Systems and Compliance Intern

Position Type: Part-Time, Hourly, Non-Exempt
Location: Flexible (Remote); Must be eligible to work in the U.S. 
Salary: $15/hr. CDP is also open to working with students seeking course credits for their internship.
Hours: Up to 25 hours/week (flexible for increased summer hours with fewer hours in the school year)

Closing Date: May 31, 2024

Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until we have a sufficient pool of diverse candidates who meet the job requirements, at which point we may pause the review of new applications before the stated deadline. Please understand you may not be contacted for several weeks after you apply.

Ideal Start Date: 2-4 weeks after offer

About the Center for Disaster Philanthropy

CDP began in 2010 with the goal of pioneering the practice of strategic disaster philanthropy. Since then, it has grown in its ambition, envisioning a world where the impact of disasters is minimized through thoughtful, equitable and responsive recovery for all. CDP has a $33 million budget and a team of more than 20 staff members working remotely across the U.S.  

CDP is a trusted partner, expert and authoritative resource helping hundreds of individuals, foundations and corporations boost the impact of philanthropic giving in response to disaster and humanitarian crises by supporting equitable recovery and addressing root causes of vulnerabilities worldwide.

In 2022, CDP awarded $28.2 million through 117 grants to 99 grantee partners worldwide; demonstrated thought leadership through 15 webinars, 21 external commentaries, 113 blog posts, 43 featured speaking engagements and other events; and served 40 philanthropic partners through consulting efforts.

  • In 2020, CDP was a featured nonprofit for the 14th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute.
  • CDP has earned Charity Navigator’s Four-Star Charity rating and Candid’s Platinum Transparency seal and is fully accredited by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance.

As an organization grounded in racial and intersectional equity, our team members are deeply committed to strengthening communities most vulnerable to disasters because of systemic inequities. We are guided by our values of integrity, boldness and innovation, humility, and empathy in all we do in pursuit of our mission.

Bottom line: We aspire to walk the talk of anti-racism and to treat each other and our partners in ways that inspire trust, creativity, learning and care.

Be a part of our fast-growing team that offers countless ways to help communities thrive. Join us!

Responsibilities & Duties

Over the last few years of CDP’s 13-year history, growth has been exponential. CDP has granted more than $123 million to nearly 700 nonprofits.

With a new strategic plan that builds on our successes, CDP is seeking a values-driven systems and compliance intern to assist the fund management and coalition building (FMCB) team in data entry, analyzing grant trends and ensuring compliance across the grantmaking department. The position will report to the grants manager.

This position will offer valuable experience in the field of grant management and administration with primary responsibilities including:

  • Accurately entering and updating various data types into our organization’s database, Blackbaud Grantmaking.
  • Regularly updating and maintaining existing database by adding new information, modifying existing records or performing data clean-up tasks.
  • Identifying opportunities to create and/or update the policies within the FMCB department for use across the organization.
  • Performing other duties and job-related tasks that may be assigned that are consistent with the strategic goals of the role, the department and the organization.

Preferred Skills & Qualifications

  • Understanding and experience in grantmaking related to or within the nonprofit/humanitarian/disaster response sector preferred.
  • Knowledge of and interest in disasters and/or humanitarian crises and understanding of disaster-related trends and emerging technologies preferred.
  • Strong attention to detail and a strong sense of responsibility for one’s work.
  • Enrollment in a degree program in nonprofit management, international development or similar program preferred.
  • Working knowledge of and experience managing a grantmaking platform; Blackbaud Grantmaking preferred.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to use basic functions of Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft Office programs.


  • Commitment to the values intrinsic to CDP’s mission and strategy, including the centrality of local leadership, equity and service to marginalized and vulnerable communities.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Team player.
  • Willingness to learn.
  • Sense of humor.

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.

We welcome and encourage applicants with non-traditional career paths. If you don’t meet the qualifications outlined here, please apply and tell us how your experiences would equip you for the job.  

To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit their resume and a cover letter via this link. Applications must highlight competencies against requirements.

All applicants must be able to provide documentation that they are legally eligible to work in the United States for an extended period.