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DonorsChoose.org College Internship Program

We’re looking for college interns for the 2009-2010 school year and the summer of 2010.  See instructions for “How to Apply” below.
The DonorsChoose.org college internship program gives students first-hand experience in the nonprofit sector. We’re a relatively young organization, so interns have the opportunity to directly contribute to our growth. Depending on our needs and the skills and interests of the student, an intern might work in the Operations, Marketing, Finance, or Art department. Internships are unpaid. We can offer course credit.
Previous Intern Projects
Designing the website’s Gift Options landing page as well as banners and marketing materials for different campaigns
Directly helping teachers and donors who have questions about our program
Conducting data analysis to recommend cost-cutting measures and other improvements for our operations
Planning, coordinating, and conducting interviews for short marketing videos
Managing recruitment for usability testing of website features

“This was an awesome and rewarding internship experience … Thank you for proving that the real world is not a scary place and it is possible to love your job (as a rising college senior, these are legitimate fears of mine).” –Dana, University of Maryland

Department Descriptions
Operations
The Operations team manages the workflow of a project from the time it’s submitted by a teacher until a Thank-You Package is sent to the donor(s), and handles any teacher or donor inquiries.   The team also develops website improvements to streamline and automate our workflow to help ensure the sustainability of DonorsChoose.org.
Marketing
The Marketing team is responsible for attracting and retaining donors by ensuring that the donation process, from choosing a project to fund to receiving a Thank-You Package from the classroom, is as smooth and easy as possible. In addition, this team manages donor-outreach campaigns and implements donor tools such as Social Media widgets and GivingPages.
Finance
The Finance team is responsible for accounts payable, financial accounting, and grant analysis. Specifically, the team handles invoice payment, expense reports, financial reporting, grant analysis, and other related matters.
Art
The Art department is responsible for all design aspects of the organization, ranging from graphics on the website and marketing materials to the creation of logos and campaign banners.
Who We’re Looking For
We seek civic-minded students with an interest in education and nonprofits.
Time Commitment:
Available for at least 10 weeks
Fall and Spring interns are expected to work at least 10 hours per week
Summer interns are expected to work at least 20 hours per week
Qualifications:
Detail-oriented and organized
Innovative, outside-the-box thinker
Ability to work independently and take initiative
Strong writing and analytical skills
Sense of humor
How to Apply
If you are a college student interested in interning with DonorsChoose.org, email interning(at)donorschoose(dot)org with the following information:
Cover Letter
Resume
Two references (name, phone, email)
Availability (Fall, Spring, or Summer)
Department preference (Operations, Marketing, Finance, or Art)
Questions? Contact us at interning(at)donorschoose(dot)org

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