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DescriptionOur innovative non-profit organization has implemented an internship program to provide motivated students an opportunity for getting their feet wet in a "virtual" workplace. We give students this chance to prepare for a career by gaining valuable "virtual" experience along with having an opportunity to develop critical Internet or "virtual" skills that can be used in the types of businesses that we build.
Interns interact with our directors and other teammates through real hands-on projects – they don't file, answer the phone, or make coffee. Our interns help us with web development, networking, marketing, and fundraising campaigns; they also help to further our cause of assisting small businesses to create new products and services, which generate new jobs and aid our economy.
We're recruiting motivated business-development interns to engage with us virtually in order to build relationships with other small businesses and non-profit organizations. Relationships are built with members in the communities that we serve to enable us to further our organizational goals and raise awareness for our cause. Networking and building relationships is an important contribution as it positions the organization actively in front of potential clients and donors.
ResponsibilitiesInterns pick and choose the types of projects they would like to work on in order to develop their skills. Some of the business-development projects could include responsibilities such as:
1) Create strategies for the organization's teammates to engage with prospects and donors online using social media networks, blogs, websites, and fundraising platforms;
2) Develop techniques for implementing telephone and in-person introductions when appropriate;
3) Design print and online materials that will inform prospects and donors about our organization;
4) Establish opportunities that the organization can use to develop relationships (i.e. through fundraising events, partnerships, sponsorships, etc.)
RequirementsInternships typically last one college term or semester. Joining our virtual team requires a commitment of two (2) 4-hour shifts per week. During your internship, you'll experience what it's like working in a genuine virtual environment, and also work with highly experienced colleagues in your major. Interns are given the opportunity to be creative, and they are encouraged to be actively involved with our live campaigns, while using the latest online strategies and Internet technology.
Interns must be majoring in a marketing, communication, or business related field and have excellent online and email communication skills. A reliable desk or laptop computer with Microsoft word processing software and Excel are necessary to carry out the functions of the business-development assignments.
Reliable Internet access is a must. Interns should already have or be willing to create free Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Google Plus, and Skype accounts. Some form of reliable transportation will be required if visiting local businesses/organizations and meeting people on-site.
Interns must be a student at a college/university in the United States.