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Spring 2024 Pre-Award Grants Management Intern


The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 28 US cities to restore safety, dignity, and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. Domestically, our 28 offices across the US ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency. 



This internship is an excellent opportunity for a current graduate/undergraduate student to gain exposure to the operations of a large international organization while practicing and applying Grant Management methods to maximize the reach of IRC programming in Atlanta GA. This position is an unpaid internship and requires a minimum of 15 hours a week for at least three months. The Grants Management Intern will work closely with the senior Development Manager and Grants Coordinator on three initiatives.   

  • The first is on building and maintaining a pre-award and prospecting database.  
  • The second is to provide material support, such as the drafting of concept notes for programs that are both client and donor-facing.  
  • The third is an initiative to work closely with the Senior Development Manager and Grants Coordinator to submit grant proposals.   


RESPONSIBILITIES: (Scope could be further tailored depending on the final match of intern-to-opportunity) 

  • Work closely with the Senior Development Management and Grants Coordinator to review IRC Atlanta’s donor prospecting strategy. 
  • Grow a database for opportunities identified and conduct ongoing research related to the pre-award grant opportunities.  
  • Update grants calendar regularly. 
  • Attend grants webinars and information sessions. 
  • Draft grant proposal for Grant Coordinator or Senior Development manager review. 
  • Provide support as needed in other areas of identified projects. 



  • Student will gain experience in grant management, which is a crucial skill to move up in the non-profit sector.  
  • Students will learn more about the pre-award process for building a funding portfolio in a non-profit. 
  • Student will learn the basics of proposal development and play a key role in ensuring proactive responses to business development needs.  
  • Student will develop an in-depth understanding of IRC Resettlement, Asylum, & Integration programming. 
  • Student will gain experience drafting and writing grants of aligned projects. 



  • Currently enrolled graduate student or undergraduate student in a related field of International Relations/Development, Social Work, Global Human resources, Learning and Development; Non-Profit Management, International Business, or other relevant fields.  
  • Comfort with research, organizing content, and liaising with staff. 
  • Strong writing skills. 
  • Excellent organizational skills, strong communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to collaborate. 
  • Ability to use basic functions of Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft Office programs  
  • English fluency is required. 
  • Intern will need to supply his/her home workspace, computer, internet access, etc. 


This position reports to the Senior Development Manager.  


 COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires candidates who are selected for interview to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for this position.