Volunteering & Internships

JDRF Overview
The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.  As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $568 million in scientific research in 17 countries.  In 2012 alone, JDRF provided more than $110 million to T1D research.  More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education.  In 2012, Forbes magazine named JDRF one of its five All-Star charities, citing the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness.

New York City Chapt
er Special Events/Fundraising Internship (Non-Paid)

Internship Overview
The New York Chapter of the JDRF seeks an intern to assist with the planning and execution of our Family Team Rally and Team Captain Kick-off Event for the Walk to Cure Diabetes Program, and to assist with various projects concerning the annual gala, The Promise Ball.  All events directly support the fundraising efforts of the Chapter.

The Special Events Intern will work closely with the Walk/Special Events Department to prepare for the upcoming events.  Responsibilities will include maintaining databases, assisting with phone calls, creating documents, research, logistical planning, attending meetings, day to day administrative tasks, and various projects as needed.  The intern will also be expected to learn about and maintain a working knowledge of JDRF and its mission to find a cure for diabetes and its complications.

Position Requirements:
Must be a matriculating student; credit for internship preferred
Attendance at all events
Strong communication skills
Interest in non-profit events and fundraising

Commitment:  Minimum of 20 hours per week

Interested candidates, please send resume and cover letter to jzawislak@jdrf.org.

New York
City Chapter Kids Walk Internship (Non-Paid)

Position Summary:

The JDRF Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes Intern serves as an important part of assisting in coordinating the program. They will work in local elementary and middle schools to implement the program from start to finish. This includes recruitment of new schools, delivering materials to the schools, visiting schools that participate to teach students about JDRF, type 1 and type 2 diabetes and the importance of a healthy lifestyle as well as collecting and processing fundraising envelopes.

Duties/additional details:

  • Focus on school recruitment, fundraising and administrative tasks
  • Conducts Kick-off presentations
  • Communicates regularly with Kids Walk volunteers and development staff
  • Share ideas for safe and effective fundraising
  • Explain how students can register and fundraise online, sell sneakers and ask friends and family members for support.
  • Motivate the students to make a difference by funding research to cure, treat and prevent T1D
  • JDRF will provide a video, collection envelopes and materials for the presentation

Schedule: Initial training /meeting with staff.  Must be available during the school day.

Location: Flexible

Skills/Experience Required:

  • Understanding of JDRF mission; knowledge of T1D and its impact on families and communities
  • Possess strong communication, collaboration and leadership skills
  • Strong presentation skills and an energetic personality
  • Previous teaching or public speaking skills a plus

Training Provided:

One-on-one sessions with Development Staff; Kids Walk DVD’s, scripts and sample presentations, Volunteer Guide, marketing booklet, national training opportunities


  • Excellent opportunity to demonstrate leadership, communication and collaboration skills
  • Networking opportunities within community
  • Assist Chapter and JDRF in reaching its goals
  • Gain knowledge about research that is helping to cure, better treat and prevent T1D

Commitment:  Minimum of 20 hours per week. Hours and times may vary based on school calendars and timing of kick-off presentations.

Interested candidates, please send resume and cover letter to rkane@jdrf.org.


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