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Development & Operations Internship

Sector: Fundraising, Communications, Administration and Program Support
Location: Oak Park, IL
Employee Type: Intern
Employee Category: Part-Time, 10-20 hours/week


Women’s Global Education Project (WGEP) is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to education and gender equality. WGEP’s mission is to empower young people in rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly women and girls, through education to build better lives and foster equitable communities. Since 2004, WGEP girls’ education and literacy programs have impacted over 10,000 people in 73 of the most impoverished communities in Senegal and Kenya. WGEP believes that every girl should have the opportunity to attend school and obtain a quality education.

WGEP recently implemented a USAID-funded program in Senegal—the Our Sisters Read program which aimed to improve the foundational reading skills of primary school children in rural Senegal and create lifetime-learners. Program activities engaged and supported primary-aged school children, their families and communities to create and strengthen a culture of reading while reducing the gender gap in reading and education. The program constructed two library/computer centers; designed and implemented a range of activities to engage and motivate program participants to become avid readers and, most significantly, fostered a community of teachers, parents and villages who support literacy and educational advancement for their children.

In 2018, WGEP began a partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Senegal to pilot a girls’ leadership program called Our Sisters Lead. Emerging leaders among high school girls in rural Senegal will be empowered to become change agents in their own communities through a series of workshops and hands-on service projects. These inspiring young women will then become mentors and role models to young girls who face similar challenges in their everyday lives.

Job Summary

WGEP seeks an intern for 10-20 hours/week to directly support the organization’s fundraising, external communications and operations/finance needs. Areas of responsibility will include: events management, prospect research, database management, donor stewardship, e-correspondence, website management, potential grant reporting/grant development, event planning and other administrative/finance support as needed.

Do you want to help create a more equitable world for girls and women? Do you believe that educating one girl can affect an entire community? We would love to hear from you.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to):

- Regularly update our database with new donation information and stewardship contacts
- Write and design monthly e-newsletters
- Update and manage website information
- Manage and develop content for social media
- Support Director of Development in drafting grant reports and proposals for major funders
- Assist Director of Development in organizing annual fall fundraiser, Ndajee, including creating marketing materials, securing silent auction items, etc.
- Conduct prospect research on new potential donors/foundations and policy research as needed
- Generate and mail thank you letters to donors
- Administrative and finance duties as needed

Required Skills

- Be passionate about girls’ education, gender equality and global development
- Have excellent written communication skills
- Have the ability to work independently
- Be organized, a quick learner, able to multi-task and a creative problem solver
- Have demonstrated ability to coordinate logistics and implement action plans
- Strong understanding of current trends in digital media/social media
- Excellent with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Google Calendar
- Be based in the Chicago area, with ability to travel to our Oak Park office

Desired Skills

- 1 to 3 years of experience in fundraising, communications/marketing, events management and/or administration
- Have prior graphic design experience with Photoshop/InDesign or another design program (e.g., designing layout of written publications, developing graphics, etc.)
- Experience managing databases (experience with eTapestry is a plus!)
- Experience managing and updating websites especially through WordPress
- Have traveled to or lived in sub-Saharan Africa
- French language skills

This position requires a minimum of 10 hours/week (15-20 preferred) and a commitment to work through September 2019. Preference is given to candidates who can commit through the end of the year. Unfortunately, due to the small size of the organization, this is an uncompensated position.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume and a short writing sample or example of promotional materials you have developed (no more than 2 pages) as one single pdf file to Please title the document as follows: yourname, intern 2019. Applications accepted until position is filled.

Unfortunately, due to our limited staff capacity we will be unable to answer questions or phone calls about this opportunity. Thank you.