3 periods: Summer, Fall Semester or Spring Semester
Reporting to: Megan Hustings, Deputy Director
This is a non-compensated internship unless your college/university is offering fellowship assistance.
Internship Summary: The Digital Organizing Intern spans the work of the fundraising and communications departments to ensure coordinated and effective organizing and education through social media. Staff is currently working remotely, but office space is available for those requesting to work in the offices of the National Coalition for the Homeless in Washington DC.
This individual will work to further the goals of the Coalition as well as the comprehensive campaign to end homelessness called Bring America Home Now. They will work extensively in Network for Good and WordPress content management systems, as well as in Canva or other designated graphic design software. The intern will work with the communication’s team to get the views and positions of NCH out in the media and especially on social media, as well as promoting fundraising and programmatic events. They will assist in working to find additional avenues for promoting the work of the Coalition. Finally, the Digital Organizing Intern will work to implement the communications plan staff have initiated.
Specific Position Activities:
- Attend weekly meetings with staff to keep updated on the work of the agency
- Draft and post social media content, including images, infographics or videos
- Solicit staff for their input on social and newsletter content
- Assist with development of new website, adding/editing content via WordPress
- Manage, research and update Donor records
- Develop reports from Donor Database, website and social media
- Monitor and make posts to social media pages
Required Skills and Experience:
- Ability to juggle multiple projects
- Ability to work remotely and without daily supervision
- Keen attention to detail, basic understanding of database structure (Excel or similar)
- Knowledge and aptitude with web and graphic design (WordPress, Canva)
- Ability to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds
- Experience using digital and social media for business
- Personal experience with homelessness, or other work with the population of people who have been unhoused is a plus, but not required
Skills to be Obtained:
- Detailed knowledge of donor database structure
- Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel, and/or Access
- Understanding of communication in the modern digital environment
- Experience with fundraising for nonprofit activity
- Reporting and analyzing raw data
Application Process: Please send a resume or background information including the school you are enrolled in and a cover letter explaining why you would like to join the NCH team as well as if you will be receiving course credit for this internship. Please respond via email to mhustings at nationalhomeless.org.
Mission Statement: The National Coalition for the Homeless, founded in 1982, is a national network of people who are currently experiencing homelessness or who were once homeless, activists and advocates, community and faith-based homeless service providers, and others committed to a single mission. That mission, our common bond, is to end homelessness. We are committed to creating the systemic and attitudinal changes necessary to prevent and end homelessness. At the same time, we work to meet the immediate needs of people who are either currently homeless or at risk of homelessness. We take as our first principle of practice that people who are currently experiencing homelessness or have formerly experienced homelessness must be actively involved in all of our work.
Organizational Goals: The National Coalition for the Homeless remains a substantive voice in the federal legislative process for people who are experiencing homelessness. In our policy advocacy, we work diligently to ensure that mainstream resources and opportunities are available to families and individuals who are either homeless or at risk of homelessness. To end homelessness in the U.S., we use the following strategies to accomplish our mission: lobbying, policy analysis, litigation, public education, community organizing, research and technical assistance.