Jobs and internships

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

Development Internship

Position Description

The program offers a PAID internship to students, which runs from August to December, and must be tied to a college-level internship program.

Reports to: Director, Corporate Giving

The Development Intern works closely with all members of the Development team which exists to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward individuals & companies interested in supporting AFSP. The Development Intern will provide management and coordination support for these efforts:

  • Corporate, Individual, and Foundation partnerships
  • Out of the Darkness fundraising walks
  • Third-party fundraising and events

Core Responsibilities

  • Research and prepare background for individuals, corporations and possible sponsorship/grant applications
  • Assist with corporate partnership ideation and presentation preparation as well as attend corporate partner meetings and take notes
  • Assist with gift acknowledgment, donor database (Virtuous) and filing of donations
  • Support and attend special events and fundraising activities
  • Draft and proofread professional correspondence
  • Assist in sponsorships and in-kind requests (both written and verbal)
  • Coordinate closely with marketing team on social media, collateral, and web content to promote events

Required Knowledge & Skills

  • Pursuing an undergraduate/graduate degree
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Dependable, reliable, honest & trustworthy
  • Self-motivated, flexible team player with a positive attitude, demonstrate ability to multi-task and the ability to meet deadlines and adjust to changing priorities
  • Comfort with soliciting/interacting with individuals & companies face-to-face, on the phone or via mail/email.
  • Exceptional phone etiquette
  • Research, writing, editing and proof-reading skills
  • Demonstrate commitment to non-profit work
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word/Excel) applications, email and donor management system preferred
  • Must be 18 years or older and authorized to work in the United States

To Apply

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

Public Policy Internships

We are no longer accepting applications for the Fall 2020 semester. Applications for Spring 2021 are accepted on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should reach out to the Public Policy Office at advocacy@afsp.org for further information.

Position Summary

Public Policy Associates will assist the AFSP Public Policy Office in carrying out the organization's public policy priorities and legislative agenda, and in maintaining and enhancing AFSP’s advocacy presence in Washington, D.C. and at the state and local levels of government. Associates must be available to work 32 hours (4 days) per week.

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 Office 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. AFSP does not provide or assist with housing arrangements.

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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