Internships

Internships with Samaritan’s Feet will offer the opportunity to explore leadership within the non-profit sector, help with administrative skills, promote and develop relationships within the surrounding community, develop public speaking skills, gain experience with fundraising, development and donor relations skills, and make a significant contribution to furthering the mission of Samaritan’s Feet.

Programs

Most of our season intern programs are a 9 to 12 week commitment, unless otherwise noted in the description. Interns must be in college and have housing, a valid driver’s license and access to a car. Part-time internships are unpaid and full-time will receive a small stipend.

Fall: September to December (Applications due by August 15)

Winter: January to April (Applications due by December 15)

Summer: May to August (Applications due by April 15)*

*2020 Summer applications due May 15th and a start date of June 1st.

Job Descriptions

Objective

The Operations, Mission and Volunteer Relations intern will be responsible for assisting the organization in the support and assistance of international missions, hosting volunteer groups in the warehouse, and assisting with various operational tasks. This will be accomplished through support of the missions department needs of communications with team members, prep for team meetings, work orders, and preparing trip supplies. Support of volunteer relations will include greeting and hosting groups and assisting in coverage for various publicity opportunities. Reports to the Associate Director of Missions and the Lead Volunteer Coordinator.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Work with the International Department to provide support through communication with team members for various needs, assist in creating work orders, fulfill work orders, prepares for team meetings, and pack and label supplies.
  • Greet and host groups in the warehouse, interact and build relationships to further develop engagement of volunteer groups, and confirm and follow-up thank you to volunteer groups.
  • Assist with Shoe of Hope and Back to School distributions.
  • Help with special events such as the Samaritan’s Feet Golf Tournament and Samaritan’s Feet Gala preparation.
  • Provide coverage for various publicity opportunities for Community Engagement, i.e. speaking at churches, schools, clubs, businesses to represent the mission of Samaritan’s Feet and effectively communicate the vision.
  • Maintain a good attitude and add support where needed in various departments.
  • Assist with data entry in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system.
  • Assist in communication with past volunteers and communicate via thank you letters, cards, and volunteer appreciation.
  • Assist in developing relationships with schools, clubs, and organizations in the area to further the reach of Samaritan’s Feet locally within the community.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to speak publicly to small and large groups to effectively communicate the vision and goals of the organization.
  • Communicate one on one with volunteers to encourage deeper engagement.
  • Self-motivated and motive others to become engaged.
  • Strong relational skills: ability to exhibit patience, enthusiasm, kindness, compassion, and a gracious demeanor with all SF partners including volunteers, donors, corporate sponsors, staff members, regional coordinators, surprise guests, etc.
  • Problem solve.
  • Can multi-task and set priorities.
  • Maintain flexibility with daily job responsibilities.

Objective

The Finance Intern assists with the day-to-day operations of the organization’s Finance Department by supporting the team’s Staff Accountants and Finance Director. On a limited basis, this person may also aid other department directors as needed. Reports to Executive Director of Finance. There is a minimum commitment of 6 months or 1 year for this internship.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Assist the Staff Accountants with journalizing incoming revenue from both physical and online sources.
  • Assist the Staff Accountants with the execution of weekly A/P and A/R cycles.
  • Assist with researching money-saving measures and working on forecasting models.
  • Perform the upkeep and maintenance of the organization’s donor relationship management system.
  • Communicate with and thanking donors through phone calls, emails and handwritten notes.
  • Respond to donor inquiries regarding donation designation, tax receipts and general follow up.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Currently pursuing a B/S in Accounting.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • The ability to work in a team environment.
  • A proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
  • Self-sufficient learning capabilities.

Objective

The Event Intern will learn real world experience in events by assisting with large special event projects – three of which are Champions of Hope, the Barefoot Galas, and a Barefoot Golf Invitational. The Event Intern will also assist in the regional “Champions” events and dinner parties. The Intern will report to Lead Events Coordinator.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Barefoot Galas
    • Obtaining silent auction items through email and phone calls, and then logging them into a spreadsheet and database.
    • Assist in organizing and inventorying the event cage.
    • Learn Mobile Bidding and practice it by putting items from the cage on auction for the office.
  • Golf Events
    • Assist in managing the annual Barefoot Invitational in Charlotte; register golfers and manage the database and spreadsheets.
    • Assist with the collection of silent auction items for the event.
  • Champions of Hope
    • Assist with marketing and communication with Premier.
    • Assist with organization and inviting of individuals to Champions of Hope.
    • Cultivate and build relationships with major donors through coordination of this event.
  • Regional Champions Events
    • Coordinate logistics, meals and invites for small fundraising events in 5-6 cities.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Current student in good standing attending or accepted into an accredited university.
  • Outstanding interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to identify problems, make recommendations toward solutions, and collaborate with team members on solutions.
  • Ability to work with employees at all levels of the organization, including the founders and CEO.
  • Excellent English written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient in the use of the full Microsoft products including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.

Objective

The Development Intern will be responsible for assisting the organization in the development and implementation of its donor relations and development plans. This will be accomplished through developing, maintaining, and expanding marketing channels and methodologies to the professional community, universities, schools, non-profits, sports entertainment professionals, and the public at large. Reports to Director of Community Engagement.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Assist with business development and donor relations strategies and donor acknowledgment process
  • Assists with fundraising communications and provide donor research and analysis.
  • Assist with maintaining donor database and update donor contact information to ensure current records are up-to-date, assist with thank you letters and note cards, phone calls and donor appreciation as well as prepare detailed reports.
  • Maintain donor confidentiality and ensures compliance with related policies.
  • Inside sales cultivation and development (outbound calling of prospects).
  • Grass roots program development.
  • Develop presentations.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Excellent organizational skills, strong attention to detail, and the ability to prioritize in a changing environment.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and follow-up skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proactive problem-solving ability.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet, and Outlook required.
  • Ability to learn additional software programs.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Objective

The Sports Management Intern will be responsible for assisting the organization in the development and implementation of its donor relations and development plans. This will be accomplished through developing, maintaining, and expanding marketing channels and methodologies to the professional community, universities, schools, non-profits, sports entertainment professionals, and the public at large. Reports to Director of Community Engagement.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Assist with business development and donor relations strategies and donor acknowledgment process.
  • Assists with fundraising communications and provide donor research and analysis.
  • Assist with the Barefoot Coaching Platform.
  • Assist with maintaining donor database and update donor contact information to ensure current records are up-to-date, assist with thank you letters and note cards, phone calls and donor appreciation as well as prepare detailed reports.
  • Maintain donor confidentiality and ensures compliance with related policies.
  • Inside sales cultivation and development (outbound calling of prospects).
  • Grass roots program development.
  • Develop presentations.

Desired Qualifications

  • Excellent organizational skills, strong attention to detail, and the ability to prioritize in a changing environment.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and follow-up skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proactive problem-solving ability.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet, and Outlook required.
  • Ability to learn additional software programs.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Objective

The Marketing Intern will help coordinate and execute electronic and printed marketing campaigns including public relations, social media, email, graphic design, and website efforts. All campaigns help raise awareness and funds to help achieve the mission of Samaritan’s Feet of creating a world with zero shoeless children. Will report to the Marketing and Events Manager.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Marketing Campaigns
    • Assist in planning and managing monthly eNewsletter.
    • Draft, distribute, and pitch news releases, media alerts and other stories for events across the United States.
    • Design flyers and other printed marketing materials for events and programs.
    • Update the Samaritan’s Feet website when needed.
    • Collaborate with staff on new ideas, directions, and creative concepts for marketing strategies that help promote the work of Samaritan’s Feet.
    • Help maintain brand standards across all marketing materials.
    • Assist with copywriting and editing for various promotional materials.
  • Social Media
    • Develop an innovative social media plan.
    • Inventory existing Samaritan’s Feet social networks, benchmark competitor sites, and create a plan for implementation and sustainability.
    • Learn the current brand values and provide strategic growth recommendations.
    • Work with marketing team to determine specific marketing and advertising needs, sell concepts and discuss future effective advertising tactics.
    • Write content for, update, and maintain Samaritan’s Feet social media presence (including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn).

Desired Qualifications

  • Current student in good standing attending or accepted into an accredited university.
  • Outstanding written communicator.
  • Good organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Proficient in the use of the full Microsoft programs including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint. Proficiency in Mac programs and HTML basics are a plus.
  • Strong creativity.

Objective

Learn how we communicate our story here at SF through many different avenues and platforms, including photography and videography. The Videography and Photography Intern’s role will be to work with the marketing team in developing both photos and videos used for marketing purposes, as well as items used within our social accounts.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Projects will include videos/photos of recent or upcoming events and distributions.
  • Interns will learn the creative process for special projects for marketing & social campaigns for future engagements.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Current student in good standing attending or accepted into an accredited university.
  • Outstanding interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to identify problems, make recommendations toward solutions, and collaborate with team members on solutions
  • Ability to work with employees at all levels of the organization, including the founders and CEO
  • Excellent English written and verbal communication skills.
  • A portfolio or reel will be required in the interview process.
  • Camera knowledge.
  • Photo/Video Editing Requirements: Adobe Premiere or Final Cut (Premiere is preferable); Lightroom.
  • Gear: Do you have your own gear? If so what? (We do have some gear available)
  • You will need to have your own computer. We can help in getting the programs we use. (Adobe Cloud)

Get Started

Interning at Samaritan’s Feet gave me the opportunity to gain hands-on business experience in my desired field, while working for an amazing organization. I worked to improve warehouse inventory tracking, helped to streamline logistical processes, and assisted in planning and implementing shoe distribution projects. Through my internship I was able to gain both soft skills and tactical supply chain skills that I will continue to build upon as I begin my professional career.
Sydney, Logistics & Project Planning

During my time with Samaritan’s Feet, I had a number of fantastic opportunities to learn, grow and serve both at home and abroad. From coordinating and hosting an event in Charlotte for homeless youth to aiding in the organization of international trips for a number of teams including my own, the skills and experience I gained and the impact, however small, that I was able to contribute was invaluable to me.

Seth, Volunteer & Missions

Working at Samaritan’s Feet helped me develop my professional skills in reaching donors, writing grants, and team building. My mentor made a personal investment in my skill development by including me in team meetings and having regular coaching sessions. I was able to attend the local Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, a shoe distribution, and even work in the warehouse. Additionally, I observed the double blessing of volunteers serving and those being served. I am so thankful for the team at Samaritan’s Feet and their dedication to serving the community. Each year thousands of children and adults are blessed in a tangible way by the focused persistence of this amazing staff. They gave me a wholistic experience which I will never forget.

Arianne, Development & Donor Relations