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An internship with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. 


The Bike MS intern will learn the skills needed to manage a large-scale peer-to-peer fundraising campaign. They will oversee a portfolio of donors/fundraisers which will contribute to the Development team's campaign goals through acquisition and sponsorship oversight. Additionally, the Bike MS Intern will contribute to overarching campaign strategy through data management and local marketing initiatives. This position is a strong introduction into development and fundraising at the second largest cycling fundraising event in the world.


This is a hybrid paid internship available for Summer 2024.


What You Will Do:


Day to Day:

  • Update team reports
  • Maintain small portfolio
  • Attend team meetings
  • Assist with team projects


Specific Responsibilities:


 Fundraising & Campaign Support 60%

  • Contribute to event campaign goals through engagement of a small portfolio of dedicated fundraisers. Additionally, work one on one with fundraisers to build and execute strategies designed to increase participant fundraising & recruitment.
  • Ensure enhanced participant experience through customer service, and engaging event participants with phone calls and emails to assist with fundraising and event recruitment.
  • Attend and assist with executing various virtual relationship-building opportunities for key audience segments.
  • Work to recruit, cultivate, and steward support from local small business and other target audiences which directly contribute to the logistical and revenue success of the campaign.
  • Utilize diverse databases for ongoing records retention & fundraising support.


Marketing & Recruitment 40%

  • Increase recruitment numbers through distribution of promotional materials.
  • Research local promotional opportunities and potential community partnerships.
  • Assist with ongoing mail campaigns throughout the season.


Learning Objectives:


The Bike MS Intern will:

  • Gain experience in campaign management, community engagement, and event logistics.
  • Acquire skills essential to strategic relationship management such as research, acquisition, cultivation, stewardship, retention.
  • Learn an array of transferable online databases and platforms including CRM tools and Excel.
  • Network and build relationships cross functionally with national NMSS colleagues and Philadelphia-area professionals for ongoing opportunities.


What You Will Bring: 

  • Currently pursuing a degree as a Junior or Senior in College or any year in graduate school
  • Open to all majors with a preference for the following: Public Relations & Communications
  • Ability to work 12weeks, 15 hours per week
  • Ability & willingness to make phone calls
  • Ability to work in excel and willingness to learn
  • Access to reliable internet (required for remote or hybrid positions)
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite or similar software for e-mail, document, and spreadsheet creation/management – specific training will be provided.
  • Ability to lift up to 25lbs assisted or unassisted. Reasonable accommodation will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this role


What We Will Offer: 

We are dedicated to your personal and professional growth while you work with us and beyond.  Here are some of the things you can expect as an intern with our organization. 

Networking and professional development sessions with other interns across the organization 

Mentoring from Society staff dedicated to the internship program. 

The opportunity to uncover and leverage your strengths through Clifton Strengths assessment & evaluation. 

We are committed to creating an inclusive environment that brings the power of diversity to life through our Employee Resource Groups “ERGs”, Inclusive Voices, Society Pride and Workability. Our ERGs are dedicated to supporting the continued development of your professional and leadership skills. 

Continued networking and engagement opportunities via our LinkedIn group for Past and Present interns 

Opportunity to learn about multiple sclerosis and work with the leading national organization supporting people impacted by MS. 


The hourly rate for internships is $15, except when noted differently above OR where local minimum wage exceeds that figure, in which case the hourly rate will be the higher of the two. If you are unable to be paid for this internship due to outside funding or other directives from your educational institution – please let your hiring manager know AFTER you have been identified as the final candidate.  


About the National MS Society 

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a national Non-Profit that exists because there are people with MS. Our vision is a world free of MS. Everything we do is focused so that people affected by MS can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. 


The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce. We strive to create a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and where everyone feels empowered to bring their authentic selves to work. We need you and your unique talents and perspectives to help us write the last chapter on MS.