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Internships

Stipend: $1,000 per semester

Work Schedule
20 hours per week, during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.), some evenings & weekends required, flexible scheduling

Experience/Education Requirements

  • Position is open to college sophomore, juniors, and seniors majoring in an appropriate field
  • Microsoft Office computer experience including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Good organizational and analytical skills; attention to detail required
  • Strong interpersonal skills and customer service attitude
  • Sporting knowledge/background is preferred
  • Preferred experience working with individuals with intellectual disabilities

Job Duties

  • Assisting with the coordination and planning of Competition and Initiative events
  • Aid in the marketing and promotion efforts of the Unified Schools program to Minnesota schools
  • Assist with communicating and supporting Unified schools
  • Develop the Unified Schools program programming materials
  • Attend events and meetings as related to internship
  • Support Invitational and Unified State Competitions, minimum 10 events
  • Other projects as assigned

Program Description
Special Olympics Minnesota offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Through Special Olympics’ athletic, health, and leadership programs, people with intellectual disabilities transform themselves, their communities and the world.

Unified Schools is a school-based program designed to bring together students with and without intellectual disabilities to participate in activities promoting physical fitness and athletic training, youth leadership, & disability awareness and advocacy.

This internship is based in our Minnesota office located in downtown Minneapolis with some traveling to events required. There is only paid parking on site. The position will work closely with Special Olympics Minnesota staff to fulfill the Unified Schools program goals. This internship is considered a non-employee position and will not be subject to employee/employer taxes.

To Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to Nick Cedergren at nick.cedergren@somn.org.

Stipend: $1,000 per semester

Special Olympics Minnesota’s Program Department currently seeks a Marketing & Communications Unified Schools intern. This Unified Schools intern is tasked with helping to develop and maintain the Special Olympics Minnesota Unified Schools marketing and communication strategy; assisting with the coordination and implementation of school-related social media; developing inclusive school programming marketing materials; and other projects as assigned.

The Unified Schools intern will have the opportunity to:

  • participate in department meetings and activities respective to their intern role,
  • develop creative content to capture and engage schools, and
  • attend events and competitions in a public relations position.

The intern will receive an exit review/evaluation from department staff recapping their work and involvement as the Unified Schools intern. The intern will leave with an increased understanding of the event planning and inclusive school programming listed above as well as experience working as part of a non-profit program team.

Program description
Unified Schools is an inclusive school-based program designed to bring together students with and without intellectual disabilities to participate in activities promoting physical fitness and athletic training, youth leadership, & disability awareness and advocacy.

Qualifications
Internships are open to college 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, and must commit to an entire school year. This position will be compensated $1000 per semester. The Unified Schools internship may count toward course credits.

Location
The position is located in downtown Minneapolis and candidates should be prepared to take public transportation or pay for parking. Interns will be required to travel to some off-site events as needed.

Apply
To apply, please send a cover letter, writing samples and resume to Nick Cedergren, Schools & Youth Coordinator, at nick.cedergren@somn.org.

Work Schedule
20 hours per week, September 2017 through May 2018

Special Olympics Minnesota is seeking a motivated individual to fulfill a 2017-2018 Young Athletes Internship.

Young Athletes is an innovative sports play program that introduces children ages two to seven years old, with and without intellectual disabilities to the world of sports. Programs are offered both in the community (i.e. YMCAs, Community Education) and schools (PreK-1st grade).

Candidates should possess excellent communication and organization skills. This internship is a volunteer unpaid position based in our Minnesota office located in downtown Minneapolis. The position will work closely with Special Olympics Minnesota staff in coordinating Young Athletes programming including communication with locations, development of training materials, attendance of various events, etc. The Young Athletes intern will assist in all programs across the state of Minnesota.

Young Athletes Internship responsibilities include:
Assist with planning and implementation of Young Athletes

  • Update and track progress of Young Athlete programs
  • Assist in the development of training materials
  • Data entry into Games Management Software, GMS
  • Attendance at various Young Athletes events
  • Recruitment of Young Athlete participants and volunteers
  • Projects as assigned

Program Description
Special Olympics Minnesota offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Through Special Olympics’ athletic, health, and leadership programs, people with intellectual disabilities transform themselves, their communities and the world

This internship is based in our Minnesota office located in downtown Minneapolis. There is only paid parking on site. The position will work closely with Special Olympics Minnesota staff to fulfill the Young Athletes program goals. This internship is considered a non-employee position and will not be subject to employee/employer taxes.

To Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to Jennifer Hansen at jennifer.hansen@somn.org. Interviews for this position will take place in the month of April.

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.

Qualifications
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.

Location
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 Shannon Murray, Community Outreach Specialist – Bemidji, at shannon.murray@somn.org.

The Development Department currently seeks a Special Events/Marketing Intern to assist with the planning and logistics of fundraising events, including golf tournaments, 5Ks and the Unified Dance Marathon.

In addition to event management support, this role is tasked with helping to develop marketing and social media materials for Unified Dance Marathon and other fundraising events, and would include: creating and monitoring the social media editorial calendar; researching new and creative ways to leverage social media activities; and tracking the various platforms.

Some work may occur outside normal business hours in promotion and the events themselves. The position will start in May and will run through Dec. 1, 2017. The internship timing and start date is flexible. Interns work under the guidance of Development staff to assist with various operational tasks and the special events occurring during the term of the internship.

The Special Events/Marketing Intern will have the opportunity to:

  • Aid in the coordination and execution of 5K charity partner events
  • Attend golf tournaments on behalf of Special Olympics Minnesota
  • Assist in recruiting schools and SOMN delegations to participate in Unified Dance Marathon
  • Brainstorm, plan and implement the promotion of Unified Dance Marathon through traditional and social media
  • Assist in day of event production for Bad Pants Open and Unified Dance Marathon

Internships are open to college sophomores or juniors majoring in an appropriate field. Candidates must be available to work a minimum of 8-10 hours per week. All internships are unpaid. The Special Events Internship may count toward course credits. The position is located in downtown Minneapolis and candidates should be prepared to take public transportation or pay for parking.

To apply
Please send a cover letter and resume and portfolio to Maureen Gruys, Partnerships & Events Coordinator, at maureen.gruys@somn.org.

Special Olympics Minnesota’s Program Department currently seeks an event coordinator intern. The event coordinator intern is tasked with helping to develop and maintain the Special Olympics
Minnesota program assisting with the coordination of competitions, recruiting volunteers for events, and other projects as assigned.

The event coordinator intern will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in department meetings and activities respective to their intern role
  • Develop relationships with local organizations to recruit competition volunteers
  • Attend events and competitions in an event manager position

The intern will receive an exit review/evaluation from department staff recapping their work and involvement as the event coordinator intern. The intern will leave with an increased understanding of the event planning and competition programming listed above as well as experience working as part of a non-profit program team.

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, and 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 event coordinator internship may count toward course credits and will run from June through August 2017.

The position is located in downtown Minneapolis with some potential for remote work. Candidates should be prepared to take public transportation or pay for parking. Interns will be asked to travel to some off-site events as needed.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Emily Dierberger, Program Manager, at emily.dierberger@somn.org.

The Marketing and Communications Department currently seeks a public relations intern. The PR intern is tasked with writing, distributing and following-up on press releases; writing articles and features for the website, publications and marketing collateral; monitoring media coverage; and assisting with marketing campaigns as needed.

The PR intern will have the opportunity to:

  • participate in department meetings and activities respective to their intern role,
  • hone and learn Associated Press (AP) style writing, and
  • attend events and competitions in a PR capacity.

The intern will receive an exit review/evaluation from department staff recapping their work and involvement as the PR intern. The intern will leave with a comprehensive portfolio.

Internships are open to college juniors and seniors or recent graduates majoring in an appropriate field. Previous experience with AP style is preferred. Candidates must be available to work a minimum of 15 hours per week. All internships are unpaid. The PR internship may count toward course credits. The position is located in downtown Minneapolis and candidates should be prepared to take public transportation or pay for parking.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and two writing samples to Taylor Dale, Marketing & Communications Specialists, at taylor.dale@somn.org. Please specify the internship and term for which you are applying.

The Marketing and Communications Department currently seeks a social media intern. The social media intern is tasked with helping to develop and maintain the Special Olympics Minnesota social media presence through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Flickr and Pinterest; monitoring the social media editorial calendar; researching new and creative ways to leverage social media activities; and tracking the various platforms.

The social media intern will have the opportunity to:

  • participate in department meetings and activities respective to their intern role,
  • develop creative content to capture and engage our social media audience, and
  • attend events and competitions in a social media capacity.

The intern will receive an exit review/evaluation from department staff recapping their work and involvement as the social media intern. The intern will leave with an increased understanding of the social media properties listed above as well as experience working as part of a non-profit marketing team.

Internships are open to college juniors and seniors or recent graduates majoring in an appropriate field. Previous experience with social media is required; photography experience is preferred. Candidates must be available to work a minimum of 10 hours per week. All internships are unpaid. The social media internship may count toward course credits. The position is located in downtown Minneapolis as well as at various event sites throughout the Twin Cities. Candidates should be prepared to take public transportation or provide their own vehicle and pay for parking.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and links to any of your (public) social media accounts to Ann Forstie, Manager of Social Media & Web, at ann.forstie@somn.org.

The Marketing and Communications Department currently seeks a graphic design intern. The graphic design intern is tasked with creating original and reworking existing designs for Special Olympics Minnesota and the Polar Plunge, including posters, billboards, flyers, information packets, and other branding, informational and marketing materials; and supporting the management of branding and logos.

The graphic design intern will have the opportunity to:

  • participate in department meetings and activities respective to their intern role,
  • conceptualize and create various forms of design, and
  • flex their creative muscles in a fun, open and engaging environment.

The intern will receive an exit review/evaluation from department staff recapping their work and involvement as the graphic design intern. The intern will leave with a comprehensive portfolio.

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. All internships are unpaid. The graphic design internship may count toward course credits. The position is located in downtown Minneapolis and candidates should be prepared to take public transportation or pay for parking.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and design samples to Taylor Dale, Marketing & Communications Specialist, at taylor.dale@somn.org. Please specify the internship and term for which you are applying.

If you’re interested in this internship, please contact Hillary Tyler, Health Programs Manager, at hillary.tyler@somn.org.

Special Olympics Minnesota currently seeks an internship with our Operations Team, focused on event management, retail marketing and writing. The intern will be tasked with assisting in overall event management for Special Olympics Minnesota’s Summer Games, Fall Games and Distinguished Service Awards; planning, organizing and staffing Special Olympics Minnesota’s FANstop merchandise store; and assisting with marketing and writing relating to these areas.

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

  • working in a collaborative team environment to accomplish shared goals,
  • managing large events,
  • planning and ordering branded merchandise inventory,
  • recruiting and managing volunteers,
  • crafting messaging to internal and external audiences, and
  • speech writing.

Program description
The Summer and Fall Games are two of Special Olympics Minnesota’s state competitions, offering competition to more than 3,500 people utilizing the combined support of 1,100 volunteers.  The FANstop merchandise store offers branded Special Olympics Minnesota wearables and collectible souvenirs at these events, providing participants with high-quality products to show their Special Olympics pride!

The Distinguished Service Awards is Special Olympics Minnesota’s annual celebration of the people and partners who exemplify the spirit of Special Olympics.  Held annually at The Pantages Theatre in downtown Minneapolis, the event includes the presentation of awards to approximately 15 individuals and organizations in an Oscar-style ceremony hosted by FOX-9 Chief Meteorologist Ian Leonard.

Qualifications
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 20 hours per week during normal business hours, with flexible scheduling available.  Participation at events outside normal business hours required Saturday, June 24, Saturday Aug. 19 and Sunday, Aug. 20.  Interns must commit to a minimum internship term of June 1-Aug.  25, 2017.  Interns may optionally continue their internship through Sept. 15.

Location
Except for on-site work at event locations, the internship is located in downtown Minneapolis and candidates should be prepared to take public transportation or pay for parking. Interns will be required to travel to some off-site events as needed.

Apply
To apply, please send a cover letter, writing samples and resume to Amy Albrecht, Operations & Logistics Associate, at amy.albrecht@somn.org.