United Way Internship Fall Quarter 2012

Hello Dear SB Students, As you are finishing up finals and spring quarter, if you haven’t planned out your fall quarter schedule, check out the internship opportunity with United Way. Below is a letter describing the internship in more detail from United Way’s President, Kevin McCarthy. We’ve had several students over the last couple of years participate in this internship with much success. Remember, it also looks good on your resume and develops your network of people to call on when you are looking to settle down in a career. There will be an orientation to this internship the first day of fall quarter (September 24) at 5 PM in SB 105. Pizza will be served! Get with your advisor and see if this will work into your fall quarter plans.

In the Fall of 2010 and 2011, thirteen and nine La Sierra students, respectively, served at the United Way of the Inland Valleys as Account Executives in return for independent study credits – and they performed superbly.  As part of the program, we provided them with an initial week of training that included public speaking, negotiations, problem solving, account management, customer relations and visits to our agencies.

During the course of their service, they called on decision makers at accounts and negotiated use of best practices, planned internal campaigns, met with campaign committees, strategized with our staff and with local company representatives.  They made public presentations (nearly all of which were very well received).  Several were involved in additional duties as well, including advising us about social media strategies, finance and accounting and improving our internal administrative systems.

In addition, at the end of their internship, each of them wrote a critique of their experience and the United Way systems that they observed.  Their suggestions for improvements have been taken quite seriously and United Way has begun to implement four of their main suggestions.

Below this letter is a description of this opportunity.  Please read it carefully.  If this Independent Study appeals to you, please attend the orientation session [date and location].  To attend, please RSVP to Colleen Scott at the United Way of the Inland Valleys at cmunds@uwiv.org or 951.697.4704.

If you are interested in community leadership and nonprofit business opportunities, please make every effort to attend the orientation.  It may change your life.


Kevin J. McCarthy
President & CEO
United Way of the Inland Valleys
6215 River Crest Dr.
Suite B
Riverside, CA 92507
951.697.4700 Office
951.656.8210 Fax

Resource Development Internship

Fall of 2012

Field experience in non-profit fund development, account management, campaign management & public speaking

Students Will Learn and Obtain Experience In:

  • Public speaking
  • Services offered by local non-profits
  • Account management
  • Campaign planning & management
  • Persuading & calling on decision makers
  • Negotiation skills
  • Collecting & managing donations
  • Customer relations
  • Account research
  • How to train customer representatives
  • Attend and support community and company events
  • Support social media marketing
  • Time management

Expectations of Interns (90 Hours Minimum):

  • Attend one week of training (four hours per day – 20 hours)
  • Participate in public speaking – interns will prepare and deliver a five-minute presentation to an audience
  • Work a minimum of 10 hours per week after training period (70 hours) with training beginning at the end of September and program running through the first week in December (off Thanksgiving week and finals week)
  • Arrange schedule around assigned accounts
  • Business attire required
  • Use of vehicle and current license and proof of insurance required
  • Be supervised by a Director and fulfill reporting requirements
  • Write a paper at end of internship analyzing the intern experience and United Way
  • Receive grade for internship performance

Added Note:

  • Interns will receive a $200.00 stipend & mileage reimbursement

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