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CASE Advancement Internship Program

Class of 2018

The CASE Advancement Internship program seeks to increase and diversify the number of professionals in educational advancement. This program is designed to attract students (undergraduate and graduate) who may not have previously considered a career in institutional advancement. CASE defines diversity to include ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age, able-ism. 

Program Overview

The program is an eight-week summer internship (June 3 - July 26, 2019) in which the advancement interns work, 32-hours-per-week, within areas of a university's advancement office. Interns receive on-the-job training and gain valuable skills in the five professional areas of advancement — alumni relations, advancement services, communications and marketing, fundraising and development.

A mentor is provided for each intern along with networking opportunities, weekly eLearning, online resources, complimentary registration to the 2019 CASE Conference for Student Advancement and a paid trip to the CASE Internship three day training in Washington, DC.

Why was the CASE Advancement Internship Program established? 

CASE is committed to growing the diversity of the advancement profession and helping colleges, universities and independent schools strengthen relationships with an increasingly diverse alumni population. Successful advancement offices will employ individuals who can tap the resources of diverse alumni, and who expect approaches and programming to mirror their cultures, values and experiences.Why should students consider a career in higher education advancement?

For those who may not have originally considered a career in advancement, the CASE Advancement Internship Program is a great way to begin a career in the world of educational advancement and to see the benefits those professions bring to the higher education sector.

The CASE Advancement Internship program allows students to develop a peer network early in their career and provides them with a mentor at the beginning of their career.

Benefits of participating

Interns gain a hands-on learning experience and develop skills in alumni relations, account management, annual and regular giving, stewardship, fundraising campaigns, major gifts, events, marketing, communications and partnerships.

The breadth of the experience provides interns with a fully rounded view of advancement in higher education and the role it plays in supporting the university, current students and potential students. 

CASE Advancement Interns receive numerous benefits to explore an advancement career including:

  • Hands-on educational advancement experience at a premier institution
  • Compensation for the duration of the internship
  • All-expense paid three day training in Washington, DC
  • Complimentary CASE Conference for Student Advancement registration
  • Participation in introductory CASE advancement webinars
  • Book allowance for the CASE Bookstore
  • Mentor from your host institution
  • Participation in CASE's e-Mentoring program to network with an advancement professional outside your host institution
  • CASE student membership for one year after the internship, accessing CASE webinars, the CASE library and Career Central
  • Regular communication post-internship on entry-level job postings and career development opportunities
Apply Today! (Deadline is Feb. 8, 2019)

Frequently Asked Questions - Intern Applicants

Frequently Asked Questions - Hosts

For information, contact Robyn Neeley, Sr. Manager, Career Programs, at


In Their Words ...

Former CASE Advancement Interns share how their internship experience prepared them for a career in advancement.

Mariana Herrera
Giving Day Coordinator,
Annual Fund Programs
Columbia University
CASE 2017 Intern

The CASE Advancement Internship allowed me to follow my interests and find a new appreciation for this industry. I was looking for a place to raise my standards of excellence and remind me of the purpose I was looking for in a career. This past summer did exactly that. Being a product of this program has developed me personally and intellectually to be a prepared and eager young professional.

Jasmine M. Williams
Associate Director of Annual Giving
Office of Annual Giving
Emory University
CASE 2016 Intern

The CASE Advancement Internship opened my eyes to the wealth of opportunities in advancement. This immersive and stimulating experience expanded my knowledge, built my network, taught me professional decorum, and nurtured the confidence I possess today. The internship gave me the foundation I needed to excel as a new development professional.

LaDarius Gorden
Assistant Director of
Student-Alumni Programs 
Purdue University
CASE 2016 Intern

The CASE Advancement Internship Program taught me all that I know about conducting myself in the workplace and how to be effective in all that I do within whatever career path that I choose. One big thing it taught me was how to make myself present and how to actually embody my career and make it part of my life instead of it being just a "job."

James Bresette
Student and Talent Management Programs
Council for Advancement and Support of Education
CASE 2016 Intern

The most influential part of the CASE Advancement Internship was the people that I met. I built relationships with peers and colleagues that I instantly knew would last a lifetime. We were all bonded by the fact that we shared the same passion for advancing higher education. That passion I saw in all of us is why I am truly excited to see how we will impact the future of this profession.

How can my institution support the CASE Advancement Internship Program?

 If you are a CASE member and would like to host an intern for the 2019 program, contact Robyn Neeley, Senior Manager, Career Programs at

The CASE Advancement Internship Program is made possible in part thanks to a gift from Development Guild DDI:

Development Guild