Student Intern Department
Afghanistan International Foundation for the Blind (AIFB)
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The Afghanistan International Foundation For The Blind (AIFB) formally known as "Afghanistan Blind Women and Children Foundation (ABWC)":
Enhancing the lives of blind individuals in the country since August 28, 2009, AIFB has been recognized by NY State as a non-profit foundation. Its mission is to empower Afghan blind women through healthcare and blind children through education and rehabilitation services in Afghanistan.
The foundation accepts national and international students.
The Afghanistan International Foundation For The Blind needs your time as a volunteer!
Description of Position:
The Afghanistan International Foundation For The Blind (AIFB) formally known as "Afghanistan Blind Women and Children Foundation (ABWC)": has been enhancing the lives of blind individuals in Afghanistan since August 28, 2009, AIFB has been recognized by NY State as a non-profit foundation. Its mission is to empower Afghan blind individuals through healthcare, education, and rehabilitation services in Afghanistan. The foundation accepts national and international students. The Afghanistan International Foundation For The Blind needs your time as a volunteer! Students received experience in the following important areas of nonprofit foundation functions:
- Orientation and management
- Research for seeking grant givers
- Organizing grant proposal files and folders
- Foundation Center online library database research
- Foundation Center, filing paperwork.
- Reading and answering AIFB Foundation emails
- Filing and seeking volunteer organizations to match the (AIFB) curriculums and needs
- Preparing documentation and paperwork for new application formats for filing and researching new grants
- Preparing documentation and paperwork for board meetings
- Organizing professional biographies of the new board members
- Writing presidential reports
- Creating excel treasury reports
- Writing tax deductible letters to donors
- Creating list of contributors in databases
- Write professional partnership letters to National and International organizations
- Computer research regarding Afghanistan collaboration projects
- Planning, organizing and executing fundraising events
- Updating the (AIFB) Website
- Working with all Social media such as: Facebook, Skype, Twitter, Linked In, Instagram, Facetime, Messenger, Whatsapp, and Vibe
Qualification and Commitments:
- Student must complete 3 months internship 3 days per week (6 hours per day), equaling
- Around 432 hours per semester
- Students are required to be fluent in English
- Bilingual students who are fluent in Persian and Pashto are welcomed
The foundation requests the following documents from students:
- Email address, mailing address and phone number
- College requirement forms from major department
- One page short bio that explains your education, background (your work experience in the past your current position as employee or student and volunteer experience in the past)
- Sample of writing
- Two letters of references one from the university and one from colleagues and friends (not family members) along with their email addresses, mailing addresses and phone numbers
- The university internship department contact information (mailing address, email address, phone number, fax number, and cell phone)
AIFB does not accept independent student interns, only one sponsored or approved by attending University. The student must participate in a face to face interview before being accepted to the internship program.
About Afghanistan International Foundation for the Blind (AIFB)
40-10 12th Street, Apt. 1C, Long Island City, NY 11101, US
With collaboration and partnership of other international organizations, the foundation will offer services for blind individuals in Afghanistan in order to improve quality of life in the area of education, health, rehabilitation and community services.
The foundation’s objective is to provide educational services to all ages, offer life changing services such as providing blind based computer applications and technologies for children, sending much needed blind based equipment and medical supplies from the United States, teaching students how to study mathematics and science using tactile systems, and providing training.
AIFB, by partnering with medical facilities around the world, will offer health services and provide financial support for prescriptions, laboratory procedures and operations as well as focus on access to local medical facilities, mental health treatment, chronic disease prevention, childbirth, and nutritional guidance.
The Foundation provides rehabilitation and evaluation services as well as community services. We collaborate with and support The Afghan Blind Association in Kabul to promote the disability rights movement.
Student interns: Must be college students or have a bachelor's degree. Interns commit to work 4-5 days per week. They will have a project for their time at the Foundation which they must complete.
Volunteers: Work schedule is flexible, so long as the volunteer works for at least 2 hours/week. Their tasks will be based on the department they request. The minimum time commitment is 6 months.
Board Directors and Officers of Departments must serve for one year.