Prospect Research Intern

Job Locations US-WI-Madison


The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA)*, the private fundraising and alumni relations organization for UW-Madison, is seeking to hire two Prospect Research Interns for the 2020-2021 academic year and during the summer. 


The Prospect Research Intern will work with the Prospect Research team to provide prospect information in support of effective fundraising and engagement programs. The intern will synthesize, analyze and disseminate prospect information to development officers and other staff as appropriate. Supports Research and Prospect Management (RPM) team administrative tasks and other projects as needed.


Hours:  During the academic year up to 20 hours per week and 40 hours per week during the summer.  Please note that due to COVID-19 our staff is working remote until further notice.   


Who is WFAA?
The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association is a private, nonprofit corporation that encourages individuals and organizations to make gifts to the university and to connect with the UW. In 2014, the UW Foundation merged with the Wisconsin Alumni Association® to better serve a growing population of UW alumni and donors. We believe that private support grows out of good relationships between campus leaders, faculty and program staff who need support, and the alumni and friends who want to invest in UW–Madison. We provide important engagement opportunities to link UW–Madison alumni to each other and to their alma mater, building a strong community of Badgers.


Diversity and Inclusion:

Just as the university community benefits from differing viewpoints, perspectives, and experiences, inclusion and diversity are imperative for the success of our mission. WFAA values people and the differences that they bring to the organization, and creates an environment in which all staff members and constituents feel respected and have opportunities to thrive.  


Essential Functions

  • As requested by Prospect Research staff, collect and analyze relevant information on individuals, corporations, and foundations;
  • Support special projects, such as leveraging social media tools to identify new prospects
  • Use research techniques to verify prospect wealth;
  • Document pertinent information in CRM database, and communicate to appropriate staff;
  • Assist with data entry and database clean-up projects.


Required Qualifications:

  • Excellent computer skills;
  • Interest in learning new computer-based tools and strategies;
  • Ability to prioritize and work with a high degree of independence;
  • Ability to work well as part of a team;
  • Customer service skills;
  • Excellent analytical and interpersonal skills, including ability to express all appropriate information clearly and concisely, whether written or verbal;
  • Ability to manage several projects simultaneously, set priorities and meet deadlines;

Other Qualifications:

  • Enrolled in post-secondary degree program
  • Coursework in Library and Information Studies, Community and Nonprofit Leadership, marketing, communications or a similar area of study;
  • Understanding of basic financial principles;
  • Flexibility to support new and evolving projects as needed;
  • Unwavering attention and commitment to matters of discretion and confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated research experience, including utilizing online search tools, databases, and subscription resources;
  • Experience with Microsoft Office products, particularly Word, OneNote, and Excel;
  • Experience with relational databases.
  • Interest in learning new computer-based tools and strategies;
  • Ability to prioritize and work with a high degree of independence;



The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer *The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association is the “doing business as” name of the merged organization comprising the University of Wisconsin Foundation ( and the Wisconsin Alumni Association ( Its legal corporate name is registered as the University of Wisconsin Foundation.




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