Summer 2021

Development Intern 

Organization Overview

Breakthrough Silicon Valley launches talented but underserved middle school students on the path to college, while at the same time inspiring high school and college students to become educators. While ambitious in our goals, BTSV works: 97% of BTSV graduates are accepted into four-year colleges (through the class of 2019) and 87% of BTSV Teaching Fellows (2017-19) are inspired to pursue a career in education as a result of their summer experience.

Breakthrough Silicon Valley’s tuition-free program provides year-round out of school time academic support, advising, and advocacy for a diverse group of talented students, most of whom come from under-resourced communities and are the first in their family to go to college. Through our students-teaching-students model, Breakthrough also provides a consummate professional development experience in education by providing talented high school and college students the opportunity to design and teach classes under the direction of seasoned education professionals.

Located in San Jose, California, Breakthrough Silicon Valley is an affiliate of The Breakthrough Collaborative, a leading national service organization that acts as the national voice for 24 Breakthrough sites across the country.

Position Overview

What You Will Gain

  • Work experience with a wide variety of activities and responsibilities in a fast-paced office/educational environment.

  • Paid internship experience for your resume.

  • Develop and gain new skills in a collaborative environment.

Position Requirements

  • Current college undergraduate with strong academic standing (3.0 GPA or above)

  • Self-motivated; takes initiative to anticipate needs and works independently

  • Accountable and mature; organized and detail-oriented

  • Ability to plan, organize, and implement projects with strong attention to detail and timeliness

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Drive, and Gmail

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated integrity and honesty, with a focus on students’ best interests 

  • Flexible with a can-do attitude; willing to support other departments as needed

  • Reliable access to transportation

Preferred Qualifications

  • College sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in marketing, communications, non-profit management or other related fields

  • Experience with design programs such as Adobe Creative Suite, Canva, etc.

  • Strong work ethic, persistence, and creativity in meeting goals

  • Ability to work in different environments and communities with people from diverse backgrounds

  • Previous experience with Breakthrough or other similar environments a plus

  • Previous volunteering or fundraising experience a plus

  • Some experience with Salesforce a plus

  • Bilingual in Spanish or Vietnamese a plus

  • Drivers license and access to a vehicle a plus



  • Assist with the planning and execution of multiple virtual volunteer and donor events 

  • If academic schedule allows, be present and assist with handling “day of” Zoom  logistics. 


  • Assist with communications and marketing needs, including taking photos and recording short videos

  • Execute mailings including appeals, acknowledgment letters, Valentine’s Day cards, etc. 

  • Support the development team as needed for other fundraising outreach


  • Special projects could include prospect research, data entry/cleanup, website development, larger writing projects, video production, etc. depending on interest, knowledge, and experience

  • Assist with other projects as needed


This is an unpaid internship. A stipend of $3,000 will be paid to the intern to offset living expenses for the duration of their internship.

You will receive your living allowance according to the following schedule:

  • July 16th - $1500

  • August 3rd- $1500

    Time Commitment

    • June 7th - August 3rd: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    *Dates/Times are subject to change based on student schedule


  • This internship will be virtual unless otherwise notified. 

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