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Employment Opportunities

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) staff is a dedicated team working to serve the Parkinson's community through research, education and advocacy programs.

Our open positions are listed below. If you have queries about employment opportunities, please direct your questions to Due to the volume of inquiries that we receive, you may not receive a response.

National Programs Intern 

Reports to:

Senior National Programs Coordinator

Responsibilities and Principal Functions

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is accepting applications for an internship within its National Programs department. The National Programs Intern will provide technical and administrative assistance to the organization’s network of more than 200 PDF Research Advocates, and will help PDF’s team to track and measure advocate events and activities.  

PDF Research Advocates work under the umbrella of Parkinson's Advocates in Research (PAIR), a signature program of PDF which brings together the people who live with Parkinson's and the people who are developing new treatments. 

Intern responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating and distributing resources and materials to PDF Research Advocates in support of their outreach and education activities.
  • Managing and maintaining calendar of PDF Research Advocate outreach and education activities as well as the PDF conference and events calendar. 
  • Helping to identify resource and materials needs as well as topics of interest for continuing education of PDF Research Advocates.
  • Collaborating with the National Programs team in the creation of newly-identified resource, materials and educational needs.
  • Coordinating aspects of events and activities during Parkinson’s Awareness Month in April.
  • Entering PDF Research Advocate activities into Raiser’s Edge database and assisting with the summarizing, analyzing and reporting of these activities. 
  • Working with the National Programs team on other projects as requested.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Excellent written, oral, organizational and interpersonal skills are a must.
  • Should be dependable, flexible, resourceful and detail oriented.
  • Creative and energetic personality and ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to establish priorities, follow-through and meet deadlines effectively.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Word and Excel. 
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge a plus.

How to Apply:

Interested parties may send a cover letter and current resume to David Blomquist, Senior National Programs Coordinator, at Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.