Fall 2022 – Communications & Fundraising Intern (Coalition for Smarter Growth)

The Coalition for Smarter Growth is seeking a Communications & Fundraising Intern that will work with the Communications & Fundraising Manager to plan CSG’s year-end fundraising and communication strategy. This role will involve drafting fundraising outreach to donors, assisting in event planning logistics for CSG’s fall fundraiser, and drafting social media posts. 

About the Coalition for Smarter Growth

The Coalition for Smarter Growth is the leading organization in the Washington, DC region dedicated to making the case for smart growth. CSG advocates for walkable, bikeable, inclusive, and transit-oriented communities as the most sustainable and equitable way for the Washington, DC region to grow and provide opportunities for all. Learn more about CSG at smartergrowth.net.

CSG does not currently have a physical office location due to the COVID-19 pandemic but we are in the process of identifying an office space for fall 2022. As a result, is it important that the candidate lives in the greater Washington, DC region. 

You will be an employee of the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC), a 501(c)3 conservation and land use non-profit and the parent organization for the Coalition for Smarter Growth. Learn more about PEC at pecva.org.


Smart Growth social planning, including:

  • Assisting with outreach to potential venues, caterers, and other vendors
  • Drafting promotional emails and social media
  • Coordinating volunteer engagement; and tracking sponsorships and host committee members. 
  • Taking pictures at events
  • Walking tour and forum event planning, including:
  • Working with policy staff to plan route and logistics
  • Drafting promotional emails and social media
  • Coordinating volunteer engagement

End-of-year giving preparations, including:

  • Drafting our end-of-year email series
  • Assisting with drafting CSG’s annual report


  • Basic knowledge, understanding of, and interest in smart growth or related issues, including urbanism, transportation, affordable housing, land use, and urban planning
  • Strong written communication and outreach skills
  • Ability to work independently and think creatively
  • Experience using WordPress preferred
  • Experience in event planning a plus
  • Experience taking photos using a DSLR camera is a huge plus

Commitment & Compensation

This is a part-time position paid at $17/hour from September-December for 10-12 hours per week. Internship schedule and hours are flexible depending on the intern’s schedule. 

To Apply

Submit a cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample in one PDF to jobs@smartergrowth.net with “Communications & Fundraising Intern” in the subject line. In your application materials, let us know where you learned about the position. Applications will be accepted until August 1, 2022.

The Coalition for Smarter Growth is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, employ, train compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.
We recognize that people come with a wealth of experience and talent beyond just the technical requirements of a job, therefore our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules. Your experience, which may include paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, helps build the competencies and knowledge of our organization. Diversity of experience and skills, combined with passion, is key to our organizational identity.