Intern~Program Assistant
Location: Volunteer Center
Volunteer Services

Lighthouse Guild is the leading not-for-profit healthcare organization dedicated to addressing and preventing vision loss. Our mission is to provide exceptional services that inspire people who are visually impaired to attain their goals. With Lighthouse Guild, people who are at risk for, or affected by, vision loss have access to all the resources necessary to lead full, independent and productive lives. We provide services, research and education, and advocate to help people with low vision and blindness. Our vision is a world in which no person is limited by their visual capacity.

The Volunteer Resources Department administers the volunteer recruitment, screening and interviewing, orientation, training and education, placement and referral, retention and recognition processes for Lighthouse Guild. Our current corps of volunteers consists of 700 volunteers who contribute to the success of the organization and carry on the legacy of service of the organizations founders.

Position: Volunteer Resources Program Assistant

Job Summary: This position is ideal for a student with an interest in or experience with non-profit management, human resources administration or business management, who also possesses a strong customer service orientation and communications skills who is interested in an opportunity with critical responsibilities in a busy department. The ideal candidate will help implement and administer the volunteer recruitment activities for Lighthouse Guild. At the conclusion of this placement, the student will know the essentials of recruiting, screening, placing, orienting, training and cultivating volunteers for an organization.

Principal duties and responsibilities:

Under the direction of the Director:

  1. Create recruiting documents.
  2. Conduct outreach efforts to get information about the organization's volunteer opportunities to potential volunteers.
  3. Process new volunteers.
  4. Staff volunteer events.
  5. Communicate with volunteers.
  6. Assist with program creation and implementation.
  7. Conduct internet research.
  8. Support the administrative needs of the department.

  1. Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel required.
  2. Strong written and oral communication skills, including clear diction, required.
  3. The ability to take and follow instruction, take initiative and apply critical thinking skills is required.
  4. Prior experience where customer service skills have been used is preferred.
  5. Interest/experience in business/public administration, marketing and taking on responsibilities that are important to the operation of the Volunteer Services Department is necessary.
  6. Experience managing a project independently then to completion is required.
  7. The ability to exhibit excellence in the execution of your responsibilities is required.


Program Directions:

Details of Service Opportunity: The ideal candidate is available approximately 20 hours per week and will be present in the office 3 or 4 days per week for at least 4 hours per day. Some evening or weekend hours are required. Please submit a resume and writing sample to Please include the hours you are available to serve in your cover letter. Direct all questions to The Stephen T. Pearlman Volunteer Center (646) 874-8688.

Attire: Business Casual Attire (no jeans, no sneakers)

Travel Directions:

Take the #1 train to 66th Street. Travel west along 65th Street for two blocks. Make a left on West End Avenue. Travel one block to 64th Street. We are on the south side of the street 250 West 64th, between West End and Amsterdam Avenues, closets to West End Avenue.

Take the M57 Bus to West End Avenue between 63rd and 64th Streets.

Take the A, B, C or D to 59th Street Columbus Circle. Walk north on Broadway to 62nd Street. Travel west along 62nd Street to Amsterdam Avenue. Take Amsterdam Avenue to 64th Street. Make a left on 64th Street, we are located at 250 on the south side of the street.

Address: 250 West 64th Street
New York, NY 10023
Work:(646) 874-8688
Minimum age:19
Availability needed:Ongoing
Volunteers serve up to: 20 hours Weekly
Times needed:
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Skills: Interviewing
MS Excel
MS Office
MS Word
Public Speaking
Location For Service Interview: West 64th Street, New York, NY