Community Engagement Intern




New York
New York
United States


The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) was founded in 2000 with one clear objective: accelerating meaningful therapeutic advances and, ultimately, a cure for Parkinson’s disease (PD). The Foundation applies extraordinary scientific, business and media assets to this singular focus—thus creating a unique and dynamic organization. Since inception, MJFF has quickly grown into the largest global funder of Parkinson’s disease research outside the U. S. federal government, having funded over $750 million in research projects in both academic and industry labs worldwide.

Core to our philosophy is how we think of our capital and its risk profile relative to other stakeholders in the drug development pipeline. We work aggressively to de-risk various therapeutic strategies and tools in the hopes of building a robust pipeline of new treatments for patients. In order to achieve our mission of finding a cure for PD it is critical that we engage with, and bring together, members of the PD community including researchers, physicians, health professionals and most important, people with Parkinson's and their families. We believe that raising the Foundation’s profile with a broader audience will help us more efficiently reach and mobilize highly engaged stakeholders who are more likely to feel personally vested in helping speed progress toward a cure.

We believe that to find a cure for PD as quickly as possible, our capital needs to push research forward today—we therefore deliberately have no endowment. We instead start our fundraising from zero each year and seek to deploy funds raised as quickly and wisely as possible. MJFF raises over $90 million annually. Today, the Foundation has approximately 135 full-time employees who are based in New York City. 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. Ideally, the internship will be 2-3 days a week during any typical college semester. Our general business hours are 9am to 5pm, but full days are not required. The internship is unpaid with a $15 per day stipend for transportation.

Job requirements:

The patient, family and supporter community can play a vital role in the search for the cure. The Community Engagement team works to build and strengthen the Foundation’s relationships and inspire participation in programmatic actions that require the patient community. We provide resources, insights, and assistance to help the community get involved and stay involved.

The role of the Community Engagement Intern will be to assist department staff with a variety of duties including reporting, ongoing and special projects. We believe the internship offers an excellent opportunity to gain experience audience expertise and community facing research content.

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.

The Community Event Intern's core responsibility is to support the Community Event Team with the planning and execution of the Foundation

Primary responsibilities include:

•        Assist the team on projects aimed at increasing best practices on research and policy engagement

•        Assist in identifying and conducting outreach of potential partnership opportunities on the local and national level

•        Support Community Engagement programs; specific initiatives and projects such as the Policy Forum, Clinical Trial Fairs or other community events as needed

•        Assist in developing data-driven reports, insights and recommendations into reporting structures and presentations

•        Coordinate and work alongside internal MJFF teams

Qualifications of an Ideal Candidate:

·        Undergraduate student with previous experience in community engagement, grassroots organizing or audience development preferred

·        Must possess capacity to take initiative, work independently and collaboratively as part of a team

·        Must be proactive, self-directed, detail-oriented and organized.

·        Must possess strong inter-personal skills

·        Must have strong written and verbal communication skills

·        Microsoft Office skills are required, often using mail merge function and Excel. Analytical skills are a plus

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter describing their specific qualifications and interest in the position. Submissions without cover letters will not be considered. Please click on this link to apply. Please, no telephone inquiries and do not contact our staff directly. Only applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted. 

The Michael J. Fox Foundation is an equal opportunity employer

How To Apply