Lwala Community Alliance (Lwala) is a community-led innovator proving that when communities lead, change is drastic and lasting. A small community in rural western Kenya founded the organization as a response to extreme health challenges. The region experiences some of the highest HIV, maternal mortality, and infant mortality rates in East Africa. As such, community members built their region’s first health center.
From these humble beginnings, Lwala is now the largest provider of health services for a population of over 90,000 people. The work extends far beyond the original hospital, as we support communities in their homes, schools, and farms to advance their own comprehensive well-being. We address the complex causes of poor health through a multi-dimensional strategy, which engages community members in driving their own change. We have built a model for community-led health and are now working with the Ministry of Health to improve how millions of Kenyans access healthcare.
Title: Student Intern
Reports to: Executive Assistant
Start Date: Spring Semester 2021
Lwala is seeking an amiable self-starter. Core responsibilities for this internship are assisting in maintaining all donor information, providing administrative support, helping coordinate volunteers and assisting in event logistics. The Intern will help maintain donor systems, (which may include updating constituent records, processing donations and issuing receipts) and conduct grant and partner research. During this internship, s/he will gain experience on a variety of platforms including WordPress, Mailchimp, Evernote, Google Docs, Kindful CRM, and Dropbox. An ideal candidate will be someone who is interested in learning more about the daily operations of a nonprofit organization. S/he can also work with the Executive Assistant to develop a project in-line with the intern’s academic interests or career goals.
- Assist with mailings and correspondence to constituents
- Research and assist in building administrative systems and team coordination
- Provide administrative support for events and day-to-day operations of the U.S. office
- Assist with the creation of marketing and communications materials
- Update constituent information in database and email platforms
- Conduct research, as needed
- Assist with website updates
- Assist with grant writing and research
- Assist with coordination of logistics and planning for fundraising events, as needed
- Assist with reports to granting partners, as needed
Skills and Experience
- Excellent written and oral communication
- Ability to manage multiple tasks with varying deadlines
- Excellent organizational skills
- Demonstrated interest in community development and health justice
- Professionalism in demeanor, written and oral communication
- Detail and task-oriented
- Very motivated, and can work independently with little supervision
- This is an unpaid internship.
- Internship will be eligible for corresponding school credit where appropriate.
- Candidates must be currently enrolled in school or a recent graduate (<1 year).
- Interns must have hours of availability during the typical U.S. team working day (7am-4pm Central Time, M-F).
- Interns must be willing to work a minimum of 10 hours and commit to at least 3 months. Must be willing to commit time regardless of course load, or clearly communicate schedule needs in advance.
- Due to the current situation with COVID-19, our internship positions will require working remotely from home until further notice.
Please send the following to Lauren Marlar at email@example.com:
- Current CV/resume
- Letter of interest detailing related skills and experience
- 3 professional references with name, title, email, phone contact, and relationship to the applicant
Position open until filled.