This year-round, part-time position offers a behind-the-scenes look at how funds are raised to support the liberty movement in Michigan. The candidate will gain an overview of donor relations, donor meetings, event management, grant writing, donor-related mail and email efforts and more.
Preferred candidates will have strong verbal and written communication skills, demonstrate a high degree of professionalism, and show aptitude for managing highly confidential information. Experience in use of relational databases and competence in Word and Excel is a plus.
Advancement Work Might Include
- Online research to help grow the Mackinac Center family of supporters. This includes gathering and analyzing data from news media, public databases, Facebook, LinkedIn and other sources.
- Database work to strengthen communications with donors, primarily by acquiring email addresses and other contact information.
- Personal contact with donors through phone calls and emails related to Mackinac Center events, projects or donor relations in general.
- Clerical support, such as data entry, filing, handling mailings, etc.
Event Work Might Include
- Assist event manager with logistics, such as scheduling, marketing and executing pre-registration for events, including calling attendees to confirm registration and contact information.
- In the case of in-person events, set up and take down of event material, greeting guests, handling onsite registration, etc. This includes same-day travel throughout the State of Michigan and may involve evening or weekend work.
- In the case of virtual events, work may include assisting with technology, troubleshooting during event, assisting with online questions/comments.
- Assist with guest and vendor follow-up after each event.
- Review contracts and vendor documents for accuracy.
To be considered for an internship, students must meet the following minimum qualifications:
- Full-time college student, recent graduate (within six months of graduation), or a person seeking a first-work experience with a free market think tank;
- Must be at least 18 years old;
- A solid reputation for honest and ethical conduct;
- Above average written and oral communication skills;
- Ability to work in a collaborative team environment, while also being able to self-motivate and maintain focus on necessary tasks;
- Professional personal appearance and hygiene;
- Above average inter-personal skills;
- Please note that a curriculum major in politics or economics is NOT required; students from all subject areas are encouraged to apply.
The following special skills and characteristics will give students expanded opportunity for achievement during their internship:
- Knowledge of political and economic philosophy and theory, especially in the classical liberal tradition;
- Awareness of current civic affairs;
- Students desiring to write for publication should demonstrate excellent writing skills and substantial writing experience;
- Creativity and enthusiasm.
The employment term is a minimum of 15-20 hours per week. Interns are compensated at the rate of $15.50 per hour and are employed on an at-will basis.
Candidates are to submit a resume and cover letter to the intern coordinator by September 30th, 2022.
Email application materials to email@example.com or mail to:
Director of Operations/Intern Coordinator
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
140 West Main Street
P.O. Box 568
Midland, MI 48640-0568