Leadership Events Intern at National MS Society

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National MS Society - Mid America

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Be part of one of the most vibrant fundraising galas in the Kansas City community! The National MS Society is seeking a Leadership Events Intern to assist the Leadership Events Specialist and Mid-America President in the planning, coordinating, and execution of the National MS Society’s Dinner of Champions Orange Party. The intern will work on a variety of projects that will develop their fundraising, event planning, and marketing skills. Main support tasks include but are not limited to event planning, media and web updates, mailings, auction preparation, donor research, and sponsorship fulfillment.

Intern will have the opportunity to obtain service-learning hours, college credit, and/or recommendation letter, pending satisfactory performance.

The right candidate will be detail-oriented, resourceful and perseverant, with excellent communications and problem-solving skills.


Event Logistics (45%)

  • Weekly check in with supervisor to discuss tasks/project status, and prioritizing work
  • Solicit silent auction items for Dinner of Champions and other events and act as point person for organizing collection, tracking, and night of event display of items
  • Work with supervisor to use mobile bidding vendor, GiveSmart, to update silent auction listings and create silent auction packages
  • Assist staff in all aspects of event planning and logistics including but not limited to ideation, solicitation, vendor relationship building, sponsorship tracking and activation, maintaining RSVP list, and day of event execution for Dinner of Champions and other special events
  • Support day-of-event logistics preparations (creating signage, event timeline, site map, staff memos, etc.)
  • Attending meetings with staff and vendors in preparation of event

Marketing/Communications (45%)

  • Checking and responding to emails and voicemails in a timely manner
  • Assist with web, social, and email form creation and scheduling
  • Assist with Dinner of Champions and other special event committee materials, solicitation letters, and meetings as needed
  • Research opportunities to help market event and recruit new attendees
  • May work with volunteers to utilize their assistance in making phone calls or mailing solicitation letters, invitations, and thank you letters
  • Assist with other corporate sponsorship related projects, including working on sponsorship presentations and, where appropriate, accompanying staff on sponsor meetings or event site visits

Other duties as assigned (10%)

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how an organization engages volunteers in a meaningful way
  • Learn how to effectively plan and execute events
  • Learn nonprofit industry leadership and management best practices
  • Identify ways to improve key leadership skills including managing projects and event timelines
  • Communicating and interacting effectively in the workplace
  • Executing a vision
  • Role of nonprofit sector in society
  1. Field of Study: Marketing, Communications, Event Planning, Nonprofit Management, Hospitality, or other related fields
  2. Year in school: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior
  3. Time Commitment: 16-20 weeks/semester and 10-15 hours/week. Hours are anytime Monday-Friday between the hours of 9AM-4:30PM. Some night/weekend hours might be required.
Minimum Experience/Skills
  • Experience in events, administrative work, or research preferred
  • Excellent customer service/public speaking skills; friendly demeanor on the phone and in person
  • Good organizational skills; detail-oriented; and able to follow through with projects on time
  • Results/goal oriented; commitment to raising funds to further the NMSS Mission
Technical/Other Requirements
  • Proficient computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. (Experience with Mail Merging is a plus, but intern can be trained.)
  • Ability to sit in front of computer for a length of time
  • Ability to use phone equipment for a length of time
  • Available to attend/work Dinner of Champions on Wednesday, April 22 from 5:30-8:30 PM
  • A background check is required at no cost to the intern
  • Must have car and valid driver’s license to get to and from the office, as well as run position-related errands

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About National MS Society - Mid America


7611 State Line Road, Suite 100, Kansas City, MO 64114, US

Mission Statement

We mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS.


The National Multiple Sclerosis Society funds more MS research, offers more services to people with MS, provides more professional education programs and advances more MS advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world. Through its home office and fifty-state network of chapters, the National MS Society provides assistance to over a million people annually in its continuing mission to end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis. The Mid America Chapter serves 159 counties in Kansas and Missouri.

Seeking out and engaging volunteers to the MS cause is at the very core of our business. Each year the Society organizes a series of community events that provide many opportunities for the enthusiastic volunteer. The Society offers two key fundraising activities: Bike MS, and Walk MS Walk. The Society also engages volunteers to help influence law-makers at the federal, state and municipal levels toward legislation important to people with MS. The Society is looking for passionate volunteers with expertise in areas such as: marketing communications, public relations, corporate and donor development, medical, legal, administrative and organizational expertise.


Thu Aug 01, 2019 - Sun May 31, 2020


7611 State Line RdSte 100Kansas City, MO 64114



  • Event Design & Planning
  • Event Management
  • Public Relations
  • Customer Acquisition
  • Fundraising
  • Community Outreach




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training

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