Small Business Intern – Job Description and Qualifications

Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership at YWCA of O`ahu

The Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership (“MCBL”) shall exist under the auspices of the YWCA of O`ahu to provide technical assistance to entrepreneurs, nascent and established.  It shall also provide training and other forms of support, such as coaching and networking to individuals and groups, consistent with the mission and objectives of the YWCA of O`ahu.

The Small Business Intern is responsible for supporting all small business workshops, events, promotion and communication facets of MCBL.  This position requires a person with attention to detail and professionalism; a person dedicated to serving the mission of providing entrepreneurs & small businesses with the tools, skills and expertise they need to become successful small business owners and leaders in our community.

 Essential Support Duties

  • Assist with various Mink Business Alliance™ (LMB,GMB,IMB) programs

  • Assist clients with business & legal counseling

  • Promote small business through social media campaigns

  • Distribute small business marketing material

  • Recruit entrepreneurs and small business owners for monthly Live steam talk show on ThinkTech Hawaii.

  • Participate in discovery and small business resource strategy sessions

  • Attend small business workshops, presentations & activities and events hosted by MCBL & it’s partners.

  • Research & provide small business content for monthly e-newsletter and maintain contact lists.

  • Research & provide small business content for monthly blogs, success stories, testimonials

Adheres to YWCA policies and consistently upholds established procedures and processes pertaining to membership, hospitality, and YWCA programs.

Working Conditions

  • Work performed in an air-conditioned office. 

  • Able to travel as needed and work independently offsite at events.

  • Evening and weekend work required as scheduled.

  • Equipment use: Telephone, desktop computer, laptop computer and photocopier.

  • Mental demands: Mathematical ability required for data collection. Patience and courtesy necessary when dealing with the public. Requires ability to prioritize multiple tasks. Attention to detail essential for data entry and administrative tasks. Ability to function well in a fast-paced work environment.

  • Physical Demands: Prolonged periods of sitting and using the computer. Lifting printed material; assembling and rearranging furniture frequently for training and events.


  • Candidate should possess strong analytical, interpersonal, and communication (oral and written) skills.

  • Skilled in project development and implementation, with experience in successfully managing complex projects that involve multiple participants to achieve results.

  • Able to work and communicate with diverse groups of people including advisory board, donors, clients, program and workshop participants, event attendees, the public and other staff.

Education and Experience

  • Strong business and communication (oral and written) skills.

  • Technically capability with proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), electronic databases and online email marketing platform (Constant Contact).

  • Prior small business experience preferable.

  • Minimum High School Diploma

 Oversight and Accountability

  • The Intern will report directly to the Director of the MCBL.


  • This is a non-paid position as a volunteer of the YWCA of Oahu, with no salary and no YWCA benefits.



This job description is not intended to be all inclusive. It is understood that the intern will also perform other reasonable related business duties. Job descriptions are reviewed periodically and may be revised if deemed necessary. This job description is not a written or implied contract.