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

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Development & Fundraising

Advancement Services Coordinator

Position Summary

In conjunction with the Advancement Services Manager and the strategic direction of the Development & Fundraising department, the Advancement Services Coordinator’s overall objective and responsibility is to provide support for LFA’s data management systems and to assist the LFA staff in support of department-wide goals and functions.

As a member of the Development & Fundraising team, the position is responsible for helping to manage the system data to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the database, data input & output, and when necessary, end-user training and support. Responsibilities include importing and exporting of data, extracting and analyzing data, report writing, data mapping, developing and implementing policies to guide data entry, documenting database changes, and making sure that the database effectively captures and donor information and generates accurate financial and analytical reports.

Primary Responsibilities:

Roles and responsibilities of the Advancement Services Coordinator will evolve as the Foundation and the Foundation’s data needs and activities grow.  Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Database Maintenance & Security

  • Work with the Foundation’s fundraising software to ensure download of all online transactions and on a daily basis
  • Trouble shooting and problem solving to maintain integrity of all data - create a weekly report to clean duplicate or invalid transactions
  • Assist Fundraising staff to identify what data they wish to capture and record and assist the Advancement Services Manager in determining the best structure

Analytics

  • Assist with the development of and provide analysis on queries, reports, imports & exports - developing spreadsheets tools to manipulate data and develop benchmarking for the Foundation’s fundraising activities

Donor Support

  • Data Processing to include lockbox, credit card and in house donations
  • Assist with daily mail processing
  • Manage execution of Foundation’s donor acknowledgment program for all gifts; annual giving, prospect, online appeals, new donors, lapsed donors, tribute, memorials, workplace giving, and monthly donor programs

Partnerships and Integration

  • Interact with all necessary departments to analyze and gather report requirements for generating criteria and output
  • Support the Advancement Services Manager on development and guide for department processes, procedures and systems to streamline workflow and increase efficiency of database usage for all departments

Systems Improvements & Re-engineering

  • Reviews database systems related processes, including the monitoring of issues and improvement suggestions and supports problem solving with systems
  • Liaises with database users to recommend and assist in the implementation of new and improved processes

Position Requirements:

  • Highly developed understanding of database systems, and proficient with data entry.
  • Experience working with Convio/Blackbaud, Luminate Online, and TeamRaiser platforms.  Additional experience with major nonprofit CRM solutions including Salesforce and Luminate CRM preferred
  • Proficiency in database report writing, queries and exports.
  • Expert level proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Proven ability to work well in a fast paced and team-based environment
  • Self-starter and able to work independently while managing multiple priorities and projects
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong analytical skills with high-level attention to detail
  • High functioning with computer software and applications with a high level of proficiency with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and comfortable working with SQL Server, HTML5, CSS# and JavaScript languages an asset
  • Able to make, follow through and document accountability for short and long term plans
  • Able to work effectively with colleagues throughout the organization
  • Able to work effectively under pressure with multiple priorities and deadlines
  • Able to maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Available for occasional weekend and evening work

Education:
Minimum – Bachelor degree or a diploma in Information Systems Management or similar field.

If interested, please submit your cover letter, including salary requirements, and a resume to: HR@lupus.org.  Please include job title in the subject line. No telephone calls, please.

Marketing & Communications

Graphic Designer

Position Summary
The Lupus Foundation of America is currently seeking a Graphic Designer to assist with the design of the Foundation’s print and digital materials for educational and public awareness materials including brochures, annual reports, flyers, event signage, advertisements, email, social media and other digital assets. The designer reports to the  Foundation’s Public Relations Director and will support the Foundation in a wide range of marketing efforts including national campaigns such as the Lupus Foundation of America’s Walk to End Lupus Now™, Lupus Awareness Month, and KNOW LUPUS.

As a member of the Marketing and Communications team, the position is responsible for the design of lupus education and resource materials, i.e. brochures, fliers, fact sheets, and  posters. Key functions include the design of materials specific to certain Foundation campaigns and events, i.e. Walk to End Lupus Now™, Lupus Awareness Month, Evening of Hope Gala. Support design needs for the Foundation’s website and digital platforms, such as the e-newsletter and social media. Manage print production for all Foundation collateral. Support the Marketing Team in maintaining and ensuring brand consistency and voice across the Foundation’s national network of chapters, regional offices and community partners. Work collaboratively and strategically across departments (research, education, advocacy, fundraising, and network development) to support organization-wide design needs. Coordinates projects with outside agencies, art services, printers, etc.

Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and 3-5 years of graphic design experience. Possess experience and have an understanding of the importance of maintaining a consistent brand identity. Demonstrate an ability to manage a project from concept to completion. Creative ability to think outside of the box. Maintain knowledge of the most current design trends and implement them in designs where appropriate.  Advanced-level proficiency and expertise with various software programs including InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator (Adobe Creative Suite 5). Demonstrated knowledge of the fundamental concepts of print, the web, typography, color, and other basic graphic design principles. Ability to successfully work in a fast-paced, high-intensity environment.

Consistent in efforts to express opinions and collaborate with the team. Must be detailed-oriented with  excellent organizational skills. Experienced in print production.  Ability and willingness to work on a PC platform. Provide regular contributions to the team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.

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!   If you are a Graphic Designer who is passionate about using his/her skills to make a difference in people’s lives, we would love to hear from you!  Please submit your cover letter, including salary requirements, a resume, pdf portfolio or portfolio link to: HR@lupus.org .  Please include “Graphic Designer” in the subject line. No telephone calls, please.

Online Associate

Position Summary
The Lupus Foundation of America is currently seeking an Online Associate to join our dedicated team of professionals!  The Online Associate, under the direction of the Online Communications Manager, is responsible for taking an active role in the organization, coordination and execution of the Lupus Foundation of America’s National Resource Center on Lupus (NRCL). This position is an integral member of the Marketing and Communications Department team often times working with various team members and across departments to fulfill organizational goals and milestones with a focus on the NRCL tied to a five-year federal grant.

Responsibilities will include, but not limited to, providing support for organizing and posting content to and from the NRCL. Providing support for migrating content between NRCL and lupus.org. Coordinate NRCL website requests across departments to ensure all changes and edits are published in a timely manner. Write copy and schedule social media posts. Track and provide reports and analytics on web and conversion metrics. Monitor and track activity tied to the NRCL evaluation plan and provide written reports on progress. Support the coordination of online engagement and outreach tied the NRCL. Support the coordination of outbound online communications. Providing web and online communications support to national network entities.

Qualifications
A Bachelor’s Degree in computer science, marketing, communications or related field is required. Relevant experience, preferably in the PR agency or not-for-profit industry. Experience and interest in with health care communications strongly preferred. Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel and Powerpoint) and HTML, CSS and JavaScript languages. Experience using content management systems and online CRMs required; knowledge of Craft, Expression engine, Salesforce and Luminate Online preferred. Experience in Google analytics and SEO preferred. Working knowledge of paid search and social advertising a plus. Hands-on knowledge of using major social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram) in a professional setting. Creative thinker with strong analytical and problem-solving capabilities. Proven ability to work well independently in a fast paced and team-based environment. Excellent written & verbal communication skills demonstrated with a diverse population.
The Lupus Foundation of America offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, and employer paid life insurance. A Flexible Spending Account, Health Reimbursement Account, 403(b) plan, vacation and sick leave, personal days and more! Interested and qualified candidates, please forward a cover letter, including salary requirement, 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. 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.

Development/Walk Corporate Development Intern

Position Summary

The Walk Corporate Development intern will work closely with the National Director of Corporate Engagement to provide support in order to ensure smoothly functioning and successful Walk for Lupus Now events. The intern will assist in growth development of the Walk for Lupus Now corporate  program by: researching local companies in 9 markets to determine opportunity for engagement. Creating  prospect lists with contact information. Making contact with leads on the list through email and cold calls. Conduct research of prospects for sponsorship and participation. Assisting the Development team with other assignments as needed. Learning Objectives include: Conducting market research and collecting essential information for outreach efforts. Identify potential corporate leads utilizing a set of guidelines. Utilize various outreach efforts for recruitment.

Qualifications

A Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree or currently enrolled in an applicable degree program. Strong demonstrated interest in nonprofits 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. Comfortable with cold-calling.  A minimum of 15 – 20 hours per week is required.

To apply, please send a cover letter, re:  Corporate Development/Walk Intern, and resume to: HR@lupus.org or by fax: 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 April 22, 2016