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Jobs & Internships 2017-09-13T16:55:50-05:00
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Internships

Looking to not only gain hands-on business experience working with Fortune 500 companies, but also support an incredible, world-renowned non-profit? Join a fast-paced, collaborative work environment in downtown Minneapolis as the Development Department’s partnerships intern! You will be strategizing and executing major corporate recruitment plans for one of Minnesota’s largest and fastest growing fundraisers, the Polar Plunge! The Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Minnesota has grown from 220 Plungers raising $30,000 in 1999 to more than 15,000 Plungers and $3.9 million raised in 2017. Your goal as our intern? Retain, foster and generate new relationships with top Minnesota corporations.

Our team is seeking a passionate, resourceful and self-motivated leader who is willing to form relationships with new people and step outside the box. The internship is open to college freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors or recent graduates majoring in an appropriate field. Must have experience with Microsoft Office. Intern must also be willing to leap into the freezin’ waters, assisting staff at several Polar Plunge events throughout the December 2017 through March 2018 season. Hours are flexible, but we hope to have you in our office for a minimum of 5 hours per week.

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

Looking to gain hands-on creative experience working with a world-renowned non-profit? Join a fast-paced, collaborative work environment in downtown Minneapolis as the Development Department’s videography intern! You will be strategizing and executing a strategic video promotion plan for one of Minnesota’s largest and fastest growing fundraisers, the Polar Plunge! The Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Minnesota has grown from 220 Plungers raising $30,000 in 1999 to more than 15,000 Plungers and $3.9 million raised in 2017. Your goal as our intern? Lead the charge in planning, filming and creating seamless videos to increase awareness and engagement.

Our team is seeking a creative, resourceful and self-motivated leader who is willing to form relationships with new people and step outside the box. The internship is open to college freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors or recent graduates majoring in an appropriate field. Must have experience with video-editing software. Intern must also be willing to plan and attend off-site video shoots and Polar Plunge events throughout the December 2017 through March 2018 season. Hours are flexible, but we hope to have you in our office for a minimum of 5 hours per week.

To apply
Please send a cover letter, 2 examples of your work and resume to internships@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 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.

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