AIDS Walk San Francisco (AWSF) has a variety of unique internship opportunities that will provide outstanding professional experience in an energetic atmosphere. Interns will work closely with the event staff, a dynamic group with many years of combined event planning and organizing experience. Under their guidance, interns will participate in the day-to-day operations of the event, learn effective methods of public outreach and advocacy, and make valuable professional contacts. Interns will be asked to take leadership roles and will be encouraged to add their own voice and talents to the event.
Qualifications and Experience:
Internship candidates must possess strong writing and phone skills; they must be self-motivated, positive, and well-organized team players. Computer knowledge is required, including but not limited to: Internet research, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel.
AIDS Walk San Francisco requires a minimum commitment of 15 hours a week, sometime between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The only exception is the Volunteer Intern who has the flexibility to work an evening shift between 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., during our volunteer nights. Internship schedules are variable, and each intern will work with their department supervisor to build a schedule that works with their classes and also meets the needs of the department. A $500 stipend is provided at the end of the internship in July.
To apply, please e-mail a cover letter and resume to:
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Available Positions and Start Dates:
Event Operations Department
Volunteer Intern – April 15, 2013 to July 31, 2013
The Volunteer Intern will help recruit, organize, manage, and motivate the AIDS Walk volunteers for a variety of projects including: events, mailings, phone-banking, canvassing, and other special projects. He or she will help build and maintain relationships with a diverse population of volunteers from various backgrounds. The Volunteer Intern must be friendly, articulate, and outgoing. The ideal candidate will be a people-person with afternoon and evening availability to accommodate evening volunteer activity.
Event Operations Intern – April 1, 2013 to July 31, 2013
The Event Operations Department is responsible for event logistics and community organizing. This department handles city permitting, vendors, and the master plan of operations for the event. Additionally, the department organizes the annual AIDS Walk Kick-Off Reception, held to honor 250 of AIDS Walk San Francisco’s most important fundraising participants. The Event Operations Intern will assist in securing donated products and services, coordinating entertainment along the AIDS Walk San Francisco route, and planning the Kick-Off Reception. This internship is ideal for someone who is detail-oriented, charismatic, and has an interest in event planning.
Teams and Targeted Fundraising Department
Teams Department Intern – April 15, 2013 to July 31, 2013
Over 1,000 corporations and community organizations form teams for AIDS Walk San Francisco, and each year those teams attract more than 70% of all AIDS Walk participants. This intern will help the Teams Department implement their massive recruitment and fundraising effort, and will be a part of the production and venue set-up on the day of the event. They will help empower Team Leaders from many industries, including fashion, arts & theatre, retail, finance, government, travel, and law. The Teams Intern will provide these Team Leaders with the necessary tools to build successful teams through phone calls, emails, assisting with workshops, and occasional off-site visits, thus honing abilities and experience in presentation skills, participant engagement, and outreach strategy.
Star Walker Intern – April 15, 2013 to July 31, 2013
Star Walkers are AIDS Walk San Francisco participants who pledge to raise $1,000 or more. The Star Walker Intern will work with the Star Walker Coordinator to cultivate and energize this important group of fundraisers. He or she will work on projects including securing product donations, managing the Star Walker database, and helping carry out our massive recruitment effort, which includes drafting e-mail communication and overseeing the in-house recruitment phone-bank. This intern will also contribute to the planning of the exclusive Star Walker breakfast on the morning of the event. The Star Walker Intern must be cheerful, meticulous, and diplomatic.
Media and Promotions Intern April 15, 2013 to July 31, 2013
The Promotions department designs and produces all material for the AIDS Walk’s extensive marketing campaign, which includes print, radio, TV, internet, and transit ads, as well as all participant communications, promotions, website design, and the AIDS Walk Program Guide. The Media and Promotions Intern will work closely with the Promotions Department to help secure new donations of advertising space, create and track the production and dissemination of all types of event media, and help attract new and better press coverage of the event. Applicants with design and/or videographer experience preferred.