We are currently accepting applications for interns to play a key role in planning and implementing Autism Awareness Month interns.
Autism Awareness Month is celebrated nationally in April. Throughout the month, we coordinate events to increase community knowledge and acceptance of autism and to fundraise for the Autism Education Fund and other charitable projects to serve individuals with autism, their families and educators.
- Go Blue on 4/2 (World Autism Awareness Day Celebration), held annually on April 2nd
- Autism Sensory Experience
- Zumbathon for Autism
- Bowling for Autism
- Autism Awareness Run/Walk, held annually on the last Saturday in April
- Ride for Autism
The intern(s) will provide assistance to the Event Director with administrative duties, recruitment of sponsors, team captains and participants and strengthening our network within Danville and surrounding areas. The intern(s) will play a key role in the planning and implementation of the event.
Each internship will provide an opportunity to gain hands-on, professional experience in communication, fundraising, public relations, marketing, community outreach and volunteer management.
Location, Duration and Hours:
- The internship is based at the event headquarters at 242 NorDan Drive, Danville, Virginia
- The internship(s) will begin in mid-January and extend through mid-May
- 10 – 15 hours per week. Hours of work may vary, and will increase as the event approaches. Exact dates and weekly schedule will be determined based on the needs of the applicant and of the event.
- The intern(s) must be available on the date of the event: Saturday, April 25, 2015
- Perform research and contact organizations in order for the Dan River Autism Awareness 5k to build a relationship with, for event related items.
- Correspond with event participants, partners, sponsors and other stakeholders via phone, email, mail and in-person
- Help with general office work (ie. stuffing and mailing out packets/envelopes, making copies)
- Update and maintain marketing materials, including print materials, promotional items, social media and website
- Attend community events on a needed basis for the promotion of the Dan River Autism Awareness 5k
- Assist at Dan River Autism Awareness 5k events, including planning team meetings, recruitment events, fundraisers, and the 5k itself
- Recruit and manage volunteers
- Manage pre-registration and event day registration
- Serve as a resource team captains to assist with planning and promotion of team fundraisers and team member recruitment
- Manage event day logistics
- Design and implement opportunities to raise awareness of autism throughout the 5k season
- Performs other duties as necessary to meet the responsibilities of this position or as assigned by the immediate Event Director
- Some college coursework required. College upperclassmen and recent college graduates are encouraged to apply. High school seniors may be considered.
- Professional email/phone etiquette with excellent marketing and communication skills
- Ability and willingness to travel locally and possess reliable transportation
- Willingness to work independently during and possibly willing to work irregular working hours for events
- Have proven oral and written communications and interpersonal skills
- Basic experience in using computers for word processing, data spreadsheets and internet research
- Basic knowledge of autism spectrum disorders is preferred
- Previous experience as a participant or observer in a 5k or similar event is preferred
- Previous experience with WordPress a plus
Physical and Mental Requirements:
Physical requirements include: sight, hearing, sitting, standing, bending, or squatting for most of the day; skills essential for successful communications include: speaking over the phone and writing. Ability to interact and communicate with customers, and to clearly and concisely exchange ideas, facts and information. Ability to effectively plan and manage workflow, work on multiple projects simultaneously and manage project details with limited supervision. Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds with the expectation that items in excess of 20 pounds would be broken down into smaller components or additional assistance is required before lifting. Ability to conceptualize, reason through problems, makes effective decisions and develop alternative solution and provides excellent customer service.
How to Apply:
Your application will include three components: an email, a resume and a reference list. We recommend asking a professor, mentor or advisor to review your application materials prior to submission to Emily Holder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Email: Your email will serve as your cover letter. In your email, briefly introduce yourself, specify which of the above internship(s) you are interested in, provide a brief explanation about why you feel you are the best candidate for the internship, and confirm your availability to devote 10 to 20 hours per week to the internship during the spring 2016 semester.
- Resume: Please limit your resume to 1 page. The document header should include your name and local contact information. education information with relevant coursework, and relevant work/internship/volunteer/leadership experience. Attach your resume to the email as a PDF.
- Reference List: The document header should include your name and local contact information. Include 3 professional or educational references to whom you are not related. For each reference, include the individual’s name, title, relationship, time known, email and phone number. Attach your reference list to the email as a PDF.