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Now Accepting Applications for the OVM Development Internship

The Office of Vocation & Ministry (OVM) at Hellenic College Holy Cross is pleased to welcome applications for the 2017-2018 OVM Development Internship funded by the John C. Kulis and Cottonwood Foundations. This is a part-time paid internship. Current students and recent graduates of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology are encouraged to apply. Anyone residing on or around campus that has completed a Bachelor’s degree is also eligible.


According to the Association of Fundraising Professionals Dictionary (www.afpnet.org), development is “the total process by which an organization increases public understanding of its mission and acquires financial support for its programs.” Fundraising is one major aspect of development, but is not the whole picture. For more on the relationship between Development and Fundraising, see: http://chronicle.com/article/DevelopmentFund-Raisin/45139/. To understand the important connection between fundraising and church organizations, see Henri Nouwen’s short text, A Spirituality of Fundraising.


As the ministries of the Church grow and expand, there is a distinct need for trained non-profit development professionals. Through the development internship we will train leaders who are grounded in their faith and passionate witnesses of Christ, cultivating within them skills to steward the Orthodox Christian faithful to become committed philanthropists. We believe that visionary giving is a critical element in the Orthodox Church’s ability to have a vibrant future here in the United States.

Eric Namee, Chairman of the Virginia H. Farah Foundation, commented, “this project is of great need in the Church. The number of Orthodox Christian ministries witnessing to our Faith has grown exponentially during the past decade. This has resulted in an increased demand for individuals trained in the area of institutional development. We feel this program is of vital importance.”


Any individual with parish and/or lay ministry aspirations will benefit from training in non-profit development, particularly those with a deep interest in growth of ministries. We see this program as an opportunity to give an essential set of skills to students who are growing in their theological and pastoral knowledge. As the Development Intern is trained in these professional skills, he or she will also be an integral part of the OVM/HCHC development team and provide essential support for the OVM annual fund and its long-term sustainability. Applicants should be comfortable spending time on some of the building blocks of development— writing (appeals, donor updates, thank you letters), data entry, preparing mailings, etc.

Many different types of personalities are suited to professional fundraising because there are many different types of jobs within the development world. At this point in the life of the training program, we are looking for candidates with a high degree of initiative, excellent writing skills, good people skills, meticulous attention to detail, and superb organizational abilities.


Current students and recent graduates of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology are encouraged to apply. Anyone residing on or around campus that has completed a Bachelor’s degree is also eligible. However, the internship does not qualify an individual for either housing on campus or health benefits.


The development intern will serve in this position throughout the 2017-2018 Academic Year and in summer 2018. (Summer schedule conflicts should not dissuade an interested candidate from applying, however, as there is some leeway in this structure.) The internship pays for the intern’s training in professional fundraising from Indiana University’s School of Philanthropy or the Association of Fundraising Professionals; specific course selection will depend on intern’s interest and availability.

The intern will actively serve the OVM’s development efforts by spending approximately 46 weeks working part-time in the OVM (12-20 hours/week during the academic year, and 30 hours/week during the summer). Time spent in coursework and completing assignments for coursework is unpaid, but counts towards any relevant certification. The intern is paid $12/hour for their time working for the OVM. The OVM Development Intern will assist with a myriad of development projects— donor updates and appeal writing; database management; office PR and social media, etc. — and be involved with the vibrant happenings of the office that runs CrossRoad and Hellenic College student vocation programs.

The director of the OVM will oversee the internship training, working collaboratively with the Director of Institutional Advancement of Hellenic College Holy Cross and the School’s development team.


Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and references to Dr. Ann Bezzerides at abezzerides@hchc.edu by Tuesday, September 5, 2017. It is strongly recommended that students review Henri Nouwen’s short text, A Spirituality of Fundraising before applying. An applicant’s cover letter should address an applicant’s interest in development/fundraising training and how it would assist with future potential career/ministry path.