Job Description

The Special Programs Fellowship is a paid internship at Philanthropy West Virginia, assisting the President in the research and development of programs and special initiatives to better serve West Virginia grant makers.

This fellowship with Philanthropy WV will allow in-depth exposure to the dynamic work of the organization, providing substantial work experience for future job-seekers. The fellow will report to the President and work collaboratively with other staff, as needed. 

The opportunity is a part-time position (10 to 20 hours/week) and must be a minimum period of two semesters or 6 months with the possibility to extend up to two years. This is an hourly paid role. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the person would work in a hybrid format with dedicated office space or remotely with regular Zoom, phone, email, and other virtual meetings/communication. 


  • Assist the President with special programs, specifically tracking philanthropic response, the WV Giving Report, National Outreach/Partnerships, and Affinity Group services 
  • Research programs, samples, or issues to serve members, philanthropy initiatives, etc. 
  • Assist with committees/work groups by taking minutes, preparing materials, and distributing them 
  • Prepare reports, presentations, and drafting documents for the President – Co-create communication and outreach plans for research, data, and new publications to serve members, partners, and the general public 
  • Work with committees and volunteers to coordinate projects – Commitment to our values of: Leadership, Collaboration, Inclusion, Lifelong Learning, Integrity, and Advancing West Virginia 
  • Undertake special projects and assignments as needed 


  • Ability to work independently and within the constraints of tight deadlines – some experience with event and meeting planning, logistics, and coordination 
  • Excellent written and oral communication, research, organization, and writing skills; experience in data visualization and basic graphic design, a plus
  • Familiarity with Google Suite, Zoom, Office Suite, WordPress, and other common software applications desired 
  • Enthusiasm for meeting new people and interacting with diverse groups in professional settings; dedication to serving communities in West Virginia 

Preferred Majors

Public Administration, Business, Business Administration, Management, Public Relations, Public Policy, Law, Political Science/Government, Marketing, Communication, Journalism, Social Work, or other. Previous experience in a nonprofit, philanthropic, or business environment preferred. 

How to Apply 

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and references. Please include the name of the fellowship in the subject of the email and in the cover letter and send it to Philanthropy WV maintains a strong commitment to transparency in communication throughout the application process; please contact our office with any questions or concerns. 

Philanthropy WV strives to cultivate a welcoming, inclusive, and equitable environment where employees can bring their authentic selves to work every day. Our staff’s diversity of lived experiences and perspectives helps us better understand the needs and benefits of a strong philanthropic sector serving all people in the Mountain State. Together, our commitment to inclusion, collaboration, and lifelong learning empower us to lead the way, advancing West Virginia.

About Us

Philanthropy West Virginia connects the Mountain State’s diverse network of philanthropic funders. We strive to inspire community-driven solutions across the state reaching both urban centers and some of the most rural areas in Appalachia. We are committed to our mission of Strengthening Philanthropy in the Mountain State. Our vision is: West Virginia has thriving communities, due in part, to a strong and vibrant philanthropic sector. Founded in 1993, Philanthropy WV furthers its work built upon our values of: Leadership, Collaboration, Inclusion, Lifelong Learning, Integrity, and Advancing West Virginia.