Imagine a fundraising career where you can build philanthropic partnerships that enable greater personal freedom and opportunity for all Americans.
Only 12 apprentices will be selected for placement opportunities across the country.
Program Dates: June 3, 2019 to August 9, 2019
Opening Seminar: May 20-24, 2019
The application period is now closed for the 2019 Development Apprentice Program. Thanks to all candidates who submitted their application by February 15th.
All candidates will be contacted regarding their application status on a rolling basis by March 1, and placements will be finalized for all selected candidates by April 1.
Connect your leadership experience and entrepreneurial drive with your passion to make real and lasting change that helps Americans thrive. State Policy Network’s Development Apprentice Program places aspiring leaders who support individual rights and economic freedom at state-based think tanks across the country for a 10-week crash course with on-the-job training in nonprofit fundraising.
Get a head start on your peers with experience and formal training in fundraising, which is required for most executive leadership positions, such as CEOs and board members. Nonprofit executives in leadership roles spend a majority of their time on fundraising to develop relationships and build support for the mission of the organization. Learn how to cultivate relationships that lead to philanthropic partnerships and support for organizations, develop research and analytical skills, and grow your professional network.
As part of this program, participants will:
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Where will apprentices be placed for the internship?
“State policy and state think tanks make the most difference. My goal for the future is to promote liberty. Working at the state level may not seem as ‘sexy’ as national politics, but we need more people doing this work—on the ground, practically making a difference, walking the walk and getting things done.”
“I worked in media in summer 2017 and found it unfulfilling. I felt like media was only advancing partisan narratives. When I looked at SPN, I saw that partisan narratives took a backseat to values like freedom and opportunity. Those values mean a lot more and transcend the political machine here in Washington, DC. I’m excited about building relationships to get people invested in change at the state level.”
“Some of the greatest changes come from the state and local level. I’m excited to see what is happening on the ground. I wanted to be involved in the nonprofit world and in policy. I wasn’t sure how to do both, but now I see that development is exactly the place where that overlaps.”
“I’ve always been really proud to be from Missouri. It’s a state with a lot to offer that is falling behind, because, when it comes to policy, Missouri has things that are getting in our own way of growing. I never realized that philanthropy could be an opportunity to change that. I’m excited to be part of the fuel for change—philanthropy makes it possible.”
This program seeks young leaders with diverse skill sets who support individual rights, personal and economic freedom, and free-market solutions. Previous experience is not required, but an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for liberty is required.
Undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates from all disciplines, including social sciences, business, economics, philanthropy, etc., are encouraged to apply.
February 1, 2019: Application Deadline (The deadline was extended to Friday, February 15th.)
March 1, 2019: All applicants notified of their status on a rolling basis
March 4-15, 2019: Finalists interview with SPN
April 1, 2019: Selected participants receive placement and finalize all remaining details to prepare for the program.
To be eligible, an applicant must currently reside in the United States and meet all visa requirements, if applicable. Attendance for all program sessions, including the opening seminar, weekly webinars, and internship placement is required.