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

Education and Research

Network Development

Chapter Positions:

Education and Research

National Nurse Health Educator (Bilingual)

Position Summary

The Lupus Foundation of America is seeking a part-time, temporary Health Educator to work remotely approximately 10 hours per month through July to answer inquiries in English and Spanish. 

The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. is the only nationwide voluntary health organization exclusively serving the entire lupus community including persons with lupus, their families, physicians, researchers, as well as the general public. Our mission is to improve the diagnosis and treatment of lupus, support individuals and families affected by the disease, increase awareness of lupus among health professionals and the public, and find the causes and cure. 

The Health Educator supports the mission by responding directly to inquiries by phone and email and coordinating responses to inquiries among LFA’s network of health educators.  The Health Educator is responsible for providing medically sound information and referral to appropriate resources. 

Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in a health-related field is required, BSN preferred.  A Registered Nurse (RN) or other medical professional with an advanced degree (NP, PA) or an individual with a master’s in public health (MPH) is highly desired.  An LPN may be considered, in lieu of a degree, with the equivalent years of related work experience.  Interested and qualified candidates, please forward a cover letter, including hourly compensation requirement, and a resume to: HR@lupus.org. No telephone calls please. Principals only. AA/EOE.

Network Development

Regional Director (NY)

Position Summary

The Lupus Foundation of America is currently seeking a New York-based Regional Director to join its team of dynamic Network Development professionals!  In conjunction with the Vice President of Network Development, and the strategic direction of the Foundation, the Regional Director will be responsible for developing an overall regional growth strategy utilizing data and metrics to determine opportunities for revenue generation, development of a comprehensive donor development strategy, volunteer leadership cultivation and engagement, and enhanced constituent programs.  The Regional Director will provide direct management to Development Director, Program Manager, and Administrative Assistant assigned to the region while fostering a culture of high performance and accountability. S/he will lead the regional team to provide solutions that enable them to meet and exceed revenue goals while serving and engaging LFA constituents and stakeholders with a special emphasis on board development, volunteer partnership, and accountability. The Regional Director is directly accountable to the LFA VP, Network Development, but will collaborate and consult with all members of the Management Team when relevant.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess a Bachelor's degree.  A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible, related fundraising experience, with a minimum of 7 years in a supervisory capacity required.  An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered. Broad based fundraising knowledge, experience and skill in nonprofit management with emphasis on strategic planning, financial management, and market development are essential. S/he must have an understanding of various computer systems and databases with proficiency in Microsoft Office. Candidate will possess superior relationship development skills and have the ability to motivate staff and volunteers. We seek an experienced staff manager comfortable in communicating performance expectations and holding staff accountable to performance objectives. Candidate must have exceptional management, leadership, and team-building skills, especially in financial and donor management.  Ability to effectively multi-task, establish priorities, and work in a fast paced environment are essential.  Strong capability to leverage relationships and negotiate agreements, as well as, excellent written and oral communication skills are required. Ability to work and make judgments independently and take initiative are critical.  Thirty percent (30%) travel is required.

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

Operations Manager

Position Summary

The Operations Manager will play a key role in helping the Network Development Department implement the vision and strategy of a national network of LFA affiliated Chapters, out-based National Offices, Regional offices, Community Partners and Points of Services. The Network is growing to include an expanded field structure that will require increased attention to operational aspects of this growth. The Manager helps the department carry out its goals and objectives, tracks chapter compliance, liaises and communicates with Chapters, Network affiliates, LFA departments, and coordinates department meetings and events.  The Operations Manager oversees all financial processing and data collection for the department.  The Operations Manager will often be the first point of contact for constituents seeking to engage with LFA, therefore, the ability to engage in a supportive and knowledgeable manner with these individuals is paramount. This position reports directly to the Vice President, Network Development and supports department National Directors and their program priorities.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree, seven (7) years minimum experience working in a high-level administrative capacity.  Computer literacy, proficiency in Microsoft Office Suites, and use of donor databases.  Knowledge and experience in nonprofit administrative support services.  Demonstrated achievements in undertaking multifaceted nonprofit management activities in support of a mission driven organization.  Excellent oral and written communication skills. Experience and demonstrated ability to lead and manage multifaceted projects.  Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated ease and confidence in interacting with the Network Development team.  Ability to prepare written reports, analyses and presentations.  Comfortable working in a team environment.  Strong customer service skills and proven ability to serve constituents in a courteous and professional manner. Excellent planning and organizational skills.

The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. 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.

Chapter Opportunities

President & CEO, Pacific Northwest Chapter (LFA, PNW) - Renton, WA

Position Summary

The mission of the Lupus Foundation of America, Pacific Northwest Chapter is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of research, education and advocacy. The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA), Pacific Northwest Chapter is seeking an energetic, experienced nonprofit professional to serve as its President & CEO.  The mission of LFA is to inform, educate and promote awareness and understanding of lupus and to support those affected by the disease.  The President & CEO is the Chief Executive Officer of the Lupus Foundation of America, Pacific Northwest Chapter, and is responsible for the overall operational management of the chapter, including vison and planning, board relations, fundraising/development, human resources, strategic planning, programs, finance, marketing, communications, and advancing the mission. The President  & CEO reports to the Board of Directors.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's Degree, Masters preferred.  A minimum of 5 years of successful nonprofit management leadership experience. Significant fundraising experience and accomplishments.  Experience working with a volunteer Board of Directors.  Budgeting and financial acumen.  An established track record as a chief executive or senior staff member of a nonprofit organization of similar scope, complexity and size. Demonstrated experience in identifying, soliciting, and cultivating donations from individuals, corporations and foundations. Knowledge of and involvement in the volunteer health arena and current governance issues. Proven ability to provide leadership and inspiration to staff and volunteers. Demonstrated excellence in communications and interpersonal skills. A proven, positive track record in financial management. Knowledge and experience in the application of current technologies and their application to nonprofit operational needs. A passion for working with mission-driven organizations. Strong administrative ability to translate goals into action in a cost-effective manner. S/he must be an individual who is both a strategic and a tactical thinker, who can develop appropriate long-range plans for the Board's approval and then execute appropriate programs. Must have a firm understanding of current nonprofit management principles and have the ability to anticipate and develop new funding for chapter activities.  An entrepreneurial spirit and the passion to make a difference.  For consideration, please submit a resume and cover letter  to: Joe Warren, c/o LFA – PNW, PO Box 2131, Woodinville, WA 98072 or send via email to: Pacnwwash1@gmail.com

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  April 2, 2015