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Jobs & Internships 2018-01-11T21:29:55-06:00
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We aren’t hiring right now, but we’d still love to see you! Check out these great ways you can get involved with SOMN.

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Program description
The Athlete Leadership program creates opportunities for Special Olympics athletes to develop and demonstrate leadership skills, utilize their voices and abilities to undertake meaningful leadership roles, and influence change inside and outside Special Olympics to help create inclusive communities all over the world.

The program has been around since 1986, starting with the Athlete for Outreach Course which is now called Sargent Shriver Global Messenger Program. It was expanded in 2002 to include training courses beyond that of the Sargent Shriver Global Messenger Program, and it has continued to grow in recent years.

Position responsibilities

  • Participate in department meetings and activities respective to the role
  • Develop and create content to capture and engage athlete leaders
  • Collaborate with other Special Olympics staff to advance Athlete Leadership marketing
  • Assist with the implementation of ALPs University
  • Attend various Special Olympics related events representing the program

These individuals will receive an exit review/evaluation from department staff recapping their work and involvement with the Athlete Leadership Program. They will leave with an increased understanding of the event planning and leadership initiatives listed above as well as experience working in a nonprofit organization.

The Athlete Leadership internship is open to any Unified Pairs (one individual with a disability & one individual without a disability) that have previously taken an Athlete Leadership course in the past three years. Candidates must be available to work a minimum of 5 hours per week during normal business hours, with flexible scheduling, and must commit to six-months in the role.

Some characteristics we are looking for in an intern and that will make them successful in this position:

  • Self-directed and self-motivated to engage in meaningful and impactful work
  • Able to take the initiative and complete intern responsibilities independently
  • Self-ware and is able to serve as an advocate for Athlete Leadership and demonstrate the values associated with Special Olympics Minnesota

The Special Olympics Minnesota office is located in downtown Minneapolis. Candidates applying for this position must be prepared to take public transportation or pay for parking. The Athlete Leadership intern will be required to travel to some off-site events as needed.

To apply
Please send a letter of interest and resume to Nick Cedergren, Schools & Athlete Leadership Coordinator at

Special Olympics Minnesota (“SOMN”) is offering an internship with FANstop, SOMN,s Official Merchandise Store. FANstop is a mobile retail experience offering branded spirit wear and fan gear at SOMN’s state competitions, all of which serves to support and spread awareness of SOMN’s mission and programs.

The internship will feature:

  • Opportunities to plan, design and order inventory for a major SOMN state competition
  • Opportunities to learn inventory management skills through direct applied experience
  • Opportunities to experience on-site management of a retail store during SOMN’s 2018 State Poly Hockey Tournament and Summer Games
  • Opportunities to gain experience training and supervising retail staff
  • Experience working in an office setting, working with industry-standard Microsoft software, and opportunities to observe and participate in organizational meetings.

The internship:

  • Is a volunteer opportunity open to college sophomores and above.
  • Will commence no later than Feb. 1, 2018 and run through the end of the intern’s school year. If interested and available, the internship may be extended through August 2018.
  • Offers a flexible weekly schedule, following the ebb and flow of FANstop’s ordering and processing cycles. Most work will be completed during normal business hours; time spent on-site at SOMN’s 2018 State Poly Hockey Tournament and Summer Games may include hours before or after the normal work day, including weekends.
  • Most work will occur at SOMN’s offices in downtown Minneapolis, nearby many Metro Transit bus and Light Rail lines. SOMN’s office in Oracle Centre is skyway connected for easy access to all the restaurants and retail outlets in downtown.

SOMN offers year-round sports training, competition, leadership, health, wellness and inclusion programs to all Minnesotans regardless of age or intellectual ability. In addition to work with SOMN’s retail operations, interns have the opportunity to volunteer additional time for other SOMN events, if interested, to increase the training and experience afforded by their internship.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to

Special Olympics Minnesota’s Program Department currently seeks a community outreach intern in the Bemidji area. The community outreach intern is tasked with helping to develop and maintain relationships between colleges and universities in the Bemidji area and the Special Olympics Minnesota program, recruiting student and faculty volunteers, piloting Special Olympics Minnesota initiative programs, and assisting with local team administration as needed.

The community outreach intern will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop relationships with local colleges, students, faculty, and administrators
  • Establish new programming for the Bemidji Community Special Olympics team
  • Participate in local leadership team meetings and assist in volunteer management

In the course of the internship, individuals will gain experience:

  • working in a collaborative team environment to accomplish shared goals,
  • recruiting and managing volunteers, and
  • communicating and marketing to internal and external audiences

The community outreach intern will receive an exit review/evaluation from department staff recapping their work and involvement as the community outreach intern. The intern will leave with an increased understanding of, as well as experience, working as part of a non-profit program team.

Program description
Special Olympics Minnesota is an inclusive program designed to bring individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate in activities promoting physical fitness and athletic training, youth leadership, & disability awareness and advocacy.

Internships are open to college freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors or recent graduates majoring in an appropriate field. Candidates must be available to work a minimum of 20 hours per week during normal business hours, with flexible scheduling.  The community outreach internship may count toward course credits and will run from September 2017 through December 2017.

The position is located in Bemidji with some potential for remote work.  Interns will be asked to travel as needed within 10 miles of Bemidji.

To apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to

Special Olympics Minnesota’s Initiatives Department is currently seeking a Health Programs intern to assist with the coordination of the Healthy Athletes, Wellness Expo and SOfit activities for the Fall of 2017.

Healthy Athletes offers free, non-invasive medical screenings in six disciplines (audiology, podiatry, optometry, physical therapy, dentistry and health promotion) at select Special Olympics Minnesota state competitions throughout the year. Wellness Village takes place at Summer and Fall Games, and is comprised of sponsorship areas, Healthy Athletes screenings, games, activities and Wellness Expo opportunities for all athletes, coaches and family members. SOfit is an 8week, Unified, holistic wellness program, that aims to educate and empower Athletes and Unified partners to live their healthiest lives possible!

The Health Programs Intern will have the opportunity to:

  • Plan and arrange various special events to take place within the Wellness Village at Summer and Fall Games
  • Assist in the planning, volunteer recruitment and coordination of Healthy Athletes screenings at State Competitions
  • Participate in department meetings and activities
  • Assist in the recruitment of SOfit teams and coaches
  • Complete other administrative duties as assigned

This internship is a volunteer, unpaid position based in our downtown Minneapolis office. Candidates should possess excellent communication and organization skills. Internships are open to college juniors and seniors or recent graduates majoring in an appropriate field. Candidates must be available to work a minimum of 15 hours per week, as well as key events during the year.

To apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to Please specify the internship and term for which you are applying.