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Jobs & Internships 2017-08-15T22:54:58-05:00
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Internships

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 internships@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 internships@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 internships@somn.org. Please specify the internship and term for which you are applying.

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 internships@somn.org. Please specify the internship and term for which you are applying.

Special Olympics Minnesota currently seeks an intern to work in the Finance Department. The Finance Intern will be tasked with assisting the Finance Department with processing both accounts payable and accounts receivable. Possible projects include assisting with Raiser’s Edge database maintenance and research projects.

This intern will have the opportunity to:

  • Assist with Accounts Receivable processing, including processing donations and working with Raiser’s Edge software
  • Assist with Accounts Payable processing, including processing invoices, issuing payments to vendors, and working with Financial Edge software.
  • Assist with month-end financial reports

Internships are open to college juniors and seniors or recent graduates majoring in an appropriate field. Candidates must be available to work 8-12 hours per week during normal business hours, with flexible scheduling available.  The position is located in downtown Minneapolis and candidates should be prepared to take public transportation or pay for parking. This internship is unpaid. Attention to detail, the ability to multi-task and excellent communication skills are all essential to this position.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to internships@somn.org