Special Events Intern - National Multiple Sclerosis Society

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Special Events Intern


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Special Events Intern


Minneapolis, MN

Project Goal:

The National Multiple Sclerosis is the oldest and largest nonprofit MS organization in the U.S. With offices and staff in all 50 states, the Society supports more MS research than any other organization in the world. The Society offers you the chance to achieve your professional goals at the same time you are making a major difference in the lives of people with MS.

Using Society-wide resources and templates, the Special Events Intern will assist with Bike and Walk event logistics, in-kind donations, day-of-implementation and customer service. Ideal for building communication, event logistics and fundraising skills.

  • Ensure that all fundraising constituents have a consistent and exceptional experience
  • Help with new engagement and growth in emerging events results in new supporters and fundraising
  • Work with staff to ensure the Walk MS and Bike MS fundraising experience engages people with a connection to MS
  • Assist with new teams formed and existing teams to further develop and increase participation and revenue

Learning Objectives

  • Solicit in-kind donations
  • Secure entertainment and other day-of event logistics
  • Help with Walk and Bike maps as needed
  • Plan and maintain marketing materials distribution list
  • Help with recruitment and cultivation calls
  • Assist with MS 150 hotel project

Required Skills

  • Interest in learning more about a fundraising career in nonprofit sector
  • Excellent phone skills
  • Good ability to research online
  • Understanding of sponsorship and planning concepts
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Attention to detail and the ability to multi-task
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office

Educational Value

Special Events Interns leave with a comprehensive, professional portfolio and event planning experience

Training and Support

  • MS Society overview and office tour
  • Convio training
  • Society wide resources and templates
  • Technology training
  • Access to staff, computer, phone, technology equipment
  • The intern reports to the Senior Director of Development and will provide scheduled updates of progress.

Time Commitment

  • Three-month unpaid internship (February 2015 – April 2015)
  • Requires roughly 16 hours/week of work that can be completed on your schedule
  • If your school has a credit program or offers work-study funds for internships, the Society would be happy to work with you and your school to meet qualifying site requirements for those programs whenever possible.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to:  Heidi Sammon, Heidi.sammon@nmss.org  612-335-7911

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