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Community Events Intern

Community Events Intern:

About Us: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) was founded in 2000 with a single defined objective: accelerating meaningful therapeutic advances and, ultimately, a cure for Parkinson’s disease (PD). The Foundation provides a distinctive combination of scientific, business, and media assets to this core focus. This triple-pronged, singularly-defined strategy towards disease research enables a dynamic, motivated, and young organization. MJFF has quickly grown into the largest global funder of Parkinson’s disease research outside of the federal government and has funded over $850 million in research projects across academic and industry labs worldwide.
MJFF raises over $100 million annually. We deliberately have no endowment or reserve because we believe that our capital needs to be invested today to find a cure for PD as quickly as possible. We start our fundraising from zero each year and deploy funds raised as quickly as possible, in a strategic, targeted, and vetted manner. The Foundation has approximately 145 full-time employees who are based in New York City.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research has an exciting learning opportunity available as a Community Events Intern. The Community Events Intern will have a unique opportunity to work within a highly regarded non-profit organization and gain firsthand knowledge of the operations of our Community Event team.

The ideal candidate will be a proactive, high-energy individual who is detail oriented and has strong inter-personal and communication skills. This individual should also be able to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment and willing to lend a hand on projects big and small. The ability to multitask and prioritize is a must. This role will require a high level of written, and verbal communication skills, specifically for making phone calls and engaging with community partners and participants. The Community Event Intern's core responsibility is to support the Community Event Team with the planning and execution of the Foundation hosted, Tour de Fox Cycling Series and our Fox Trot 5K Run/Walk Series. There will also be an opportunity to assist with the planning of our large-scale education series, Parkinson's IQ + You. The Community Event Intern will report to the appointed Community Event Associate Director.

This internship is available each semester. The Foundation is always looking for smart, determined individuals who would like to participate in an internship with us. As a result, resumes can be submitted to the Foundation throughout the year. The internship will be 2-5 days a week, depending on both the needs of the team and the intern’s availability. Our general business hours are 9am to 5pm, with possibility to attend after hour’s events or off-site meetings. The internship is unpaid with a $15 per day stipend for transportation.


  • Assistance with executing MJFF's planned Fox Trot 5K Run/Walk events, Tour de Fox Cycling Events, and other community-focused events. 
  • Assist with mailings, filing and various administrative support for community events department.
  • Assist in maintaining tracking spreadsheets.
  • Draft correspondence including thank you letters, responses to donor and participant inquiries, along with preparing funding/sponsorship requests. Track and mail event and participant materials. 
  • Support stewardship of Tour de Fox and Fox Trot participants and key sponsors of each series.
  • Assist in identifying and conducting outreach of potential sponsorship and partnership opportunities on the local and national level for the Tour de Fox and Fox Trot Series.
  • Help coordinate marketing efforts in both print and digital on the local and national levels for the Tour de Fox and Fox Trot Series. 
  • Support other community focused initiatives; specific initiatives and projects as needed, which include: 
    • Community Educational Event Series
    • The Foundation's Policy Initiatives, including an annual Forum
    • Annual Community Fundraising MVP Roundtable and Awards Dinner


  • Microsoft Office skills are required, often using mail merge function and Excel.
  • Must be proactive, self-directed, detail-oriented and organized.
  • Must possess strong inter-personal skills and excellent phone skills.
  • Must possess capacity to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Media skills a plus.


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