Development and Communications Intern Position - Shelter for Life

Shelter For Life International (SFL) is a Relief and Development organization with over 30 years of history in providing humanitarian assistance to post conflict countries. SFL is currently operational in Afghanistan, Liberia, and Senegal, with grants to expand into other countries in the near future. Our Headquarters is located in Minnetonka, MN. SFL provides support and assistance in the following areas:

1. Shelter and Population Settlement

2. Application of Microcredit

3. Agriculture Development and Food Security

4. Reconstruction of Physical and Market Infrastructure; i.e. farm-to-market roads, irrigation systems, and food storage, etc.

SFL’s mission is to Demonstrate God’s love by enabling people affected by conflict and disaster to restore their lives and rebuild their communities. You can learn more about us at:

Position Summary:
This 15-hour Development and Communications Intern position is based in our headquarters office in Minnetonka, with the possibility of up to 50% of the hours being completed from home. The Development and Communications Intern will increase SFL’s online presence, maintain contact with donors, and reach out to new potential donors, and build up our capacity for rapid response. This is a part-time volunteer/ internship position, with the potential to develop into a paid part-time position, should the intern prove to be a good fit.

Essential Responsibilities:
Initiate communications with donors (40%)
  •  Keep public updated on program progress and upcoming program needs 
  •  Research and contact potential new donors 
  •  Respond to phone calls and inquiries about donations 
  •  Create newsletters with human interest stories 
Rapid program development response (30%)
  •  Meet with SFL staff regarding developing humanitarian crises 
  •  Develop fundraising campaigns and recruit donors to respond to developing crises 
  •  Coordinate communications with other responding agencies 
  •  Developing a data base of interested rapid response/ crisis assessment volunteers 
Increase SFL’s online presence (30%)
  •  Maintain SFL website 
  •  Post activities and stories to social media 
  •  Generate increased traffic to SFL related sites 
Special note: SFL is currently exploring what we can do on the Rohingya situation in Bangladesh. The communications and development intern should expect to spend some time developing capacity for this response.

Required: Current student or recent graduate in a program related to International Development. Familiar with non-profit funding mechanisms. Strong organizational skills. Excellent interpersonal skills and comfort with cold calling. Strong command of written and spoken English language. Strong computer skills in spreadsheets, data base systems, and use of social networking. Champions the values and work of SFL.
Preferred: Graduate student with international experience. Website design ability.

Final application deadline: November 17
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