Prospect Research Intern

Date: Jun 3, 2023

Location: New York City, NY, US, 10006 Washington, D.C., DC, US, 20036 Oakland, CA, US, 94612

Organization: Doctors Without Borders | Médecins Sans Frontières

About MSF-USA | Doctors Without Borders


Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian organization providing medical care to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care in over 70 countries. We were formed in France in 1971 as an association by a group of doctors and journalists to go to emergency situations and to treat patients with dignity while bearing witness independently of geopolitical boundaries. MSF is now a global movement of more than 25 MSF organizations, working in over 70 countries. We cooperate as an international, independent, medical humanitarian association that offers medical assistance to populations in distress, victims of natural or manmade disasters, and civilian victims of armed conflict, without discrimination and irrespective of race, religion, age, gender/sex, national or ethnic origin, color, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, or political affiliation and provides assistance to the population in distress and intervenes worldwide. MSF staff also “bear witness” by speaking out about our work and what is experienced on the ground, not only to draw the world’s attention to crises, but to stand in solidarity with our patients and colleagues who are experiencing these emergencies firsthand.


We welcome candidates who bring a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences to join us in working toward MSF’s social mission.


About The Development Department


Our dynamic Development Department is responsible for raising over $700 million annually in funds in order to meet the financial needs of our organization, which allows MSF to carry out its mission effectively and efficiently.


About the Project

The Prospect Research Intern will support the administrative and research activities of the Prospect Research team. She/he/They will learn how an organization identifies, approaches and cultivates donors in order to receive large donations. S/he will also have the opportunity, through working in the office, to learn about MSF's international programs and the role that MSF-USA plays in the MSF movement. This internship is ideal for anyone considering a career in development (fundraising), prospect research and in the administration of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The Prospect Research Intern will assist the High Touch Prospect Research area of MSF's Development Team while providing basic knowledge of non-profit fundraising.



What You’ll Gain


Daily Activities & Responsibilities


The Prospect Research Intern will be expected to perform the following tasks:


  • Assist in prospecting for new donors and researching current MSF donors (30%)
  •  Review and correct donor database records (30%)
  • Maintaining Airtable moves management tool (25%)
  • Attend BBLs, public education events, and staff and department meetings as often as  scheduling allows (15%)



Who You Are


  • Commitment to the work of MSF-USA and Our Social Mission
  • Interest in Fundraising and Non-Profits
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office is required
  • Must be pro-active, self-directed, detail-oriented and organized, as well as work independently in a virtual setting. Curious and creative approach to problem solving.
  • Ability to interact professionally with multiple and diverse cross- departmental stakeholders




Background Preferred


• Keen attention to detail and an eye for data
• Strong research skills and an inquisitive mind
• Strong computer skills (e.g. Excel, database, Airtable)
• Strong organizational skills
• Genuine commitment to the principles and work of MSF






No phone calls or emails please. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted


Please note that neither relocation assistance nor visa sponsorship will be offered for this position.


Our staff works a hybrid schedule of two days a week in the office, three days remote. The required days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from January to June and September to December.


Summer months of July and August are fully remote. In office work attendance during July and August is optional.



Your Safety Matters


Vaccination and booster against COVID-19 is a requirement at MSF - USA.



Equal Employment Opportunity and Non-Discrimination


MSF-USA is committed to building a diverse, unbiased, and inclusive workforce. MSF- USA is an equal opportunity employer; we recruit, hire, train, promote, develop, and provide other conditions of employment without regard to a person’s gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, pregnancy status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other differences consistent with applicable laws. This includes providing reasonable accommodation for disabilities, or religious beliefs and practices. Members of communities historically underrepresented in the Humanitarian Aid sector are encouraged to apply.

If you have a disability of some kind and are interested in applying for employment and need special accommodations to use our website to apply for a position, please contact Human Resources by emailing us: Reasonable accommodation requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.








Pay Class & Contract Type

Intern Nonexempt 



Starting salary 16.10 per hour (commensurate with experience)


Working Time (Hours Per Week)


Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City