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Consider an internship at a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) which provides financing for affordable housing, small businesses, critical services such as childcare, healthcare, and education, and consumer financial services in underserved communities throughout the U.S.

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1418 Outreach and Research Intern Self-Help
Oakland, CA
Internship Function: Data and Research
Posted: February 15, 2018

Background:

Self-Help is a leading national community development financial institution (CDFI) headquartered in Durham, NC. Founded in 1980, Self-Help has provided over $7 billion in financing to 131,000 families, individuals and businesses underserved by traditional financial institutions. It helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by financing hundreds of homebuyers each year, as well as nonprofits, child care centers, community health facilities, public charter schools, and residential and commercial real estate projects. The Self-Help family of non-profit organizations includes North Carolina’s Self-Help Credit Union, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, Self-Help Ventures Fund and the Center for Responsible Lending, a national policy and advocacy organization addressing abusive lending practices. Through its credit union network, Self-Help serves over 129,000 people in North Carolina, California, Chicago and Florida and offers a full range of financial products and services. Learn more at www.self-help.org, www.self-helpfcu.org and www.responsiblelending.org.

Position Summary and Responsibilities:

Position:  1418 Outreach and Research Intern

Team: DPI

Location: Oakland, CA

Dates: 05/29/18 - 08/03/18

Desired Major(s): Economics, Public Policy, Political Science, or Business

Education Level: Undergraduate or Graduate

The Organization:

Self-Help is a leading national community development financial institution (CDFI) headquartered in Durham, NC. Founded in 1980, Self-Help has provided over $7 billion in financing to 131,000 families, individuals and businesses underserved by traditional financial institutions. It helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by financing hundreds of homebuyers each year, as well as nonprofits, child care centers, community health facilities, public charter schools, and residential and commercial real estate projects. The Self-Help family of non-profit organizations includes North Carolina’s Self-Help Credit Union, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, Self-Help Ventures Fund and the Center for Responsible Lending, a national policy and advocacy organization addressing abusive lending practices. Through its credit union network, Self-Help serves over 129,000 people in North Carolina, California, Chicago and Florida and offers a full range of financial products and services. Learn more at www.self-help.org, www.self-helpfcu.org and www.responsiblelending.org.

Internship Program:

Self-Help/CRL offers a 10 week summer internship program that is designed to give students valuable experience in a professional setting while broadening their knowledge of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI’s).  Along with each specific intern project, the intern will participate in a series of brownbag lunches to learn more about Self-Help and the Community Development industry as a whole.  Interns will also be given the opportunity to network with one another and other Self-Helpers through a variety of planned events.

Internship Description:

Research deposit raising opportunities for Self-Help from organizations and high net worth individuals across the state of California. Focus on research, messaging and outreach in various sectors across the state to promote our credit union products and services for institutions and organizations in the following sectors: Green, Faith, Education, Healthy Foods, Housing, Cooperatives, LGBTQ, Women, Immigrants, African Americans. Support new initiative in the DPI Department in Oakland to launch Bay Area “GoLocal” Specialty CD, which might include (but not limited to): research, organizational outreach, support on marketing/promo materials, data collection in the local Bay Area region.

Key Deliverables:

  • Complete research on organizations, institutions and foundations across the state that intersect with Self-Help’s mission as targets for deposit-raising. Research will include asset size, mission fit, history of past deposits & grants to similar organizations, board of directors/staff mapping, and other discreet focus areas which paint a picture of investment likelihood.
  • Write memo on deposit-raising research that will be circulated internally to branch/area managers and other relevant staff in regions across CA.
  • Support targeted messaging/communications to different types of potential organizational depositors (faith, foundations, environmental/economic justice/immigrant justice NGOs, and banks). Produce original content for review by the Marketing Communications team.
  • Help launch the Bay Area “GoLocal” Specialty CD with DPI West: Create a work plan for public launch by August 2018; prepare promotional materials; compile list of Bay Area partners/organizations for outreach; collect data on Self-Help impact in the Bay Area; support on event planning and execution for official Launch. 

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Outreach/communications, research, writing.
  • Interest in community development and impact-oriented finance.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Excellent analytical/writing skills; experience in organizational outreach & partner development; knowledge of Bay Area networks & organizations. 
  • Proficient with Excel, Power point, Word. 
  • Self-starter, able to take initiative and complete tasks with little supervision.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Graphic design experience; marketing experience; fundraising experience; event planning.

Physical Requirements:

  • Frequently requires use of manual dexterity and repetitive motions, primarily with the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.  Must be able to occasionally lift and exert force of up to 10 pounds.

Compensation:  

  • Competitive nonprofit salary

Application:

  • Please submit a thoughtful cover letter describing why you are interested in this internship and a resume to internships@self-help.org  with the internship title as the subject by February 26, 2018.

Self-Help is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, class, age, gender, religion, disability that can be accommodated, marital status, ancestry, nationality, family status or sexual orientation.

Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Excellent analytical/writing skills; experience in organizational outreach & partner development; knowledge of Bay Area networks & organizations. 
  • Proficient with Excel, Power point, Word. 
  • Self-starter, able to take initiative and complete tasks with little supervision.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Graphic design experience; marketing experience; fundraising experience; event planning.

Physical Requirements:

  • Frequently requires use of manual dexterity and repetitive motions, primarily with the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.  Must be able to occasionally lift and exert force of up to 10 pounds.

Compensation:
Paid

Timeframe:
Summer

Education Level:
Graduate or Undergraduate

How to Apply:

Please submit a thoughtful cover letter describing why you are interested in this internship and a resume to internships@self-help.org with the internship title as the subject by February 26, 2018.

Self-Help is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, class, age, gender, religion, disability that can be accommodated, marital status, ancestry, nationality, family status or sexual orientation.

 

1318 Marketing Intern Self-Help
Oakland, CA
Internship Function: Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations
Posted: February 15, 2018

Background:

Self-Help Federal Credit Union seeks an intern to assist in gathering information and creating collateral pieces that document and celebrate our history. The internship is based in Oakland or San Francisco, CA, and will last 10 weeks and will involve travel throughout California. During that time, the intern will be expected to gather data, artifacts, and information that will contribute to the creation of legacy shadow boxes at our legacy credit union branches. Self-Help Federal Credit Union (Self-Help Federal) is a non-profit community development credit union founded in 2008. Our goal is to serve California’s working class families by building a statewide network of branches in predominantly low-income communities. While the credit union is itself a fairly young institution, we are growing by combining the operations of local credit unions, and thus have inherited a long, deep and important history of supporting diverse California communities. www.self-helpfcu.org

Position Summary and Responsibilities:

Position:  1318 Marketing Intern

Team: SHFCU Marketing & Communications

Location: Oakland, CA

Dates: 05/29/18 - 08/03/18

Desired Major(s): Any

Education Level: Undergraduate or Graduate

 

The Organization:

Self-Help is a leading national community development financial institution (CDFI) headquartered in Durham, NC. Founded in 1980, Self-Help has provided over $7 billion in financing to 131,000 families, individuals and businesses underserved by traditional financial institutions. It helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by financing hundreds of homebuyers each year, as well as nonprofits, child care centers, community health facilities, public charter schools, and residential and commercial real estate projects. The Self-Help family of non-profit organizations includes North Carolina’s Self-Help Credit Union, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, Self-Help Ventures Fund and the Center for Responsible Lending, a national policy and advocacy organization addressing abusive lending practices. Through its credit union network, Self-Help serves over 129,000 people in North Carolina, California, Chicago and Florida and offers a full range of financial products and services. Learn more at www.self-help.org, www.self-helpfcu.org and www.responsiblelending.org.

Internship Program:

Self-Help/CRL offers a 10 week summer internship program that is designed to give students valuable experience in a professional setting while broadening their knowledge of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI’s).  Along with each specific intern project, the intern will participate in a series of brownbag lunches to learn more about Self-Help and the Community Development industry as a whole.  Interns will also be given the opportunity to network with one another and other Self-Helpers through a variety of planned events.

Internship Description:

Self-Help Federal Credit Union seeks an intern to assist in gathering information and creating collateral pieces that document and celebrate our history.  The internship is based in Oakland or San Francisco, CA, and will last 10 weeks and will involve travel throughout California.  During that time, the intern will be expected to gather data, artifacts, and information that will contribute to the creation of legacy shadow boxes at our legacy credit union branches.

Self-Help Federal Credit Union (Self-Help Federal) is a non-profit community development credit union founded in 2008.  Our goal is to serve California’s working class families by building a statewide network of branches in predominantly low-income communities.  While the credit union is itself a fairly young institution, we are growing by combining the operations of local credit unions, and thus have inherited a long, deep and important history of supporting diverse California communities.  www.self-helpfcu.org

Essential Responsibilities:

Working with the Director of Marketing and Communications, the intern will be asked to research and document the founding and history of 12 credit unions, ranging from Northern California (Butte Country) all the way down to Los Angeles (Wilmington, CA).  In addition to using traditional print and online sources, research will include conducting on-site interviews with branch staff, credit union members, and community organizations.  The intern will use this information to create visual displays/shadow boxes in several credit union branches, in addition to writing copy for marketing and development purposes.  

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Able to work independently 
  • Able to meet assigned deadlines
  • Strong communications skills, including narrative writing
  • Strong interviewing skills

Desired Qualifications:

  • Interest in community development, and financial products and services aimed at low-wealth families/communities
  • Marketing interest, including an understanding of fundamental marketing concepts and effective strategies
  • Ability to work effectively in teams and manage multiple projects
  • Fluency in Spanish is desired, but not required
  • Experience working in diverse socio-economic and multi-cultural environments

Physical Requirements:

  • Frequently requires use of manual dexterity and repetitive motions, primarily with the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.  Must be able to occasionally lift and exert force of up to 10 pounds.

Compensation:  

  • Competitive nonprofit salary

Application:

  • Please submit a thoughtful cover letter describing why you are interested in this internship and a resume to internships@self-help.org with the internship title as the subject by February 26, 2018.

Self-Help is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, class, age, gender, religion, disability that can be accommodated, marital status, ancestry, nationality, family status or sexual orientation.

Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Able to work independently 
  • Able to meet assigned deadlines
  • Strong communications skills, including narrative writing
  • Strong interviewing skills

Desired Qualifications:

  • Interest in community development, and financial products and services aimed at low-wealth families/communities
  • Marketing interest, including an understanding of fundamental marketing concepts and effective strategies
  • Ability to work effectively in teams and manage multiple projects
  • Fluency in Spanish is desired, but not required
  • Experience working in diverse socio-economic and multi-cultural environments

Physical Requirements:

  • Frequently requires use of manual dexterity and repetitive motions, primarily with the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.  Must be able to occasionally lift and exert force of up to 10 pounds.

Compensation:
Paid

Timeframe:
Summer

Education Level:
Graduate or Undergraduate

How to Apply:

Please submit a thoughtful cover letter describing why you are interested in this internship and a resume to internships@self-help.org with the internship title as the subject by February 26, 2018.

Self-Help is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, class, age, gender, religion, disability that can be accommodated, marital status, ancestry, nationality, family status or sexual orientation.

 

2018 Summer Internship Program Self-Help
Durham, NC
Internship Function: Other
Posted: February 15, 2018

Background:

Self-Help is a leading national community development financial institution (CDFI) headquartered in Durham, NC. Founded in 1980, Self-Help has provided over $7 billion in financing to 131,000 families, individuals and businesses underserved by traditional financial institutions. It helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by financing hundreds of homebuyers each year, as well as nonprofits, child care centers, community health facilities, public charter schools, and residential and commercial real estate projects. The Self-Help family of non-profit organizations includes North Carolina’s Self-Help Credit Union, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, Self-Help Ventures Fund and the Center for Responsible Lending, a national policy and advocacy organization addressing abusive lending practices. Through its credit union network, Self-Help serves over 129,000 people in North Carolina, California, Chicago and Florida and offers a full range of financial products and services. Learn more at www.self-help.org, www.self-helpfcu.org and www.responsiblelending.org.

Position Summary and Responsibilities:

Internship Program:

Self-Help offers a 10 week summer internship program that is designed to give students valuable experience in a professional setting while broadening their knowledge of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI’s).  This year the program will run from May 29th to August 3rd.  Along with each specific intern project, the intern will participate in a series of brownbag lunches to learn more about Self-Help and the Community Development industry as a whole.  Interns will also be given the opportunity to network with one another and other Self-Helpers through a variety of planned events.

Available Internships:

  • Deposit-Raising
  • Data and Impact
  • Outreach 
  • Communications and Marketing
  • Market Research
  • Workplace Wellness
  • Clean Energy
  • Commercial Lending
  • Retail 
  • Real Estate
  • Business Development
  • Database
  • Climate & Sustainability
  • Supplier Inclusion and Diversity
  • Public Policy
  • Business Continuity
  • Secondary market
  • Policy and Campaign 
  • Press
  • Data Analyst
  • Financial Capability Program

To view details of each of our internships, visit our website at https://www.self-help.org/careers.

Types of Students:

  • We are looking for both undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of majors including Marketing, Communications, Public Health, Public Policy, Environmental Studies, Economics, Business, Public Administration, City and Regional Planning, Law, Finance, Real Estate, Construction Management, Energy Management, etc.

How to apply:

  • PLEASE NOTE:  IN ORDER FOR YOUR APPLICATION TO BE CONSIDERED, YOU MUST INDICATE THE SPECIFIC INTERNSHIP ASSIGNMENT THAT YOU ARE INTERESTED IN.  YOU MAY APPLY TO MORE THAN 1 INTERNSHIP BUT EACH INTERNSHIP OF INTEREST MUST BE NOTED.

To apply for an internship, submit a thoughtful cover letter describing why you are interested in the internship and a resume to internships@self-help.org  with the internship title as the subject by February 26, 2018. Applications received after this date may or may not be considered, depending on the applicant pool.    Please make sure to specify which internship you are interested in.

Self-Help is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, class, age, religion, disability that can be accommodated, marital status, gender,  ancestry, nationality, family status or sexual orientation.

Requirements:

Types of Students:

  • We are looking for both undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of majors including Marketing, Communications, Public Health, Public Policy, Environmental Studies, Economics, Business, Public Administration, City and Regional Planning, Law, Finance, Real Estate, Construction Management, Energy Management, etc.

 

Compensation:
Paid

Timeframe:
Summer

Education Level:
Graduate or Undergraduate

How to Apply:

To view details of each of our internships, visit our website at https://www.self-help.org/careers.

PLEASE NOTE: IN ORDER FOR YOUR APPLICATION TO BE CONSIDERED, YOU MUST INDICATE THE SPECIFIC INTERNSHIP ASSIGNMENT THAT YOU ARE INTERESTED IN.  YOU MAY APPLY TO MORE THAN 1 INTERNSHIP BUT EACH INTERNSHIP OF INTEREST MUST BE NOTED.

To apply for an internship, submit a thoughtful cover letter describing why you are interested in the internship and a resume to internships@self-help.org with the internship title as the subject by February 26, 2018. Applications received after this date may or may not be considered, depending on the applicant pool. Please make sure to specify which internship you are interested in.

Self-Help is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, class, age, religion, disability that can be accommodated, marital status, gender,  ancestry, nationality, family status or sexual orientation.

0618 Commercial Loan Intern Self-Help
Durham, NC
Internship Function: Lending/Investing and Loan Operations
Posted: February 5, 2018

Background:

Self-Help is a leading national community development financial institution (CDFI) headquartered in Durham, NC. Founded in 1980, Self-Help has provided over $7 billion in financing to 131,000 families, individuals and businesses underserved by traditional financial institutions. It helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by financing hundreds of homebuyers each year, as well as nonprofits, child care centers, community health facilities, public charter schools, and residential and commercial real estate projects. The Self-Help family of non-profit organizations includes North Carolina’s Self-Help Credit Union, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, Self-Help Ventures Fund and the Center for Responsible Lending, a national policy and advocacy organization addressing abusive lending practices. Through its credit union network, Self-Help serves over 129,000 people in North Carolina, California, Chicago and Florida and offers a full range of financial products and services. Learn more at www.self-help.orgwww.self-helpfcu.org and www.responsiblelending.org.

Position Summary and Responsibilities:

Position:  0618 Commercial Loan Intern
Team: Commercial Lending
Location: Durham, NC
Dates: 05/29/18 - 08/03/18
Desired Major(s): Public Policy, Business Management, Law or other
Education Level: Undergraduate or Graduate (preferred)

Internship Program:

Self-Help/CRL offers a 10 week summer internship program that is designed to give students valuable experience in a professional setting while broadening their knowledge of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI’s).  Along with each specific intern project, the intern will participate in a series of brownbag lunches to learn more about Self-Help and the Community Development industry as a whole.  Interns will also be given the opportunity to network with one another and other Self-Helpers through a variety of planned events.

Internship Description:

Outreach and marketing to strengthen our lending to child care businesses, including Head Starts.  Work will include an overhaul to Self-Help’s technical assistance manual, The Business Side of Child Care.

Compensation:  

Competitive nonprofit salary

Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Strong research and writing skills; ability to communicate orally with diverse populations; financial analysis skills

Desired Qualifications:

  • Understanding of finance industry and lending

Physical Requirements:

Frequently requires use of manual dexterity and repetitive motions, primarily with the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.  Must be able to occasionally lift and exert force of up to 10 pounds.

Compensation:
Paid

Timeframe:
Summer

Education Level:
Graduate or Undergraduate

How to Apply:

Please submit a thoughtful cover letter describing why you are interested in this internship and a resume to internships@self-help.org with the internship title as the subject by February 26, 2018.
Self-Help is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, class, age, gender, religion, disability that can be accommodated, marital status, ancestry, nationality, family status or sexual orientation.

 

0518 Commercial Loan Intern Self-Help
Durham, NC
Internship Function: Lending/Investing and Loan Operations
Posted: February 5, 2018

Background:

Self-Help is a leading national community development financial institution (CDFI) headquartered in Durham, NC. Founded in 1980, Self-Help has provided over $7 billion in financing to 131,000 families, individuals and businesses underserved by traditional financial institutions. It helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by financing hundreds of homebuyers each year, as well as nonprofits, child care centers, community health facilities, public charter schools, and residential and commercial real estate projects. The Self-Help family of non-profit organizations includes North Carolina’s Self-Help Credit Union, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, Self-Help Ventures Fund and the Center for Responsible Lending, a national policy and advocacy organization addressing abusive lending practices. Through its credit union network, Self-Help serves over 129,000 people in North Carolina, California, Chicago and Florida and offers a full range of financial products and services. Learn more at www.self-help.orgwww.self-helpfcu.org and www.responsiblelending.org.

Position Summary and Responsibilities:

Position:  0518 Commercial Loan Intern

Team: Commercial Lending

Location: Durham, NC

Dates: 05/29/18 - 08/03/18

Desired Major(s): Public Policy, Economics, Business Management

Education Level: Undergraduate or Graduate (preferred)

Internship Program:

Self-Help/CRL offers a 10 week summer internship program that is designed to give students valuable experience in a professional setting while broadening their knowledge of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI’s).  Along with each specific intern project, the intern will participate in a series of brownbag lunches to learn more about Self-Help and the Community Development industry as a whole.  Interns will also be given the opportunity to network with one another and other Self-Helpers through a variety of planned events.

Internship Description:

Assist team in refining business lending program and outreach, with a particular focus on Eastern North Carolina and African-American-owned businesses.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Lead meetings or focus groups in Eastern NC to determine needs and issues businesses face when seeking financing. 
  • Work with the Commercial Team and Self-Help’s Credit Union branches in Eastern NC to develop a strategy to build and maintain local Commercial Lending relationships.
  • Develop recommendations for a marketing strategy, including what works best for different audiences (paper, digital, articles in newsletters, etc.)

Compensation:  

Competitive nonprofit salary

Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Strong research and writing skills; ability to communicate orally with diverse populations; ability to collate information into recommendations

Desired Qualifications:

  • Understanding of finance industry and lending

Physical Requirements:

Frequently requires use of manual dexterity and repetitive motions, primarily with the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.  Must be able to occasionally lift and exert force of up to 10 pounds.

Compensation:
Paid

Timeframe:
Summer

Education Level:
Graduate or Undergraduate

How to Apply:

Please submit a thoughtful cover letter describing why you are interested in this internship and a resume to internships@self-help.org with the internship title as the subject by February 26, 2018.
Self-Help is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, class, age, gender, religion, disability that can be accommodated, marital status, ancestry, nationality, family status or sexual orientation.

 

0418 Public Policy Intern Self-Help
Durham, NC
Internship Function: Policy and Advocacy
Posted: February 5, 2018

Background:

Self-Help is a leading national community development financial institution (CDFI) headquartered in Durham, NC. Founded in 1980, Self-Help has provided over $7 billion in financing to 131,000 families, individuals and businesses underserved by traditional financial institutions. It helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by financing hundreds of homebuyers each year, as well as nonprofits, child care centers, community health facilities, public charter schools, and residential and commercial real estate projects. The Self-Help family of non-profit organizations includes North Carolina’s Self-Help Credit Union, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, Self-Help Ventures Fund and the Center for Responsible Lending, a national policy and advocacy organization addressing abusive lending practices. Through its credit union network, Self-Help serves over 129,000 people in North Carolina, California, Chicago and Florida and offers a full range of financial products and services. Learn more at www.self-help.org, www.self-helpfcu.org and www.responsiblelending.org.

Position Summary and Responsibilities:

Position: 0418 Public Policy Intern

Team: DPI

Location: Durham, NC

Dates: 05/29/18 - 08/03/18

Desired Major(s): Public Policy, Policy & Administration, Public Management & Policy, Public Health, etc.

Education Level: Undergraduate or Graduate

Internship Program:

Self-Help/CRL offers a 10 week summer internship program that is designed to give students valuable experience in a professional setting while broadening their knowledge of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI’s).  Along with each specific intern project, the intern will participate in a series of brownbag lunches to learn more about Self-Help and the Community Development industry as a whole.  Interns will also be given the opportunity to network with one another and other Self-Helpers through a variety of planned events.

Internship Description:

The public policy intern will join the policy team in their work on the Healthy and Equitable Food Systems Capital Initiative. The main goal of the initiative is to increase capital access for food enterprises, ranging from farmers, to food processors, distributors and hubs, and to grocers serving low-income families, through development of partnerships and policy. The intern will assist the team with research to build support for federal policy initiatives. Possible research topics include: 

  • Analysis of Farm Credit System structure and revenue 
  • Analysis of Farm Credit System grant program availability and trends 
  • Economic impact analysis of Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Program 
  • Comparison of financing available with Farm Credit System and USDA’s Farm Service Agency

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Food System Policy Team with essential research 
  • Assist with ongoing outreach and network development 
  • Assist with coordination of regional stakeholder events 

Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate degree related to public policy
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office 
  • Ability to work independently and on an inter-disciplinary team
  • Familiarity with Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) 
  • Interest in rural or agricultural economic development
  • Fundamental understanding of the implications of structural racism on accumulation of family wealth

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with economic impact analysis 
  • Experience with conducting literature reviews 
  • Experience analyzing gray literature 

Physical Requirements:

Frequently requires use of manual dexterity and repetitive motions, primarily with the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.  Must be able to occasionally lift and exert force of up to 10 pounds.

Compensation:
Paid

Timeframe:
Summer

Education Level:
Graduate or Undergraduate

How to Apply:

Please submit a thoughtful cover letter describing why you are interested in this internship and a resume to internships@self-help.org  with the internship title as the subject by February 26, 2018.
Self-Help is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, class, age, gender, religion, disability that can be accommodated, marital status, ancestry, nationality, family status or sexual orientation.

 

Intern Small Business Lending and Training Women's Opportunities Resource Center
Philadelphia, PA
Internship Function: Lending/Investing and Loan Operations
Posted: January 17, 2018

Background:

The Women’s Opportunities Resource Center (WORC), a nationally recognized non-profit organization, has 26 years of experience in promoting social and economic self-sufficiency for economically disadvantaged individuals—primarily women—and their families. WORC is the first microenterprise program targeted to low-income individuals in Philadelphia and one of the oldest in the nation. It offers a unique combination of self-employment/micro-enterprise training, support services, savings programs, and access to invaluable business and financial resources.  In 1993, the agency became incorporated, however, WORC’s self-employment training and lending programs originated in the mid-80s in response to a nationally-funded study that identified a significant gap between the needs of women business owners in Philadelphia and the availability of business assistance and financing resources. The Family Savings Account program was designed and launched in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development in the late 1990s.

WORC today provides three major programs: 1) Self-Employment Training, 2) Microloans, 3) Family Savings Account Program (FSA).

WORC is also recognized as a leader in the field of Individual Development Accounts. In 1999 and 2005, the US Department of Health and Human Services selected WORC to participate in a national demonstration program to initiate Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) for new Americans. WORC, in partnership with established agencies, developed a successful statewide Refugee IDA program to promote asset accumulation, knowledge of the American system of banking and credit, and economic independence among refugees.

As a result, WORC's client base represents more than 40 different countries.  We are looking for a dedicated and experienced professional who is committed to meeting the needs of underserved markets in the Philadelphia, PA region.

Position Summary and Responsibilities:

WORC offers a range of small business financing products ranging from $500 to $35,000 and we link customers to a comprehensive array of financial education and other services provided by WORC. Over the next several years we are looking to expand our market base and significantly increase our loan volume and deployed capital.  The ideal intern has existing contacts with local financial institutions, economic development and business assistance organizations, community organizations, professional associations, economic development agencies and/or small business development centers and experience in the following or the capacity to learn to do the following:  

  • Work one-on-one with entrepreneurs and business owners throughout the lending process to identify and address financing and business development needs.

  • Provide training and technical assistance. 

  • Monitor existing clients in the loan portfolio and pro-actively address clients with challenges.

  • Identify specific markets, populations, community organizations and special events to reach out and educate about loan products and development services available.

  • Work cross-functionally with other departments to maximize new business development and marketing efforts across the organization.

  • Perform other related duties, as assigned.

Requirements:

  • A desire to make a difference in the lives of  entrepreneurs.
  • Customer service oriented, patient, flexible, with ability to accept and give constructive feedback.
  • Good telephone communication skills.
  • Organized self-starter with strong analytical skills and ability to multi-task.
  • Knowledge of Philadelphia and the surrounding four counties with willingness and ability to travel throughout the area to engage in marketing and outreach activities.
  • Ability to work some evenings and occasional weekend days to attend meetings, seminars and events.

 

Compensation:
Unpaid

Timeframe:
Year around

Education Level:
Graduate or Undergraduate

How to Apply:

Note: Reimbursement of reasonable costs on behalf of organization is negotiable. WORC/EOF is an equal opportunity employer and the board of directors and staff value diversity in all aspects of employment.

FOR CONSIDERATION: Please send a cover letter and resume to loans@worc-pa.com or fax to 215-564-2350.

Business Outreach Intern Main Street Launch
Oakland, CA
Internship Function: Other
Posted: January 3, 2018

Background:

Since 1979 we have empowered small business owners in the Bay Area, beginning in Oakland and expanding to serve San Francisco and veteran-owned businesses in California. Through our core services we help small businesses expand in size, increase their profits, and reach their goals. We are honored to work with successful, innovative, and community-oriented entrepreneurs. We believe in the power of entrepreneurship to transform lives and communities. In the last 10 years we closed 629 loans that totaled more than $46.5 million. Our clients have created thousands of new jobs in the Bay Area.

Our vision is to empower small business owners to succeed, transforming their lives and helping their communities thrive.

Position Summary and Responsibilities:

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Main Street Launch is a small business lender and economic development organization seeking an Intern – Business Outreach.  Reporting to the Vice President – Marketing & Executive Projects, the role supports our work in developing a small business directory in Oakland.  This position will help Oakland small businesses expand their opportunity for customer acquisition and growth by reaching out by phone and in-person to collect data for directory listings.  Main Street Launch is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) based in Oakland, CA that has provided business advisory services and loan capital in the Bay Area since 1979.

Position Responsibilities:

This role is responsible for supporting the organization’s Oakland business directory efforts.  This role may also support other projects that fall under this department.  Responsibilities include:

  • Developing outreach lists for data collection to support business visits/in-person outreach for both the Business Outreach Manager and for the intern.
  • Conducting small business site visits to collect data on small businesses throughout Oakland.
  • Supporting other outreach efforts that may arise (mailers, cold calls, etc).
  • Other projects may be assigned.

Requirements:

BENEFITS

This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated recent graduate with strong analytical skills who wants to learn how Community Development Financial Institutions work by participating in key initiatives of a rapidly growing organization. 

  • Learn and apply skills to work in the field of small business finance, with an innovative and established CDFI that is empowering entrepreneurs. 
  • Learn and apply skills in marketing, including market research and product design.
  • Gain valuable knowledge about small business lending and business support services, and will be instrumental in furthering the mission of Main Street Launch.
  • Build organizational capacity by contributing to systems that allow us to share impact information with funders and the public.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Passion for economic development and empowering entrepreneurs, required.
  • Second-language proficiency in Vietnamese, required.
  • Experience working with a variety of stakeholders and diverse groups (experience working with clients or program recipients is a plus).
  • Demonstrated experience conducting business by phone.
  • Experience in any of the following is a plus: market research and/or business outreach (relevant student experiences may satisfy this requirement). 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Software proficiency including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Adept at learning to use new software; very comfortable with technology. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Superb attention to detail. 
  • Strong time management ability.  
  • Self-starter who can work with minimal supervision and be comfortable in an evolving nonprofit environment. 
  • Ability to work with diverse groups, especially small business owners. 
  • Comfortable meeting deadlines in a fast-paced setting.
  • Web management experience is a plus but not required.
  • Experience using Salesforce (an online CRM system) is a plus but not required.
  • Second language proficiency (English/Vietnamese) is required.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

The work environment characteristics and physical effort described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Typically works both in an office and out in the field.  Our office has adequate lighting and ventilation and normal range of temperature and noise level. Field work is less predictable and interns may be exposed to harsh light, immoderate temperatures, and loud noises.  Work assignments are diversified and may cause stress in meeting tight deadlines with scheduling requirements. The physical requirements of the job are for employees to talk, hear, bend/stoop, sitting, standing, and/or walking for up to 8 hours per day. Furthermore, the job requires employees to lift/carry/push or pull up to 15 pounds with or without assistance.

ABOUT US

Since 1979 we have empowered small business owners in the Bay Area, beginning in Oakland and expanding to serve San Francisco and veteran-owned businesses in California. Through our core services we help small businesses expand in size, increase their profits, and reach their goals. We are honored to work with successful, innovative, and community-oriented entrepreneurs. We believe in the power of entrepreneurship to transform lives and communities. In the last 10 years we closed 700 loans that totaled $54 million. Our clients have created thousands of new jobs in the Bay Area.  Our vision is to empower small business owners to succeed, transforming their lives and helping their communities thrive.

MAIN STREET LAUNCH SUPPORT

Main Street Launch will endeavor to provide the intern with outside opportunities as they arise to learn more about the organization and the field, including networking and meeting with other organizations in the field.

DURATION AND TIMING

This position will be structured as a full-time, paid three month internship.  Compensation will be between $16 and $18 per hour, depending on experience.  The internship may be extended up to three additional months by mutual agreement.  Ideally, this role will begin sometime in early 2018.

LOCATION AND HOURS

Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 5:30 PM, at Main Street Launch’s office in Downtown Oakland and in the field throughout Oakland.

Compensation:
Paid

Timeframe:
Fall/Winter

Education Level:

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates must submit a resume and cover letter highlighting their relevant experience to careers@mainstreetlaunch.org with “Intern – Business Outreach” in the email subject line.

Main Street Launch will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

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