What can I expect?
The lifeblood of any charity is the money donated by others, whether through individual and corporate giving, or via grant funding. This internship will allow you to become involved in all aspects of promoting the activities of the charity and its partners, whether that be developing strategies, creating fresh ideas, updating web pages, designing new printed materials or working with outside designers.
Some days, being a Fundraising and Marketing intern will undoubtedly feel like a hard slog. To succeed, you will need to be persistent, self-motivated, disciplined and most of all have an unlimited supply of passion for what you're doing. But as frequently as it can be thankless, it can also be deeply rewarding - so make sure you are prepared to take the rough with the smooth.
Of course, the perks are obvious! You're in a beautiful bush environment, your life is about conservation and furthering the program - and there's no better cure for a hard day than to catch up with the cubs and know you're actually working for them and their future.
Secondly, thank goodness!
As an intern you will be shadowing the Marketing Manager and working together as a team. There is (unfortunately) a considerable amount of time spent sitting behind a laptop. Paperwork is unavoidable - whether it's keeping tabs on your budget, sourcing quotes, answering emails, updating databases, soliciting new contacts, or doing research on the Internet. It is this paperwork that forms the nuts and bolts of fundraising and marketing - the real legwork that takes place behind the scenes and is an essential part of our work.
What are we looking for?
As a Fundraising and Marketing intern you will have had some previous work experience in this field.
On a personal level, you will need to be self-motivated and disciplined, but still flexible in your approach. There is a lot to learn, explore, and develop for yourself, so a creative mind and the ability to think on your feet are essential. Plus - you need to like people! Marketing is about relationships - whether you're working with graphic designers, a protective secretary who won't put your call through, an agent who says "yes" but means "no”, a supplier that lets you down, and so on – you need to be able to keep a smile on your face. Not everyone is going to welcome you at their door and half the job is accepting that, while disappointment is going to come your way, it only takes one success to make your day!
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"At 39 years old I decided to challenge myself and apply for an internship with ALERT. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I spent 6 months working alongside the ALERT and Lion Encounter team on fundraising, animal research, marketing initiatives, and volunteer management. It was extremely rewarding from both a professional and personal level. I have learned so much from the experience: building relationships with local people, the challenge of creating new ideas for a non-profit organization, working closely with the volunteers and of course the beautiful animals I was able to gain so much knowledge about. By working in the fundraising and marketing areas, I was also able to get a bigger picture of the overall organization and everything it takes to have this program running. And of course, I got to live in the African bush – much different to city life!”