Membership and Business Outreach Intern

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition works to promote bicycling for everyday transportation. Our member-based grassroots organization is considered one of the largest, most active and effective advocacy groups in the country. For more than 45 years, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has a proven track record of winning better bicycling improvements.

Position description

The Membership and Business Outreach Intern will gain firsthand knowledge about the backbone of any grassroots organization — our members and business partners. In support of Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 10, 2018, the Membership and Business Outreach Intern will gain professional experience in nonprofit development and valuable experience in communications, marketing, outreach, and event planning for a thriving nonprofit organization.

What you’ll learn:

The Membership and Business Outreach Intern will gain valuable skills vital for anyone looking for a career in a nonprofit organization. You will learn firsthand what it takes to organize, promote and fundraise for one of the largest events in the City. We will challenge you with a fast-paced, quick-turnaround experience on a hard-working team.

Responsibilities and duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Assist in the marketing and promotion of Bike to Work Day through outreach and engagement with a wide variety of San Francisco employers.
  • Represent the SF Bicycle Coalition and recruit members at a variety of events, fairs and trainings, as needed.
  • Coordinate the mailing of Bike to Work Day Employer Toolkits, informational packets provided to 1,000 San Francisco businesses.
  • Outreach to local businesses to distribute Employer Toolkits in key locations around the city.
  • Assist with membership and business program administration, including maintaining a data-rich Contact Relationship Management (CRM) system (Salesforce) and direct communications with supporters.

Required skills or abilities:

  • Be highly organized, have excellent attention to detail, and able to meet deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Be a creative and motivated self-starter
  • Interest in bicycle advocacy campaigns and membership and business program management
  • Cheerful, friendly, upbeat outlook
  • Professional, responsible demeanor
  • Be computer-literate and Internet savvy, with direct experience in using MS Office (Excel, Word), Google apps (Docs, Calendar, Gmail). Experience with Adobe Creative Suite a plus.

Desired skills or abilities:

  • Have some event planning, logistics or production experience
  • Be able to ride a bicycle, haul a bicycle trailer, and lift at least 25lbs

Required dates for this internship include:

  • January 2017: First-day orientation (exact day TBD)
  • February – May 25: (10-15) flexible hours a week
  • Required dates: May 3 (Bag Stuffing Party); May 9 (Setup); May 10 (Bike to Work Day)


  • The position is unpaid but we are happy to work with any academic requirements the intern may have to help them earn college credit for their efforts
  • Firsthand experience in one of the country’s oldest and largest bicycle advocacy organizations
  • One year’s free membership to the SF Bicycle Coalition
  • A behind-the-scenes view of a bustling nonprofit organization
  • Ongoing professional development opportunities, including:
    • Networking with SF Bicycle Coalition staff and professionals in a variety of fields, including but not limited to urban planning, transportation and nonprofits
    • Training on and experience with nonprofit industry standard software (Salesforce, Basecamp, etc.)
    • Presentations and trainings aimed at development of professional workforce skills
  • Indoor bike parking provided

This unpaid internship offers a flexible schedule with a 10-15 hour/week minimum commitment. This is chiefly a Monday through Friday internship, with occasional evenings and weekends. Interns are expected to make a three-month commitment, which may be extended. While the position is not paid, we are happy to work with any academic requirements the intern may have to help them earn course credit for their efforts.

To Apply:

Write a compelling cover letter and resume, and submit using the form. Be sure to mention where you saw the internship advertised. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. People of color and women are strongly encouraged to apply. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political orientation.

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