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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 Development Intern will work as part of a team to implement the operational plan with a goal of meeting or exceeding revenue and participation goals for Bike MS events in the Greater Carolinas Market (Bike MS: Tour to Tanglewood and Bike MS: Historic New Bern) and other responsibilities as assigned by the Intern Supervisor.  This position will work closely with the relationship management team assigned to the territory.


The Bike MS Development Intern will focus on the acquisition of teams, volunteers, sponsors, and community partners.  They will support the planning, administrative duties, volunteer management and donor relations associated with Bike MS and other Bike MS related events as assigned in order to meet and exceed budget goals as well as supporting the organization’s vision to create a world free of MS. 


This position will support the successful execution of recruitment events and event weekend.  Duties include recruiting and engaging participants, key volunteers, and supporting needs related to donor cultivation and recognition.


This is a hybrid paid internship available for Summer 2024.


What you will do:


Execute campaign strategies to retain, grow and recruit participants for assigned events (60%)

  • Increase participant engagement through cultivation and recruitment activities for the Greater Carolinas Bike MS team with emphasis on the New Bern, Charlotte, Raleigh and Triad Markets.
  • Assist with phone calls during key campaign moments
  • Collaborate with the market staff to implement successful team fundraising and recruitment weeks to maximize these efforts.
  • Research and pursue potential Bike MS team leads for Greater Carolinas with emphasis on New Bern, Charlotte, Raleigh and Triad markets.
  • Manage key aspects of pre-event community involvement – i.e. cultivation events, tabling events, training rides.
  • Assist with management of team cultivation and recognition activities.
  • Partner with the Event Production team to secure in-kind donations.
  • Lead the coordination for the:
    • 2024 Bike MS: Historic New Bern Ride Welcome Reception and Rider Lounge
    • 2024 Bike MS: Tour to Tanglewood VIP Tent and Rider Lounge


Sponsorship (30%)

  • Identify potential Bike MS sponsors through data mining participant lists as well as presence in the communities associated with Greater Carolinas Bike MS events.
  • Assist the Bike team in securing sponsorship for rest stops and other event elements.
  • Conduct outreach to potential sponsors about creating a Bike MS team or group of volunteers to assist with the event.
  • Help fulfill sponsorship deliverables associated with partnerships.


Administrative/Financial (10%)

  • Assists with all invitations and RSVPs for engagement events hosted by Bike MS.
  • Assists with sponsor tracking and day of fulfillment as needed.
  • Provides correspondence to individuals, sponsors and teams as directed by Development team.
  • Assists with event follow-up and analysis where necessary.
  • Manage assigned projects to within budget guidelines as directed.
  • Manage department mailings.
  • Assist with sponsor wrap up reports and donor proposals as needed.


Learning Objectives

  • Know the planning steps to ensure a successful fundraising event.
  • Able to manage donor and volunteer relationships.
  • Understand the inner workings of a non-profit organization.
  • Increase communication and marketing skillset.
  • Know how to maximize revenue growth and the importance of community outreach.
  • Utilize and improve project and time management skills.


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: non-profit management, communications, marketing, or event management.
  • Ability to work 12 weeks, 15hours/week
  • Exceptional organization and time management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, projects, and priorities effectively. 
  • Demonstrated initiative and motivation.
  • Ability to establish strong collaborative relations and work with others in a cooperative and effective manner.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and dependable vehicle.
  • Availability to work occasional nights and weekends.
  • 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
  • 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.


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.