Nonprofit Research Internship
Idealware, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, provides thoroughly researched, impartial and accessible resources about software to help nonprofits make smart software decisions. We provide reports, articles, online seminars, and live trainings that help organizations understand the software options and best practices that will allow them make the most of their time and financial resources.
The Idealware Research Intern, a full-time job with a term of approximately two to three months over the summer, will help to research software choices in the nonprofit sector, create training materials, and provide overall communication and administrative support for the organization. Idealware will pay a $1000 stipend at the completion of the internship.
There will be three primary facets of their job:
- About 15 hours a week will be spent working on their own research project to help nonprofits make software decisions. This project will be chosen in collaboration with Idealware staff members in the first week of the internship but might take on specific questions in the areas of nonprofits’ use of social media, tools for nonprofit advocacy, collaboration software, or other areas. The intern will plan their research, conduct it, and write it up in an article published on the Idealware site, with support from Idealware staff.
- Another 15 hours a week will be spent supporting other research and training initiatives. These might include projects like creating a set of powerpoint slides on a particular topic, doing web research, identifying resources available on a specific topic, coordinating feedback on an article or report, or more
- The rest of their time will be spent supporting Idealware communications and administration, including updating the Idealware website, helping to send broadcast emails to the Idealware list, data entry, putting together mailings, and other needed tasks.
This is a full-time, 40 hour/ week position at Idealware’s offices in Portland, Maine.
A strong Research Intern candidate will:
- Be hard working, self-motivated, and energetic
- Have strong leadership, organizational, and project management ability, with the ability to juggle a number of different tasks
- Attention to detail– for instance, to read job descriptions carefully enough to find application instructions hidden inside the listing. To demonstrate, please include your favorite flavor of ice cream in your cover letter.
- Outstanding verbal and written communication ability
- Have at least one year of experience in an office environment (for instance, in using word processors and spreadsheets, and sending business emails)
- Be able to research, understand and convey technology concepts
An ideal candidate will have at least one of following:
- Strong writing samples
- Qualitative research experience (i.e. conducting interviews; analyzing qualitative data)
- Experience with nonprofit organizations
- Technology experience, for instance working with databases or building websites
How to Apply
Please send a resume and a cover letter describing your fit for the job qualifications to Kyle Andrei at firstname.lastname@example.org. No calls, please. DEADLINE: May 15, 2012.