Youth Organizing Institute seeking 3 student interns for Fall 2013 to work on social media, marketing, organizing, and grassroots fundraising.

The Youth Organizing Institute is a popular education leadership development program for high school age LGBTQ youth, low-income youth, and youth of color in Wake, Durham and Orange counties. We believe in grassroots organizing and elevating the voices of young people to organize in their own name for meaningful change.

Positions are based in Triangle area. Our office is located in Durham and interns will be required to work in the office one day/week.


We are seeking candidates who can make a three month commitment: September 16 – December 18.


  •     A strong and proven commitment to progressive values and building the power of youth and students, especially LGBTQ youth, women, low-income youth, and youth of color,
  •     Excellent communication and teamwork skills,
  •     Excellent writing skills
  •     Reliable, outgoing, self-motivated and detail-oriented,
  •     A means of transportation to get to Durham once/week.


Submit resume, cover letter (NO LONGER THAN TWO PAGES), and three references to Use the subject line “YOI Intern” and which internship(s) you are applying for (communication, grassroots fundraising, event planning).  In your cover letter, please answer the following questions:

  •     Why are you applying and what skills and experiences?
  •     Why do you think youth organizing is important?
  •     Tell us about someone you consider a role model and why.
  •     Tell us about one issue you feel passionate about.

Communication Intern

Position: Intern (Paid)  A $500 stipend is offered with this Internship.
Dates: September 16, 2013 – December 18, 2013
Hours: 10-15 hours/week


  •     Help Brand the Youth Organizing Institute including T-shirts, website, social media, and other materials
  •     Create community awareness by coordinating a grassroots fundraising event
  •     Help with social media and traditional media outreach,
  •     Updating and revamping the website
  •     Donor management and engagement including, helping with donor management software implementation, sending newsletters, sending a mailing.

Event Planning Intern

Position: Intern (Paid)
Dates: September 16, 2013 – December 18, 2013
Hours: 10-15 hours/week


  •     Help plan the first annual winter Ella Baker Gala to Honor Youth Allies
  •     Help to develop program, location, invitations, and logistics
  •     Develop promotional materials for Gala
  •     Help find sponsors for the Gala

Grassroots Fundraising Intern

Position: Intern (Paid)
Dates: September 16, 2013 – December 18, 2013
Hours: 10-15 hours/week


  •     Work with community establishments, including local businesses to identify opportunities and solicit support
  •     Organize a grassroots fundraising event (could be a house party, drag show, triva night….) in Chapel Hill.
  •     Support Winter Ella Baker Gala to Honor Youth Allies, including soliciting and identify sponsors, auction items, outreach and logistics.