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Marketing & Communications Internship (Fall 2020)

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Alliance for Smiles

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Alliance for Smiles

Marketing & Communications Internship (Fall 2020)


About Alliance for Smiles

Alliance for Smiles is a registered 501c3 nonprofit with a mission to forever improve the lives of children and communities impacted by cleft by providing free, comprehensive treatment while building local capacity for long-term care.

It's little known that children born with cleft conditions in many countries face tremendous physical, emotional, and social challenges. Approximately one in ten are killed by their own families or communities for being born with the condition, as it is often considered a curse or spiritual punishment. Those who survive have difficulty breastfeeding, are prone to other serious medical conditions, and are often shunned, bullied, abused, or abandoned.

The solution is a relatively quick surgery (often around one hour) after which the children’s lives and opportunities are transformed forever. Unfortunately, most of them do not live in areas where trained surgeons are available, and if they do, the surgeries are often unaffordable.

That’s where Alliance for Smiles (AfS) comes in, undertaking medical missions to offer free surgeries for children impacted by cleft lip and palate in underserved regions of the world, training the medical teams that serve them, and establishing Treatment Centers to provide long-term, sustainable care for these patients.

AfS and its medical missions are powered by a lean team & board, along with almost one thousand volunteers, including both medical and non-medical volunteers. We’d love for you to join us in this mission!

About the role(s)

Change lives forever with Alliance for Smiles! At AfS, we are passionate about transforming the course of children’s lives, one smile at a time. We’ve provided surgeries for over 7,000 children to date, and none of that would’ve been possible without the incredible support of some amazing volunteers. Join us in this mission!

We have openings for internships with impact across a few disciplines. We’ll highlight the primary role this document is focused on but also include the rest below in case you see a role that you’re more interested in or know someone you could refer to us:

Marketing & Communications: Are you a powerful storyteller with words and/or visuals? Do you love helping build a brand and strategizing about the best ways to get the word out about issues that you care about? Are you skilled at utilizing social media, writing & copy-editing, and/or capturing & editing fantastic video content? If you said "yes" to even a fraction of those questions, we’d love to connect with you!

Additional roles:

Development & Fundraising: Asking for money is some people’s worst nightmare, while other people have an amazing knack for telling people about an important issue that matters and showing them how they can use their dollars and networks to help support a community in need. It’s a beautiful & incredibly important gift! If that sounds like you, we’d love to have your help with applying for grants, creating & launching fundraising campaigns, and hosting events (both in-person - when it’s safe - and online) to help raise the funds we need to change children’s lives forever.

Website Design & Support: Are you tech savvy and love working on websites to help create a beautiful, user-friendly experience for visitors to the site? Our site, built with WordPress, serves lots of groups - volunteers, donors, people who want to learn more about cleft, and now - with COVID-19 - it will also host training videos for our partners at hospitals around the world to help them develop & hone their skills to support cleft patients. Now more than ever, we’re hosting more campaigns and information on our site and we’d love to have your help developing it!

International Program Support: The world has changed and for the first time in our 16 year history, we’re not able to go on international medical missions for the time being. We have pivoted & adapted to the changing times & circumstances. The trainings we would normally be giving medical teams at our partner hospitals around the world are now being conducted online thanks to our incredible nurses, surgeons, and translators. As we continue to roll out this new program feature, we will need support in logistics coordination, curriculum development, and material management. We especially welcome the support of interns with language skills in the following: French, Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, and Burmese. Help us continue achieving our mission in new and innovative ways around the world!

Because we are a small but mighty team, we all wear a lot of hats and our work changes constantly. Our interns do the same. The beauty of the AfS team and volunteers is that everyone steps up to help out and has a great time while doing it!

Most of our internships are part to full time (approx. 10- 40 hours/week) depending on availability, and a minimum three month commitment is preferred. Scheduling is flexible.

While internships with AfS are unpaid, it is possible to receive a small stipend to cover any relevant costs. Normally, interns are provided a desk, computer, etc at our office in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco, however, the AfS team is currently working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

About you

Internship candidates should:

  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Be fluent in English; additional languages are a huge bonus, as we partner with communities around the world
  • Be able to commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week for 3 months
  • Have skills and experience relevant to the role
  • Have cross-cultural awareness and interests
  • Be empathetic, socially aware, and values driven
  • Be open-minded, flexible, and ready to have fun with a small, friendly, and high impact team

About the benefits

An internship with AfS will give you hands-on learning with a lean, resourceful team of dedicated, friendly staff, who are committed to changing and saving children’s lives who have been impacted by cleft conditions.

While this role is an unpaid internship, there are still some great benefits for our volunteers:

You will:

  • Gain experience working with an established and meaningful international 501c3 nonprofit
  • Work with a manager/mentor to undertake an/or design projects that help you hone the personal and professional skills you want to develop to continue your career development
  • Be part of a large community of people committed to an inspiring mission, and join the many social events and networks that come with it
  • References for successful candidates; we love to help our interns create & showcase projects that will help them further their career goals and learn the skills they need to succeed

Learn more at www.allianceforsmiles.org . If interested, please send your resume and cover letter to info@allianceforsmiles.org . Feel free to call (415) 647-4881 with any questions and thank you for considering a role with us!

A diverse and inclusive workplace where we learn from each other is an integral part of AfS culture. We actively welcome people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives. We are an equal opportunity employer and a great place to work. Join us and help us achieve our life-changing mission!

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About Alliance for Smiles


2565 THIRD ST, Suite 237, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94107, US

Mission Statement

Alliance for Smiles is a nonprofit organization committed to creating new smiles for children suffering from untreated cleft lip and cleft palate anomalies. Our dedicated teams of volunteers provide comprehensive treatment including free reconstructive surgery for these often neglected children in underserved areas of the world.


Alliance for Smiles (AfS) was founded in October of 2004 by five members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco who had been involved for ten years previously with cleft lip and palate reconstructive surgery. The mission of Alliance for Smiles (AfS) is to repair children’s broken smiles by providing free comprehensive treatment for cleft lip and palate anomalies in under-served areas of the world.

Service Array

Alliance for Smiles functions as an international service project with the following goals:

  1. To provide free reconstructive surgery and dental treatment to children with cleft lip and palate anomalies in underserved areas of the world.
  2. To establish comprehensive cleft treatment centers in collaboration with local professionals and inspire them to support free interdisciplinary treatment programs.
  3. To foster an awareness of the necessity to provide timely comprehensive care for all cleft lip and palate anomalies.
  4. To develop and implement programs to identify causes and support preventive measures to reduce the incidence of cleft lip and palate.
  5. To create international understanding and goodwill by building bridges of friendship among all people.

Children & Youth
Health & Medicine


Thu Oct 15, 2020 - Wed Jan 13, 2021
10:00 AM - 03:30 PM  


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • Marketing & Communications (Mar/Com)
  • Marketing Strategy & Planning
  • Public Relations
  • Brand Development & Messaging
  • Copy Writing / Copy Editing
  • Social Media / Blogging




  • Must be at least 18
  • Most of our internships are part to full time (approx. 10- 40 hours/week) depending on availability, and a minimum three month commitment is preferred. Scheduling is flexible.

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