Nonprofit Communications Internship [Hybrid]

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ORGANIZATION: Extraordinary Families

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Help kids in foster care have the childhoods and futures they rightfully deserve with Extraordinary Families!

Our vision is that every child, youth, and family involved in child welfare will have the ability to achieve their hopes, fulfill their dreams, and thrive. Rooted in our values of empathy, integrity, collaboration, justice, and dedication, our philosophy is to put children at the center of our work, considering their desires, values, and culture to achieve the best outcome. Since 1994, we have joined thousands of children, youth, and families in safe and loving homes either temporarily while they are in foster care, or permanently through adoption. Our work consists of four primary efforts along a continuum of care:

  • recruit, train, and support resource (foster) parents to care for children in the child welfare system,
  • join children with forever families through adoption,
  • support young adults with trauma and child welfare system histories as they transition to adulthood and
  • advocacy and public policy work.

We take tremendous pride in our model to reduce childhood trauma, encourage safety and stability, and empower children and youth to thrive. Join our dynamic team and make a difference in the lives of children and youth in foster care!

Internship Overview

The Communications Intern is a member of a talented, creative, and driven team focused on furthering the mission and values of the agency. This role blends communications and fundraising efforts through meaningful storytelling. Under the guidance of the Director of Philanthropy and Community Relations, this intern will support individual giving, events, public relations, volunteer management, and resource family recruitment.

Qualifications

  • Appreciation for and strong interest in digital marketing and social media management;
  • Passion and enthusiasm for communications strategies in a nonprofit organization, including the integration of fundraising best practices;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to listen to and connect with a wide range of stakeholders such as sponsors, volunteers, donors, and program partners;
  • Strong organization and prioritization skills with the ability to manage several projects simultaneously, with attention to detail and excellent follow-through;
  • A strong sense of tact and discretion, with sensitivity to trauma and/or cultural differences; and
  • Must be enrolled for academic internship credit.


Time Commitment & Location
The majority of the internship will occur during virtual office hours. Some visits to the office on Ardmore will be scheduled to meet the team and conduct tasks that cannot be accomplished virtually.

We request a 120-hr total time commitment over a period of 8-32 weeks, but it can be adjusted to accommodate academic requirements. Scheduling is flexible, although availability on at least one weekday between the hours of 10-3 is preferred.

Who We're Looking For

ExtraFam is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage people of color and LGBTQ persons to apply for this internship. Reasonable accommodations will be provided to qualified individuals. We also encourage people with an understanding of, or experience with, foster care, adoption, social work, or youth services to apply. No one can solve a problem better than those who experience it firsthand.

Office location: Extraordinary Families 221 N. Ardmore Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90004
Just a 15-minute walk from the Metro's Red Line.
www.extraordinaryfamilies.org

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About Extraordinary Families

Location:

221 N. Ardmore Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90004, US

Mission Statement

Extraordinary Families' mission is to help children and youth in foster care to have the childhoods and futures they rightfully deserve. Our vision is that every child, youth, and family in child welfare will have the ability to achieve their hopes, fulfill their dreams, and thrive.

Description

Extraordinary Families (EF) is a leading child welfare organization whose mission is to help children and youth in foster care to have the childhoods and futures they rightfully deserve. For more than 25 years, we have been a leader in foster care and adoption in Los Angeles, joining thousands of children, youth, and families. Our work consists of four primary efforts along a continuum of care: 1) training and supporting foster parents for children entering the foster care system, 2) joining children and families through adoption, 3) supporting young adults with trauma and child welfare history as they transition to adulthood, and 4) advocacy and public policy.

We take tremendous pride in our work to reduce childhood trauma, encourage safety and stability, and empower children and youth to thrive. Indeed, 95% of the children we serve experience only one foster home while under our care, a testament to our trauma-informed care model and ongoing individualized support for foster parents. We also help youth aging out of foster care make positive life advancements. We empower them to address past trauma and build skills focused on life improvement, employment, and educational advancement, and match youth with caring mentors to support them every step of the way.

Join us and make a difference in the lives of our children and youth in foster care!

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
LGBTQ+
Advocacy & Human Rights, Children & Youth, LGBTQ+

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

221 North Ardmore AvenueLos Angeles, CA 90004

(34.0759,-118.30209)
 

SKILLS

  • Social Media / Blogging
  • Fundraising
  • Community Outreach
  • Critical Thinking
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Social Work

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 120+ hours total, depending on internship agreement.
  • All interns must successfully submit a background check and references. Only criminal history with a direct and adverse relationship with the specific duties of this position will disqualify a candidate.

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