Jobs and internships

Learn how you can join the team at AFSP by reviewing positions currently available.

Mission and Communications Assistant

Position Summary

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is seeking a Mission & Communications Assistant to support two senior level staff in executing day-to-day administrative tasks which will include monitoring and responding to emails, planning and scheduling meetings and travel, preparing travel and expense reports and drafting and analyzing documents as needed. Additionally, the assistant will serve as liaison and project manager for assigned projects or committees.

The ideal candidate will be familiar with the operations of a communications and marketing environment and will have experience working within a mission-based organization. This position is located in New York City.

Position Duties and Responsibilities

  • Review and route correspondence as needed and draft letters and documents as assigned
  • Collect and analyze information and initiate telecommunications
  • Maintain executives’ calendars by planning and scheduling meetings, conferences, teleconferences, and travel arrangements
  • Keep track of expenses and handle timely reporting to the Finance department
  • Compile and mail meeting support documents and take and transcribe meeting minutes
  • Greet guests and customers in person or on the phone; answer and direct inquiries. Set up meetings for remote participation as needed
  • Maintain work-related confidence and protect operations by keeping information confidential
  • Prepare reports and presentations by collecting and analyzing information
  • Serve as liaison and project manager for assigned projects/committees
  • Provide historical reference by developing and utilizing filing and retrieval systems
  • Contribute to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 1-3 years’ experience in a similar position preferably with a not for profit organization
  • Excellent administrative writing skills and adept at taking notes at meetings
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Must possess masterful organizational and time management skills
  • Must have excellent presentation and verbal communication skills

Benefits and Compensation

  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • 22 PTO your first year
  • 10% 403(b) employer contribution after 2 years’ employment
  • Generous parental leave policy

How to Apply

Submit resume and cover letter with a compelling reason for why you should be considered for this role to hrcomms@afsp.org. Please include your salary requirements.

Public Policy Internships

Position Summary

The Public Policy Associate will assist the AFSP Public Policy Team in carrying out the organization's public policy priorities and legislative agenda, and in maintaining and enhancing AFSP’s advocacy presence in Washington, DC and at the state and local levels of government. These positions are located in Washington, D.C.

Position Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in research, tracking, analysis, evaluation, and communication of relevant federal and state policy issues, legislation and regulations
  • Track Congressional hearing activity for assigned Committees, attend relevant hearings, and prepare summary reports for sharing with AFSP’s grassroots and grasstops advocacy networks
  • Assist with the development and execution of public policy events, including the annual Advocacy Forum (summer semester), State Capitol Days (spring semester), and Congressional briefings
  • Support AFSP staff in regard to federal, state, and local policy development, communications, and administrative duties as assigned
  • Assist with day-to-day office organization, including handling inquiry intake and ensuring the office has materials needed to conduct business in a timely and uninterrupted manner
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned by public policy staff

Qualifications

  • Excellent organizational, verbal, written, public speaking and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge in computer programs, including excel
  • Ability to work under pressure and think quickly on your feet
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team
  • Experience/interest in engaging and motivating a large group of volunteers a plus
  • Familiarity with and interest in healthcare issues a plus

Note: This Position is based in Washington, D.C.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, college or university transcript, 1-2 letters of recommendation, and a writing sample between 500 – 1,000 words to advocacy@afsp.org.

Fall 2020 Communications Illustration and Design Intern

Position Summary

Our internship program will provide an enriching and rewarding experience for students who are interested in the design side of communications and marketing. The program is designed to expose students to the not-for-profit sector and to provide them with real-world design and graphic work.

Assignments may vary, but generally include updating and altering established templates for ads, billboards and brochures, creating new illustration or design ideas for print ads, merchandise and social media graphics, and maintaining brand style standards for our national office and chapter network. Students will also attend weekly team meetings and brainstorms and have the opportunity to learn about the communications field, build networking skills and discuss career planning. Original design opportunities also exist for highly qualified candidates.

The program offers a PAID internship to students, which runs from August to December, and must be tied to a college-level internship program. This position is located in New York City.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Part-time or full-time college student (undergraduate or graduate student)
  • Residents of the New York Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey or Connecticut)
  • Available to work a 20- to 30-hour work week in NYC office (Monday – Friday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm)

Qualifications

  • Experience working with Adobe Creative Suite products (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) – proficiency a plus but not required
  • A portfolio of work displaying competence in illustration and design skills
  • Excellent writing, communications and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated leadership and an interest in communications and marketing via coursework or extracurricular activity
  • Interest or passion for working in the non-profit field

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, portfolio link and resume to jdozier-ezell@afsp.org with Communications Illustration and Design Intern in the subject line. Applications without a portfolio will not be considered.

Fall 2020 Communications Social Media Intern

Position Summary

Our social media internship program will provide an enriching and rewarding experience for students who are interested in social media and communications. The program is designed to expose students to the not-for-profit sector and to provide them with a rich learning and development experience.

We are looking for someone with strong interest in social media, community engagement, and a passion to make a difference. Assignments may vary, but generally include assisting with social media, public relations, and our blog. Students will also attend weekly team meetings and brainstorms and have the opportunity to learn about the communications field, build networking skills and discuss career planning.

The program offers a PAID internship to students, which runs from August to December, and must be tied to a college-level internship program. This position is located in New York City.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Part-time or full-time college student (undergraduate or graduate student)
  • Residents of the New York Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey or Connecticut)
  • Available to work a 15- to 20-hour work week (Monday – Friday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm)

Qualifications

  • Excellent writing, communications and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge in social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, Twitch etc.
  • Excellent computer skills and demonstrated proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office and Google Drive
  • Demonstrated leadership and an interest in communications and marketing via coursework or extracurricular activity
  • Interest or passion for working in the non-profit field

How To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to vlukacs@afsp.org with Social Media Intern in the subject line. Applications without a personalized cover letter will not be considered.

Summer 2020 Communications Writing and Editing Intern

Position Summary

Our internship program will provide an enriching and rewarding experience for students who are interested in writing, editing, communications and marketing. The program is designed to expose students to the not-for-profit sector and to provide them with a rich learning and development experience.

Assignments may vary, but specific responsibilities include schedule management of AFSP’s Lifesavers Blog, editing draft blog submissions and corresponding with authors, and copyediting and writing assignments including web copy, emails, store descriptions, program guides, and other materials, as well as providing additional administrative support. Students will attend weekly team meetings and brainstorms, and have the opportunity to learn about the communications field, build networking skills and discuss career planning.

The program offers a PAID internship to students which runs from June to August, and must be tied to a college-level internship program. This position is located in New York City.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Part-time or full-time college student (undergraduate or graduate student)
  • Residents of the New York Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey or Connecticut)
  • Available to work 3 days per week; an average of 20-30 hours (Monday – Friday)

Qualifications

  • Excellent writing, communications and interpersonal skills (basic knowledge of AP Style is a plus)
  • Excellent computer skills and demonstrated proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office
  • Demonstrated leadership and an interest in communications and marketing via coursework or extracurricular activity
  • Interest or passion for working in the non-profit field

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to bwean@afsp.org with Communications Writing Intern in the subject line. Applications without a personalized cover letter will not be considered.

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