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Fall 2018: National Kidney Foundation - Communications Intern

Oct 1, 2018

Posted in: Advertising internships, Internships & scholarships, Journalism internships, Public Relations internships

*Note: due to policy changes, students are not eligible to receive credit, but this would still be a great experience to add to a resume.


Internship Description


Department: National Kidney Foundation Serving Virginia

Location: Office located in Richmond, Virginia

Supervisor: Dana Brown, Development Manager

Nancy Castrina, Executive Director

Time Period:   TBD

Category: Volunteer

Recommended Schedule:   TBD  


About The Company:


The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families and tens of millions of Americans at risk. For more information, visit

Position Overview:

Under the supervision of the Executive Director & Development Manager, the intern will obtain firsthand experience and training in the following areas:


  • Learn about various forms of media outreach including social media outlets, newsletter articles, press releases, and how to research and identify new media opportunities.
  • Learn about corporate communications.
  • Experience communications with other organizations.

    Event Planning
  • Exposure to signature NKF events including the Kidney Walk, to learn about all aspects of special event management including donation requests and volunteer coordination.
  • Attendance at Walk Committee meetings with the Development Team is recommended as part of the learning experience to understand all aspects of event planning.
  • Interns are encouraged to attend special events.


  • Learn about a non-profit health organization, development and event management.
  • Witness the importance of community relations and contribute on behalf of the National Kidney Foundation.
  • Experience communications with other organizations.
  • Exposure to NKF’s new media campaigns (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

        Attendance at NKF signature events is recommended as part of the learning experience.


Essential Job Functions:

  • Pursuing BS/BA or Master’s Degree.
  • Pursuing a career in a related field and/or within non-profit.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to communicate and interact with others effectively.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as presentation skills.


We value all of our interns, and go the extra mile to make sure you receive a learning experience that fits your career goals. You will also learn how to work in a professional environment and have the ample opportunity to network with department leaders and other professionals in the non-profit field.


To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to



The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be considered as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Interns are not guaranteed positions with the Foundation at the conclusion of their internships. Further, interns are not considered employees, and therefore, are not eligible to receive monetary compensation or to participate in the Foundation’s benefits programs available to its employees.