Women’s Initiative is seeking highly qualified, energetic individuals to serve as Microenterprise Interns in 2012, contributing their skills and talents to serve low-income, women entrepreneurs.
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Since 1988, Women's Initiative has been assisting high-potential low-income women who dream of business ownership. Through an intensive 22 session program — in English or Spanish — women are enabled to start, or expand their business. Women's Initiative is a not-for-profit agency. Our mission is to build the entrepreneurial capacity of women to overcome economic and social barriers and achieve self-sufficiency. Women's Initiative has proven that women create jobs for themselves and others, access the mainstream economy, and increase their economic self-sufficiency when they are given business planning and financing support.
Women’s Initiative is delighted to announce a formal internship program for students, recent college graduates, and other professional interested in building their skills. We are seeking talented and energetic individuals to support our work as interns. Our ideal candidate is a detail-oriented, self-starter who is interested in building her or his skills and gaining experience and insight into working at a nonprofit organization. Women’s Initiative operates in a fast-paced environment, and we look forward to our interns leaving us in the dust and amazing us with their energy and skills.
Interns will be accepted as a cohort and will dedicate a minimum of 150 hours in an area of interest. The 2012 cohort dates are as follows:
ROUND 1: February 13 [applications due Friday, Jan. 6, 2012]
ROUND 2: March 12 [applications due Friday, Feb. 24, 2012]
ROUND 3: April 16 [applications due Friday, Mar. 30, 2012]
ROUND 4: May 15 [applications due Friday, Apr. 23, 2012]
ROUND 5: June 25 [applications due Friday, Jun. 8, 2012]
ROUND 6: July 23 [applications due Friday, Jul. 6, 2012]
ROUND 7: August 27 [applications due Friday, Aug. 6, 2012]
ROUND 8: September 24 [applications due Friday, Sept. 7, 2012]
ROUND 9: October 22 [applications due Friday, Oct. 5, 2012]
Depending on their interest, interns will support staff and projects in the following areas:
- Events – program manage areas of our annual events, work diligently and creatively to improve existing events, and develop ideas for new events
- Development – craft compelling arguments for funding, write grants and reports, and conduct due diligence on new funding prospects
- Raiser’s Edge – work with our Raiser’s Edge specialist to further develop skills in this widely used database and learn best practices for utilizing this technology as a fundraising tool
- Database Management – support the data collection and reporting work being done through our agency developed database. Projects include assessment and improvement of existing procedures, writing reports, and compiling data.
- Marketing – write client success stories, conduct media outreach, develop website and newsletter, provide graphic design support and assist with special events
- Program development – grow new partnerships, develop new content and web learning, and implement entrepreneurial readiness sessions
- Research & public policy – learn and contribute to our outcome evaluation research and continuous program improvements, conduct background research and data analysis, and develop white papers on timely and relevant issues
- Strategic planning – support strategic growth and expansion efforts, working closely with our Executive Directors and CEO
- Finance & microlending – help administer Women's Initiative’s revolving microloan fund
- Volunteer Programming/HR – help administer and develop Women’s Initiative’s extensive Volunteer Program, providing excellent engagement opportunities and cultivation experiences for interested parties.
Interns will be placed at one of our five Bay Area offices in San Francisco and Oakland and will be mentored by a staff member in their area of expertise. Fellowship placements are based on the best match for the candidate and the needs of the agency. Travel times are considered whenever possible.
Interns must commit to at least 15 weeks, working for a minimum of 10 hours each week. Course credit is available by request
Please complete our online application here: www.surveymonkey.com/s/internshipap
Email your resume and cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications to Katie Taylor, Research Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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