Internship Opportunities

WEDI-interns

WEDI has open positions for interns starting in Fall of 2017. WEDI created this program to match organizational needs with passionate people who are willing to serve and gain work experience. All internships include a thorough training and orientation to WEDI’s programs and organization as well as opportunities for professional development.During the interview process, a WEDI staffer will assess your interests and skill-set to determine which project is most suitable. Following this assessment, the staffer will match you with a project that you will be accountable for completing. WEDI is happy to hear your ideas throughout the process because innovation often stems from an outside perspective. our primary request from you is that you commit to the time necessary to complete the project; discuss this during your interview to get details.

Position Details

Internships are unpaid, but you can complete them for school credit. Interns can work between 10-40 hours per week with the guidance of a staff supervisor. If you can only serve for less time, we may still have opportunities for you. Minimum qualifications for a position include:

  • Some higher education or equivalent work experience
  • Professionalism, dependability, honesty, and punctuality
  • Adaptability to a dynamic environment\

Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and indication of a preferred project from the list below to info@wedibuffalo.org. We will only contact you if we are interested in setting up an interview. No phone calls please.

Fall Projects and Positions

Event/ Fundraising Intern

Candidate must have the following characteristics skills:

  • Detailed, organized, and creative
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Creative approach to problem solving
  • Time management skills
  • Self-sufficient and comfortable working independently

Event Fundraising Responsibilities include:

  • Assist with follow-up contact for soliciting event sponsors and donors
  • Travel to pick up auction items, supplies, and other event-related orders
  • Coordinate and manage sponsors, contractors, vendors, employees and volunteers
  • Assist with event logistics, promotion, and marketing

Economic Development Intern

Candidate must have the following characteristics skills:

  • Detailed, organized, and creative
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Creative approach to problem solving
  • Time management skills
  • Self-sufficient and comfortable working independently

Responsibilities include:

  • Support program administrative work at a routine, or project level, as directed. This may include, but is not limited to, updating Nation Builder, scanning documents and filing them electronically
  • Learn and then support client intake work for new economic development clients
  • Shadowing Economic Development Specialists for as a ED support
  • Assist in improving economic development best practices and policies
  • Provide support during introductory seminars for clients considering entering the economic development process
  • Assisting in development of a formal business coach program and managing existing business coach needs

Marketing and Communications Intern

Candidate must have the following characteristics skills:

  • Detailed, organized, and creative
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Creative approach to problem solving
  • Time management skills
  • Self-sufficient and comfortable working independently

Marketing and Communications Responsibilities include:

  • Create and curate written and digital media content for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Assist in the creation, promotion, and execution of cultural events to promote the West Side Bazaar
  • Develop new approaches to reaching WEDI’s client base and supporter base online
  • Assist in WEDI any in-progress marketing campaign and other tasks as assigned by the marketing director

Qualifications that are not required but appreciated:

  • Basic understanding of HTML/CSS or Wordpress
  • Basic understanding of Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator 

Office Management

  • Update WEDI's customer relationship management system
  • Scan and file documents electronically
  • Assist in ordering and office inventory
  • Answer phones and serve incoming clients