Are you a college student who is creative and passionate about making the world a better place? Are you interested in learning about the nonprofit sector and other grassroots movements? Our programming team is looking for you!
Our team drives all wish-granting activities for Wish of a Lifetime (WOL). Wish of a Lifetime is a part of the AARP family and focuses on granting wishes to senior citizens throughout the United States. WOL seeks to change the way society views aging by providing enrichment opportunities for seniors and telling seniors amazing stories to our network of followers. If you want to learn from a great team of professionals, apply now for this incredible opportunity!
As an Intern, you will apply strategic, analytical, and creative thinking to source, plan, and execute wishes for our oldest generations. On any given day, you could be interviewing seniors, writing validation reports, planning budgets, purchasing tickets for wishes, and working on in-kind donations! We’ll challenge you to think and work in new ways. We are committed to your growth and will cultivate your continued learning and development.
On an average day, you will be:
· Interns will have an opportunity to work on and manage a caseload of 3-6 wishes
· Call and interview seniors and nominators about their wish submissions
· Create accurate wish budgets based on the research of transportation/ travel rates
· Disseminate information on wish program and wish events
· Schedule and coordinate all interested parties for wishes
· Assist with annual fundraising campaigns
· Devise grammatically correct and cohesive wish reports/wish stories based on the interviews
· Accurately write and send out approval/ denial letters and forms to recipients
· Maintain media asset libraries, including wish stories, photographs, and video.
· Coordinate and attend send-off events and celebrations when applicable.
· Solicit, purchase, or make necessary arrangements for each wish as assigned
· Send out, collect and maintain all relevant documents from wish recipients in the database
· Work with staff to post wishes via social media, web, and other avenues
· Assist with inquiries and requests from regional and national media outlets
· Conduct local outreach to inform organizations and individuals about our Mission and uncover wishes for deserving seniors in the community
Prospective interns must be currently enrolled in a degree program at an accredited college or university; be considered rising undergraduate juniors or seniors, graduate students, or post-doctoral students; and remain academically enrolled throughout the internship.
AARP also considers non-traditional interns who are looking to re-enter the workforce or change careers. This may include those who have previously graduated from college and enrolled in a continuing education program.
- Knowledge of the non-profit sector, either through coursework, volunteerism or employment experience.
- Excellent communication skills with the ability to confidently and clearly communicate information verbally and in writing.
- The ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality with information that will be obtained in daily interactions.
- Proficiency in all MS Office programs with an emphasis on MS Word, Excel, and internet research tools.
- Some volunteer experience preferred, although not required