Working with diverse communities of young people in South Africa and the USA, Zip Zap Circus helps kids "Dare to Dream" and empowers them to make those dreams a reality.

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Marketing Intern/Volunteer – 6 month position

Zip Zap Circus USA  is seeking 1-2 creative volunteers in the Washington DC area to plan and execute digital and social media campaigns to drive ticket sales for our spectacular fundraising performance and events planned in 2016.

This is a chance to get hands-on experience with a variety of digital and social media marketing tactics including paid search campaigns via our ad grant from Google AdWords while working with a unique and supportive community of acrobatic and aerial performers. Plus, if you’ve ever wanted to pick up a mad skill like juggling or plate spinning, we can help with that.  Hours are flexible and estimated to be around 5 hours per week.

Our 2016 fundraising campaigns will focus on driving ticket sales for two awesome events.  The first event is a special performance of local artists presented as part of INTERSECTIONS 2016 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in February. The second event is a special evening with Cirque du Soleil to benefit Zip Zap Circus USA in August.

If you are interested in building your marketing experience while building your community, please send your background / resume to Julie Carstensen at for consideration.


Zip Zap Circus USA is a not-for-profit, volunteer-based charitable organization dedicated to supporting and promoting transformational social circus initiatives that are making a difference to young people and communities in South Africa and the USA.

Our work in the USA has two main tracks:

1) Raising funds to support Zip Zap programs in South Africa. These funds pay for coaches, equipment and operating expenses for Zip
Zap social circus programs, ensuring that Zip Zap can always be available to any young person who wants to participate, without cost or expense.

2) Conducting and supporting social circus activities in the USA. Beginning with our pilot partnership with Cirque du Soleil and Higher Achievement in Washington, DC, we intend to introduce the magic of circus to young people for whom it can make a powerful difference. We are looking for opportunities to build new partnerships between member of the circus community and youth empowerment organizations, creating sustainable programs based on the Zip Zap model.

We need you. Please join us as a Zip Zap partner:

1) Conduct a personal or community fundraising campaign to support Zip Zap programs.
2) Start a Zip Zap Circus club at your school or in your community.
3) Become a coach for an existing Zip Zap social circus youth program.
3) Help Zip Zap USA as an organizer or office volunteer.
4) Link up with and support youth or social circus organizations in your own community.
5) Use your imagination! Come up with your own magical form of participation.

For more information about any of these opportunities, or to discuss new ideas, please contact us. We love to talk circus.