closely with the Development Department to provide support in all aspects of development while gaining exposure to:

  • Maintaining and improving the Denver Kids electronic donor database in DonorPerfect Online
  • Managing database reporting for analysis and donor recognition
  • Integrated reports on major giving to form effective fundraising strategies
  • Supporting cultivation efforts and learning to establish strong relationships with donors
  • Researching funding opportunities
  • Tracking fundraising events successfully
  • Additional potential development/fundraising tasks as needed
  • Opportunity to learn functionality of nonprofit departments including programs, finance and marketing

Up to 16 hours/week flexible within Monday-Friday schedule. We are seeking interns September 2017 through December 2017 as well as January 2018 to May 2018. This unpaid internship opportunity is flexible depending on candidate needs and will be open until filled. Parking and/or public transit expenses will be reimbursed up to $70 per month at the downtown office. Once trained, opportunity to work from home is negotiable.

All internships are part-time with no financial compensation, but are a learning opportunity. Academic credit is available.

To apply, please submit your cover letter, resume, and completed internship application to

Department: FinanceDuration: Semester

Internship Summary:  This is a learning opportunity for a college level student or recent graduate who is interested in pursuing a career in accounting, especially in the non-profit sector.  This internship will give you hands on experience at a great nonprofit with a mission of working with Denver Public School students to successfully complete high school, pursue post-secondary options, and become contributing members of the community. Within this internship, you will gain a comprehensive experience of all aspects of accounting for a nonprofit, from inputting the daily/weekly/monthly transactions to doing month-end reconciliations and assisting with the creation of financial reports.  The ideal candidate will have technical knowledge in bookkeeping and financial matters, as well as organizational skills, the ability to maintain confidentiality, attention to detail and be able to juggle competing priorities.

Job Duties:

  • Process accounts payable invoices and payments
  • Prepare and process bank deposits and online donations
  • Reconcile monthly bank and investment accounts with financial accounting system
  • Record journal entries through the financial accounting system
  • Maintain an accurate filing and record keeping/reporting system for all financial matters
  • Assist in the preparation of the monthly financial statements & other financial reports
  • Assist the Director of Finance & HR during the annual audit
  • Assist in processing revenue pledges
  • Other supportive tasks, as assigned by the Director of Finance & HR, which include but are not limited to:
    • Collect and process Human Resource-related documents
    • Reconcile expense reports
    • Make requests for in-kind donations

Upon completion of this internship you will have gained these marketable skills:

  • Proficiency in using BlackBaud Financial Edge, a widely used financial accounting software
  • An all-encompassing experience of all organizational accounting procedures from transactions to financial reports
  • An understanding of the ends and outs of a nonprofit accounting department
  • If applicable, based on timing, experience going through an audit or budget process


  • Commitment to education and work with youth from higher risk environments
  • Must be at least 18 years of age and enrolled in a program in which student will attain a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field
  • Candidates pursuing/ exploring careers in accounting or the non-profit sector will be given preference
  • An understanding of accounting principles and US GAAP requirements
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel
  • Experience with BlackBaud Financial Edge or similar accounting software a plus
  • Exceptional inter-personal skills, self-motivation & time management abilities
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

To apply, please submit your completed internship application form, resume, and cover letter to No phone calls or mail submissions please.


Denver Kids, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and developing an inclusive staff team. People of color and individuals of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

All internships are part-time with no financial compensation. However, Denver Kids internships are learning opportunities and students may be eligible to receive academic credit, pending approval from your college or university.