Through the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Non-Profit Internship Program, LSSP is seeking a Fund Development and Communications Intern for the summer of 2016.
The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation believes summer internships offer a crucial pathway to future employment and experience for the next generation of nonprofit leaders. However, the universality of unpaid internships in the nonprofit sector often creates financial hurdles for students to participate in such experiential learning.
In an effort to diversify the pool of young nonprofit professionals in North Carolina, ZSR established the Non-Profit Internship Program (NPIP) in 2011. (Note: This is distinctly different from ZSR’s Summer Internship Program.) Each summer, the program awards up to 20 college and university students, enrolled in four-year institutions across the state, with paid internships at ZSR-grantee organizations that are working to advance the Foundation’s values in the areas of Community Economic Development, Public Education, Social Justice & Equity, Environment, and/or Strengthening Democracy. Participating organizations receive student applications from ZSR and interview applicants directly. Organizations that match with an intern are confirmed through ZSR and interns begin work with the organization in June.
About the internship at LSSP: The intern will work on projects related to LSSP’s fund development efforts. These projects include the following: 1) assisting with our 2016-2017 annual campaign by updating data, preparing reports and documents and participating in campaign planning, messaging and strategy, 2) assisting with logistics, sponsorship solicitation, publicity and materials for the 2016 Pro Bono Awards, a volunteer recognition event for 300 guests in the fall, 3) preparation for events and activities to mark LSSP’s 50th anniversary in 2017, 4) assisting with grants, including prospect research and preparation of reports, and 5) assisting with outward-facing communication strategy, including newsletters and social media.
The intern will work closely and collaboratively with experienced development staff who understand and value experiential learning opportunities and are committed to serving as mentors. We will provide the intern with a thorough orientation to LSSP and the role of the fund development team within the organization, as well as the relevance of the projects to which he or she is assigned. We will ensure that the internship is structured such that the student gains valuable hands-on experience by working on well-defined and meaningful projects as a member of our development team, and receives the necessary training to successfully complete the projects.