Internships with BtB – Development Opportunity

Calling all future educators, aspiring literacy advocates, and development and communications buffs: BtB is offering internship opportunities.

To apply for a Development & Communications internship, see the description below. Or check out our related posts to apply for Program Intern.

Development & Communications Intern

Location: New York, New York, 10030, United States
Area of Focus: Children and Youth
Skills: Writing, research
Last Day to Apply: Ongoing
Paid or Unpaid: Unpaid

Description: Behind the Book is a literacy non-profit that serves students in low-income NYC public schools. Working with classrooms from pre-K-12, Behind the Book identifies books that speak to urban youth, and partners with teachers to create immersive curriculum units by bringing the authors of those books into the classroom.

Through a series of workshops, authors discuss their books and teach a genre of writing, encouraging students to see themselves as readers and writers, and ultimately guiding them in the creation and publication of their own original work. Learn more about Behind the Book on our website and blog.

Behind the Book seeks a Development & Communications Intern to assist with the organization’s events and promotions. The position is ideal for a go-getter with excellent communication skills interested in being an integral part of a growing non-profit organization’s donor base and public profile. The position is based at our Harlem office. The commitment is for one semester, a minimum of 10 hours per week.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting with preparation for fundraising events, including research for décor, gift bag items, and other miscellaneous tasks
  • Inputting information in Salesforce (database training provided) related to fundraising events;
  • Assisting with donor communications, including thank-you letters
  • Drafting content to promote fundraising events on Behind the Book’s website and newsletter
  • Profiling and thanking donors and volunteers on the website and in newsletter
  • Maintaining and updating photo bank
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications: Detail-oriented, eager to learn, and able to manage tasks independently. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English required. Candidates interested in fundraising and philanthropy are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application instructions: Please submit a resume and cover letter, along with a short (2-page) writing sample to Kara Matthews at kara@behindthebook.org. “Development & Communications Internship” should appear in the subject heading of your email.

Behind the Book is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation, family responsibilities, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state or local law. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort.

Behind the Book
216 West 135th Street, Ground Floor
New York, NY 10030
(212) 222-3627
www.behindthebook.org