An internship with the National MS Society is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting.
The National MS Society is offering an exciting internship with a Development department focus. The Bike MS Intern will work as part of a team to implement the operational plan with a goal of meeting or exceeding revenue and participation goals for Bike MS: Chesapeake Challenge and other responsibilities as assigned by the Manager. This position will work closely with the relationship management team assigned to the territory.
The Bike MS Intern will focus on the acquisition and cultivation of teams, volunteers, sponsors and community partners. They will support the planning, administrative duties, volunteer management and donor relations associated with Bike MS and other Bike MS related events as assigned in order to achieve fundraising, donation, and community relations goals as well as supporting the organization's vision to create a world free of MS.
This position will support the successful execution of a Bike MS Street Team, kickoff events, social events, recruitment rides, and committee meetings. Duties include recruiting and engaging participants, key volunteers, and supporting/coaching/cultivating event participants, and supporting needs related to donor cultivation and recognition.
The Bike MS Intern acts as an ambassador for the National MS Society, always striving to engage participants and their donors with the mission by providing exceptional customer service. This position works closely with the development team and organization to foster participant engagement, exceed participant and donor expectations with the Society and drive revenue and participation.
What You Will Do:
This intern will lead the execution of a Bike MS Street Team (group of key volunteers to act as Bike MS ambassadors to staff health expos, community events, etc.), the execution and refinement of the 2022 Bike MS Kick Off Party and Awards Party, and the recruitment of new sponsors for rest stops and volunteer groups. Along with:
Execute campaign strategies to retain, grow and recruit participants for assigned events (60%) Increase participant engagement through cultivation and recruitment activities in the Greater Washington DC region. Collaborate with the market staff to implement successful team fundraising and recruitment weeks to maximize these efforts. Research & pursue potential Bike MS team leads with emphasis in the Greater Washington DC region. Identify recruitment events for Mass Market Events in the Greater Washington DC region. - i.e. sports expos, health fairs, bike events; ensure events are well staffed through recruitment of volunteers Manage key aspects of pre-event community involvement -- i.e. kickoff parties, activation of Bike MS Street Team, securing and staffing community events Assist with management of team cultivation and recognition activities
Sponsorship (30%) Identify potential Bike MS sponsors through data mining participant lists as well as presence in the communities Assist the Bike team in securing sponsorship for rest stops and other event elements Conduct outreach to potential sponsors about creating a Bike MS team or group of volunteers to assist with the event
Administrative/Financial (10%) Assists with all RSVP and invitation activities for development events in designated area Assists with phone call management Assists with sponsor tracking and day of fulfillment as needed Provides correspondence to individuals, sponsors and team as directed by Development leaders Assists with event follow-up and analysis where necessary Manage assigned projects to within budget guidelines as directed to include: managing vendor quotes, accounts payable & receivable and utilizing the E-procurement System Manage department mailings Assist with sponsor wrap up reports and donor proposals as needed.
Learning Objectives Know the planning steps to ensure a successful fundraising event Able to manage donor and volunteer relationships Understand the inner workings of a non-profit organization Increase communication and marketing skillset Know how to maximize revenue growth and the importance of community outreach Utilize and improve project and time management skills
What You Will Bring: Currently pursuing a degree as a Junior or Senior in Undergrad or any year in Graduate School Open to all majors with a preference for the following: Non-profit, communications, marketing, event management Ability to work 16 weeks (flexible), 15-20 hours (flexible) per week for a maximum of 180 hours during the course of the internship Have strong people, organizational, written and oral communication skills Be able to work in a fast paced, collaborative environment Be creative and energetic Have strong relationship building skills Self-starter with ability to take initiative on projects Have reliable transportation to/from meetings and events Available one to two weekday nights a month (committee meeting and social events/kick-off parties for participants) Weekend flexibility for community event opportunities What We Will Offer:
We are dedicated to your personal and professional growth while you work with us and beyond. Here are some of the things you can expect as an intern with our organization. Weekly networking and professional development sessions with other interns across the organization Mentoring from Society staff dedicated to the internship program The opportunity to uncover and leverage your strengths through Strengths Finder 2.0 assessment & evaluation We are committed to creating an inclusive environment that brings the power of diversity to life through our Employee Resource Groups "ERGs", Inclusive Voices, Society Pride and Workability. Our ERGs are dedicated to supporting the continued development of your professional and leadership skills Continued networking and engagement opportunities via our LinkedIn group for Past and Present interns Opportunity to learn about multiple sclerosis and work with the leading national organization supporting people impacted by MS
This is an in office paid internship available for Spring 2022. The hourly rate is $15. If you are unable to be paid for this internship due to outside funding or other directives from your educational institution -- please let your hiring manager know AFTER you have been identified as the final candidate.
About the National MS Society
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a national non-profit that exists because there are people with MS. Our vision is a world free of MS. Everything we do is focused so that people affected by MS can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever.
We are more than an organization. We are a movement. United in our collective power to do something about MS now and end this disease forever. At the National MS Society, you have the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of those living with MS and their families.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce. We strive to create a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and where everyone feels empowered to bring their authentic selves to work. We need you and your unique talents and perspectives to help us write the last chapter on MS.
All internship offers are contingent upon the candidate showing proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (with a COVID-19 FDA-approved vaccine or a COVID-19 vaccine granted Emergency Use Authorization) by the start date of the internship. A candidate is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) or one dose of a single dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen) or as defined by the Center for Disease Control. Candidates unable to be vaccinated, either because of a sincerely held religious belief or a medical condition or disability that prevents them from being vaccinated, can request a reasonable accommodation.