Communications and Development Intern

Are you interested in a career in non-profit? Would you like to learn sign language while expanding your communications experiences into public relations, donor outreach, and fund raising & awareness raising events? Do you have an interest in social justice or working side by side with blind, Deaf-Blind as well as sighted individuals in your community?

Our Mission

To create and enhance opportunities for independence and self-sufficiency of people who are blind, Deaf-Blind, and blind with other disabilities.

About Us

The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit agency providing employment, support, and training opportunities for people who are blind, Deaf-Blind, and blind with other disabilities. The Lighthouse has provided employment and support to blind people in our community since 1918. Our philosophy maintains that each employee be provided with whatever supports are necessary for success in the workplace. Supports include an in-house sign language interpreting department to ensure effective communication for Deaf-Blind employees, staff mobility instructors to teach independent travel with a white cane or dog guide, and over 100 computer workstations adapted for use by visually impaired individuals.

The Lighthouse currently employs over 300 individuals, more than 200 of whom are blind, Deaf-Blind, or blind with other disabilities. In addition to offering employment opportunities, the Lighthouse provides a wide range of programs and services for visually impaired employees and blind people in the larger community. These include vocational computer training programs for blind adults and one-on-one computer classes for Deaf-Blind people. We are a successful manufacturing organization that is committed to making jobs accessible to blind individuals. Our manufacturing operations center on making quality products for the federal government and The Boeing Company. We also have outreach and educational programs for the community at large, including our nationally acclaimed Deaf-Blind retreats and community classes as well as a local school program to educate elementary school students about blindness and deaf-blindness.

Communications/Development Intern

Job Requirements:

  • Assisting with Annual Fund, Institutional, and Major Donor Mailings
  • Coordinating multiple annual events (auction, Deaf-Blind retreat, and others) as needed
  • Editing, proofreading and providing general support for the Communications/Development department, as needed
  • Reading inaccessible documents to employees who are blind so that they may be successful in their jobs
  • Assisting with weekly tours
  • Assisting with sales mailings (collateral, catalogues, vendor kit tracking assembly and shipping)
  • Reviewing and formulating sales reporting
  • Assisting with editing, assembly and distribution of Board meeting materials

Relevant Skills/Knowledge

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Basic administrative skills: PC, Microsoft Office fluent
  • Hard working, organized, with the ability to work independently and as a team player

Flexible: 8-20 hours per week (depending on needs and availability)

This is an unpaid, volunteer position. Applicants who are in an applicable academic program can arrange for credit.

To apply: Send cover letter and resume to Kirk Laughlin at or Melanie Wimmenauer at with “Communications Intern Candidate” in the subject line.

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Our Mission: To create and enhance opportunities for independence and self-sufficiency
of people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities.

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