Parkinson's Foundation Development Volunteer Internship (California Chapter)

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Parkinson's Foundation

Reports to: Bernice Detig
Position Status: Unpaid
Position Timeline: Spring - 12 hrs. per week, February-May, 2022
Location: Virtual

The Parkinson's Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience, and passion of our global Parkinson's community.

The California Chapter serves both Northern and Southern California. We invite the Parkinson’s community to attend events with their friends, family, and colleagues, both in person and online, while raising funds to support our mission. The Development Volunteer Intern - California Chapter will help support our team and work remotely with staff and volunteer leadership to increase attendance at programs, participation in fundraising events, and sponsorships of fundraising events by supporting logistics planning, research, constituent outreach, and communications.


Event planning, communication, research, and community outreach activities will be assigned based on schedule and department needs. As a Development Volunteer Intern, you may be expected to:

  • Create communications for the Chapter’s event(s) including website, social media and email content, including writing and distribution
  • Update & maintain accurate lists of community resources on the California Chapter website
  • Research & update accurate lists of neurology and movement disorder specialists in the chapter for targeted participant recruitment
  • Assist the Development Manager with event logistics
  • Assist the Development Team in planning volunteer committee calls/ meetings, and with meeting correspondence, collateral, or follow up communications
  • Research opportunities for posting/ recruitment of volunteers and participants for specific events, such as through volunteer boards, clubs, churches and schools
  • Field event participant or volunteer questions and inquiries as directed by staff
  • Perform research and outreach for new partnership, in-kind sponsorship and/or marketing opportunities
  • Prepare communications materials for corporate/ organization outreach
  • Research and assist with outreach to new potential corporate and business sponsors for Chapter programs and events
  • Perform other internship-related duties as assigned


  • Current college undergraduate student or graduate student
  • Self-starter who takes initiative, can solve problems self-sufficiently, but takes direction well
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills - an interest in storytelling
  • Professional, people-oriented, and capable of interacting with high-level volunteers
  • Strong social media skills; ability to plan and conduct social media campaigns and updates, and communicate with constituents on Facebook
  • Organized and detail-oriented; can be counted on to produce high-quality work
  • Interested in the non-profit sector, specifically fundraising
  • Access to computer, phone, and internet
  • Prior work or intern experience a plus


Please email resume and cover letter to Bernice Detig at . Applicant review will continue until the position is filled. Please indicate, "Development Volunteer Intern - California Chapter" on your application. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. No phone calls please.

The Parkinson’s Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our culture and in our work on behalf of people with Parkinson's disease.

All new hires are required to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, subject to any legally required accommodations.

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About Parkinson's Foundation


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Mission Statement

The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience and passion of our global Parkinson’s community.


We are the Parkinson’s Foundation. A community. An alliance. A movement. Where people living with Parkinson’s, families, caregivers, scientists, advocates, donors and volunteers join forces to improve lives and advance toward a cure.

For over half a century, we’ve made tangible progress on all fronts, from the largest clinical study of Parkinson’s ever, which has significantly improved care, to breakthrough treatments. Today, we continue to:

  • Provide life-changing support to people living with Parkinson’s and their caregivers
  • Fund game-changing research on treatment and care
  • Convene the best minds from every corner of the global Parkinson’s community to find new approaches that enhance care and move us closer to a cure.

Everything we do is based on experience and informed by facts. The people we serve deserve nothing less than the highest level of support based on validated research and deep encouragement grounded in reality. Our donors and volunteers need to know that we are 100% accountable. This is why we focus on verifiable outcomes, not vague promises.

In partnership with the entire Parkinson’s community, we are making a real difference in people’s lives. And we have the research, the data - and the stories - to prove it. This is what happens when we all pull together as one global, determined and inspired movement. Better Lives. Together.



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This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.





  • Orientation or Training
  • 12 hours per week from February to May of 2022.
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

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