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CASE Asia-Pacific Educational Fundraising Graduate Trainee Program

CASE Asia-Pacific's Educational Fundraising Graduate Trainee Program is an opportunity for high quality graduates and postgrads seeking to begin a career in fundraising and philanthropy within the higher education sector.

Successful applicants begin the 12-month graduate trainee program at the CASE Asia-Pacific Advancement Conference 2018.  Applicants will then begin their placement at a host university.

Why should graduates consider a career in higher education fundraising and philanthropy?

For those interested in fundraising, philanthropy and advancement, the CASE Asia-Pacific Educational Fundraising Graduate Trainee Program is a great way to begin a career in the sector and to see the benefits those professions bring to the higher education sector.

The CASE Asia-Pacific Educational Fundraising Graduate Trainee Program helps graduates in Australia develop a peer network early in their career and provides them with a mentor at the beginning of their career.

What are the requirements for the Educational Fundraising Graduate Trainee Program?

Applications from graduates are submitted to CASE Asia-Pacific and are reviewed before a selection of high calibre graduates is shortlisted for interview. Applications from professionals in early-career or mid-career are welcomed. Those candidates selected for interview and from there, up to five candidates are selected for interview by one the participating host universities. The host university makes the final selection.

CASE Asia-Pacific supports the host university in identifying a co-host and provides guidance to host universities about the content of the training program for the graduate trainee.

How to apply

Application for the CASE Asia-Pacific Educational Fundraising Graduate Trainee Program 2018/19 is now open. Apply for this program.

What does the traineeship include?

Graduate trainees work within each area of a university's development office—gaining experience and developing skills in alumni relations, prospect management, annual and regular giving, stewardship, fundraising campaigns, major gifts, events and partnerships. The breadth of the experience provides graduates with a fully rounded view of fundraising in higher education and the role it plays in supporting the university, current students and potential students. For those looking for a career in fundraising, the Graduate Trainee Program is a great opportunity.

A mentor will be provided to the group of trainees along with networking opportunities, online resources like the CASE Community.

During the year-long placement, graduate trainees will spend one month at another university with an emerging development function. This month-long placement will give the graduate trainee increased responsibility and autonomy.

In addition to the CASE Asia-Pacific Advancement Conference, those on the Program also attend the Asia-Pacific Institute in Educational Fundraising and one other CASE conference or seminar.

Successful applicants will be employed by a host university on a 12-month contract. Graduate trainees receive a minimum salary of AUD 55,000. Host universities may increase those salaries in order to bring remuneration into line with their own pay and grading structure.

Below is the schedule of the entire program:

PeriodEvents

August 2017

Recruitment of trainees

October 2017 - January 2018

Interviews with CASE Asia-Pacific and host institutions. Host institutions to notify successful and unsuccessful candidates and issue employment contracts.

March 2018

Trainee starts work at host institution.

April 2018

Induction training at CASE Asia-Pacific Advancement Conference in Hong Kong. 

August 2018

Master Class Training (1 day)

September/October 2018

Asia-Pacific Institute in Educational Fundraising

January - March 2019

Trainee spends four weeks at co-host institution

March 2019

End of the Program

Why was the Educational Fundraising Graduate Trainee Program established?

Modeled after the CASE Europe Educational Fundraising Graduate Trainee Program, this program, in partnership with participating CASE member institutions aims to:

  • Develop high-calibre fundraising professionals in the higher education sector;
  • Raise the profile of fundraising in higher education and promote its growth;
  • Develop the perception of fundraising in higher education as an attractive career option for talented individuals;
  • Develop best practices, knowledge and expertise in fundraising across the higher education sector;
  • Help graduates in Australia develop a peer network and provide them with a mentor at the beginning of their career.


This program is one of the key initiatives under the CASE Asia-Pacific Board, which seeks to work with institutions to build a ready pool of well-trained development professionals, thereby promoting the advancement profession.

In April 2018, all successful applicants will participate in an induction program held in conjunction with the CASE Asia Pacific Advancement Conference in Hong Kong.


How can I support the Educational Fundraising Graduate Trainee Program?

If you are a university and are interested in becoming a host or co-host university, you can find out more details about the Program here.

The Graduate Trainee Program is sponsored by:

Richmond Associates

and supported by:

Execucare