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Company Name: FIRST BOOK
Description: First Book’s Mission
Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 225 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income communities in all 50 states and provinces in Canada. First Book currently reaches an average of 5 million children every year and supports more than a third of the estimated 1.3 million classrooms and programs serving children in need.

With an additional 1,000 educators joining First Book’s Network each week, we have the largest and fastest-growing network of educators in the United States exclusively serving kids in need. First Book members work in classrooms, after school, and summer or early childhood programs, shelters and health clinics, libraries, community programs, military support programs, and other settings serving a majority of children in need.

About the Internship
First Book has an exciting opportunity for entrepreneurial individuals who share a passion for our mission, have a wide array of personal qualities and talents, and possess superior written and verbal communication skills. A good match for this position will be someone with a nonprofit heart and a corporate mindset; someone who is collaborative and independent, thrives in a fast-paced environment, is flexible, and has a sense of humor.

Potential interns should be college students with strong communication and writing experience, the ability to juggle multiple projects, and excellent interpersonal skills. Candidates should have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and possess a strong interest in a career in the nonprofit sector coupled with private sector experience, knowledge, or interest.

First Book offers interns the opportunity to work flexibly within its teams:

Accounting: Assist in General Ledger accounting including reconciling receivables for marketplace, researching and resolving payment discrepancies, and supporting sales tax exemption process. Assist in entering payables and invoices, monitor and resolve accounting cases in Salesforce. Experience with accounting software including Excel and Salesforce.

Development: Assist in achieving the revenue goals of the organization and should possess superior writing, research and interpersonal skills. Provide support for the full range of fundraising activities, including prospect research, individual giving, and special events. Projects include: mail logistics for campaigns, creating blog posts, launching outreach campaigns, and donor relations.

Marketing and Communications: Social media content creation — including writing content marketing and blogs, creating images, and editing videos, creating original pieces and updating previously produced materials. Experience with Canva and WordPress along with strong research and data analysis skills. Partnership support for companies like LEGO, Audemars Piguet, Pizza Hut, and New York Life Foundation.

Strategic Alliances: Implement cause-based marketing campaigns for some of First Book’s corporate partners. Examples include Cheerios, Build-A-Bear Workshop, and Baskin-Robbins. Develop new business leads for corporate partnerships and cause-marketing campaigns for First Book, a leader in both philanthropy and public-private sector partnerships, focused on children’s literacy.

Opportunities for professional development:
-Program-specific training for all departments (e.g., Excel, Salesforce, Canva, WordPress).
-Brown Bag lunch meetings covering topics like leadership, social media, networking, and job searches.
-Networking opportunities with other First Book interns and staff.
Length of Internship: Fall Semester
Location: Washington, D.C.
Application Due Date: July 15th
Payment: *In addition to an hourly wage, First Book will pay commuting costs throughout the internship*
How To Apply For This Internship: To Apply: Candidates are invited to submit a resume and a cover letter detailing which department you are interested in working within to . No phone calls please.
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