Jefferson Awards Foundation

Paid Intern - Non-Profit Marketing Position
Position Location: 
Washington, DC
Position Type: 
Paid Internship
Position Description: 
In Washington, DC and surrounding communities (a 75-mile radius), the Jefferson Awards Foundation (Please see is seeking a graduate student to be a paid Intern to facilitate the Jefferson Awards Lead360 Challenge. This is a marketing, sales, outreach and media (traditional media and social media) position. We are seeking up to 1,000 hours of work spread either year-round, or during the academic year. The Lead360 Challenge seeks to recognize existing youth service projects and then engage, activate and inspire new youth service projects for youth in the Washington, DC Area - 25 years and under – i.e., elementary school through college. In our fourth year nationally, the academic year 2013-2014, the Lead360 Challenge engaged more than 5,000 student projects involving more than 1.5 million students. The goal is to introduce the program into the DC Area and make Washington the Jefferson Awards fifteenth Leadership Community. Job Description The job is a marketing, sales, outreach and media (traditional media and social media) position involving up to 1,000 hours per year. The basic goal is to identify and register every existing and then every new youth service project. Measure the number of projects, the number of students involved, the number of lives impacted and the $dollar community benefit (Based on the Independent Sector). The intern needs a car and the ability to travel a 75-mile radius. The Intern will work under the management of Pam Davis at McDermott, Will and Emery to convene and mobilize the DC Area organizations that link to youth service. These will include all major non-profits, religious organizations, schools and colleges as well as leading businesses – large and small. One task is to engage media partners to work with the Jefferson Awards to create a sustained media and online marketing campaign. Another task is to involve the DC Area local elected officials to help shine a positive spotlight in the media on youth service (Involve mayors and all local community newspapers, radio and television and online). To create excitement and build participation, an additional task will be to identify and create significant DC Area-based prizes. This should include unique experiences with the Washington professional sports teams, tickets for regional concerts, meetings with celebrities, gift certificates, and internships and job shadowing in the business community. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: advertising, marketing, and recruiting participating youth in schools, clubs, non-profits, religious organizations and businesses. Responsibilities will include event planning, efficient communication with local participants, and working with the Jefferson Awards Foundation National Office to facilitate the activation phase of LEAD360 in Washington.
• Proven marketing and sales skills • Excellent writing and communication skills • The Intern needs a car and ability to travel in a 75-mile radius • Meticulous attention to detail • Preference for working in a fast-paced environment • Works well with deadlines and multiple assignments • Strong organizational skills • Strong computer skills, including basic knowledge of technology systems, proficiency with internet-based research, and intermediate-level experience with Microsoft Word and Excel • Strong social media and traditional media skills • Strong basic working knowledge of in-office technologies (printer, copier, fax, etc) • Responsive to manager feedback, ability to take direction and execute work independently with minimal oversight • Interest in nonprofit work and philanthropy • Full support of the mission and vision of The Jefferson Awards. ™ Benefits: • Broad marketing and sales experience • Collaboration with Washington’s leading businesses, religious organizations, non-profits and schools. • Learn lifelong skills – entrepreneurial spirit, communications and getting results • Experience working at a unique local and national, nonprofit Testimonial “My internship experience at The Jefferson Awards has allowed me to put my education to the test and participate in many aspects of nonprofit youth programming. I will always be grateful to the Jefferson Awards for the essential professional skills I have developed. I had the opportunity to work with distinguished individuals in the Delaware community such as Mayors, Superintendents, and Principals to support the Lead360 Challenge. My presentation skills, research techniques, and advertising methods strengthened during my service semester. .” --- Alison Wade, University of Delaware, 2013 Spring Semester Intern
Washington, DC Board Members The DC Area Jefferson Awards local board is led by Ray Jacobsen, partner at McDermott, Will and Emery, and includes: U.S. Congress members Chris Van Hollen, Steny Hoyer, Jim Moran, and Frank Wolf, as well as representatives from the National Capital Area United Way, the Washington Nationals, Washington Redskins, Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, Capital One, Pepco Holdings, Advisory Board, MedStar, LMO Advertising, and the Red Cross. The Jefferson Awards Foundation – Description The Jefferson Awards was founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr. and Sam Beard to create a Nobel Prize for service in America. In 2007, the Jefferson Awards changed the mission to become the nation’s most effective organization building a culture of service.
How To Apply: 
Email your resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Pam Davis at McDermott Will and Emery. [email protected] Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. For calls, please contact Pam at 202-756-8119. The Jefferson Awards™ is committed to understanding and representing the diverse populations it serves in Washington and nationally. Members of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, nationalities, physical abilities or disabilities, religions or beliefs, and cultures are welcome as employees and volunteers in our organization. We believe that a diverse team will best serve our diverse populations. The Jefferson Awards mission is to "recognize, inspire and activate volunteerism and public service in communities, workplaces and schools across America.”

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