Location: San Francisco, CA – SOMA
Position: Kiva Event Management - Book Launch Intern
Term: 6 months 2 days a week
Start Date: January 10th, 2013
Kiva connects millions of people around the world through micro-lending to alleviate poverty. Together with its lenders and Field Partners, the company provides borrowers with the seed capital they need to generate a sustainable income, improve their homes, go to school, and more. So far, this approach has helped Kiva fund more than $363 million in loans for over 887,771 borrowers in more than 66 countries. Today, we're focused on launching Kiva in more countries, and creating loan products that can make a real difference in people's lives.
The Book Launch Intern will work with both the development and marketing teams to promote a book that will be released in March 2013 that highlights the amazing stories of one of Kiva’s lenders, Bob Harris, as he travels the world visiting some of the borrowers in his portfolio (http://www.bobharris.com).
Bob’s book, entitled “The International Bank of Bob” is a great rallying point for Kiva’s community of lenders, donors and lending teams. We see his book as the ideal opportunity to share Kiva’s stories through the eyes of a lender, and to learn about the economic and political contexts of some of the countries where we operate. Kiva would like to use the book as a call to action to our community, and using our amazing network of lenders, we plan to help Bob organize a U.S. book tour starting in March 2013.
The Book Launch Intern will help coordinate this U.S. book tour with Bob and his publisher by doing select outreach to our major lenders and lending teams. The aim will be to organize 10-15 events across the U.S. with the help of a base of volunteers. Ideally we will cluster a few events in a given geography thereby maximizing Bob’s travel and time. There will also be opportunities to suggest other means of promoting Bob’s book – we encourage creativity in this role!
The ideal individual for this position is a self-starter who loves event planning, coordinating volunteers and thinking strategically and creatively about promotional opportunities. Past experience coordinating book launch events is a major plus. This is an unpaid internship.
- Create a toolkit on how to host and organize an event focused on Bob’s book.
- Work with Bob, and his publisher to coordinate a U.S. book tour using Kiva's lending teams as the catalyst for local events and promotions.
- Coordinate outreach to selected major lenders and lending teams with a specific call to action:
- Find a venue - whether it is in the local book store, at a local university or in someone's home
- Organize an event - using local volunteers
- Promote the event locally - using the members of the lending team as an army of promoters
- Be the Kiva point of contact for all events being organized by Kiva’s community for Bob.
- Explore other speaking venues for Bob during his US book tour (including corporations, schools and conferences).
- Brainstorm and propose new ideas for promoting Bob’s book to the Kiva community.
- Assist our public relations team in promoting Bob’s book to bloggers and media outlets.
Skills/ Qualifications/ Experience
- Excellent writing skills in English.
- Strong interest in publishing, marketing, development and/or event planning.
- Experience recruiting and organizing groups of volunteers a plus.
- Prior experience with book launches a plus.
- Strong skills in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word), Google Apps, YouTube, social media.
- Great team player.
- Affinity for keeping information organized and tracking details.
- Creative problem-solving skills and curiosity to learn.
- Well-informed about Kiva and microfinance with a strong interest in global development.
- Experience coordinating global marketing efforts for a large audience.
- Opportunity to join the team of the world’s first online person-to-person lending platform.
- Understand the internal workings of a flourishing start-up and non-profit organization
- Gain experience in recruitment, project management, event planning, and more
- Kiva Curriculum classes provide interns with training in microfinance, career development, and Kiva's operations
- Attend brown bag lunches with Kiva staff and influential visiting speakers
- Casual work environment
- References gladly given for successful participants
- Please click here to fill out our application form: http://volunteerportal.kiva.org/volunteerapplicationform
- Make sure you have a plain text resume and cover letter available.
- Due to the high numbers of applicants for this position, we regret that we can only respond to candidates that we would like to interview.