ANERA Internships

Deadlines for Resumes: For Spring:November 15. For Summer: March 15. For Fall: July 15

Internships are available throughout the year to undergraduates who have completed at least one year of school, recent graduates, and graduate students. Positions are available for summer, fall or winter with the possibility for year-long internships. Work hours can range from 20 to 35 hours a week. Internships are paid.

About ANERA

ANERA is one of the largest, oldest American non-profits working in the Middle East. We are a non-political and non-religious organization that helps local institutions become more self-sufficient and effective in serving their communities. Every project is planned in consultation with the communities that ultimately benefit — an approach that ensures relevancy and commitment, and secures the long-term viability of the projects.

The Work

Interns at ANERA are directly involved in the work of the teams they support, from details to strategic planning. They attend weekly meetings and participate in brainstorming and implementation. It is an opportunity for hands-on experience in fundraising and international development from the viewpoint of a non-profit organization. Depending on which team you support, your work could include dealing with donors, database research for new business development, drafting and/or editing funding proposals, writing and/or editing stories for the website and social media, press releases, or tracking and monitoring in-kind donation deliveries to communities in the Middle East.

Ideal internship candidates are resourceful, enterprising and good team players. All interns are expected to handle some clerical duties.

Internship Opportunities

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FUNDRAISING :

The fundraising team advances the mission of ANERA through innovative and project-oriented fundraising activities. The team identifies potential donors and funding sources and drafts proposals, based on our project experience and field expertise.

Interns will help identify potential sources of individual and foundation support. Assist in the development of new and imaginative fundraising approaches, and in preparation of proposals and project plans. Work on logistics, such as travel arrangements or conference calls to assist contact with donors. Help prepare project reports for individual donors; compile, copy and mail documents to board members. Regularly attend team and staff meetings, provide assistance answering phones. Help with maintaining databases to record donor contacts.

Required Skills
Good writing and editing skills
Microsoft Office and Excel

Desired Skills
Database experience a plus
Ability to use Microsoft Word and PowerPoint

COMMUNICATIONS :

The communications team works closely with the fundraisers to support their efforts by designing and producing informational brochures and publications related to ANERA’s work, and maintaining contact with the media.The communications intern reports to the director of communications and works closely with the director of online giving and strategy as well as the media relations officer, the communications intern writes, edits and/or designs print and online materials such as infographics, reports, and website landing pages. S/he also supports ANERA’s search engine marketing efforts (SEO/PPC) and enhances the organization’s presence on Twitter and other social media outlets.

Required Skills
Ability to use Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and demonstrated graphic design skills
Creative writing skills for print and online marketing
Sound understanding of marketing principles

Desired Skills
Knowledge of Illustrator a plus
Knowledge of web content management and basic HTML is preferred

Application Process

Deadlines for applications are:

Fall (August/September – December): July 15
Spring (January– May): November 15
Summer (May – August): March 15

Send the following to internships@anera.org with the subject line "Internship":
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • One professional and two academic references (contact information only - no letters, please)
  • For fundraising intern: Brief writing sample on a topic relevant to the Middle East or development issues
  • For communications intern: Sample of a publication or design work 
  • A list of relevant skills, such as knowledge of Arabic, InDesign, database, WordPress, social media
  • The name of the department best suited to your interests and background
  • Your legal work status, if not a US citizen or permanent resident
  • The dates you are available to work (for internships longer than the periods stated above, please indicate this and specify your dates)