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Special Events Internship

Position Duration: 3 periods: Summer, Fall Semester or Spring Semester
Reporting to: Donald Whitehead, Executive Director of NCH
This is a non-compensated internship unless your college/university is offering fellowship assistance.

How to Respond: 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 send your information to dwhitehead at nationalhomeless dot org.

Internship Summary: The Special Events and Conferences Intern will be a hybrid position with half the work remotely and half the 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 to get the Faces of Homelessness speakers involved in special events, and preparing for the November Hunger and Homelessness week. The intern will assist with a maintaining contact with those agencies seeking representation from the National Coalition for the Homeless on various panels and policy discussion groups. The intern will assist hosting events around the Bring America Home campaign in order to push policy changes to benefit those without housing. The Special Events intern will assist with all fund raising events and will interact with the communications staff to promote those activities. The Special Events intern will help to coordinate all staff involvement in awareness events over the summer and other public education opportunities over the semester. They will assist in working to find additional avenues for promoting the work of the Coalition. Finally, the intern will work with the coordinator to document the success of the engagements with follow up tools and resources.

Specific Position Activities:

  • Attend weekly meetings with staff to keep updated on the work of the agency
  • Make contact with venues and partners and coordinate with NCH staff.
  • Contribute social media posts, images or videos to promote the special events.
  • Regularly update the staff about upcoming events and solicit their input.
  • Follow instructions of staff on conference requests as well as fulfilling media requests to talk to staff.
  • Maintain detailed log of the planning for local events and assistance with the logistics.
  • Oversee event logistics on the day of these events.
  • Assist with the evaluation, clean up and thanking all the participants.

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)
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Experience using digital and social media for business
  • Ability to work with those who have overcome the trauma of homelessness

Preferred Experience or Skills that will be developed as part of the internship:

  • Direct service with homeless/low income populations
  • Experience in writing promotional materials
  • Experience in event planning
  • Experience in digital and social media writing.

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.

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