Each year, one third of Americas children arrive at their first day of school without the skills necessary to succeed at grade level. When children begin school behind their peers, catching up, especially without additional assistance, is difficult and unlikely.
Jumpstart for Young Children is a national early education organization that works toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Jumpstart partners with universities and community organizations around the country to provide quality tutoring to preschoolers from disadvantaged communities. Jumpstart inspires children to learn, adults to teach, families to get involved, and communities to progress together.
There are currently unpaid internship positions available at Jumpstarts regional office near Olympic and Union, just west of downtown Los Angeles. The office is easily accessible by public transportation from USC. Please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and clearly indicate the position you are applying for.
Special Events Fellow - Jumpstarts Special Events Fellow will gain broad exposure to nonprofit event management, traditional and grassroots marketing, branding, and other aspects of nonprofit administration. The intern will support Jumpstarts Southern California office to coordinate their local event-planning activities, with a primary focus on Jumpstarts Read for the Record event, and other events that strengthen Jumpstarts presence in the community. The interns will gain skills in event planning and post-event wrap-up, media relations, volunteer management, and donor/sponsor relations. The Special Events Intern will be based out of the Los Angeles office and report to Thea Quigley, Development Associate, and Atalaya Sergi, Senior Program Director.
About Jumpstarts Read for the Record
Jumpstarts premiere national campaign, Read for the Record , presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, is one time of the year when millions of individuals come together to celebrate literacy and support Jumpstart in its efforts to promote early childhood education. On October 3 rd , people across the country will read the childrens book Otis by Loren Long in support of Jumpstarts mission to work towards the day that every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Jumpstart Southern California will be hosting its own series of events to engage its children, families and community.
Qualifications & Responsibilities
This position requires a desire to learn the basic principles of nonprofit event planning and communications, proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, excellent verbal and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate effectively, ability to manage multiple projects, strong attention to detail, a commitment to Jumpstarts values of learning, determination, connection, joy and kindness, as well as an interest in learning within a fast-paced, fast-growing organization. Enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree program preferred. The intern must be able to dedicate 15-20 hours a week between May and through day of event in October (intern must be able to facilitate actual event on or before October 3, 2013).
Benefits of Becoming a Jumpstart Intern
- Work closely with the Development and Program teams on overall event coordination, with responsibilities including managing invitation lists and mailings, procuring in-kind donations, and coordinating day-of event logistics
- Support publicity and media relations for events and other Jumpstart initiatives
- Manage relationships with select vendors, sponsors, volunteers, and members of the press/media
- Volunteer recruitment
- Provide additional support as needed
- Experience working for a fast-paced, nationwide nonprofit organization
- Assist in creating tools and systems required to sustain and grow an organization
- Learn valuable skills in community organization and professional communication
- Make a positive difference in your community
- Earn references