Peabody Award-winning Afropop Worldwide is searching for a Development and Membership intern, who will assist with our spring fundraising activities, new membership program, preparations for our annual New York fundraiser in May, and other community engagement events. This position is excellent for anyone interested in building nonprofit development and public relations skills. This is a very exciting time, as we have seen the African creative industries grow exponentially in the past five years, and we look forward to welcoming an intern who brings a similar passion and enthusiasm for the burgeoning African and diasporic music and cultural scene in New York City.
The development intern will work closely with Afropop’s Executive Producer and Development Consultant to:
PROSPECT RESEARCH: Conduct and collate research on prospective individual donors, corporate sponsors, and foundations whose objectives and/or brand assets align with Afropop’s mission and current activities. The intern will learn how to use library databases and the Internet to identify prospects.
DATABASE MANAGEMENT: Manage Afropop’s donor database, process incoming donations, and draft thank you letters, campaign appeals, and letters of inquiry to potential donors, corporations and foundations. The intern will also conduct periodic donor database maintenance, ensuring congruency between our paper and electronic development files.
MEMBERSHIP: Help manage Afropop’s new membership program, responding to member inquiries, and liaising with our members and community partners to ensure smooth receipt of membership cards and benefits. Since this is a relatively new program, there will also be opportunity to suggest creative ways to build additional community partnerships/membership benefits, particularly as it relates to social media.
SPECIAL EVENTS: Assist with the planning and execution of Afropop’s 2017 New York Spring Fundraiser “Havana to Lagos,” including producing invitations, assisting with the coordination of catering, decorations and entertainment, and managing guest lists and check-in.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Attend Afropop’s spring residency series at Threes Brewing and other prospective community engagement events to promote our new membership program, and capture the data and contact information of potential new subscribers and members. (Note: If the intern continues working with us through the summer, this would include managing the official Afropop table at SummerStage and Celebrate Brooklyn, two of our biggest community partners.)
The Development and Membership intern will report to the Development Consultant and on occasion to the Executive Producer. Please note: This is an unpaid position. However, the Afropop name is well known throughout New York’s arts presenters community when it comes to African, Latin, Caribbean and fusion music. There are ample opportunities to get comp tickets to some of your favorite shows. In addition, after the first three months a stipend may be available, as we look to grow this into a permanent Development Assistant position.
The ideal candidate will possess strong writing abilities and be detail-oriented. He/she will also have good interpersonal skills, be customer-oriented, and maintain a level of professionalism when interacting with members, vendors, and occasionally with donors, as relationship-building is also a key component of special events planning. Intern should be able to work at least 10 hours per week and be flexible and diligent in helping to meet deadlines during peak workflow times.
Knowledge of African/African diaspora music and culture, as well as prior familiarity with social media, is preferred but not required. Microsoft Office and Web research skills are absolutely necessary. Proficiency in WordPress and some HTML familiarity is desired. Language skills a plus (French, Spanish, Portuguese). Must have strong references.
ABOUT AFROPOP WORLDWIDE:
Afropop Worldwide is a Brooklyn-based, Peabody Award-winning public radio program and digital Web platform dedicated to promoting recognition and enjoyment of the contemporary musical cultures of Africa and its global diasporas. Hosted by broadcast personality Georges Collinet from Cameroon, and distributed by PRI to over 100 stations nationwide, our programs feature hallmark country reports, live concert recordings, historical retrospectives, and more. We are committed to getting the music and stories as broadly distributed as possible through fresh content published daily on afropop.org and on our active social media. Long-term support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
HOW TO APPLY: Please send a detailed cover letter (specifying why you think you’d be a good fit) and resumé to firstname.lastname@example.org.
World Music Productions, Unit 58, 220 36th St., Brooklyn, NY 11232
Afropop Worldwide is an equal opportunity employer. People of color and women are encouraged to apply.