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Jobs & Internships 2018-06-20T16:34:10-05:00
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Internships

Position Description

Special Olympics Minnesota’s Marketing Department currently seeks a Graphic Design Intern. This person will be tasked with creating original and reworking existing designs for Special Olympics Minnesota and Polar Plunge, including posters, social media content, style guides, T-shirts, and other marketing related collateral.

Position Responsibilities

  • Participate in department meetings and activities respective to the role
  • Develop and create original designs for events and social media
  • Create branded style guides for all programs and events
  • Assist marketing team with ideating strategies and content for SOMN and Polar Plunge

These individuals will receive an exit review/evaluation from department staff recapping their work and involvement as the Graphic Design Intern. They will leave with a comprehensive portfolio as well as experience working in a nonprofit organization.

Qualifications

Internships are open to any college student or recent graduate majoring in graphic design, marketing, or any appropriate field. All internships are unpaid. The Graphic Design Internship may count toward course credit.

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

  • Competence in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Proven ability to consistently meet or exceed deadlines

Bonus characteristics and skills:

  • Digital photography skills
  • Marketing knowledge and familiarity with various social media platforms and/or WordPress
  • Sense of humor

Location

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.

Apply

To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume to Samantha Caswell, Creative + Engagement Strategist, at [email protected].

The Marketing and Communications Department currently seeks a public relations & marketing intern. This 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 & marketing 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 [email protected]. Please specify the internship and term for which you are applying.

Special Olympics Minnesota (“SOMN”) is offering an internship with our staff to work directly with and support SOMN’s receptionists, who are people with intellectual disabilities. This internship is a great opportunity for hands-on experience working with SOMN’s athlete population in a business setting, and a great resume-builder for those training in social work, occupational therapy, job coaching and related fields.

The internship will feature:

  • Opportunities to earn real-world experience working directly with people who have intellectual disabilities, coaching them to accept, prioritize and complete tasks. Primary tasks will include general reception duties, but receptionists also assist all other staff through a variety of other projects. Interns will gain experience across a wide range of administrative tasks and standard Microsoft Office software.
  • Opportunities to gain experience working in an office setting on a variety of administrative tasks as part of coaching and supporting SOMN’s staff members.
  • Opportunities to evaluate and communicate strengths to better support receptionists by coaching other staff as to what type of tasks they’re best suited for.  Gain experience collaborating with staff to identify skill-level-appropriate projects.

The internship:

  • Is a volunteer opportunity open to college juniors and above.
  • Will commence no later than June 1, 2018 and complete by Aug. 31, 2018. Additional term(s) may be available if interested.
  • Requires a minimum of 12 hours per week. SOMN must first fill a Monday-Wednesday-Friday internship from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. before other time slots can be considered.
  • 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 marketing team, 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 [email protected].

June through November/December (some flexibility on end date)

Special Olympics Minnesota is looking for an innovative and strategic thinker to join the Special Events team as the Social Strategy Intern. This individual will be responsible for creating a strategic social media marketing plan for a handful of different events and promoting it across various social platforms. Additionally, this individual will maintain the social media accounts by creating and posting content, managing audience engagement and attending various events to offer live social media coverage to followers.

Position Description

This intern will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop a comprehensive portfolio of social media content
  • Identify and research effective social media strategies used by other SOMN programs and like-minded events
  • Lead the Special Events team in taking a fresh, innovative approach to social media

Qualifications

This position is open to college juniors and seniors pursuing a degree in a related field such as journalism, public relations, marketing or communications. Candidates must be available to work a minimum of 15 hours per week at the Minneapolis office location and attend events as needed.

Some characteristics and skills that will make an intern successful in this position include:

  • Self-motivation
  • Efficiency
  • Time management
  • Attention to detail
  • Innovative thinker
  • Strong research & analytical skills

The intern will receive an exit review/evaluation from department staff recapping their work and involvement in the Unified Schools Program. The intern will leave with an increased understanding of social media strategy and market research, as well as valuable experience working for a large nonprofit organization.

Location

The Special Olympics Minnesota office is located in downtown Minneapolis. Candidates applying for this position should be prepared to take public transportation or pay for parking. The Special Events Social Strategy intern 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 Special Olympics Minnesota at [email protected] with “Special Events Social Strategy Internship” in the subject line.

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, and disability awareness. This education and sports based strategy aims to develop leadership and advocacy skills for all students in the school community.

Position responsibilities

  • Participate in department meetings and activities respective to the role
  • Develop and create content to capture and engage schools
  • Collaborate with other Special Olympics staff to advance Unified Schools marketing and programming resources
  • Contribute during brainstorming sessions to develop upcoming programming initiatives
  • Attend Special Olympics events and competitions in an event manager position

This individual will receive an exit review/evaluation from department staff recapping their work and involvement with the Unified Schools Program. He or she will leave with an increased understanding of the event planning and the inclusive school programming listed above as well as experience working in a large nonprofit organization.

Qualifications

The Unified Schools internship is 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 $1,000 per semester. The Unified Schools internship may count toward course credits.

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 the Unified Schools program and demonstrate the values associated with Special Olympics Minnesota

Location

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 Unified Schools intern will be required to travel to some off-site events as needed.

Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Special Olympics Minnesota at [email protected]

February-June
Approximately 150 hours

Special Olympics Minnesota is seeking a motivated individual to fulfill a 2018 Event Management Internship.

Special Olympics Minnesota 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.

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 school/college events and state competitions through State Summer Games, June 22-24. Must be able to work evenings and weekends as events are scheduled.

The Event Management Internship Responsibilities include:

  • Volunteer outreach
  • Assisting with the coordination and planning of local/regional/state competitions
  • Creating Unified sports experiences
  • Attendance at various events and state competitions
  • Data entry into Games Management Software, GMS
  • Projects as assigned

Interested candidates should submit cover letter and resume to [email protected].

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.

Qualifications
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

Location
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 [email protected].

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 [email protected].

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 [email protected]. Please specify the internship and term for which you are applying.