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Fall Development Intern

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Position: Fall Development Intern

Department: Development

Status: Unpaid, Part-Time (2-3 days per week / 20 hours)

Start Date: September 2017

Reports to: Merrin Jenkins, Strategic Partnerships Manager

Location: New York, NY

Overtime Status: Exempt


The future of peace and stability in East Africa lies in the hands of young women who have the leadership skills and wisdom to create jobs and build businesses that will lift their communities out of poverty. In East Africa, 85% of women work in subsistence agriculture, living on less than $2 per day. Furthermore, only 1% of the population enters university, and less than one-third of those students are female. We believe that educating young women is simply the wisest and most effective investment a developing country can make.


The Akilah Institute for Women aims to build future generations of women leaders and professionals in East Africa through the development of a network of campuses. At Akilah, we bring together the most promising female leaders from Rwanda and Burundi for an innovative three-year program that prepares them for professional careers and leadership roles. Akilah will graduate 1,000 students by the year 2020. In 2015, Akilah will enroll a total over 500 students on two campuses. Our hands-on and project-based curriculum is developed in partnership with the local private sector. Students start with a foundational year of English, math and leadership immersion before choosing a specialized track in Entrepreneurship, Information Systems (IS), or Hospitality Management. Students graduate with the market-relevant skills required for meaningful employment in the fastest growing sectors of the economy.

The Position:

The Development and Operations Intern will be responsible for supporting the Development and Operations staff in the Akilah New York office, located in Dumbo, BK. The Intern will primarily be supporting the Strategic Partnerships Manager in the planning and executing of our fall fundraising events as well as independently working on special projects.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Supporting the team in the planning and execution of our spring events, including all aspects of event development, coordination, and implementation. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Planning team travel arrangements
    • Ensuring all donor relationships, vendor relationships, and plans are closely maintained
    • Assisting with the management and execution Akilah’s donor cultivation and engagement tools
    • Handling and managing the schedule of the Rwandan Akilah alumnae during their time in USA, including escorting them to and from meetings and/or host homes
    • Providing office administrative support, including, but not limited to, scheduling, correspondence, research, and Salesforce data entry.

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  • Must have, or be in the process of obtaining, a BA degree, certificate, or diploma
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent with computers; Microsoft Office skills mandatory, Adobe Creative Suite and Salesforce a plus
  • Sense of humor
  • Demonstrated interest in international development, women’s empowerment, and education


  • Learn from experienced non-profit professionals and play a significant role in the day-to-day operation of Akilah
  • Strengthen your writing and research skills
  • Receive entry-level training on a variety of software programs, including Salesforce
  • Interact closely with an Akilah alumnae and increase your cultural understanding of women’s education in East Africa
  • Free coffee!


This position is an unpaid internship. Akilah can complete the necessary paperwork for the intern to earn college credit for their time working at Akilah. The Intern will be reimbursed for business expenses incurred during their time working for Akilah in accordance with Akilah’s reimbursement policies.


The Intern will have a lot of flexibility creating his or her own schedule. We prefer candidates who are able to commit the equivalent of at least two to three days per week.

Work Environment/Physical Requirements:

No specific physical requirements.

Job Responsibilities Statement

The above statements reflect the general duties, responsibilities and competencies considered necessary to perform the essential duties & responsibilities of the job and should not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements of the position. Project Akilah may change the specific job duties with or without prior notice based on the needs of the organization.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Project Akilah provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, or non-disqualifying physical or mental handicap or disability.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Applicants as well as employees who are or become disabled must be able to perform the essential duties & responsibilities either unaided or with reasonable accommodation.  The organization shall determine reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis in accordance with applicable law.