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Careers and Internships

The Lupus Foundation of America is the 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.

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 Director, 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

Please see below for internship opportunities. 

Full-Time Opportunities

Advocacy and Government Relations

Public Policy Director

JOB SUMMARY

The Director of Public Policy is an integral member of the Lupus Foundation of America’s Advocacy and Government Relations team by assisting in implementing the Foundation’s year round public policy program. This position is based in the national headquarters of the Lupus Foundation of America in Washington, D.C.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS 

Roles and responsibilities of the Director of Public Policy include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for federal regulatory and legislative issues with a specific focus public policy related to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), drug development and innovation and the Foundation’s Patient Focused Drug Development initiatives, including reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act and legislative and regulatory issues related to the 21st Century Cures Act.
  • Responsible for attending meetings, drafting and submitting regulatory comments on FDA related and other regulatory issues.
  • Work closely with Research Department to lead the Foundation’s patient registry, RAY: Research Accelerated by You.
  • Responsible for managing the Lupus Research Action Network (LRAN), an LFA initiative to promote participation in clinical trials, and coordinating LRAN activities related to a federal grant with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.
  • Create and implement grassroots and grasstops advocacy campaigns, including developing advocacy alerts and updates, talking points and supporting materials and strategies for advancing the Foundation’s federal policy priorities, including lupus programs at the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the HHS Office of Minority Health.
  • Represent the Foundation in meetings with Members of Congress and regulatory agencies.
  • Work with the Senior Vice President, Advocacy & Government Relations in engaging the Foundation’s Corporate Advisory Council and Medical and Scientific Advisory Council.
  • Participate in and build strategic coalitions on federal and state policy issues.
  • Support planning and implementation of the Foundation’s National Advocacy Summit, grasstops fly-in and other advocacy conferences and events.
  • Create policy communications for distribution on the Foundation’s website, social media, electronic newsletters and other communications channels.
  • Convey a professional and positive image that reflects favorably on the Foundation.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proficient computer and internet research skills are a must.
  • Experience tracking and monitoring legislation and regulations and in policy analysis.
  • Understanding of the legislative process and FDA regulatory process.
  • Experience developing and conducting grassroots campaigns and working with advocates.
  • Detail oriented and strong organizational skills required. Capable of handling diversified assignments and highly adaptable.
  • The ability to work well in a fast-paced environment interfacing with all levels of management and volunteers, as well as Congressional staff, elected officials and representatives of government agencies.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Self-starter, requiring little supervision.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university with seven+ years related experience preferably on Capitol Hill, the patient advocacy community, in government or the equivalent combination of education and work experience.

BENEFITS

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! 

HOW TO APPLY

Interested and qualified candidates, please forward a cover letter, including salary requirements, and a resume to: HR@lupus.org with "Public Policy Director" in the subject line OR  apply on LinkedIn.  No telephone calls please. Principals only. AA/EOE.
 

Public Policy Manager

JOB SUMMARY

The Public Policy Manager will be an integral member of the Lupus Foundation of America’s Advocacy and Government Relations team by assisting in implementing the Foundation’s year round public policy program. This position will be based in the national headquarters of the Lupus Foundation of America in Washington, D.C. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS 

Roles and responsibilities of the Director of Public Policy include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for federal legislative and regulatory issues.
  • Conduct grassroots and grasstops advocacy campaigns including developing advocacy alerts and updates, talking points and supporting materials and strategies for advancing the Foundation’s federal policy priorities.
  • Support the Foundation’s policy work related to research, including patient focused drug development.
  • Represent the Foundation in meetings with Members of Congress and regulatory agencies.
  • Participate in and build strategic coalitions on federal policy issues.
  • Support planning and implementation of the Foundation’s National Advocacy Summit, grasstops fly-in and other advocacy conferences and events.
  • Draft regulatory comments and Congressional testimony.
  • Create policy communications for distribution on the Foundation’s website, social media, electronic newsletters and other communications channels.
  • Convey a professional and positive image that reflects favorably on the Foundation.
  • Other duties as assigned.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree from four year college or university with five+ years related experience preferably on Capitol Hill, the patient advocacy community, in government or the equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proficient computer and internet research skills are a must.
  • Experience tracking and monitoring legislation and regulations and in policy analysis.
  • Understanding of the legislative and regulatory process.
  • Experience developing and conducting grassroots campaigns and working with advocates.
  • Detail oriented and strong organizational skills required. Capable of handling diversified assignments and highly adaptable.
  • The ability to work well in a fast paced environment interfacing with all levels of management and volunteers, as well as Congressional staff and other elected officials.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Self-starter, requiring little supervision.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree from four year college or university with five+ years related experience preferably on Capitol Hill, the patient advocacy community, in government or the equivalent combination of education and work experience.

BENEFITS

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! 

HOW TO APPLY

Interested and qualified candidates, please forward a cover letter, including salary requirements, and a resume to: HR@lupus.org with "Public Policy Manager" in the subject line OR  apply on LinkedIn.  No telephone calls please. Principals only. AA/EOE.

Marketing and Communications

Communications Specialist

POSITION SUMMARY

Under the direction of the vice president of communications, the communications specialist will play a key role in writing and distributing marketing content, including website, e-communications, social media and media relations, supporting federal grants, and performing other communications duties that increase the visibility of and engagement with the Lupus Foundation of America’s (Foundation) programs, services and campaigns.

The communications specialist is an integral member of the Marketing and Communications Department team, oftentimes working with various team members and across departments to reach specific goals related primarily to improving the lives of those living with or affected by lupus. Our ideal candidate is detail-oriented with solid decision-making and project management skills, and should be a self-starter that can manage up when necessary. The specialist should have excellent writing skills, experience developing and executing project work plans, and an ability to see a project through from beginning to end. This position requires a strong desire to learn about and understand lupus and the Foundation’s priorities, programs and services.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

The communications specialist is responsible for copywriting and editing, and providing support for a variety of internal and external communications. The work involves using well-developed skills in written and verbal communications, technical computer applications and project coordination. The specialist will be working independently and with staff in a team environment to support and track project timelines and tasks, and communicate updates to staff and other groups as relevant.

Roles and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Communications

  • Coordinate and provide writing and editing for a variety of communications and marketing materials for the Foundation and its regional offices, including web posts, e-communications, newsletters, social media posts, presentations, speeches, fliers, lupus warrior profiles, reports, etc. This includes writing for different audiences, including consumers, people with lupus, caregivers, policy makers, advocates, media and health care professionals. This work includes:
    • Drafting and editing web content such as news stories, Inside Lupus Research articles, health education resources and blogs
    • Drafting social media posts and e-communications content such as external emails and e-newsletters
    • Drafting press releases, advisories, media pitches, talking points and other press materials
    • Researching and organizing facts and sources
    • Interviewing and engaging with constituents, and
    • Ensuring Foundation communications and messaging are clear, consistent, error-free, in line with Foundation tone and priorities, and engaging to a variety of target audiences
  • Write, edit and review content to ensure it adheres to the Foundation’s style and brand guidelines, plain language and clear communication standards, and health communication best practices.
    • Assist with publishing, editing and updating Foundation websites in the CMS
    • Maintain tracking spreadsheet of all print and digital marketing materials
    • Assist with developing and executing promotion plans and project work plans
    • Effectively utilize the Foundation’s project management software (Redbooth) to include creating and coordinating workspaces and tasks within Redbooth
    • Coordinate evaluations, surveys and other assessment tools to garner feedback on department initiatives
  • Assist with providing communications support for the World Lupus Federation

Social Media

  • Support the promotion of the Foundation’s work and chapter affiliate programs through social media outreach
  • Assist in ensuring social media channels are engaging and responsive by helping to monitor comments carefully and crafting responses in keeping with the Foundation’s messaging
  • Create social media toolkits that include key assets for partners and constituents designed to help promote Foundation initiatives

Media Relations

  • Assist in executing media strategies, draft press releases, advisories, media pitches, talking points and other press materials, and disseminate materials
  • Post press releases on the wire, maintain list of Foundation-earned media placements and other key media clippings, and support the analysis and reporting of results
  • Develop and maintain a database of patient spokespeople and their stories
  • Assist with pitching media with timely story angles about Foundation programs and lupus, identifying media opportunities, pulling editorial calendars and highlighting opportunities for placement
  • Assist on a proactive and reactive basis to coordinate and satisfy media inquiries for information, statements and interviews
  • Assist in maintaining positive relationships with key local and national media contacts

Miscellaneous

  • Support the Marketing and Communications Department in maintaining and ensuring brand consistency and voice across the Foundation’s national network of chapters, regional offices and community partners
  • Coordinate projects with outside agencies, vendors, etc.
  • Coordinate operations tasks for the Marketing and Communications Department, including minor accounting tasks such as invoicing, contract organization, select meeting agenda and shareable notes/recording of key discussion points and action items
  • Collaborate on campaigns and projects that are designed to reach and engage populations disproportionately impacted by lupus 
  • Support and attend as necessary Lupus Foundation of America national office events which include but are not limited to all-staff meetings, Advocacy Summit, and specific Walks; coordinate Foundation event giveaway items
  • Serve on inter-departmental working groups as appropriate
  • Other duties as assigned

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Three to five years of experience in a communications position, preferably in the PR agency, not-for-profit, advocacy or healthcare industry
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills, including the ability to write for diverse audiences and a variety of communication mediums
  • Experience utilizing and engaging with an organization’s social media community through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok.
  • Ability to work independently and in a fast-paced and team-based environment
  • Ability to interview and connect with people and tell their stories in creative and impactful ways.
  • Understanding and use of AP Stylebook and plain language and clear communication guidelines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including empathy and discretion
  • Excellent verbal communication skills with ability to present ideas and information clearly
  • Extreme attention to detail, outstanding organization skills, and ability to acquire new knowledge quickly
  • Ability to manage multiple projects effectively, as well as manage and meet deadlines
  • Preferred experience with collaboration and project management tools such as Slack, Redbooth, Dropbox and Google Drive
  • Familiarity with keyword placement and SEO
  • Proficiency in all Microsoft Office applications
  • Experience with media tools such as Cision and PR Newswire
  • Spanish speaking and writing capabilities, a plus.

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field, preferably Communications, Public Relations, English or Marketing

BENEFITS

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! 

HOW TO APPLY

Interested and qualified candidates, please forward a cover letter, including salary requirements, and a resume to: HR@lupus.org with "Communications Specialist" in the subject line OR  apply on LinkedIn.  No telephone calls please. Principals only. AA/EOE.

Digital Strategy Specialist

JOB SUMMARY

The Lupus Foundation of America seeks a person passionate and fascinated about the function and progression of digital communications for a rewarding position focused on education and innovation, all in service to improving the lives of people suffering from lupus.

The Digital Strategy Specialist position is responsible for implementing tasks and the critical thinking around key aspects of digital communications, including web, email, data and reporting, content creation and updating, and project management. This is a position that incorporates constant analytical thinking and willingness to research and experiment, but can also take on the operational tasks that are part of a successful and growing digital strategy.

While this position is very much a position involving tech and data, we’re looking for a person who has a high level of professional curiosity and a desire to pass along findings and knowledge as matters of interest and education.

The Digital Strategy Specialist is an important part of the Marketing and Communications Department and will need strong communication, grammar, editing, and technical explanation skills. We are looking for someone who will actively and patiently engage with colleagues and provide data and technical knowledge to implement and improve our work.

The Digital Strategy Specialist will be part of the Marketing and Communications Department, reporting to the Director of Digital Strategy.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS 

Roles and responsibilities of the Digital Strategy Specialist include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating and updating web content with an eye toward improving usability and user engagement.
  • Assembling and QAing emails for the national office in HTML source code or MJML, editing and troubleshooting formatting to ensure consistent presentation.
  • Analyzing statistics for web, email, online donations, social media, video, digital advertising and podcasts to pass along actionable items and interesting items to the organization.
  • Track content updates and requests in our project management platforms, moving items through processes and updating information on tasks.
  • Monitoring SEO performance to identify opportunities, collaborate with our SEO partner and implement agreed-upon recommendations to increase web traffic from organic search.
  • Updating and maintaining data from email, web, social, and CRM. This includes running reports in multiple, diverse systems and maintaining the storage of this data.
  • Configuring and maintaining the web analytics system using Google Analytics (including GA4), Tag Manager, and Optimize.
  • Research and experiment with tools to improve our process and asset management.
  • Create and maintain reports for the organization using Google Data Studio.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to adapt interpersonal and communication style to interact effectively with a wide variety of people, as well as a passion for clarity, transparency, and analysis.
  • Relevant experience in data management, mass communications, statistics reporting, marketing, email management, and/or coding.
  • Experience and interest in health care communications and/or patient advocacy preferred.
  • Experience, comfort with, and strong interest in and enthusiasm for web and email coding, including HTML, CSS, regular expressions, queries, and email restrictions and frameworks (MJML or Foundation for Email).
  • Ability and willingness to do deep research to find the answers to coding challenges, best practices, and creative solutions.
  • Deep experience in (or strong interest in) spreadsheet functions and the principles of presenting spreadsheets as data.
  • Comfort with code editors such as Sublime Text or VS Code.
  • Experience and/or knowledge of using content management systems and marketing databases required; specific knowledge of Drupal, Raiser’s Edge and Luminate Online (Blackbaud) preferred.
  • Experience with and strong interest in analytics programs (like Google or Adobe Analytics) and data visualization programs (like Tableau or Data Studio); working knowledge of the principles of SEO and web analytics.
  • Experience with collaboration, productivity and project management tools such as Google Drive/Docs/Sheets, Slack, and Kanban-based project management like Redbooth and Trello.
  • Creative thinker with strong capabilities in analytical thinking; problem-solving, technical troubleshooting; and answer researching.
  • Proven ability to work well independently and in a fast paced and team-based environment.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects effectively, as well as manage and meet deadlines.

BENEFITS

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! 

HOW TO APPLY

Interested and qualified candidates, please forward a cover letter, including salary requirements, and a resume to: HR@lupus.org with "Digital Strategy Specialist" in the subject line OR  apply on LinkedIn.  No telephone calls please. Principals only. AA/EOE.

Southern California Region

Regional Director, Southern California Region

Summary

The Regional Director is responsible for overseeing the strategic growth and successful operation of the Lupus Foundation of America’s Southern California Region.  The Regional Director plays a critical role in the development of the Region and will be responsible for overall regional growth strategies including revenue generation, high-level volunteer leadership development, donor cultivation and stewardship and enhanced constituent engagement.  This position is responsible for leading all fundraising and development activities to ensure growth, impact and successful achievement of Region success metrics.

The Regional Director reports to the Vice President, Network Development and collaborates with all members of the Lupus Foundation of America Executive Team as applicable.

Primary Responsibilities

Roles and responsibilities of the Regional Director include, but are not limited to:

  • Accountable for achieving assigned regional budget, creating outcomes that will enable the region to meet/exceed budget goals.
  • Develop and grow network of volunteer leadership with a focus on creation of a high-impact volunteer Leadership Council.
  • Establish a culture of high performance and accountability while serving and engaging LFA constituents and stakeholders with a special emphasis on donor and leadership development; corporate engagement; volunteer engagement, and accountability.  
  • Work to cultivate relationships for individual giving within the region and maintain a portfolio of donors and prospects; partner with the LFA Development Department as needed for support and guidance.
  • Identify and foster high-impact corporate relationships both local and national in scope.
  • In consultation with the Care, Support & Services & Research Departments, provide appropriate constituent education and community engagement opportunities.
  • In partnership with all LFA departments, ensure the region staff and volunteer leadership integrate government relations, marketing, public relations, community outreach, communication, and media relation programs within their market’s overall development activities. 
  • Monitor P&L and partner with the national office to assess the region's annual and monthly budgets, cash flow, and to ensure accurate financial forecasts. 
  • Identify market potential and high potential growth areas. Provide assessment of market areas including income trends, demographics, ROI and potential for income, and leadership development.  
  • Ensure that sound budgetary, financial management, and other systems and procedures are efficient and reflect the region's overall development operation. 
  • Serve as an integral member of the Network Development Team.

Position Requirements

  • An experienced fund-raising professional with a minimum 10 years experience in successful revenue generation and volunteer engagement with a proven track record of exceeding fundraising goals.  
  • Broad based fundraising knowledge, experience and skill in nonprofit management with emphasis on strategic planning, leadership, financial management, and market development. 
  • Superior relationship development skills.
  • Ability to motivate staff and volunteers. 
  • Experience managing staff and volunteers and comfortable communicating performance expectations and holding staff accountable to performance objectives.
  • Exceptional management, leadership, and team-building skills, especially in financial and donor management. 
  • Effectively multi-task, establish priorities, and work in a fast-paced environment. Highly efficient in time management and can meet deadlines under pressure. 
  • Detail-oriented and strong organizational skills. Demonstrate competency when handling diversified assignments. 
  • Team player with the ability to interface with all levels of staff and volunteers. Strong capability to leverage relationships and negotiate agreements. 
  • Excellent written, oral, and communication skills. Ability for strong presentation delivery, conveying ideas, and instructing effectively. 
  • Superior active listening, observation, analytical, and problem recognition and solving skills. 
  • Ability to work and make judgments independently and take initiative. 
  • Well-disciplined and a self-starter that is extremely resourceful.

Education

Minimum – Bachelor’s degree required

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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:

Executive Office

Marketing and Communications

Fundraising and Development

Education and Research

Strategic Operations Intern

Summary

The Strategic Operations Intern supports the Executive Department in a wide range of capacities. This person should be comfortable with managing a work portfolio that extends across departments and functions. This individual should be a utility player, with excellent organization skills, and strong interpersonal communication abilities. 

The role is ideal for any person interested in nonprofit leadership. Because this individual will be reporting to our executive office, the experience will provide the candidate with broad exposure to the organization’s operations. This means that the work streams for which the candidate will be responsible will evolve, allowing for greater exposure to the processes behind organizational objective-setting – leaving the candidate with highly transferrable skillsets.

The candidate should be a highly motivated individual who finds an evolving position to be appealing, and wants a truly immersive look at non-profit operations. The position requires a dynamic individual with excellent interpersonal, organizational, and writing skills.

Primary Responsibilities

Provide support to the executive department in:

  • Strategic operations
  • Moves management
  • Integration
  • Research
  • Meeting planning
  • Drafting materials
  • Other projects as assigned

Qualifications

  • A Bachelor or Master’s degree, or currently enrolled in a degree program.
  • A degree in health, political science, communications, or business is preferred but not required.
  • 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, if used for course credit.  If not being used for course credit, a stipend may be given.  A minimum of 15 work hours per week is required.

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

Marketing and Communications Intern

Position Summary:
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.

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: InternApps@lupus.org or FAX to: 202-349-1156. Please include “Communications Intern” in the subject line. 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: InternApps@lupus.org (please include “Corporate Development Intern” in the subject line) or FAX to: 202-349-1156.  NO telephone calls, please.

Development/Walk Intern

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: InternApps@lupus.org or FAX to: 202-349-1156. NO telephone calls, please. Principals only. AA/EOE.

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: InternApps@lupus.org or FAX to: 202-349-1156. Please include “Online Social Media 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: InternApps@lupus.org or FAX to: 202-349-1156. Please include “Graphic Design Intern” in the subject line. NO telephone calls, please.

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: InternApps@lupus.org or fax to: 202-349-1156. Please include “Copywriter Intern” in the subject line.

Education and Research Intern

The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) is the nation's leading nonprofit voluntary health organization dedicated to finding the causes of and cure for lupus and providing support and services to all people affected by lupus. Research, education, and patient services are at the heart of LFA's programs.

The Education and Research intern will potentially be involved with writing patient education materials, supporting the work of the National Resource Center on Lupus, organizing and planning education events, coordinating the grant reviewer database as well as other duties as assigned. 

A Bachelor or Master’s degree, or currently enrolled in a degree program, with a major in Public Health, 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 in a dynamic work environment, A minimum of 15 work hours per week is required.