Employment & Internships

Executive Director - Chicago, IL

Position Overview: The responsibility of the Executive Director is to develop strategic partnerships and raise the money to achieve Project C.U.R.E.’s mission of delivering life-saving medical relief to the neediest people in the world. This is a fundraising position with an annual goal of $1 million. Responsibilities include developing productive donor relationships with individuals, corporations and organizations that have financial resources, executing successful fundraising events, and engaging the local community to support the work of Project C.U.R.E. around the world.

Specific Responsibilities: The Executive Director, Chicago will have the following primary responsibilities:

  • Design and execute an effective, quantifiable fundraising plan for individual giving, major gifts, corporate donations, foundation support and C.U.R.E. Cargo sponsors from the Chicago community and Midwest region.
  • Recruit and lead the Chicago Ambassador Board—an engaged, active group of individuals who assist and advise the Executive Director in fundraising and development of the mission of Project C.U.R.E.
  • Develop and manage strategic partnerships with for-profit organizations and companies as well as university programs, hospital partners, faith-based communities and others; solicit funding, grants and gifts for Project C.U.R.E.’s projects around the world.
  • Secure financial sponsors for individual projects through the C.U.R.E. Cargo program, and serve as the primary “Client Care” steward of that relationship throughout the project.
  • Recruit and manage a team of volunteers and interns, including members of the Ambassador Board, to expand the effectiveness of the Executive Director’s efforts.
  • Collaborate with the Chicago Operations Director who manages the warehousing, transportation, processing and delivery of life-saving medical supplies and equipment.
  • Execute fundraising events in coordination with the Director of Special Events.
  • Represent Project C.U.R.E. in the news and on social media as well as attend community events to increase the recognition and reputation of Project C.U.R.E. in the community.
  • Coordinate with staff at the International Headquarters and the other Executive Directors in C.U.R.E. Communities by sharing stories and “best practices,” attending semi-annual Town Hall meetings in Colorado and participating in regularly scheduled meetings and conference calls.
  • Manage accurate and up-to-date information on donors and other project sponsors in the Project C.U.R.E. (CRM) database.

Major Objectives: Within the first 12 to 18 months, the Executive Director, Chicago will achieve the following major objectives:

  • Develop a comprehensive plan to build a sustainable major gift fundraising effort in the Chicago market that raises at least $1 million annually.
  • Engage the Chicago Ambassador Board to identify new opportunities to solicit support
  • Secure multiple 6-figure major gift commitments to Project C.U.R.E.’s projects around the globe.

Qualifications: The Executive Director must demonstrate alignment with Project C.U.R.E.’s mission and core values, and possess the internal motivation and passion to address the healthcare inequities in the developing world in a sustainable manner. The ideal candidate for the position demonstrates the following qualities:

  • Is qualified: Holds a bachelor’s degree and has at least five years of demonstrated fundraising success, specifically in the area of individual giving and major gifts.
  • Is goal-oriented: Manages to metrics and Key Performance Indicators, including meeting or exceeding fundraising goals/objectives, monitoring performance and reporting results; is a “self-starter” who is internally motivated and does not require significant supervision.
  • Develops people: Recruits, inspires and leads volunteers, mentees and interns to achieve goals within the context of building a “performance culture.” Is accessible to volunteers and associates at all levels, interacting consistently, openly and honestly to assure everyone is treated with dignity and respect.
  • Works well with others: Utilizes excellent relationship management and interpersonal skills; the ability to work effectively with donors, board members, volunteers, staff and interns; displays mature judgment, high emotional intelligence and effective communication skills.
  • Is resourceful & “bottom line” oriented: To continue to meet the efficiency goals of Project C.U.R.E., the Executive Director must secure in-kind sponsorships and leverage relationships to reduce direct expenses by negotiating discounts and benefits with vendors and venues, and can meet budget and resource challenges to maximize net revenue goals.
  • Is a recognized leader: Continually seeks learning and self-improvement, maintains the highest ethical standards and values, and encourages others toward higher levels of effectiveness.
  • Is a capable communicator: Demonstrates effective communication skills in writing, interpersonal communication and public speaking; understands the importance of listening.
  • Is motivated: Has an obvious passion and enthusiasm for saving lives and strengthening health infrastructure systems in the developing world with an attitude of tenacity and determination.
  • Is well organized: Is prepared, conscientious, effective and able to prioritize in an environment with multiple demands and complicated schedules.
  • Is teachable: Has an attitude of openness, is eager to learn new things, and does not get stuck in a repetitive pattern of doing the same things the same way for too long. Can quickly comprehend complex concepts and will accept instruction.

Compensation and Benefits: This position offers competitive compensation commensurate with experience, including health insurance, paid vacation, holidays and 403(b) plan.

About Us: Healthcare in many developing countries is a global crisis.  The severe lack of healthcare disrupts social and economic stability in almost every developing nation. Disease causes nine-out-of-ten preventable deaths in developing nations among children and adults.  Millions of children under the age of five die each year from preventable disease, and more than 70% of these deaths occur from pneumonia, diarrhea, measles, malaria and malnutrition. 

Founded in 1987, Project C.U.R.E. (www.projectcure.org) is the largest organization in the world delivering more than 180 forty-foot ocean freight cargo containers of donated medical supplies and equipment annually. Each project begins with an onsite Needs Assessment to ensure that Project C.U.R.E. delivers the right items to the right people. Project C.U.R.E. has delivered medical relief in 130+ countries. In addition, Project C.U.R.E. conducts C.U.R.E. Clinics, Helping Babies Breathe trainings, and bio-technical trainings to hospitals and healthcare clinics in 40 developing nations. 

On average, the value of a Project C.U.R.E. Cargo container is worth $400,000 (wholesale), providing an amazing 20-to-1 “return on investment." Project C.U.R.E. operates Distribution Centers in Denver, Phoenix, Houston, Nashville, Philadelphia and Chicago where 20,000+ volunteers sort more than 26,000 types of non-perishable medical supplies and medical equipment for shipment abroad. Project C.U.R.E. also operates nine Collection Centers from Ithaca to Sarasota. Project C.U.R.E. receives both new and quality used medical items from hundreds of hospitals throughout the United States and medical manufacturers such as Stryker, Medline, Medtronic, Kimberly-Clark, Steris, and Hill-Rom. 

Project C.U.R.E. operates on 1.9% administrative overhead and has earned numerous awards for being the industry leader in international medical donations. Project C.U.R.E. is recognized as a four-star organization by Guidestar, ranked a Platinum Participant by Charity Navigator and was ranked by Forbes magazine as one of the 20 most cost effective nonprofits in the United States. 

To Apply: Project C.U.R.E. has retained Campbell & Company to conduct this search. The team for this project includes Daniel Fissinger, Consultant; and Joey Scheiber, Associate Consultant.

To be considered for this opportunity, please send a letter of interest and resume to:

Joey Scheiber
Associate Consultant, Executive Search
(312) 896-8897

Volunteer Opportunities ~ U.S./National

C.U.R.E. Clinics Coordinator (Volunteer)

Position Overview: Project C.U.R.E.’s C.U.R.E. Clinics Coordinator Volunteer assists Project C.U.R.E. in delivering health and hope to partner communities and assists in promoting the trip, recruiting participants and final preparation of country-specific C.U.R.E. Clinics. Clinics Coordinators gain experience working in global health and international development while traveling to underserved and under-resourced markets. It is an amazing experience to work on developing a program and then seeing the vision carried to fruition first hand!

2018 Opportunities Include: Haiti, Ghana, Panama and India.


  • Recruiting a team of participants
    • 4-8 nurses
      • We also take midwives, EMT’s and surgical techs; the key is a well-balanced triage team
  • 2-3 doctors
    • We also take Nurse Practitioners and Physicians Assistants. At least one medical doctor is required
  • Provide in-country support to Team Leader

Qualifications: The C.U.R.E. Clinics Coordinator must demonstrate alignment with Project C.U.R.E.’s mission. She/he must be passionate about addressing healthcare inequalities in the developing world in a sustainable manner. The ideal candidate for the position:

  • Is qualified: Holds bachelor’s degree and has experience in the healthcare industry and/or international travel
  • Understands the task: Has a working knowledge of global health issues and/or development issues and/or previous experience in traveling with volunteer teams
  • Is Self-Motivated: While this position is a part of a larger team and will work directly with and be supported by the C.U.R.E. Clinics staff, the position will require that the Coordinator can work on a timeline and employ ingenuity and creativity in recruiting a Clinic team
  • Works well with others: Has a high degree of emotional intelligence and has developed cultural competency through experience working with diverse communities. Can show an ability to work with international partner’s, clinic participants and can work as a team member with other colleagues and Clinic team leaders.
  • Is an effective communicator: Can demonstrate effective communication skills including writing and interpersonal communication.
  • Is a problem-solver: Is continuously pursuing innovation and process improvements to increase efficiencies and competitive advantage.
  • Is motivated: Has an obvious passion and enthusiasm for saving lives and strengthening healthcare systems in the developing world and impacting the lives of participants through the powerful experience of international service
  • Can Travel: Ultimately we’d like our coordinators to travel on the C.U.R.E. Clinics trips they coordinate. While this is not required, it is the best case scenario.  


  • C.U.R.E. Clinic program fee waived when a team of 12 is assembled
  • Direct experience in working in global health
  • Direct experience in international program coordination
  • The satisfaction of delivering a life-changing experience to our participants
  • The satisfaction of delivering health and hope to international partner communities
  • Opportunity for C.U.R.E. Clinics leadership on future trips

About Project C.U.R.E.: Project C.U.R.E. is the largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries around the world. Project C.U.R.E. is the recipient of the GuideStar Exchange Platinum Seal, the Charity Navigator Four-Star Rating and ranked by Forbes as one of the 20 Most Efficient Large U.S. Charities.  C.U.R.E. Clinics are transformational experiences for participants and partners. Knowing that you are making a difference in changing global perspectives and improving healthcare infrastructure is an incredible journey and feeling! 

Apply: Send resume and letter of interest to Karla Prentiss, Director of Clinics and Training at karlaprentiss@projectcure.org

Volunteer Opportunities ~ Denver & Houston

Truck Drivers

Work Location: Denver Warehouse & Community and Houston Warehouse & Community

Purpose of the Position: Truck Drivers are essential to Project C.U.R.E.'s ability to serve both our gift-in-kind donors and our recipients in the developing world. Their interaction with our donors connects the community directly to our mission.

Responsibilities and Duties
• Pickup donations of medical supplies and equipment from hospitals, manufacturers and distributors throughout the metro area.
• Perform pre-trip inspections.
• Practice safe driving with fleet trucks.
• Utilize other equipment (pallet-jacks, dollies) to transfer equipment into the truck and to the warehouse.
• Provide excellent customer service with our donors.
• Maintain clean and safe work environment at all times.

• Some experience driving moving vans.
• Must be at least 21-years-old.
• Some heavy lifting involved.
• Customer-service skills a plus!

Commitment Expected
Any Monday-Friday approximately 8am to noon. Please see Director of Operations for shifts needing coverage.

• Warehouse Orientation (30 minutes)
• Hands-on training with experienced volunteer on first day

Contact: Denver Warehouse at denver@projectcure.org or 720-490-4019
                 Houston Warehouse at houston@projectcure.org or 832.251.2489

Warehouse Volunteers

Work Location: Warehouse

Purpose of the Position
Volunteer throughout warehouse assisting with movement, storage, inventory and preparing shipments of consumables and equipment.

Responsibilities and Duties
• Under direction, transport packed boxes from Sorting Area to designated areas in warehouse (Filing), build pallets for storage (Overflow), pull boxes for shipment and assist in loading containers
• Other warehouse duties as requested by the Consumables, Equipment and Bio-Medical Managers
• Maintain clean and safe work environment at all times.

• Must be 15 years of age
• Observant of box labels, inventory codes and warehouse locations
• Able to lift moderate to heavy boxes and use of pallet jack
• Flexibility with job assignments

Commitment Expected
3 hours a week preferred

• Orientation with Consumables Inventory Manager
• Warehouse Orientation (30 minutes)

Filing Instructions
Scanning system

Contact: Denver Warehouse at denver@projectcure.org or 720-490-4019


Program Overview
Project C.U.R.E.'s Internship Program provides upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level college students the opportunity to learn about global healthcare and the non-profit sector while gaining hands-on experience at our International Headquarters Office in Centennial, Colorado. Limited opportunities also exist in our other locations of operation. Interns develop both professionally and personally as they contribute to Project C.U.R.E.'s mission: to identify, solicit, collect, sort and deliver medical supplies and services according to the imperative needs of the world. Project C.U.R.E.'s Internship Program is a professional opportunity requiring a high level of commitment from program participants.
Personal and Professional Development
Our unique internship program provides interns the opportunity to grow in a variety of ways. Outside of the intern’s departmental project, training and event opportunities include:
  • Global Healthcare Discussions
  • Staff Interviews & Job Shadowing Opportunities
  • Networking Opportunities
Your Contribution Makes a Difference
Internship positions are tailored to each intern’s skills and areas of interest as well as to Project C.U.R.E.’s current needs. We frequently have openings in the departments listed below; more specific information on potential projects can be obtained from the internship supervisor in each area:
  • Community Outreach
  • Corporate Development
  • Data Entry
  • Government Relations
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Operations
  • Special Events (internship period is July to November)
Who can apply?
Undergraduate students with junior or senior status or graduate students at any level who are committed to completing at least one semester are encouraged to apply for our internship program. We also accept applications from non-students and working professionals. We can only accommodate applications from within the United States and cannot provide housing assistance.
That’s me! How do I apply?
Click here and complete an application.  We will send you a confirmation email letting you know we received your application.  The web form will ask you to submit your resume and a cover letter.
Are internships ongoing throughout the year or do I need to apply at a specific time?
We accept applications year round for internship opportunities in the departments listed above. Please indicate on the application form whether you are interested in completing your internship as part of the fall, spring or summer semester, or in starting at another time.  If you are selected, a contact from that department(s) will be in touch to schedule an interview.
What is the time commitment for the internship program?
Our internship program typically lasts one semester with the option to extend beyond end of the semester. Fall and Spring interns are asked to commit to 10 hours per week to complete the internship. Summer interns are expected to commit to 15-20 hours per week. Work schedules are determined by the intern and his/her internship supervisor at Project C.U.R.E.
How is this internship compensated?
Project C.U.R.E.'s internships are unpaid. Interns participating in our program receive substantial work experience and training in global healthcare issues and the nonprofit sector. Additionally, Project C.U.R.E. will coordinate with accredited universities to provide credit for hours completed.
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