Field Development & Outreach Intern - Midwest Chapter

2 open internships
Reports to: Development Team Member
Position Status: Part Time (10-12 hours/ week), Unpaid, February-May 2022
Location: Virtual (Chicago, IL or Milwaukee, WI)


The Parkinson's Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience and passion of our global Parkinson's community. 

The Midwest Chapter serves IL, IN and WI. We invite the Parkinson’s community to attend events with their friends, family and colleagues, both in person and online, while raising funds to support our mission. As a Development and Outreach Intern, you will help our Chapter Team increase participation in programs, engagement in fundraising events, and sponsorships of fundraising events by supporting logistics planning, research, constituent outreach and communications.This unpaid intern position ideally begins in January 2021, and continues at least through April 2021.

The Chapter will hold four Educational Programs between January-June; Parkinson’s Revolution, an indoor cycling fundraiser on February 26, 2022; and Moving Day Milwaukee, a fundraising walk event, on May 21, 2022. As a Development & Outreach Intern, you will support the planning and promotion of the peer to peer fundraising events as well as support the chapter’s externally-facing communications and the expansion of our constituent network.


Event planning, communication, research, and community outreach activities will be assigned based on schedule and department needs. As a Development & Outreach Intern, you may be expected to:

  • Work closely with the regional Development team to create communications for the Chapter’s event(s) including website, social media and email content, including writing and distribution
  • Update & maintain accurate lists of community resources on the Midwest Chapter website
  • Research & update accurate lists of neurology and movement disorder specialists in the chapter for targeted participant recruitment
  • Assist the Development Manager with event logistics
  • Assist the Development Team in planning volunteer committee calls/ meetings, and with meeting correspondence, collateral, or follow up communications
  • Research opportunities for posting/ recruitment of volunteers and participants for specific events, such as through volunteer boards, clubs, churches and schools
  • Field event participant or volunteer questions and inquiries as directed by staff
  • Perform research and outreach for new partnership, in-kind sponsorship and/or marketing opportunities
  • Prepare communications materials for corporate/ organization outreach
  • Research and assist with outreach to new potential corporate and business sponsors for Chapter programs and events, including Moving Day Milwaukee and Parkinson’s Revolution
  • Provide administrative support and perform other job-related duties as assigned

Experience/Skills Required

  • Self-starter who takes initiative, can solve problems self-sufficiently, but takes direction well
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills – an interest in storytelling
  • Professional, people-oriented, and capable of interacting with high-level volunteers
  • Strong social media skills; ability to plan and conduct social media campaigns and updates, and communicate with constituents on Facebook
  • Current college student (junior/senior level) or graduate student
  • Ability to work in a virtual environment with the technology necessary to succeed
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Organized and detail-oriented; can be counted on to produce high-quality work
  • Interested in the non-profit sector, specifically fundraising
  • Prior work and/or intern experience a plus

How to Apply

Please email resume and cover letter to Applicant review will continue until the position is filled. Please indicate the job title in the subject line. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. No phone calls please.

The Parkinson’s Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our culture and in our work on behalf of people with Parkinson's disease.

All new hires are required to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, subject to any legally required accommodations.

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