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. This internship can provide school credit and offers valuable experience in the non-profit, fundraising, and event planning industries. This position can be based out of our office in Southfield, MI and is ideal for someone seeking a career in non-profit, marketing, fundraising, event production, and/or communications. Candidates must be self-motivated, a team player, result-oriented, and dedicated to making a difference in the lives of people living with and affected by MS. This position will work directly with the Walk MS Specialist on the recruitment and cultivation of Walk MS participants, volunteers, sponsors, and vendors with the end result of reaching the Walk MS campaign fundraising and recruitment goals.
What You Will Do:
The internship will assist with the execution of events to achieve goals for Walk MS. Interns will gain experience in project and event management, corporate relations and fundraising strategy development. Each day this intern will work closely with the Development department to ensure the successful execution of Walk MS events in the state of Michigan. Relationship Building and Retention (50%) Researching/Data Mining (15%) Sponsor/Vendor/In-Kind Solicitation (15%) Office duties including bulk mailings and database management (5%) Volunteer recruitment ( includes attending events some nights and/or weekends ) (5%) Logistics and Event management (5%) Other duties as assigned (5%)
Learning Objectives Understand how a portfolio is built and managed through the donor life cycle (acquisition, cultivation, stewardship, and retention) Utilize NMSS databases, tools, and resources to assist with event preparation and execution Understand different aspects of event execution, including volunteer management, event production, and development. Opportunity to gain on-site event experience
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: Hospitality Management, Event Management, Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Non-Profit Management, Organizational Development, Human Resrouces, Public Health Ability to work 12-18 weeks (flexible), 10-20 hours (flexible) per week for a maximum of 180 hours during the course of the internship Strong knowledge of computer and data entry. Must possess pleasant manner, be dependable, people oriented, comfortable public speaking, savvy marketing and public relations, and multi-tasking expert. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (preferably 2010 -- 2016) Be willing to work some nights and/or weekends (for events related to Walk MS) 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.