Development & Communications Intern, Philadelphia FIGHT

Posted by Philadelphia FIGHT on October 27, 2014

Philadelphia FIGHT is a comprehensive AIDS Service Organization providing state of the art, culturally competent HIV primary care, consumer education, advocacy, social services, outreach to people living with HIV and to those who are at high risk, and access to the most advanced clinical research. Our goal and hope is to end the AIDS epidemic within the lifetime of those currently living with HIV.

Internship Description
The Development & Communications Intern (“Intern”) is a non-paid internship position in the Administration Department of Philadelphia FIGHT. Interns matriculated in a related program are welcome to pursue this opportunity for school credit. The internship is for 10 to 15 hours a week starting in January 2015 and lasting for one semester.

The Intern provides a support role in conducting research for federal and foundation grant opportunities; assists team members in creating and implementing a strategy and infrastructure for volunteer mobilization; generates content for social media; assists with supplying website and mobile apps content; provides support to FIGHT-related events; and works closely with team members in soliciting advertisements, sponsorships, product donations and grants for various FIGHT events.

Responsibilities include:

  • Organizational Representation: Attend external events and represent FIGHT at information tables. Solicit for and coordinate volunteers for these events.
  • Events: Assist Director of Development & Communications in soliciting donated items for events such as our annual gala/silent auction and other tasks tied to FIGHT’s events and fundraising campaigns. Provide support in securing advertisements, grants and sponsorships for publications and programs related to events.
  • Volunteer Mobilization: Provide support to team members in developing and implementing a plan for recruiting, placing, and retaining volunteers. Develop communications and scheduling plans for volunteers. Develop a volunteer orientation and assist with coordinating thank you events.
  • Relationship Management: Provide support in maintaining Raisers Edge donor entries. Assist with writing and mailing donor solicitations and acknowledgements.
  • Content Development: Assist in writing and editing content related to the FIGHT newsletter, social media sites, and other key documents.

There will be other tasks assigned by the Chief Strategy Officer and Director of Development and Communications that are consistent with the responsibilities of this position.

Supervision and Key Relationships:

The Development and Communications Intern is directly supervised by the Director of Development & Communications. The internship is part of the Development & Communications Team, which resides in the Administration Department at Philadelphia FIGHT. The Development & Communications Team is supervised by the Chief Strategy Officer. The Development and Communications Intern works closely with the Communications Associate and Development Associate.


The Development and Communications Intern will be enrolled in either an undergraduate or graduate program in a related field including Communications, English, Marketing or Journalism. Knowledge of HIV/AIDS and/or public health is preferred but not required. The ideal candidate for this position will have a minimum of 3 months of experience interning or working in a non-profit or communications/marketing setting. The candidate must be self-motivated, technology savvy and possess strong verbal and written communications skills. The desire for professional networking and a working knowledge of website content management, mobile apps, and social media are preferred.

If you are interested in applying, please send resumes and a cover letter to:

Lorelei Shingledecker
Chief Strategy Officer

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