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Student Internship Program

Note: The Reeve Foundation recruits for all semesters including summer and that applications are accepted beginning in July for fall, November for spring and April for summer semesters.

Mission Statement:
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.

General Information:
Required Hours: 12 - 21 hours per week
Length: a semester (fall, spring, or summer)
Compensation: for class credit or a volunteer work experience

Description of Intern Opportunities:

The Development Intern will assist the Development team in fulfilling their fundraising goals with the opportunity to work in several areas. Tasks may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist in cultivating individual and corporate donors through research, mailings and information management
  • Recruit volunteers and athletes for the Team Reeve program
  • Engage, inform and maintain relationships with prospective volunteers
  • Coordinate and fulfill materials for Team Reeve athletes
  • Help coordinate logistics beforehand and on day of any potential event
  • Assist in acquiring silent auction and/or raffle items for larger fundraising events
  • Provide on-site support during event (schedule permitting)
  • Generate acknowledgements for event donors
  • Miscellaneous administrative and data management tasks as needed

Marketing and Communications

  • Investigate past press clippings and assist with the Reeve photo catalogue project.
  • Assist in updating the foundation's website.
  • Interview and write short form profiles and long form feature articles.
  • Help the department to build the foundation's online community through the creation and use of blogs, newsletters, podcasts, forums, videos, and social networking tools.
  • Draft media pitches and research, write and edit press releases.

Paralysis Resource Center

  • Create and update information products including factsheets for people with paralysis to improve their quality of life.
  • Write short book and video reviews of items in our library, one of the largest collections of materials on paralysis.
  • Take daily news alerts and enter the new spinal cord injuries in a database and media chart. This alerts our Information Specialists to new injuries and lets them do outreach to families that are dealing with spinal cord injury for the first time.
  • Assist the Director of Information & Resource Services with updating and creating patient education web resources.
  • Assist Information Specialist Team by routing emails and voicemails, and identifying new injuries.
  • Work with our quality of life grants program which gives money to non-profits who better the lives of people with paralysis.

Anticipated Outcome:

  • Interns will gain a full understanding of how a non-profit is organized and operates at a variety of levels to form a successful whole.
  • Exposure to various types of fundraising from large events to smaller functions and donor relations.
  • An understanding of the importance of marketing, advertising, and media coverage for a business's growth and success.
  • An understanding of the grant application and decision making process for individuals grants and how this interfaces with the foundation as a whole.
  • Knowledge of current and potential research projects in the field.
  • Learning opportunity to become knowledgeable in the types of services and organization that are providing services to families and individuals living with paralysis.

Apply here and find out more information.

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