Grant Research & Writing Intern

The Priority Center is seeking a dedicated Development Intern/Core Volunteer, specializing in Grant Research & Writing, to gain meaningful experience in the nonprofit sector. We are an Orange County nonprofit organization, located in Santa Ana, CA, working to end the generational cycle of trauma. Our mission is to deliver life-changing programs to assist people in crisis by giving them the tools and support necessary to end the generational cycle of trauma- including prevention of child abuse and neglect, through early intervention and mental health services and advocacy.

The Development Intern/Core Volunteer (Grant Research & Writing) will work with the Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations and Grant Writer to research new funding opportunities for general operational budgets, designated programs, and restricted opportunities, as well as assist in the management of the Grant submission process for The Priority Center.

Type: Unpaid Intern / Core Volunteer (College credit for interns, resume enhancement for core volunteers)

Commitment: Minimum of 3-5 months, 5-20 hours per week of service

** While these time frames work best for most students, all scheduling, including start/end dates and hours per week, is flexible and negotiated during the interview stage of the selection process. Hours are generally based on a student’s availability and school schedule.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Research new funding opportunities for general operational budgets, designed programs, and restricted opportunities
  • Assist in the management of the grant submission process for The Priority Center
  • Identify appropriate grant opportunities
  • Assist with all grant follow up reports
  • Draft, write, and finalize proposals for submission to funders


  • Previous education (core volunteer) or current enrollment (intern) in:
    • English, Journalism, or Creative Writing
    • Marketing, Communications, or Public Relations
    • Other similar field
  • Superior writing, editing, and verbal communication skills; ability to turn data into narrative form
  • Ability to work independently yet be an integral part of an overall team environment
  • Ability to conduct research via the internet, library and other sources
  • Excellent time management and ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft Office programs
  • Previous internship experience plus, but not required
  • Strong interest in non-profit sector


  • Gain hands-on experience working with a local Orange County nonprofit organization
  • Learn valuable skillsets in the areas of fundraising and grant research & writing.
  • Help improve the lives of thousands of at-risk children and families in Orange County, CA
  • Gain credit for your college course/degree as an intern or experience on your resume as a core volunteer

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Ability to uphold The Priority Center’s mission and vision
  • Ability to effectively communicate and maintain a professional tone in written and verbal communication
  • Ability to follow communication guidelines such as: calling out, requesting time off, and office procedures
  • Ability to manage priorities and tasks including effective time management
  • Ability to perform responsibilities in a timely manner

To Apply:

Interested applicants please submit (1) completed Internship & Core Volunteer Application, (2) current resume, and (3) two writing samples to [email protected].

Applicants who are chosen to will need to clear a live scan, TB test, provide an official 3-year DMV driving record, provide 3 professional references, and attend an orientation session prior to beginning of their internship.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, or any other protected group, in accordance with the requirements of all applicable federal or State laws.