Special Events, Fundraising, and Social Media Internship; Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Iowa Chapter

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation offers a limited number of internships to students interested in hands-on experience at a leading national nonprofit. The CF Foundation is currently interviewing candidates for an internship opportunity at its Iowa Chapter, in the following fields:
– Event Planning
– Social Media and Marketing
– Administrative support

The CF Foundation has recently been featured in USA Today, Forbes Magazine, US News & World Report for its innovative and entrepreneurial methods and success. The Wall St. Journal’s Smart Money has recognized the CF Foundation as a leader among U.S. health/research charities for keeping administrative costs to a minimum while maximizing funds for medical programs.

Students will work under the guidance of CF Foundation staff, acquiring skills and experience as they assist in the planning and implementation of event-based fundraising events (such as 65 Roses Gala, Great Strides Walk and Shoot for a Cure). The experience will include interaction with volunteers and vendors in addition to CFF staff. This is a non-paid internship, which may qualify for academic credit at your institution. 

Internship Description:
Interns will receive hands-on experience in the areas of special events planning, fundraising, development and control of social media, or marketing opportunities with local businesses. Working directly with Foundation staff, students will help in planning every stage of major fundraising events from contacting businesses and collecting donations to set up and assisting at the event to post event wrap-up. Students will be a part of the event committee and receive recognition as such. 

This is a great opportunity to build valuable career building experience and network with professionals across the state of Iowa. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a leader in the non-profit sector and developer of a new form of philanthropy, Venture Philanthropy, will assist in helping provide students with needed skills.

Prefer Junior or Senior level students. Event management, communications, business, health, and liberal arts majors are highly encouraged; all other majors will be considered. Interested students should be outgoing and friendly as well as comfortable communicating over the phone or via email. 

Hours Per Week:
Minimum 8 hours per week– more as desired by student – hours are flexible to coincide with class and/or work schedule. 

Internships are unpaid but students will be offered class credit for work as it applies to their major as well as recognition for their work at events and other opportunities as applicable.

Estimated Start Date: 
Students are encouraged to start as soon as they are available. Internships will start at the beginning of each semester, respectively.

Applications are currently being accepted.

How to Apply:  Please send a resume and cover letter to: 

Kelsey White at kwhite@cff.org or

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-Iowa Chapter

Attn: Kelsey White

1501 42nd Street, Suite 230

West Des Moines, Iowa 50266


Communications Internship; Ankeny Community School District

Ankeny Community School District Communications Department Internship

This internship is primarily focused on Public Relations for the school district, but would also be beneficial to Journalism, Marketing or other Communications majors.

Contact: Samantha Aukes, Communications and Marketing Manager, 515-289-3950.

To Apply: E-mail resume, writing samples, & cover letter to samantha.aukes@ankenyschools.org by the date listed below.

Selection Process: Interview with Communications Manager. Send resume and a minimum of three applicable writing samples to the contact above.

Time Period:

Fall Internship: August – December. Apply by August 24.

Hours: Can be flexibly scheduled Monday-Friday between 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. to accommodate the student’s class schedule. 400-hour goal will accommodate most university internship requirements.

Location: Ankeny Community Schools District Office, 306 SW School Street, Ankeny, IA 50023

Compensation: Unpaid, but will structure internship to meet course credit requirements.

Responsibilities: Under supervision of the Manager of Communications and Marketing, and dependent upon demonstrated skill in various areas, the intern will:

  • Develop communications timelines, strategies, and creative briefs for projects
  • Create drafts of communications identified by the Communications Coordinator. This may include interviewing staff members to gain information. Editing of subsequent drafts supervised by the Communications Coordinator. Communications may include:
  • Internal staff e-mails
  • Press releases & district web site “news” stories
  • Communications to parents and the public
  • New web pages (and editing of existing pages)
  • Fliers
  • Weekly staff e-newsletters, using information sent by various district departments
  • Stories for the Ankeny Advance newsletter
  • Other non-recurring communications
  • Proofreading for grammar and punctuation
  • Upon final draft approval by the Communications Coordinator, assist in execution of:
  • Posting Web pages and news stories
  • Monitoring Web site for functionality
  • Formatting and distributing e-mails in templates
  • Formatting print materials in InDesign and Word templates
  • Collaboration with the print shop to print materials
  • Research of new Web tools and development of social media to integrate with the district Web site
  • Other duties as assigned (may include filing, researching, and clerical tasks)

Requirements: Strong writing skills. Preferably a student with a major or minor in public relations, journalism, marketing, or some other form of communications. Strong grammar and proofreading skills. Strong research skills.

Preferred Skills: Strong journalistic interviewing skills. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite. Experience with web site navigation/design or theory. Experience with social media such as Facebook, Twitter, HootSuite, and other programs. Photography or videography experience.



Paid help needed at corporate team-building event

Date: 7/24/18
Time of work: 4:30 pm – 9 pm
Compensation: $150 (free parking)
Attire: All black (button down/pants/shoes)
Location: Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel
Manager on site: Ira Almeas (Impact 4 Good President and Founder)

Impact 4 Good  (http://impact4good.com/)  connects corporations with non-profit organizations worldwide.  Your responsibility will be to assist our lead host and manage some of the fun team-building activity, as well as assist in the coordination of the community service give-back conclusion.  There will be 125 employees from Wells Fargo corporate offices, meeting at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel, and Impact 4 Good has created and is managing a  120-minute interactive and FUN program.

From 4:30–6 p.m., the team will be assembling a large open area by placing different materials on 16 pre-set tables and empty space that will be used for the programs activities. Around 5 p.m., after all tables and spaces are set as instructed, the team will go over different game rules with the lead host. He will break the staff down into 4 pairs to stay at 4 different activity stations where you just have to explain the simple game activities to attendees at your station. You will have instruction sheets provided and the lead host, Ira, will make sure you understand your role.

This activity is called Stand Down for Homeless Veterans and teams interact at 4 activities where they will be building paper airplanes for competition, playing in a life size battle ship game, creating pathways with different tools or working on a fun and fast paced trivia game.  During the event, staff will be at their sections to encourage the attendees and make sure the game is moving along before the teams switch to the next section. You will be expected to be highly interactive and outgoing throughout! Afterwards, participants will partake in an exercise assembling hygiene care kits to homeless veterans. During this process you will walk around and assist where needed. When everything is complete, there will be a general clean up and pack up. Nothing rigorous at all. Between approximately 8:45-9 pm you will be free to leave. Please note, the event can always start a few minutes later – please be willing to commit to a potentially extra 20-30 minutes if needed.

Please let me know if you are ready to sign up officially and I can bring us to the next part of the hiring process through a phone call! 

Sam Iosiovich
Program Manager
552 Valley Road
West Orange, New Jersey 07052 USA

Tel 973-952-9052 Ext. 404 – Fax 973-325-1119 – Mobile 862-219-9511 



Multiple positions in design and copywriting; Rue Gilt Groupe, Boston

Work in fashion, live in Boston!

SJMC alum Claudia Williams wants Drake alumni to come work with her in Boston. Check out the openings on the Rue La La site under “creative.”  Here’s her pitch…

There is something about Rue La La that you just can’t find anywhere. The people here have become family, and coming to work each day is something to look forward to. There’s laughter, brainstorming, and the environment is just so healthy and inspiring! You get to dive into multiple different projects, from writing stories to social media and video. And now that Rue has bought Gilt… the opportunities are endless.

Oh, and the perks are pretty good too (discounts… free coffee… boat trips!) I highly encourage applying to Rue Gilt Groupe – Boston is an amazing city, and they are also hiring in New York!

Apply here: https://careers.ruelala.com/jobs/

Please add Claudia Williams as a referral, and email me with any questions!

Junior Copywriter

20 Channel Center
3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02210
P 617.790.3691 C 309.721.6686
E cwilliams@ruelala.com

Project Manager/Junior Account Executive, Trilix Marketing Group

Trilix is looking for a project manager/junior account executive with 2 to 3 years of experience for our office in Des Moines. We need someone who sweats the details, isn’t afraid to speak up and is relentless about organization. Do you want to join a great team who works hard and plays hard, too? If you have strong interpersonal communications skills, are outgoing and energetic and have a natural sense of urgency, let us know! Interested applicants should contact Annette Halbur, ahalbur@trilixgroup.com. Deadline for applications is Friday, July 20, 2018.

Project manager, W.D.M. schools


Position Type: Community Education/Project Manager
Location: The Learning Resource Center
Date Available: 08/01/2018
Applications due: 07/12/2018

The West Des Moines Community School District is looking for a project manager. The position assists the Director of Community Education and provides leadership regarding the overall strategy, implementation, and evaluation of Community Education programs and services, including process improvement, community outreach, and promotion. Full-time, 12-month position.  $55,000/year.  Bachelor’s degree and minimum of four years in project management/communications.  Strong interpersonal skills, strategic thinking, marketing and promotion, Adobe Creative Suite.

To apply, see https://www.applitrack.com/wdmcs/onlineapp/jobpostings/view.asp?internaltransferform.Url=&category=Community+Education


Intern, Republican Party of Iowa

An internship with the Republican Party of Iowa provides undergraduate students with a unique opportunity to witness and participate in Iowa’s political process. Our First-In-the-Nation status offers interns at RPI the ability to have a meaningful impact in the national political discussion. Regardless of one’s field of study, the exposure to Iowa politics can enhance a student’s understanding of what representative government and campaign life is all about.

Working for RPI will give you real insight into the areas of fundraising, event-planning, political strategy, communications, and grassroots organization. As such, RPI interns will become familiar with political operatives in Iowa and will work to help expand the Republican Party as it strives to secure principled, conservative government in Des Moines and Washington, D.C.

Interested? Please send your questions to jesse@iowagop.org and click here to get started!