Intro from Ann: I am regularly helping a great non-profit doing some consulting for them (I wish I could help more but I do what time allows). They have approached me asking if hiring an SEO intern is a good idea and offered my help by training this intern for free. So here we go: if you apply and get approved, you’ll get a chance to learn the SEO theory and practice by helping a non-profit – sounds exciting?
We are recruiting an outstanding undergraduate, graduate student or recent graduate as a summer SEO intern. Collaborate on the boldest nonprofit initiative we know, http://ClassWish.org. Work directly with one of the leading SEO experts, Ann Smarty (www.seosmarty.com).
Here is the problem we are tackling: K-12 schools in this country do not have enough resources to let children explore their potential and excel. Books, computers, art supplies, musical instruments, science equipment, sports equipment—and even paper for computers and printers—are all in desperately short supply. We’re going to change it.
ClassWish.org, an exciting new nonprofit, makes it easy for teachers at 125,000 schools serving 56 million kids create Wish Lists of the resources they need. People in the community can see exactly what is needed and how their tax-deductible contributions can help.
About Us: The people behind ClassWish.org include such prominent education and business leaders as Adam Hirsch, COO, Mashable; Laurie Coots, CMO, TBWA; Scott Cutler, EVP, New York Stock Exchange; Esther Dyson, investor and philanthropist; Mark Linaugh, Chief Talent Officer, WPP; Betsy Morgan, former CEO, Huffington Post; Nancy Pelz-Paget, Director, Education and Society Program, Aspen Institute; Delia Pompa, VP of Education, National Council of La Raza; and Sharon Robinson, CEO, American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. In addition, Forbes Magazine liked our approach so much that they donated a full page of their March 15 issue to help raise awareness.
The work: Because ClassWish serves so many teachers, students, parents and organizations, we expect to be able to earn a very high page rank. We seek an SEO intern to help on all those aspects of Search Engine Optimization (white hat, only): competitive analysis; keyword selection; page optimization; link-building; etc. The intern will report to Ann Smarty, our pro-bono SEO consultant, and to the founder.
Most of our team will be in Manhattan, but we will also consider a virtual intern in another location.
The result of your efforts? With your help on our SEO work, ClassWish.org will earn high search rankings and attract more visitors. Teachers and schools will get the support they need. Parents and communities will be engaged in supporting schools and funding the things they care about. And all of us will be united in helping our children perform at their best.
If you want a great experience doing something you will always be proud of, please send a cover letter and resume to interns@ClassWish.org.
Is this a business or a nonprofit?
ClassWish is a nonprofit, but we use the latest techniques from the business world to make a leveraged, scalable and financially-self sustaining difference in the lives of tens of millions of children.
Is the plan entirely focused on attracting donations to schools?
Due to devastating budget cuts, schools’ unmet funding needs are greater than ever. But that is just the first phase. Our comprehensive approach will attract all types of resources to schools: financial, material and human.
This sounds ambitious!
Daniel Burnham, the great Chicago architect, said “Make no little plans; they have not the power to stir men’s souls.” (Nor women’s, we hasten to add). Little plans also do not have the power to provide a better education to 56 million kids who deserve more than they are getting today. We face a crushing need in schools, have a solid plan to address it, and with your help, we intend to grow this very large and very fast.
Where are you located?
We are in Manhattan. We will also hire a number of interns to work remotely from other cities.
What skills and experience are you looking for?
We seek a wide range of skills: graphic designers, programmers (Rails or PHP), tech stars, videographers, writers, researchers, creative thinkers, analytical sorts, community organizers, social media stars, people with great communication skills, MBA students, and more.
I looked at your site and have some suggestions.
Great! This is a collaborative project, and we want to hear from everyone.
Is this a paid internship?
We can offer a great experience, a great addition to your CV, academic credit (if your school allows), recommendations, and a chance to make a difference, but we are a start-up nonprofit, so can only offer unpaid internship positions. Of course, we will gladly support your application for campus housing or scholarship funding if it is available.
When will you select the interns?
We’re agile. When we see a great candidate, we extend an invitation. We won’t keep you waiting for a decision.
What dates will the internship run?
We are hiring spring and summer interns. If you can make a great contribution to the team, we will accommodate your schedule. Let us know what works for you.
What are the hours? Will I have time to explore New York?
You’re welcome to work as many hours as you wish, but we don’t expect you to work more than 40 hours a week. Go enjoy the City! Just avoid those hotdogs from the street vendors.
What will I need to bring?
Brains, heart, passion, energy, a notebook computer, and a passion to make an immediate improvement to the education of tens of millions of children.
Sounds exciting! How can I apply?
Please send us an impressive cover letter and a resume. Impress us. This is competitive. Send it to interns@ClassWish.org.