Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Fall Capacity Building Internship with American Friends of the Spafford Children's Center

The American Friends of the Spafford Children’s Center (AFSCC) are seeking a Capacity Building Intern (CBI) to support the organization in exploring and assisting in the initiation of strategic partnerships between American Healthcare entities and our facilities in Jerusalem and the West Bank, investigating online fundraising opportunities, researching foundations for possible support, writing proposals for funding, and participating in the preparation of newsletters and other promotional materials.

The Spafford Children’s Center (SCC) is an outgrowth of Palestine’s oldest continuous American community. The Center supports the medical, emotional, educational, and cultural needs of families by providing services to mothers and children that re-weave the frayed fabric of a population that has faced one of the most challenging periods of stress in human history. The AFSCC is an American non-profit created to support and underwrite the work of the SCC as well as raise awareness in the United States of the work of SCC.

AFSCC is a small nonprofit consisting of a volunteer a board of directors, so interns are not just observers in our organization; they are an integral part of everything we do. The main responsibilities will be to:

·         Conduct research into the American health care community, both institutions and foundations, in order to target those for whom forging a partnership with the Spafford Children’s Center (SCC) would be mutually beneficial and or a logical extension of the stated values and mission of their organization.
·         Create spreadsheet outlining potential partners and organizational facts.
·         Contact organizations as directed to gather additional data.
·         Create prioritized strategic action plan.
·         Investigate and recommend online fund raising opportunities.
·         Explore means of expanding the AFSCCF email data base of names.
·         Research foundations that support activities in East Jerusalem and the West Bank and recommend specific foundations for contact.
·         Write proposals, with AFSCCF and SCC members, for submission to foundations.
·         Help prepare three newsletters per year including concept, writing, editing, selecting pictures, and mailing.

Must have completed a minimum of twelve (12) College/University credits.

Dates of the Internship
Minimum 15 week commitment, approximately 5 hours per week, to concur with the Fall 2016 Semester.

Life-Skill Development
·         Learn how to think critically and act logically to solve problems and make decisions.
·         Use computers, technology, tools, and information systems effectively.
·         Develop leadership skills through taking ownership and responsibility of projects.

This is a non-paid internship.


The CBI reports directly to the Vice Chair of the AFSCC Board, Dr. Wendy Whiting Blome. Dr Blome is a resident of the Washington area and will be available through email or in person to supervise the student.

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to Dr. Wendy Whiting Blome,