Our Intern Program is a great way to be directly involved and immersed in the mission of TWLOHA. Interns are invited to join us in Melbourne, FL for a term to live in community together while developing both personally and professionally. They present hope and act as a bridge to help for those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide.
A primary responsibility of all interns is responding to messages from supporters through emails. All interns spend about half their day responding to the questions asked and stories shared through these platforms.
Additionally, interns will work in some of the following areas:
Supporter Engagement Team
- Street Team
- Supporter Benefits
- MOVE: Focus & Community Conferences
- College & High School Campus activation
- Social media content (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram)
- Blogs & editorial content
Office Administration & Finance Team
- Supporter mail
- Memorial account management
- Donor management
- Local resource database maintenance
- Customer service
- Inventory maintenance
- Event Shipping
- Order processing
- If you have any design or photography experience, please include some of your work in your application!
Interns may also have opportunities to represent TWLOHA at events, such as awareness walks, festivals, and concerts.
We’re looking for people who are flexible, creative, hardworking, and have a heart for the issues we speak to. You might be a good fit for our intern program if you:
- Are at least 18 years old (by the application deadline)
- Have excellent written and oral communication skills, computer literacy, and thorough knowledge of the Internet
- Have the ability to live in Melbourne, FL for the entire term
- Work well both independently and as part of a community
- Manage and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously
- Have an understanding of and plan for self-care. Because our interns respond to stories of hope and pain daily, please make sure you can balance the weight of that task while maintaining your own mental health. Your health is what’s most important.
While not required, we prefer applicants have two years of college or professional technical experience.
We absolutely accept international applicants! If you are selected for an internship, our Intern Program Director will help you work out visa and travel documents. Please don’t apply for any type of visa before you talk to the Intern Program Director. We also encourage you to apply for a passport as soon as possible if you don’t already have one.
We have three intern terms: Fall, Spring, and Summer. Our interns work at the To Write Love on Her Arms office in Melbourne, FL, Monday through Friday, from 9:30 AM to 5 :30PM, or 40 hours a week. (Occasional weekend hours may be necessary for TWLOHA events.) The internship is unpaid (college credit is available in some cases), and interns are responsible for raising the funds to participate. Specific start and end dates for upcoming terms are listed below:
Fall 2015 Term
August 26 – December 11
Application Open: March 16, 2015
Application Close: CLOSED
Spring 2016 Term
January 13 – May 6
Application Open: July 17, 2015
Application Close: October 30, 2015
Summer 2016 Term
May 16 – August 5
Application Open: November 2, 2015
Application Close: February 5, 2016
Other Important Info
Housing: It isn’t mandatory for our interns to live in the provided intern housing; however, we do highly encourage them to do this because it builds community among the interns. We ask for a donation of $200/month from those living in the intern house to help offset the costs of rent, utilities, and supplies. Bedrooms and bathrooms are shared and gender-specific.
Budget: We recommend that you consider your lifestyle and budget for food, gas, and additional spending money accordingly. We’d recommend about $1000/month, including the $200/month housing donation. But it really depends on your individual needs and lifestyle.
Fundraising: Interns must raise their own funds in order to participate in the program. We recommend looking to family, friends, churches, school organizations, and community groups for support. If you think of creative or unconventional fundraising methods, please let us know! We’re always looking to share new ideas with our applicants.
Activities/Materials Fee: We request a one-time $100 donation from interns for informational material, community activities, and other supplies.
Transportation: While not required, we encourage interns to bring their own form of transportation. Most intern groups have one or two people bring a car to carpool and split gas costs.
School Credit: If you’d like to receive school credit for the internship, talk with your academic advisor or guidance counselor to begin that process; it will look different at each school. We’re happy to work with you to make sure you have everything you need to receive credit if it’s available.
What do I need to do to apply for an internship?
CREATE YOUR VIDEO APPLICATION
The video is the most important piece of your application – think of it as your first impression. It will basically involve you sitting in front of a camera and answering some questions for us. We include this so we can see your personality and how you communicate. Treat it like you’re having a conversation with us. And don’t worry about your filmmaking ability; we won’t judge your editing skills. See the Video Application instructions below for what to include.
REFERENCES AND RESUME
Part of the online application will have you fill out your resume and list 3 references – 2 professional, 1 personal. Collect your resume details and references’ contact information (including email) before you start the online application.
We want to get a sense of who you are. Just be honest and true to yourself. And remember, you can’t save and return to the application once you start, so we suggest answering the questions in a document first and copying the answers over, just in case. You can fill out the online application here.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
After the application has closed and our Intern Program Director has reviewed at all the submissions, our Intern Director will pick prospective interns to interview via Skype or FaceTime. After the interview round, the Intern Director decides who will be invited for the term. All applicants can still expect a notification from the Intern Director, whether or not they are selected for an interview or internship.
Video Application Instructions
- In your own words, what does community mean to you? What do you believe a healthy community looks like?
- Why do you think you would be a good addition to the To Write Love on Her Arms team?
- What or who is a major influence in your life, and how do you influence others?
- What are you passionate about (other than TWLOHA)?
Extra Questions (pick two):
- Tell us about a conversation that has sparked change in your life.
- Tell us 5 random/quirky facts about yourself.
- What was the hardest thing you’ve ever done for something you believe in?
Videos may not exceed 5:00 in length. Please upload your video to YouTube, following their instructions. You can keep the video private if you want; just be sure to make it so anyone who has the URL can view it and email us the link. You’ll also need to include the URL for your video to complete the online application, so make sure you finish that before submitting the online application.
If you have any other questions, please email email@example.com.