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Program & Development Intern

Monday, February 3rd to Friday, May 15th, 2020 (ET)


Registration OpensOct 28, 2019 9:00am
Registration ClosesNov 15, 2019 5:00pm or when space runs out.
Next Step Internship Program
Organization: Next Step
  • Next Step serves youth and young adults living with chronic or life-threatening illnesses
Internship Position: Program & Development Intern
Internship Location & Hours: Next Step Offices in Central Square, Cambridge, MA. This internship must be completed on-site. Though the schedule is flexible, applicants must be able to work 5 -10 hours a week during business hours.
Internship Duration: February 2020 – May 2020 (Spring 2020)
Organization Description
At Next Step, we serve young people living chronic illnesses—cancer, HIV, sickle cell, and other rare genetic conditions—between the ages of 16-29. We believe that if you empower them with the right skills, tools, and knowledge they will begin asking "What’s next?" instead of "Why me?" We help young people accomplish this shift in mindset through our change process—a 3-step cycle built upon the following pillars:
  • Engagement: Building Community + Changing Perspective
  • Education: Learning Skills + Growing Confidence
  • Empowerment: Building Resilience + Developing Leadership
All of our programs are free of charge to participants. Whether young people participate in a campference (camp + conference) or Song.Studio (song writing & music therapy), a key part of our impact lies in the relationships built among the youth we support. The only person in the world who can understand what it's like to share your diagnosis with a friend for the first time or miss extensive days of school because of your diagnosis is another young person who's been there too. The power of that shared experience can be life-changing.
Internship Description:
During the spring semester, our intern will work on a variety of tasks aimed at supporting both our program and development teams. Specifically, interns will:
  • Enter & process participant applications
  • Provide hands-on support during events and programs (as needed/available)
  • Make phone calls on our behalf to inquire about donations for events & fundraisers
  • Conduct some data entry within our database
  • Support our team with light office work – answering phones, organizing materials, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned (usually by other departments depending on need)
This position will require a diligent and detail-oriented eye.
Intern Qualifications:
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Be diligent and detail-oriented
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Well-organized and able to work independently with minimal direct supervision
  • Previous experience working or volunteering with a health-related nonprofit organization
  • Experience or strong interest in nonprofit program development, including grant research and writing and curriculum research
  • Strong interest in public health, medicine, and social justice issues
  • Prefer undergraduate study in a health-related field
  • Volunteer experience working with youth and/or youth with chronic illnesses
  • Commitment to the mission of Next Step
  • Computer skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, online research