Non-Profit Management

CDF’s Non-Profit Management Program seeks interns to work in the issues described below. Interns might work on a single issue or on multiple issues depending on need and interest:

Office of the President

The Office of the President is staffed by a team of individuals responsible for coordinating special initiatives and projects and providing administrative and program support to CDF’s founder and President Marian Wright Edelman. Interns assigned to this office work directly under the supervision of the Special Assistant to the President to carry out a variety of tasks needed.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist President’s staff with special projects.
  • Develop and maintain President’s database.
  • Web-Based research
  • Drafting of correspondence
  • Assist with mailings and phone banking.
  • Faxing, scanning, photocopying, answering phones, and other administrative duties as assigned.

Preferred Experience/Qualifications

  • Excellent judgment and organizational skills with attention to detail.
  • Capable of working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Courteous, supportive, and professional demeanor.
  • Ability to interact effectively with people at all levels.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a team or individually.
  • Commitment to social advocacy and CDF’s mission to be a voice for all children in America.
  • Must display incentive to take the lead on various outreach efforts to expose a large number of people to the work of CDF. A sense of creativity encouraged.
  • A required commitment of approximately 15 hours per week.

Development

Interns will be involved with financial record keeping and basic accounting tasks as well as special projects related to financial processes and records.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Research new foundations, corporations and individuals and depending on experience, apply for funding.
  • Help with quality control of direct mailings, proposals and reports.
  • Assist with organizing the Beat the Odds®; Washington DC 2014 event
  • Help maintain the donor database records.
  • Assist with CDF direct mailings. 
  • Generate reports on current donors, lapsed donors and perspective donors. 
  • Some administrative duties.

Preferred Experience/Qualifications

  • High level of attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively, independently and collaboratively.
  • Commitment to social advocacy and CDF’s mission to be a voice for all children in America.
  • Must display incentive to take the lead on various outreach efforts
  • A sense of creativity is encouraged
  • Declared major/minor in non-profit business management or related field, disciple or experience. 

Human Resources Internships

Interns will be involved with employee outreach and records maintenance.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Benefits package review and maintenance.
  • Organizing and updating electronic records, forms, and files.
  • Organizing and developing employee relations events.
  • May include general office support (including filing and shredding), clerical, and/or data-entry duties.

Preferred Experience/Qualifications

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential.
  • A high level of discretion is required.
  • High level of attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of computers and basic office software packages.
  • Ability to work effectively alone or collectively.
  • Creativity and flexibility.
  • A commitment of a minimum of 15 hours per week is required.

Finance

Interns will be involved with financial record keeping and basic accounting tasks as well as special projects related to financial processes and records.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assisting with account reconciliations.
  • Data entry of accounts payable vouchers.
  • Organizing records and files.
  • Special accounting and finance projects under supervision.
  • May include office support, clerical, and/or filing duties.

Preferred Experience/Qualifications

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Discretion.
  • High level of attention to detail.
  • Interest in finance and accounting.
  • Some business and accounting classes helpful.
  • Ability to work effectively individually or collectively.
  • Declared major of Accounting, Finance, or related discipline

Information Technology Internships

This division oversees day-to-day operations of CDF's computer system, develops and implements cost-effective technology strategies to support the attainment of CDF's goals. Priorities include implementation of a centralized database system, development and testing of state-of-the-art software appropriate for an advocacy-driven work environment.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist with CDF's Intranet
  • Research existing document management technology tools
  • Explore options for enhancing CDF's existing system
  • Provide staff member’s with first line support for diagnosing and resolving computer related problems.
  • Assist with updating IT policies and procedures. 

Preferred Experience/Qualifications

  • A working knowledge of computer systems and a strong interest in computer technology from an organizational perspective are essential to this internship.

Public Engagement

Interns are responsible for assisting in the coordination of CDF activities and ongoing public events across the country. They must be able to work a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Create and maintain project schedules to ensure deadlines are met.
  • Ensure the accuracy of invitations, RSVP lists, programs, and all related details (such as dietary and physical needs of guests).
  • Coordinate all arrangements such as catering, rentals, flowers and custodial services for event set-ups and clean-up.
  • Guarantee accurate and timely processing of invoices and payments related to such events.
  • Maintain appropriate records and briefings for events.
  • Establish clear communication with appropriate CDF departments.
  • Recruit staff volunteers for events as necessary.
  • Manage special projects upon request.
  • Perform administrative and other related duties as assigned.

Preferred Experience/Qualifications

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Capacity to meet deadlines.
  • A calm demeanor under pressure.
  • Team player who displays a courteous and professional attitude in all interactions with colleagues and guests.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage resources competently in the presence of colleagues and guests.
  • Capability to follow processes and assign job duties to team members as necessary to maximize efficiency.
  • Prior experience in special event coordination, customer service and sales preferred.