Employment Opportunities & Internships

The Lupus Foundation of America is the only national force devoted to solving the mystery of lupus, one of the world’s cruelest, most unpredictable, and devastating diseases, while giving caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact. The mission of the Foundation is to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of research, education and advocacy. The Foundation's national office is located in Washington, DC with field offices in New York, Arizona and California, and a national network of chapters, branches, support groups, local representatives, and activists from across the nation.

Affirmative Action/Non-Discrimination

The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. provides equal opportunities in employment to all persons, including handicapped applicants and employees. Our policy prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, physical or mental handicap, or age.  Furthermore, it shall be the policy of the Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. to make reasonable accommodations for the physical handicaps of applicants and employees throughout the personnel process.

Employment Opportunities

To apply for any of the positions below, please send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to the Human Resource Director at HR@lupus.org or by fax:  202-349-1156.  NO TELEPHONE CALLS PLEASE! Click here to see internship opportunities

Development and Fundraising

Marketing and Communications

Network Development

Development and Fundraising

Director of Corporate Engagement

Position Summary

In conjunction with the Vice President, Development & Fundraising and the strategic direction of the Foundation, the Director of Corporate Engagement’s overall objective and responsibility is to provide strategic leadership and growth to the Foundation’s signature events, research and education projects, advocacy and government relations ventures and to bring creative ideas to enhance and develop new revenue streams.

As a member of the Development & Fundraising team, the position is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of Corporate Giving.  The position is responsible for growing the corporate donor base through cultivation of industry partnerships, corporate sponsorships and corporate responsibility programs, cause-marketing relationships, retail sales program, grants development, creation of corporate alliances and development of relationships with grant-makers aligned with the Lupus Foundation of America’s mission and strategic direction. The position will stay on top of market trends, write proposals, build and maintain relationships with corporate partners, create compelling stewardship and fulfillment collaterals and ensure appropriate visibility for the Foundation and its partners in advancing the mission of the organization. The Director will work closely with the CEO, VP of Development & Fundraising, Director of Cultivation Campaigns, and other staff and leadership volunteers in support of building a donor centric organizational culture through corporate giving.

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required. An experienced fund-raising professional with a minimum 5-7 years of experience in successfully building and implementing corporate sponsorship, corporate responsibility, cause marketing, retail sales promotions and grants development. Experience in developing effective cause-marketing and retail sales relationships with corporate partners. Demonstrated success in developing and presenting winning corporate proposals and grants of $25,000 or greater with ease in face to face solicitation. Proven effectiveness in engaging volunteer and staff leadership in the fundraising enterprise. Ability to establish strong, collaborative relationships and the adaptability to work with a variety of personalities and leadership styles. Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to adapt interpersonal and communication style to interact effectively with a wide variety of people. Proven ability to work well in a fast paced and team-based environment. Self-starter and able to work independently and under pressure while managing multiple priorities, projects and deadlines. Strong analytical and problem solving skills with high-level attention to detail. High functioning with computer software and applications with a high level of proficiency with Microsoft Office, donor tracking database programs, and fundraising software. Able to make, follow through and document accountability for short and long term plans. Able to work effectively with colleagues throughout the organization as well as external customers and vendors. Available for weekend and evening work. Ability to lift 35+ pounds. Willingness to travel 35-50% of time.

The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., offers a very competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package which includes employer-paid medical, dental, and life insurance coverage.  Flexible Spending Account options, a 403(b) plan, paid vacation, and more!  Interested and qualified candidates, please forward a cover letter, including salary requirements, and a resume to: HR@lupus.org.  No telephone calls please.  Principals only. AA/EOE. 

Development Manager – Western Region (Los Angeles, California)

Position Summary

In conjunction with the Director of Cultivation Campaigns and the strategic direction of the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA), the Development Manager’s overall objective and responsibility is to provide leadership support and growth to the Foundation’s signature Walk to End Lupus Now campaign and cultivation and stewardship of key relationships, partnerships and corporate alliances in the western region.

As a member of the Development & Fundraising team, the position, located in Los Angeles, CA, is responsible for implementing the LFA’s signature Walk to End Lupus Now events in designated geographical areas, while working closely with volunteers to reach monetary and participation goals. In addition, the position will manage the regional walk staff members and provide direction to signature and cultivation events in the region to ensure success.   Key functions will include the leadership and implementation of event best practices, recruitment and management of high level volunteers through committee development and cultivation, corporate sponsorship and team recruitment to bolster revenue generating activities, oversight and leadership of revenue and expense management for signature and cultivation events and staff management.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree.  An experienced fund-raising professional with a minimum 5-7 years of experience in successfully implementing special events, sponsorship sales, volunteer engagement and committee development activities with a proven track record of exceeding fundraising goals. Excellent staff management skills with the ability to manage complex situations with tact, confidence and diplomacy. Experience working with volunteers and volunteer committees. Ability to establish strong, collaborative relationships and the adaptability to work with a variety of personalities and leadership styles. Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to adapt interpersonal and communication style to interact effectively with a wide variety of people. Proven ability to work well in a fast paced and team-based environment. Self-starter and able to work independently and under pressure while managing multiple priorities, projects and deadlines. Strong analytical and problem solving skills with high-level attention to detail. High functioning with computer software and applications with a high level of proficiency with Microsoft Office, donor tracking database programs, and fundraising software. Able to work effectively with colleagues throughout the organization as well as external customers and vendors. Available for weekend and evening work. Ability to lift 35+ pounds. Willingness to travel 25-30% of time.

The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., offers a very competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package which includes employer-paid medical, dental, and life insurance coverage.  Flexible Spending Account options, a 403(b) plan, paid vacation, and more!  Interested and qualified candidates, please forward a cover letter, including salary requirements, and a resume to: HR@lupus.org.  No telephone calls please.  Principals only. AA/EOE. 

Marketing & Communications

Communications Director

The Communications Director is an integral member of the marketing and communications department at the national office of the Lupus Foundation of America.  This person will be responsible for the development and execution of integrated communications campaigns that result in greater awareness and understanding of lupus, foster constituent engagement, and enhance the Foundation’s reputation as the authoritative source for lupus information.

Position responsibilities include campaign development, brand integration, content marketing, campaign operations, and metric reporting.  Campaign strategies will consist of multi-channel outreach that leverages online and offline marketing and communications tactics. The Director will also work closely with internal subject matter experts in the research, education, advocacy, development and network development departments.

The ideal candidate is a passionate story teller, exceptional writer, innovative strategist, and motivated leader, but also someone who is ready to roll up their sleeves and multitask on the day-to-day needs. We are looking for someone with an entrepreneurial spirit, who is driven to make an impact, is ready to leverage opportunities, is passionate about developing and executing creative and bold strategies to get our messages out, and who’s excited about advancing our mission to improve the quality of life of all people affected by lupus. 

Desired Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in communications related field with a minimum of 10 years of professional communication experience with at least 2 years of team management experience. Knowledge of nonprofit or health organizations, as well as agency experience is preferred. Seasoned experience in designing and executing communications strategies in comparable operating environments, including complex arrays of constituents and partnerships. Experienced at developing and running multiple and concurrent marketing campaigns. A strong understanding of what makes a powerful narrative and how it is best repeated across different audiences and platforms. Excellent writing skills, creativity and attention to detail; ability to write enticing, and captivating pieces. Strong project, staff management skills, as well as demonstrated ability to work successfully with cross-functioning teams, consultants and agencies. Working knowledge of the following software and tools: PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat, Cision and Critical Mention. Passion for results:  the ability to find creative solutions and generate results in a dynamic environment.  Will have a strong sense of urgency and ability to infuse that in others. Self-starter that can hit the ground running and leverage experience to elevate existing in-house capabilities. Experience in fostering and leveraging relationships with members of the press corps.

The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., offers a very competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package which includes employer-paid medical, dental, and life insurance coverage.  Flexible Spending Account options, a 403(b) plan, paid vacation, and more!  Interested and qualified candidates, please forward a cover letter, including salary requirements, and a resume to: HR@lupus.org.  No telephone calls please.  Principals only. AA/EOE.

Network Development

National Field Director, Network Development

Position Summary:

As an integral member of the Network Development team, the Field Director will serve as a liaison between the national LFA office and its affiliated chapters, national field offices, and other LFA representatives across the country.  Primary responsibility will be to increase the capacity of the Foundation’s field organizations and collaborating community partners to achieve more effective delivery of LFA’s mission. Through strategic consultation, key areas of focus will be leadership development, financial stability, growth and expansion of reach and program delivery. This will be accomplished through organizational assessment/evaluation, strategic planning and development and/or implementation of strategies for training, executive and governance coaching and consultation, on an individual and group basis.  He/she will build strong collaborative relationships of mutual trust and respect with the Foundation’s network staff and volunteers.

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree required, Masters preferred. Five to seven years of nonprofit experience with a minimum of five years in a supervisory capacity required or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Broad-based knowledge in all aspects of nonprofit management and organizational development with emphasis on executive and board leadership development, strategic planning, and organizational efficiency and effectiveness.

Strategic thinking skills coupled with tactical execution and mature judgment.​ Must have the ability to see the big picture and ensure that specific actions are in place to deliver strategic initiatives.​ Strong quantitative and analytical abilities and exceptional project management skills are also required. ​Engaging and highly-effective interpersonal, communication and presentation skills that cultivate and grow lasting business relationships both internally and externally.​ Ability to negotiate and communicate complex concepts/​business issues to a variety of audiences. A proven track record of developing new business through an established network of relationships. Highly collaborative leadership style with the ability to respond quickly and effectively to ever-changing situations and drive continuous improvement activities.​ Must possess the ability to coach, mentor and lead a diverse staff to deliver best in class services to our clients. Demonstrated track record of overseeing successful high-level National projects and initiatives. Capability to leverage relationships and negotiate agreements. Strong practical foundation in board and volunteer recruitment, orientation, training, stewardship and motivation. Detail-oriented and strong organizational skills. Understanding of various computer systems and databases. Proficient in Microsoft Office. Moderate to extensive travel (40%-50%) required; ability to manage own travel arrangements with Department budgetary guidelines.

The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., offers a very competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package which includes employer-paid medical, dental, and life insurance coverage.  Flexible Spending Account options, a 403(b) plan, paid vacation, and more!  Interested and qualified candidates, please forward a cover letter, including salary requirements, and a resume to: HR@lupus.org.  No telephone calls please.  Principals only. AA/EOE. 

Internship Opportunities

An internship at the Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. (LFA) is a pre-arranged, structured learning experience scheduled within a specific time frame. The experience must be relevant to the intern's academic and professional goals, and to the programs and activities of the Foundation. An internship is performed under the direct supervision of a LFA staff member.

Positions are available during throughout the year, based on the projected workload of the host department. Information regarding various internship opportunities may be obtained by contacting the Foundation at HR@lupus.org. Please reference "Internship Opportunity" in your email.

General Information:

  • Applicants may be undergraduate or graduate students.
  • Most positions are unpaid, but a small stipend may be offered for some positions.
  • Full-time and part-time positions may be offered.
  • All LFA interns must be at least 16 years old.

Opportunities:

Marketing and Communications

Network Development

Fundraising and Development

Advocacy and Government Relations

Marketing and Communications Department

Copywriter Intern

Position Summary:
The Marketing and Communications department is seeking a Copywriter Intern to join our team! Our team is responsible for writing a substantial amount of content: newsletter articles, fliers, ads, engaging social media messages, video copy, blog posts, press releases, and compelling website copy. The ideal internship candidate should have strong writing skills, be able to write with creative flare as needed, and have the ability to integrate the Lupus Foundation of America’s brand tone and voice in all communications. We are looking for someone who wants a challenge, has the passion for helping a great cause, and the drive for success.

Responsibilities will include: Researching, developing, writing, and proofreading content (newsletter articles, copywriting for awareness campaigns, etc.); generating original copy ideas which grab the attention of the Lupus Foundation of America’s target audience.  Creating tagline, slogans, body copy, scripts, etc.; contributing to social media campaigns; assisting with website copy, email copy, marketing materials, press releases, and blog posts; updating brand guidelines; and assisting with metrics and tracking.

Qualifications:
An English, Journalism, or Communications major is preferred. Must have a basic understanding of SEO and social media copywriting needs. Exceptional writing and editing skills required. Familiarity with AP Stylebook. Familiarity with submitting press releases. Highly creative, imaginative, and have superior interpersonal skills. Must be detail-oriented, have the ability to multi-task, prioritize and work independently or in a team-oriented and entrepreneurial environment. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Must be self-motivated, have the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.  An interest in popular culture, new advertising trends and techniques is a plus!  Previous intern and/or copywriting experience is preferred. A strong interest in marketing and willingness to learn. Ability to work hard and have fun!

This internship position will remain open until filled.  We offer a flexible start date and work schedule.  A minimum of 15 – 20 hours per week.  This is an unpaid internship, college credit may be provided.

If interested and qualified, please forward a cover letter and resume to: HR@lupus.org or fax to: 202-349-1156.  Please include “Copywriter Intern” in the subject line.

Marketing and Communications Intern

Position Summary:
The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. – National Office is seeking a Marketing and Communications Intern with an interest in the nonprofit field to assist with all aspects of communications and marketing. Support departmental staff with the development and implementation of public awareness campaigns. Based on experience level, assist with communications strategy development and program management. Draft fact sheets, press releases, and other materials. Create weekly media clip report. Assist with the development of media lists and distribution of media releases. Assist with social media planning and website support depending on applicant’s and skill and background. Other projects as assigned.

Qualifications:
A junior, senior, or graduate student majoring in communications, marketing, or public relations is preferred. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Publisher. Strong writing and editing skills are essential. The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated, self-starter, equipped with strong organizational and multi-tasking skills. Must have the ability to meet deadlines. Previous intern or communications experience is a plus! This is an unpaid position, however, a travel allowance and college credit may be provided. This position will remain open until filled, with a flexible start date and work schedule – minimum 10-15 hours per week.

If interested and qualified, please forward a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to: HR@lupus.org or FAX to: 202-349-1156. Please include “Communications Intern” in the subject line. NO telephone calls, please.

Graphic Design Intern

The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. is seeking a Graphic Design Intern with an interest in the nonprofit field to assist with the design of LFA materials-flyers, brochures, and advertisements.

Position Summary:
Design LFA educational and public awareness materials, i.e. brochures, flyers, posters, and advertisements.  Design materials specific to certain LFA campaigns, i.e. Walk to End Lupus Now or Lupus Awareness Month. Based on experience, may also assist with the design of LFA website.  Other projects as assigned.

Qualifications:
A junior, senior, or graduate student majoring in graphic design preferred.  Familiarity with desktop publishing software-Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, or InDesign.  Previous graphic design experience.  A self-starter who is self-motivated and equipped with strong organizational and multi-tasking skills.  Must have the ability to meet deadlines.  Previous intern or graphic design experience is preferred. A minimum of 15 work hours per week is required.

This is an unpaid position, however, a travel allowance and college credit will be provided. This position will remain open until filled, with an immediate start date.  If interested and qualified, please forward a cover letter, resume, and two work samples to: HR@lupus.org or FAX to: 202-349-1156.  Please include “Graphic Design Intern” in the subject line. NO telephone calls, please.

Online/Social Media Intern

The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. is seeking an Online Social Media Intern with an interest in the nonprofit field to assist with the management of the LFA website (www.lupus.org) and social media. 

Position Summary:
Responsibilities include making regular content updates to LFA website and blog. Assist with the management of LFA online/social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Assist with monitoring and reporting on performance of LFA website and online advertising campaign. Support Director of Online Services with converting chapter websites to LFA national template.  Other projects as assigned.

Qualifications:
A junior, senior, or graduate student in graphic/web design preferred.  Previous intern or web design experience is preferred.  Familiarity with HTML, Flash, Dreamweaver, and web-based content management software.  The ideal candidate will be a self-starter who is self-motivated and equipped with strong organizational and multi-tasking skills. Must have the ability to meet deadlines.  Access to high-speed internet connection and computer capable of running Windows software.  Flexible scheduling and start date, with the potential to work remotely.  A minimum of 10-15 hours is preferred.   

This position will remain open until filled. Interested and qualified candidates, please forward a cover letter and resume to: HR@lupus.org or FAX to: 202-349-1156.  Please include “Online Social Media Intern” in the subject line. NO telephone calls, please.

Network Development Department

Affliate Member Services Intern

Position Summary:
The Network Development Department works and consults with the Lupus Foundation of America’s 22chapter affiliates to increase the overall capacity of our national network and assist chapters in delivering the Foundation’s mission. We provide coaching in organizational leadership, finance, operations, board development, fundraising and event planning.

The Affiliate Member Services Intern will have an opportunity to develop a variety of non-profit management skills and support planning for major training events, like the Leadership Institute and CEO Roundtable. Opportunities are also available for focused projects to support affiliate organizations in areas of interest. The internship dates are flexible; however a three month commitment is preferred. The individual should expect to work a minimum of 15 hours per week.

Research and support capacity- building grant proposals. Collect and analyze year end statistical surveys and financial reports. Field public inquiries and track information requests. Support the coordination of meetings and teleconferences.

Qualifications:
A junior, senior, or graduate student majoring in non-profit or public administration, public health or a related field. Strong demonstrated interest in nonprofit leadership and health organizations. Excellent research, oral and written communication skills. Excellent planning and organizational skills; detail oriented. Comfortable with independent work and self motivated. Computer literate and proficient in Microsoft Office. This is an unpaid internship, with the opportunity to receive college credit.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: HR@lupus.org or by fax: 202-349-1156.  NO telephone calls please. 

Fundraising and Development Department

Development/Walk Intern - National Office (Washington, D.C.)

Position Summary:
The Lupus Foundation of America is currently seeking an Intern for the Development and Fundraising department. The Walk intern will work closely with the National Walk Manager and National Walk Coordinator to provide support in order to ensure smoothly functioning and successful Walk to End Lupus Now events.  The Intern will assist in the growth development of the Walk to End Lupus Now program by working with media in select markets to promote the Lupus Foundation of America Walk; distributing Press Releases, Media Alerts, and PSA’s to local radio and television stations; creating and posting Walk information on media’s Calendar Listings; conducting research of prospects for sponsorship and participation; and assisting the Development Team with other assignments as needed.

Qualifications:
A Bachelor or Master’s degree, or currently enrolled in a degree program, with a major in Marketing, Communications, or related field.  Strong demonstrated interest in nonprofits and health organizations.  Excellent research, oral, and written communication skills.  Superior planning and organizational skills. Candidate must be self-motivated, detail oriented, and have the ability to work independently.  Computer literacy with proficiency in Microsoft Office is required.

This is an unpaid internship, offering a dynamic work environment, for applicants interested in events, fundraising, and media. The internship is available during the spring and/or summer and a minimum of 15 work hours is required.

If interested and qualified candidates, please forward a cover letter, resume, and include "Development/Walk Intern (National Office)" in the subject line to: HR@lupus.org or FAX to: 202-349-1156. NO telephone calls, please. Principals only. AA/EOE.

Development/Walk Intern - California

The Lupus Foundation of America is currently seeking an Intern for the Development and Fundraising department, to work from our Cerritos California Office.

Position Summary:
The Walk intern will work closely with the National Walk Manager to provide support in order to ensure smoothly functioning and successful Walk to End Lupus Now events.  The Intern will assist in the growth development of the Walk to End Lupus Now program by working with media in select markets to promote the LFA Walk; distributing press releases, Media Alerts and PSA’s to local radio and television stations; creating and posting Walk information on media’s Calendar Listings; conducting research of prospects for sponsorship and participation; and assisting the Development Team with other assignments as needed.

Qualifications:
Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Marketing, Communications, or related field, or currently pursuing.  Strong demonstrated interest in nonprofits and health organizations.  Excellent research, oral and written communication skills.  Superior planning and organizational skills. Detail-oriented and comfortable with independent work and self-motivated.  Computer literate and proficient in Microsoft Office. This is an unpaid internship, offering a dynamic work environment, for applicants interested in events, fundraising, and media. The internship is available during the spring and/or summer and a minimum of 15 work hours is required.

If interested and qualified, please forward a cover letter and resume to HR@lupus.org or FAX to: 202-349-1156.  Please include “Development/Walk Intern - California” in the subject line. NO telephone calls, please.

Development and Fundraising Intern

The Lupus Foundation of America is currently seeking a Development Intern to work during the Spring and Summer 2013 semesters.

Position Summary:
The Development and Fundraising Department is al leadership, finance, operations, board development, fundraising and event planning.

The Development and Fundraising Intern will prospect research including: individuals, corporations and organization, foundation and association partners.  Prepare miscellaneous reports and track documents.  Draft letters, documents, and occasional writing assignments.  Assist with in-house mailings.  Some clerical duties, such as filing, photocopying, faxing, etc.

Qualifications:
A junior, senior, or graduate student majoring in non-profit, public health or a related field. Ability to work independently while managing multiple priorities and projects.  Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Computer literate, experience with Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel.  This is an unpaid internship, with the opportunity to receive college credit.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: HR@lupus.org or by fax: 202-349-1156.  NO telephone calls please.

Corporate Development Intern

The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. (National Office) is seeking a Corporate Development Intern to work closely with the Vice President of Development and Fundraising.

Position Summary:
The Corporate Development Intern will assist in the growth of corporate development to conduct research for the development of Corporate Prospect Lists – Corporate Partnerships, and Corporate Donation opportunities. Assist in developing the Lupus Foundation of America inventory – benefits packages. Other duties related to corporate development as assigned.

Qualifications:
A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or currently enrolled in a degree program.  Strong demonstrated interest in nonprofits and health organizations.  Excellent research, oral, and written communication skills.  Attention to detail with excellent planning and organizational skills. Candidate will be self-motivated with the ability to work independently. Computer literacy with proficiency in Microsoft Office.

Interested and qualified candidates, please forward a cover letter and resume to: HR@lupus.org (please include “Corporate Development Intern” in the subject line) or FAX to: 202-349-1156.  NO telephone calls, please.

Advocacy and Government Relations Department

Public Policy and Government Relations Intern

An exciting opportunity to obtain hands-on experience in the areas of advocacy, health policy, and insurance coverage working in the Government Relations Department of a mission-driven health nonprofit.

Position Summary:
The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. has an internship opportunity for a health policy or political science student to perform advocacy activities and project management.  You can create a flexible internship schedule that complements your school obligations and work directly with two experienced public policy specialists in order to learn the inner workings of advocacy and government relations.  You will have the opportunity to:

  • Support the growth of lupus grassroots advocacy.
  • Research the health care needs of people with lupus.
  • Attend conferences, meetings, and health care briefings from various stakeholders.

This is an unpaid internship.

Qualifications:
A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or currently enrolled in a degree program.  Strong demonstrated interest in public policy/government relations, health care, and access to medical treatments.

Applying for an Internship

If you are interested in this exciting internship, please forward a cover letter (explaining your interest and work availability by including days/times and desired start and end dates of internship) and resume to Sara Chang, Government Relations and Public Policy Manager, at: chang@lupus.org  or FAX to: 202-349-1156.  NO telephone calls, please.

For additional information about internships, please contact HR@lupus.org. Resumes may be faxed to 202-349-1156.

Updated March 24, 2014