Outreach Community Ministries
Resource Development Department
Who We Are
Outreach Community Ministries is a Christian community service organization, striving to put Christian faith into responsible action. The organization has been called into existence by local churches to respond supportively to the needs of young people and their families. The organization is committed to providing excellence in human services and demonstrating compassion for the whole person.
Resource Development Department
The primary goal of the resource development team is to provide for the current and long-term financial stability of the organization and to facilitate the growth in services that are outlined in the organization’s strategic plan in collaboration with the chief executive officer and the agency’s board of trustees. The responsibilities of the department include the development of strong community based support for operations as well as raising funds for capital projects. Marketing, grant writing, fundraising, major gift solicitation and multiple fundraising events are key strategies. The resource development team also works to increase the community’s awareness of the presence and work of Outreach Community Ministries through the agency’s website, press, annual newsletters, corporate identity and community events.
Intern Responsibilities and Opportunities
The intern will work with and support the communications manager in a variety of areas. Intern activities may include conducting research and contribution to the development of marketing and public relations plans, researching media outlets in DuPage County, networking with area businesses and attending local events. The intern will also engage in collecting stories and writing content for newsletters, reports, emails, videos, social media and the agency website. The intern will gain knowledge about how a non-profit organization markets itself and the components of a public relations and marketing plan. The intern may also have the opportunity to work with vendors including graphic designers, promotional video producers and website designers. The intern will also become familiar with the community services available to the low and moderate income families served by Outreach. There is flexibility in designing the internship to fit the intern’s academic and personal needs and interns can be exposed to other aspects of the Resource Development program.
Training and Supervision
The intern will receive exposure to the overall working of a non-profit organization and its fundraising structure and marketing and public relations procedures. The intern will participate in departmental staff meetings and committee meetings. Weekly individual supervision is available.
The internship can be for the summer, a semester or the year. Interns must be available for a minimum of 12 hours each week during business hours, Monday – Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Exceptions to this schedule will be considered on a case by case basis. Attendance at occasional weekend or evening events will be expected.
The internship is available for bachelor’s level students. Strong organizational skills are required. Basic photography skills, website development exposure, and intermediate writing skills are preferred. Experience with Microsoft Publisher is required. Applicants must be supportive of the agency’s statement of mission and faith. Interns must provide their own transportation. Graduate level internships are also available in this department. Please see contact below for more information.
For more information or to apply, please send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to: