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 regional offices in New York and Seattle and a national network of chapters, branches, support groups, local representatives, and activists across the nation.
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.
To apply for any of the positions below, please send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to the Senior Manager, Human Resources and Operations at HR@lupus.org or by fax: 202-349-1156. NO TELEPHONE CALLS PLEASE! Click here to jump to internship opportunities.
Education & Research
Marketing & Communications
The Health and Science Content Writer is a key member of the organization’s Education & Research Team, with responsibility for researching, developing, producing, and contributing to content in print and digital formats primarily for patients and consumers. Additionally, the Senior Writer must be able to take complex scientific and medical concepts and turn them into easy to understand, lay language content for the public. The Writer will report to the Vice President, Education and Research but will work on a daily basis and receive assignments from the Director of the National Research Center on Lupus.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Creating print and digital content for LFA’s health education and research programs, events, and services, including the National Resource Center on Lupus.
- Researching and writing original health education material in print and digital format.
- Synthesizing and transforming complex scientific and medical concepts into plain language for various organizational constituencies and target audiences.
- Meeting deadlines as required.
- Participating in editorial calendar planning and development.
- Repurposing existing content for alternative purposes.
- Working in cooperation with the other departments and teams, when assigned, to create content and support cross-organizational projects as needed (blogs, newsletters, emails, conduct interviews).
- Providing editing support for organization wide materials on an as needed basis.
- Supporting the LFA at local and organizational events as needed and required (e.g. Advocacy Days, Galas, scientific meetings).
- Completing other writing related duties as assigned.
- Undergraduate or graduate degree in journalism or communications.
- Proven experience in health and science writing and editing for a variety of mediums.
- Proven experience in health and science content development and health education.
- Excellent oral, written, spelling, grammar, and proofreading skills.
- Highly organized with exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Ability to meet deadlines, juggle multiple assignments, and work under pressure.
- Computer literacy with proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe, and other digital collaboration and project management tools.
Interested and qualified candidates, please forward a cover letter, including salary requirements, and a resume to: HR@lupus.org with "Content Writer" in the subject line. No telephone calls please. Principals only. AA/EOE.
The Associate Director of Digital Strategy is a hands-on technical role with primary responsibility for the development, progressive enhancement and management of all of the Lupus Foundation of America’s (Foundation) public-facing websites (two core websites- www.lupus.org and resources.lupus.org- and various campaign microsites and integrated third-party services). The Director is responsible for training Foundation staff on using our Content Management Systems (CMS) including assisting the Foundation’s national network, including chapters, with their online presence. This includes maintaining stable hosting and development environments, working with vendors to develop and test new functionality as necessary, and providing technical support to other national staff and department heads that help to provide content.
The Associate Director, supported by the Digital Communications Coordinator position, oversees the social media strategy and digital content calendar, and conceives and executes digital engagement strategies via email, SEO, organic social media and paid digital advertising. This position serves as a counselor as needed to the Foundation’s national network, including regional offices and chapters, with their online presence. This position requires an interest in current web and online trends and a passion for building an amazing online experience for constituents that will motivate them to regularly engage with the Foundation.
This is a highly networked and collaborative position, with work unfolding via cross-departmental project teams from Marketing, Research & Education, Advocacy& Public Policy, and Fundraising &Development. The Director plays a leadership role in nurturing and generating leads via donation and email form UX and automated welcome emails. In 2018, this position will play an active role in the redesign of our flagship website lupus.org.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Continually review and administer public-facing websites (users, content, features) and seek to improve information architecture, site navigation and design to support the users’ experience within all of the LFA’s web properties.
- Conceptualize and implement technical solutions to facilitate website goals and reach organization based goals.
- Work with LFA chapters and regional offices to maintain a consistent look / branding identity on their respective websites. Train chapter staff / volunteers to use content management system to update their websites.
- Manage technical integration with third-party software providers tied to online communications (e.g. Luminate Online, Luminate CRM, Salesforce, CQEngage, Teamraiser, Qualtrix).
- Monitor web traffic and analyze statistics using Google Analytics and Algolia.
- Provide monthly web stats report to key stakeholders indicating how metrics support our goals, identifying trends, and providing recommendations for changes or updates based on data.
- Contribute to post-campaign SWOT reporting, documenting what worked and what didn’t, the results of any A/B tests, and implementing improvements.
- Implement effective search engine optimization strategies.
- Manage the Foundation’s Google Grants strategy and paid AdWords campaigns and social media advertising projects with support from external vendors.
- Continually update website to ensure a fresh look with timely, relevant and interesting content that meets the Foundations strategic goals.
- Maintain a working knowledge of existing website content and the Foundation’s mission, programs and activities.
- Conceptualize and design outcomes-focused webpages, microsites, email templates, and forms.
- Maintain knowledge of leading and latest web technologies.
- Ensure that the website is easily accessible and meets all federal requirements and nonprofit industry standards of excellence.
- Monitor web server and site technical performance. Handle support calls to hosting providers when issues arise.
- Maintain and ensure website security best practices, including the regular renewal of SSL certificates and timely patching to our various CMS software.
- Create and implement website, social media and online communications policies and procedures. Act as brand steward ensuring consistency is represented from a visual and messaging perspective online.
- Lead technical implementation of web and interactive projects.
- Oversee content publication to social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube)
- At least 3-5 years of experience in a similar role.
- Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, communications, public relations or marketing from an accredited college or university; or equivalent education/experience.
- Experience in website project management, expansion and maintenance (portfolio or links highly encouraged) with a strong knowledge of graphic editing and optimization.
- Strong knowledge of HTML and CSS for website and email formatting
- Deep understanding of how data can be used to increase donations, event registration, and constituent engagement in a nonprofit health setting.
- Familiarity with Luminate Online and other Blackbaud products.
- Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop, and Dreamweaver.
- Proficient in SEO best practices and Google AdWords.
- Ability to acquire new knowledge quickly and work autonomously, while also thriving in a collaborative setting.
- Excellent verbal communication skills with ability to present ideas and information clearly.
- Extreme attention to detail and outstanding organization skills.
- Ability to manage multiple projects effectively, as well as manage and meet deadlines.
- Ability to write and edit engaging digital copy, including from complex health topics for use on social media and other digital platforms.
- Familiar with open source software and common content management systems (Expression Engine, Drupal and/or Craft a plus).
- Familiarity with nonprofit applications for fundraising and advocacy and experience developing for social media (e.g., Facebook applications) and mobile outreach (text messaging, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Android, etc.) is preferred. Experience in mobile app creation and management a plus.
- Knowledge of health and nonprofit issues is helpful.
Interested and qualified candidates, please forward a cover letter, including salary requirements, and a resume to: HR@lupus.org with "Associate Director" in the subject line. No telephone calls please. Principals only. AA/EOE.
The Communications Specialist will support the development and implementation of all marketing and communications efforts for the Foundation including, media relations, campaign development and implementation, online communications and content development. The selected candidate will play a key role in helping the Foundation promote its work; reinforce and grow the Foundation’s position as the authoritative source for lupus information; and grow engagement with key stakeholders. The position will report to the Public Relations Director.
S/he must be a team player, effectively juggling a diverse variety of projects with grace and professionalism. Our ideal candidate is detail oriented with solid decision-making and project management skills. S/he will have excellent writing skills, experience with media relations and social media, demonstrated experience developing and executing project work plans, and an ability to see a project through from beginning to end.
Roles and responsibilities of the Communications Specialist include, but are not limited to:
- Develop PR-related materials including press releases, media kits, message points and stakeholder profiles.
- Assist with copywriting for marketing materials such as brochures, presentations, blogs, enewsletter, articles, advertisements, video script and constituent and employee communication.
- Support efforts to ensure communications align with overarching content strategy and brand voice.
- Develop and execute media relations plans to support various fundraising, awareness and research initiatives.
- Daily and weekly news monitoring.
- Maintain and update news section on the website.
- Manage and implement assigned marketing projects related to national awareness fundraising, and advocacy campaigns.
- Manage execution of contracted sponsor/underwriter benefit promotions tied to marketing and communication efforts.
- Prepare reports and track results of marketing and media relations initiatives.
- Support celebrity engagement by drafting communications and relevant plans, conducting research, developing impact reports, and maintaining an up-to-date list of contacts.
- Support chapter marketing requests.
- Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, journalism or a related field, preferred.
- Three to five years of marketing/communications/public relations experience .
- Extremely detail oriented and comfortable developing and/or working with project plans/timelines.
- Exceptional writing and editing skills, including the ability to write for a variety of audiences and communications mediums.
- Candidate should be an organized self-starter and able to work independently while managing multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
- Strong interpersonal skills, proven ability to work cross-functionally, across Foundation departments and in a team-based environment.
- Media relations experience, including writing press releases and statements, building media lists, andcreating media reports.
- Experience with Cision, PR Newswire or other media monitoring platforms a strong plus.
- Experience using social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.
- Able to demonstrate previous experience, including a portfolio of work examples.
- Knowledge of nonprofit or health organizations a plus.
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.
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.
- 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.
Marketing and Communications
- Copywriter Intern
- Marketing and Communications Intern
- Graphic Design Intern
- Online/Social Media Intern
Fundraising and Development
Marketing and Communications Department
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.
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.
The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fundraising and Development Department
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.