Sponsor Feature Story: VACO

At Vaco, we believe that who you are is more important than what you do. We’re here to help the best IT, accounting, finance, and operations talent find the freedom that comes from fulfilling their professional potential with smart companies nationwide.  Vaco provides boutique-level service with global reach in the areas of executive search, consulting, permanent placement, and strategic staffing.  Vaco has become a premier talent & solutions firm by attracting, developing and retaining the strongest players in the industry for their entire careers, so they are available to serve clients, candidates, and consultants for the duration of theirs. At its core, Vaco’s mission is to connect people to their dream jobs and help leading companies find talent to grow their business.

Vaco is also a huge supporter of those in need.  Vaco Cares is a national program launched recently and within less than a year, over $70k was raised to support designated non-profits.   We gladly support IT4Causes and all the work they do in support of their mission.

Seeking UR or VCU student with Work Study for Nonprofit Management Internship

IT4Causes prides ourselves on our ability to give meaningful work opportunities to local college students to gain real-world experience while helping local nonprofits.  We’re approved Federal Work Study partners with both VCU and the University of Richmond, and we are currently seeking a FWS eligible student to help us with running our business.  See the job description below, and contact thomas.anderson@IT4Causes.org if you are up to the challenge!


As a nonprofit management intern, you’ll work with staff and volunteers to help our growing agency in many different ways, including accounting / bookkeeping, marketing and branding, business development, events, and partner agency management. You’ll help us use QuickBooks to manage our finances, and you’ll learn to use Salesforce to manage our pipeline of prospective clients to close deals and increase our impact in the RVA nonprofit community. . Our small staff means you’ll get to know all parts of our business, and because we serve other nonprofits, you’ll get to meet leaders at many other charities in RVA. We’ll provide a ton of networking opportunities, and you’ll work with us to build capacity in not just one agency but in many organizations around the region.

A strong preference will be given to candidates who have prior experience using QuickBooks to manage accounts for a business of any size. We will also consider candidates that have managed or helped managed the books for a business in other tools.

As a startup, we offer high growth potential. Expectations are an average of 10-15 hours per week per school semester, with flexibility to accommodate exams and breaks. Where possible, we prefer to use the same interns for multiple semesters and through the summer.

Calling all Federal Work Study Students! We’re Hiring!

IT4Causes is proud to be an off-campus Federal Work Study agency with both Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond. Our past and present interns have great things to say about their experiences with us (just scroll back in time on our blogs to see).  We’re now seeking students for the 2018-19 academic year for the following positions:

 Event Management Internship – FWS

Want to help build a new tradition in RVA? IT4Causes is a local startup nonprofit agency, and we want to grow our signature annual fundraising event, Tech4All. We’re looking for someone who can help us pull off a family-friendly technology oriented event this fall, as well as run a series of fundraising happy hours throughout the year.

IT4Causes is seeking a student with a Federal Work Study grant to serve as our Event Management intern.  In this role, you’ll work with staff and volunteers to help pull together the Third Annual Tech4All technology fair and fundraiser. You’ll help contact potential sponsors, seek in-kind and monetary donations, organize partners who want to display their technical offerings in a shared space, plan food and beverage, coordinate with the facility, help with promotion, and of course, help us run day-of-event activities. With guidance of our staff and our great group of volunteers, you’ll have plenty of help, but we will be counting on you to do the legwork to make sure we build on the success of prior events so that people will want to come year after year. You’ll also help us run 4 other smaller events throughout the year. Our small staff means you’ll get to know all parts of our business, and because we serve other nonprofits, you’ll get to meet leaders at many other charities in RVA. We’ll provide a ton of networking opportunities, and you’ll work with us to build capacity in not just one agency but in many organizations around the region.


As a startup, we offer high growth potential. Expectations are an average of 10 hours per week during the school year with some flexibility to accommodate exams and breaks.

Where possible, we prefer to use the same interns for multiple semesters and through the summer.

Applicants selected for interview will be given instructions for a writing assignment to prepare for the interview to demonstrate written communications skills.

This is a Federal Work Study position. You must have an FWS grant to be considered for the role. We will select candidates to participate in interviews for this role.


IT Implementation Internship – FWS

IT4Causes is a local startup nonprofit agency. Our mission is to provide stable, secure, and sustainable information technology solutions that enable other nonprofit organizations to focus on their missions and serve their clients better, with lower total cost to their organization and the community.  We are currently seeking students with Federal Work Study grants to serve as IT Implementation Interns.

As an IT Implementation Intern, you’ll work with our Project Manager and teams of skilled IT volunteers to implement best-in-class small business IT solutions at deserving nonprofit (we like to call them “for-purpose”) agencies across RVA. You’ll leverage third party products and tools we’ve developed to build towards a strong IT strategy and infrastructure. In the process, you’ll learn a ton about real life cloud-based solutions for file management, office productivity, accounting, fundraising, and case management, as well as web site development, social media, and networks. You’ll have opportunity to work with IT professionals in all stages of their careers, and you’ll meet some true experts in their fields.

As a startup, we offer high growth potential. As a volunteer and IT service nonprofit, we offer some of the broadest networking opportunities possible. Expectations are an average of 10-15 hours per week per school semester, with flexibility to accommodate exams and breaks.

Desired Qualifications:

High interest in IT
Prefer junior and senior Comp Sci/Info Tech majors/minors
Willing to consider others with background in:

·       System Admin/Office 365 Admin

·       Web Development / WordPress

·       Cloud applications

·       Small business Information Technology

·       Mac and Windows

Please submit resume to Thomas.Anderson@IT4Causes.org today.

This is a Federal Work Study position. You must have an FWS grant to be considered for the role. We will select candidates to participate in interviews for this role.

Meet Our New Intern: Abhishek


IT4Causes is proud to introduce our newest intern! When asked about why he chose IT4Causes, this is what he had to say:

Hi everyone, my name is Abhishek and I serve as an Information Technology Implementation Intern at IT4Causes. I am currently a student at the University of Richmond and plan to major in Computer Science, and I am originally from Kathmandu, Nepal but I live in Rockville, Maryland. While I am at IT4Causes, I want to be able to explore my interest in technology and further continue my passion for Computer Science. During the short time I have been at IT4Causes, I have already received the opportunity to explore and be a part of meetings and projects that I have never experienced before. I hope that through my work at IT4Causes, I get the opportunity to learn the real world implementation in the field of Information Technology that is not just coding. Outside of work and studies, I love to play sports, especially soccer and volleyball. I also enjoy going on hikes and watching murder mysteries and basically any documentary that David Attenborough is a part of.

Our New Partner: Side By Side

IT4Causes recently started working with Side By Side. We asked Ted Lewis, Side By Side’s Executive Director, to tell us more about their agency and why they decided to use IT4Causes to help with their IT strategy and project needs.

“Side by Side (formerly ROSMY) works to create supportive communities where Virginia’s LGBTQ+ youth can define themselves, belong, and flourish. We accomplish this through our weekly support groups for LGBTQ+ youth in Richmond, Charlottesville, and Petersburg, as well as our training and outreach to schools, youth organizations, and businesses throughout Virginia.

side by side logo

We have grown significantly in recent years and IT4Causes will ensure we are using the most up-to-date technology that is integrated into our work effectively to help keep pace with the growing need in our community.”

In our first two weeks serving Side By Side, IT4Causes is already busy helping them select a new donor management application that will integrate with their email, financial management, social media, and other platforms, as well as creating a reusable script to make it easier for them to onboard new staff.

Volunteer of the Year 2017: Terry Barker

As announced at Tech4All 2.0, we would like to congratulate our VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR 2017, Terry Barker.


He is a native Okie, but lived in Virginia for over 30 years now, so he can safely say that he and his family have successfully migrated. He was a high school teacher, oilfield hand, wheat combine operator, and shipping clerk. Most of his career was spent as a mainframe programmer. His last five years were with Geico in Fredericksburg, so it is good that he has retired and do not have to travel the long commute.

Terry Barker and his wife, Kayela, have four children, ten grandchildren, and three great grandchildren, so holidays and birthdays can draw quite a crowd.

He became involved with IT4Causes due to his interest in web programming. He has always loved programming, and when he found out we needed some help with WordPress, it was a natural fit.

In the past year, he has worked with The Faces of Hope, Assisting Families of Inmates, and Commonwealth Autism. The work he does with us has helped him grow as a programmer and he knows it has helped us in our causes. He says that the people in these organizations are great to work with and he has really enjoyed the personal interaction as well.

IT4Causes appreciates all that you do, Terry Barker. Congratulations!

Meet Our Sponsor – Robert Half

We are happy to have Robert Half Technology as a sponsor for Tech4All 2.0. Read this blog post for more information about them, their mission, and come meet them on Nov. 9th!


Founded in 1948, Robert Half is the world’s first and largest specialized staffing firm with more than 400 staffing and consulting locations worldwide. Our Robert Half Technology division is the leading provider of skilled IT professionals on a project and full-time basis.

Robert Half

One thing that sets us apart from other firms in the industry is that our account executives typically have experience in the IT field, which helps us better evaluate our client’s needs. As a result, firms of all sizes have come to rely on our consultants for projects ranging from network design and security to Internet-based applications development and technical support. Our international network of skilled IT professionals is ready to help our clients carry out a variety of complex technology initiatives and enhance their productivity.


We pride ourselves in maintaining relationships with technology industry leaders, influencers and user groups, including IT4Causes in Richmond! We’re very excited about the upcoming technology networking event, Tech4All 2.0, and learning more about the emerging technologies nonprofits use to better service their clients.

What some of our interns are saying about their new jobs for 2017-18 school year

Jenish Lamsal


My experience as an Intern for IT4Causes has been pretty good so far. I have been able to be involved in tasks that I had never done before. I went to my first Project assessment meeting with Tom at Virginia Interfaith. I really learned a lot in that meeting. I didn’t realize how detailed a project assessment meeting would be. Tom covered all of the concerns they might have from security to website designing. I learned a great deal about finding the smallest problems a client might have in that meeting.

I recently had a one-on-one with Tom regarding my goals and aspirations with IT4Causes and my long term goals in general. Tom pointed out the resources I could use to help achieve my goals which was very helpful. I am interested in database management, cyber security and web designing. We also recently started a project in Salesforce, which I excited to start learning.

I think I am going to get a lot out from this internship. I appreciate the fact that Tom cares about our personal goals and tries to provide us with projects that match with our goals.

David Naimy

IT4Causes has been a great experience so far. I find this internship both valuable and rewarding because it is getting me more familiar with the IT workplace, and the fact that IT4Causes works for nonprofit organizations provides me satisfaction in knowing that my efforts are helping out those who are in need. From this internship I hope to gain more IT experience and figure out which way I want to further my career path. I can’t wait to see what else is in store for me and my fellow interns!

Meet Our Intern: Haamid Shaikh


My name is Haamid Shaikh and I’m a senior at the University of Richmond. I’m currently pursuing a major in Economics with a concentration in Finance. My role at IT4Causes is as a Business Development Intern. I value this role because it helps me gain important career-related experience while making an impact in the community and helping other non-profits. This role helps in honing my business skills, gaining professional experience and growing my professional network. I would recommend this internship to anyone looking to learn more about developing a business and managing existing client-base.

Summer 2017 Interns: Scott, John, and Jasleen



My name is Scott Su. My role with IT4Causes was the Nonprofit Management Intern. In this role, I was responsible for marketing and event planning. On the marketing, my job was to draft messages for social media and create presentation slides and videos for promoting the company. On the event planning side, I was in charge of planning and coordinating Happy Hours and other networking events, including finding sponsors and promoting the events.
My main goal in the internship was to get more people to know about IT4Causes and learn as much knowledge and as many skills as I can. And this internship provides me a lot of opportunities to try different work. Because IT4Causes is a nonprofit startup, interns like me can work on many different aspects instead of doing one type of work every day. Therefore, the biggest thing I have learned from this internship was the understanding of the management of a startup. I now have a clearer sense of a company’s structure and how different parts coordinate with each other. Another great thing about this internship is its flexibility. I know what I need to do and I can spread the work evenly in a day or in a week rather than work straight eight hours a day. And I also have the option to work remotely. Besides several meetings a week, I do not need to go back to the office every day. That allows me to work in a more comfortable environment.
I found this internship very rewarding and valuable and I would definitely recommend to others who have an interest in startups and non-profits. Most of the times, interns are trained to take over the tedious work and help the employees in the company to work more efficiently, in which case, they don’t have a lot of learning opportunities. However, in this internship, I worked directly with the founder and I was in charge of the entire process of marketing or event planning. I got a lot more responsibility but huge growth in my skills and knowledge at the same time. And it is rewarding because I know my effort is not only for this company but also for the community IT4Causes is helping.

Happy Quote:
I wanted an internship that offers the opportunity to develop skills in all different aspects of a business. And this internship at IT4Causes is exactly what I look for.




I found this internship through the University of Richmond Career Services website, and didn’t know a ton about the organization at first. I was interested because it seemed like a good way to reconcile my passion for charitable work with my business education, so I decided to look a little closer at IT4Causes. What I found was a startup with a worthy mission, and so I applied and was ultimately accepted. During the summer, I had a broad range of responsibilities and therefore had a broad range of learning experiences. As is the case with most startups, the job description is just the beginning of what you will end up learning and doing, and I found the vast array of experiences very rewarding.
With the summer behind me, I would highly recommend this internship to anyone who is either interested in startups/entrepreneurship OR to anyone who is interested in charitable work. Beyond the work-related experiences I had with IT4Causes, I developed a rich network of nonprofit leaders in the Richmond area and was exposed to the causes those organizations support. By working with IT4Causes, I got to support multiple agencies who believe in multiple worthy causes. I also got the chance to work alongside different members of committees for IT4Causes, and learn from professionals in a wide variety of fields. Finally, I had the chance to apply my business education in an environment where people are working hard to solve issues that plague the Richmond community, and to know that my work had and will continue to have a positive impact.




I had a great time working for IT4Causes this past summer! Going into the internship, I didn’t have much expectations of what I was going to learn or what kind of an experience I would get. However, at the end of the internship I was quite content with how I had spent my summer. I learned a lot more than I had imagined I would! Since IT4Causes helps lots of local non-profits clients, I was able to interact with many of them on a one-on-one level. Working with different clients helped boost my confidence level and gave me the interaction with others that I had always yearned for. The best part was that I didn’t just stay at one location all throughout the internship. This past summer, I definitely had a valuable experience, as along with working with clients and attending company events, I was also able to learn and apply the concept of networking. Prior to the internship, I was always hesitant to meet new people and even more hesitant to start a conversation. IT4Causes really helped me to become not only confident in myself but also confident enough to interact with almost anyone. I would really recommend others to apply to the internship so that they can also learn new things every day and experience a wonderful working environment.