Careers

Internships

HelpAge USA offers internship placements to students or recent graduates who are interested in a career in international development. Interns are generally required on an as needed basis and this is an on-going call for applications. Internships are office-based and offered on a voluntary basis for a minimum of two months.

Interns will provide support to HelpAge USA staff across a range of disciplines-from donor research, to online community engagement. This breadth of exposure will allow interns to gain wide-ranging experience in the development sector. The descriptions for these positions are listed below.

If you are interested in gaining experience in a particular department, please indicate your preference in your application.If you would like to be considered for a placement with HelpAge USA, please send your resume and cover letter, specifying your interest in the position and outlining any relevant experience to our Administrative Manager, Breanna Eskridge at info@helpageusa.org

We look forward to hearing from you!

The HelpAge USA Team

Communications and Events Intern at HelpAge USA

Job Summary:

HelpAge USA, the US affiliate of HelpAge International, a non-profit organization focused on the needs of the world's older poor, is seeking a creative and detail-orientated Communications intern.

The intern will help support and implement HelpAge USA's Communications strategy, with an emphasis on social media presence. The intern will work directly with the HelpAge USA Administrative Manager and will interact with our third-party PR firm. Internships are based in our offices in Washington DC and offered on a voluntary basis for three months, ideally on a part-time basis (2/3 days per week). Unfortunately HelpAge USA is not able to provide financial compensation to interns.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Communications

• Research and develop compelling content to share via our social media channels.
• Use HelpAge International's Sprout Social account to monitor HelpAge USA's social media presence.
• Update and maintain the social media calendar and coordinate with the Administrative Manager on outputs.
• Use information gleaned from analysis to propose strategies for growing and engaging with our online communities.
• Research opportunities to expand HelpAge USA's presence online, including joining webinars to learn new tools and best practices.
• Assist in the creation and development of content for e-appeals.
• Occasional data-entry of new contacts and communications into our database.

Events
• Assist with preparation for Board meetings taking place once a month, including presentation preparation.
• Assist with preparation for a reception taking place around the Board meeting, including sending invitations and keeping track of RSVPs through Paperless Post.

Qualifications and Skills:

• Recent graduate or final year student.
• Exceptional writing skills with an ability to write in a concise and personal manner.
• Knowledge of a wide variety of social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube.
• Excellent organizational and research skills.
• Enthusiastic and self-motivated work style with high attention to detail.
• Flexibility and willingness to adapt to changing priorities.
• Interested in making a tangible, measurable impact.
• Ability to multi-task, work independently, and in a small team environment.
• Experience with Treeline or other web design platforms is desirable.
• Experience with Salesforce or other CRM application is desirable.
• An interest in international development and willingness to learn about aging issues.

Research & Development Intern at HelpAge USA

Job Summary:

HelpAge USA, the US affiliate of HelpAge International, a non-profit organization focused on improving the needs of the world's most vulnerable older people, is seeking to fill a Development and Fundraising internship position, starting immediately.

The position will involve growing HelpAge's list of funding opportunities through research, and some data entry to update HelpAge's tracking systems. The intern will work directly with the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development and will interact closely with the US-based team.

This is an ideal opportunity for an individual to gain direct, "real world" experience with fundraising research, including foundations, corporations, and individuals, which can be used for future career opportunities in a nonprofit position that may require data analysis skills.

This unpaid internship is based in our offices in Washington DC and offered on a voluntary basis for up to three months, with a possibility of extension during the following semester. Ideally, the intern will be able to work for HelpAge USA on a part-time basis (10 to 25 hours per week, exceptions made for certain programs), including some research that may be conducted remotely. [Credit for this internship can be considered, based on your own university's policies.]

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Enroll in free, locally-available classes to learn about the basics of fundraising/research on foundations, corporations, and individuals, as well as other more specific classes on international giving, online donations, as available.
• Assist with research on potential foundations and identify funding opportunities using the web and the Foundation Center online research tool.
• Make calls to get contact details of Program Officers and key people.
• Update Foundation tracking reports to reflect research
• Update HelpAge's pipeline report to track status of grants.
• Use database to track donations and add contacts and opportunities.

Qualifications and Skills:

• Very good organizational and internet research skills.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Strong computer skills; experience using Salesforce or other CRM application highly desirable.
• Ability to adapt to changing priorities.
• Enthusiastic and self-motivated work style with high attention to detail.
• Ability to multi-task, work independently, and in a team environment.
• Previous experience in non-profit management, development and fundraising highly desirable, but not necessary.
• Interest in international humanitarian work a plus.