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The Michael J. Fox Foundation
New York, NY
Posted: October 06 2016
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DescriptionThe Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF) was founded in 2000 with a single defined objective: accelerating meaningful therapeutic advances and, ultimately, a cure for Parkinson's disease (PD). The Foundation provides a distinctive combination of scientific, business, and media assets to this core focus. This triple-pronged, singularly-defined strategy towards disease research enables a dynamic, motivated, and young organization. MJFF has quickly grown into the largest global funder of Parkinson's disease research outside of the federal government and has funded over $500 million in research projects across academic and industry labs worldwide.
MJFF raises over $90 million annually. We deliberately have no endowment or reserve because we believe that our capital needs to be invested today to find a cure for PD as quickly as possible. We start our fundraising from zero each year and deploy funds raised as quickly as possible, in a strategic, targeted, and vetted manner. The Foundation has approximately 100 full-time employees who are based in New York City.
ResponsibilitiesThe Special Events intern will report directly to the Associate Director, Special Events. This position supports the Foundation's signature events which generate $6.5M annually. These high-level events (approximately 3-5 per year) range from a golf outing for 150 guests to our fall gala for 1,000 guests. Candidate must be a self-starter with an interest in fundraising and special events. The internship offers an excellent opportunity to gain experience in the fields of event planning and fundraising for a non-profit organization. This position will report to the Special Events Officer and will be at least 3 days a week. We accept interns on a rolling basis and schedules are based on candidates' schedule. All interns are paid a $15 stipend per day. Our general business hours are 9am to 6pm.
Key qualities of an outstanding intern include excellent organizational skills, interpersonal skills, a positive disposition and solid judgment. The Special Events intern will:
Work closely with the AD, Special Events on all pre- and post- event logistics
Assist Special Events team at on-site Foundation events
Outreach to related event vendors and venues
Input and update all pertinent donor information into donor database (pre- and post-event)
Support stewardship efforts
Assist in maintaining expense and revenue budgets
Draft thank you receipts and invoices for outstanding pledges
Perform other job-related duties as assigned
Interested candidates should submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter to https://careers.jobscore.com/careers/michaeljfoxfoundation/jobs/special-events-internship-b_tHWEF20r5PlBeMg-44q7. We ask that you do not contact our staff directly and no phone inquiries please. Applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted. Submissions without cover letters will not be considered.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.
RequirementsCompetency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint are a plus)
College student or recent graduate with previous experience in an events, administrative, customer service position preferred
Must be able to conduct oneself professionally with a variety of people and work well in a team environment
Ability to take initiative and be hands-on with all aspects of event preparations and logistics