The American Transplant Foundation internship program aims to offer meaningful experience for individuals through the practical application of learned skills and concepts. All internships are unpaid and designed to enhance one's personal and professional development while contributing to the Foundation’s overall success.

We pride ourselves on the people who run the organization. We look for the brightest, most talented and caring people who share our values. If you are passionate about saving lives, this may be the place for you. We want to get to know the real you and why you would be a great addition to our team.

We are located in downtown Denver within minutes of public transit, 16th street mall ride, and the light rail. Our interns enjoy a collaborative team environment, challenging assignments, daily kombucha, gym access, and most importantly, an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of transplant patients and their families.

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Career Opportunities

At the American Transplant Foundation, we have a team of employees and volunteers who strive to do their best and recognize the value of our lifesaving mission and the teamwork necessary for success. Working at ATF means living our mission every day. We are seeking committed professionals who want to make a lifesaving difference in the lives of transplant patients and their families. If our values and mission appeal to you, don’t hesitate to submit your application and we will reach out if a position becomes available.

Special Events and Engagement Manager

Who we are looking for:
You must have nonprofit leadership experience, be highly-driven and organized, thrive in a fast-paced environment, be very detail-oriented, great at multi-tasking and willing to go the extra mile to get the job done. Strong leadership skills in volunteer management and development. Strong attention to detail.
Our workplace culture and values appeal to you. We love what we do. We work hard because we know it saves lives. We make it fun and inspiring for our partners and volunteers. Saving lives is not easy, but it can be exciting and is always rewarding!

Job Summary/Responsibilities:
This is a full-time (100% FTE) position, with primary duties in the following areas: Fundraising/Annual Giving, Event Management, Program Management & Evaluation, and Communications/Marketing. This position also performs other development duties as requested.
Demonstrated strategic, operational, organizational planning skills and ability to work independently. Must be self-directed and able to work with minimal supervision and have excellent interpersonal, organizational, supervisory and networking skills.
Personal integrity, flexibility, passion for development, and a sense of humor are characteristics that will enable success in this position. This position can also be structured as a part-time opportunity, if this is a good fit for both parties.

Areas of Responsibility
The position is accountable for generating contributions for the annual campaign, circles of giving, special initiatives/campaigns & events, grant writing.
Create fundraising opportunities through various business development techniques which a specific focus on bringing new financial donors by identifying, recruiting and cultivating constituents to find meaningful engagement with the Foundation.
Manage all aspects of special events and giving campaigns including: project planning, budgets, communications (including social media), sponsor outreach and recruitment, production, site planning, venues and vendors, staffing, set up/tear down, program, AV, analysis and reporting, and flawless execution day of event.
Create systems, policies and procedures for effective fundraising, recruitment and retention of event participants, partners and sponsors
Develop online and offline communication materials
Create and manage accurate records of event participation and attendance
Develop strategic relationships with venues, vendors, key stakeholders, etc.
Oversee recruitment of interns and manage 2-4 interns.
In collaboration with ED, develop & implement annual fund development and communications plans.
Generate monthly reports for ED (google analytics, fundraising, engagement and program metrics).
Contribute innovative ideas and solutions to all events/campaigns.
Identify opportunities to leverage and increase mission-related giving within the giving circles. Responsible for growing and retaining members.
Recruit, manage, train and motivate volunteers for the office, fundraising events and committees to reach the goals and objectives for the organization.
Marketing Collateral Development.
Blog/Newsletter/Annual Report Development.
Assist in other programmatic functions as required.
Assist with general administration of the office.
Access to an insured, reliable personal vehicle is necessary.
Occasional weekend and evening assignments. Strong interest in the mission of the American Transplant Foundation.
Assist ED with other projects as required.
Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of 3 years of successful experience in nonprofit fundraising, with preferred experience in special events, and peer-to-peer fundraising models.
Proven track record leveraging opportunities, managing vendors and motivating volunteers to successful execution of an event. Strong understanding of fundraising principles.
Proven experience with $10K+ sponsorship solicitations and with individual giving - in-person solicitations.
Exceptional written and oral communication skills. Experience with development of marketing collateral.
Excellent writing and computer skills with solid knowledge of Microsoft Office, including mail merge capabilities. Knowledge of WordPress and Constant Contact is required.
Ability to work some evenings and weekends and access to reliable transportation

Salary - depending on experience
Benefits include health/dental insurance, paid holidays, generous vacation, simple IRA with match, free gym membership.

How To Apply
Please submit your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to or click here to apply online. NO PHONE CALLS please.

What do our Interns say?

Intern, Kasey Paez chats about her Summer Internship with the Foundation during Summer 2019! 

American Transplant Foundation intern, Anne Marie Lumba, talks about her experience working with the Foundation during fall 2018.

American Transplant Foundation intern, Caroline Ennes, talks about her experience working with the Foundation during summer 2018.

American Transplant Foundation intern, Zina, speaks about her experience as a Patient Relations Intern in the summer 2017.

 Communications, Marketing, and Event Management Intern, Teri speaks about her time at the Foundation.

Nohealani, Patient Relations Intern over the summer describes her work with the Foundation.

ATF summer interns Katie Bassett and Carah Etscheidt talk about volunteering during one of our busiest summers to date!

American Transplant Foundation intern, Ethan Wackerman, talks about his experience.

Danielle Sheehan wrote to us about her experience working with the team.

American Transplant Foundation intern, Madeline Cohen, talks about her experience.

"I've always wanted to help people and this internship seemed like a great opportunity to build my resume and also help such a wonderful cause. I love what the Foundation works for. I also learned like I like to work with social media, event planning, and marketing, so for anyone interested, the opportunities are endless. No matter what your major is, it's still a great opportunity. Even though I'm leaving I still look forward to volunteering at the Foundation's events."

Emily Garneau, an undergraduate chemistry major.

This internship helped me grow not only as a marketing student, but as a person as well.

I was not aware of what a living donor was, but after working with ATF I have gone out of my way to inform my family, friends, and fellow students on how important being a living donor is. 

I cannot thank you and Anastasia enough for the opportunity to intern with the American Transplant Foundation and all the invaluable skills you both have given me. I have a deeper understanding and more respect for nonprofit organizations who seek to help those who are in need.

I appreciate everything you did for me and look forward to volunteering and staying involved with the Foundation in the future.

Thank you,

Tim Pfarr, a graduate student at the University of Denver, talks about his experience as a digital media intern.

"I have always been interested in finding ways to improve the quality of healthcare in the U.S. and saw an internship at American Transplant Foundation (ATF) as a chance to learn more information specifically about how vital organ donation truly is to saving lives.  What I enjoyed most about ATF was the lasting relationships that I built while working there.  Since my internship, I have volunteered at several events and monthly TLC meetings.

The leadership cares a lot about personal and professional development, and allows you to work on initiatives and projects that are specific to the skills you would like to attain.  As an MBA student, I was most intrigued by the financial aspects of running a nonprofit business and how funding is generated for events and programs, like the Patient Assistance Program.  

The Foundation gave me insight as to what I wanted my true career goals and path to be. I am currently employed at a healthcare IT company, and believe that without my internship at American Transplant Foundation I would have not been able to pursue my passion for healthcare and helping those in need to the extent that I am.  I am grateful to have had such a wonderful opportunity and continue to learn and grow thanks to

American Transplant Foundation team."

Jenna Horowski
MBA Student

American Transplant Foundation intern Isabella Ramos talks about her experience working with the foundation during the summer.

I started as an intern when I  moved to Denver from California and was looking for an opportunity to volunteer my time.  After learning about the American Transplant Foundation, I thought it could be a new experience in healthcare that I hadn't been a part of before. It turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life!

The projects I worked on included grant research, graphic design, creating flyers, helping out at fundraising events and anything else that I could put my skills to good use.  I was able to learn a lot about the grant submission process, which I wasn't familiar with.  There were never any limitations put on me. I was always encouraged to come up with new projects or suggestions. The work I did gave me a sense of accomplishment and feeling that I was making a difference.

Volunteering at the American Transplant Foundation has a way of motivating you to do more. You hear of inspirational stories about selfless individuals who have given a part of themselves to save others.  It's an honor to work with these people to promote the Foundation and its mission.

It’s a great environment to work in and I’m thankful I was given the opportunity to be a part of it. For anyone looking for a meaningful and life changing experience, I recommend becoming involved with the American Transplant Foundation.  Everything I've learned and the experience with the Foundation will last a lifetime.

Christopher Shelvock
Clinical Research Coordinator, University of Colorado Hospital