The Harraseeket Foundation (pronounced “hair-a-SEEK-it”), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, seeks a part-time Director for its Internship Program. The Program supports internships for underserved Northern Virginia high school students, providing access to employers, stipends to allow students to take unpaid internships, and mentors to coach the interns.
About the Internship Program
The Internship Program connects mentors to high school students looking to become interns at local organizations. Mentors support students through selecting, applying for and taking on internships, specifically helping them with preparedness and with ongoing reflection as they complete their work. Harraseeket works to lower barriers to entry to internships for students who might otherwise be unable to participate. We do this by offering a directory of employers willing to hire them, providing and equipping mentors, working closely with our partner high schools, and providing stipends to students on a case-by-case basis.
- Internship Program has become an increasingly important part of our work. The program started at Wakefield High School two years ago in partnership with Communities in Schools. We just formed a partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools, starting with Herndon High School and then adding South Lakes High School. Our dream is to create a program and accompanying set of resources that can be used across Northern Virginia schools. See harraseeketfoundation.org/pathways-fund.
The Internship Program, like our other programs, has historically been run by volunteers and contract workers. The expansion of the Program requires paid staff to support the logistics of dealing with key players, including students, schools, internship employers, faith and secular communities, mentors and partners. The Internship Program Director will join a team that now includes a Project Manager, a Development Coordinator, a Social Media Manager, two Community Coordinators, and Harraseeket’s President, Steve Parker. This person will be dedicated to overseeing the Internship Program at a high level, a role we are excited to add!
The Director would manage our day-to-day Internship Program operations. Specifically, the Director would:
(1) Supervise and coordinate the work of the staff and volunteers supporting the Internship Program;
(2) Coordinate with our partners, Communities in Schools and Fairfax County Public Schools;
(3) Work with staff to identify, recruit, train and support internship employers;
(4) Help solicit and train mentors to work with the high school student interns; and
(5) assist with fundraising for the Program.
The position would be part-time, starting at 20-30 hours per week. Much of the work can be remote with flexible hours, but a Northern Virginia nexus is required for in-person meetings in schools and community organizations.
A candidate for Director should be a college graduate with experience in the nonprofit sector. They should be a self-starter with experience in building programs, and have strong written and oral communication skills, organizational skills, initiative, and basic proficiency in simple database management and computer skills. Compensation would be $25-$30/hour, depending on experience. The Director will report to Harraseeket’s President, Steve Parker.