Jobs & Internships

We aren’t hiring new staff members right now, but we still have lots of great ways you can be involved with SOMN, including internships and volunteer opportunities.

Internships

Health Programs Internship

Special Olympics Minnesota’s Program Department currently seeks a Health Programs Intern. The Health Programs Intern is tasked with assisting with the coordination of Healthy Athlete screenings, recruitment and outreach to volunteers for screenings, building relationships with colleges and health care providers and help with fitness programming growth.

Will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop relationships with colleges, students and faculty for volunteer needs at Healthy Athlete screenings
  • Establish partnerships with local organizations for follow up care, fitness programming and volunteer roles
  • Create a provider list for follow up care needs after Healthy Athlete screenings in disciplines related to dental, vision, hearing, physical therapy, general health and podiatry
  • Attend events, meetings and assist with other projects as needed

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

  • Recruiting and managing volunteers
  • Communicating and marketing to internal and external audiences
  • Strengthening, building and growing existing programming

The Health Programs Intern will receive an exit review/evaluation from department staff recapping their work and involvement in their role. The intern will leave with an increased understanding, as well as experience, of health for individuals with intellectual disability, event logistics and working as part of a non-profit team.

Program Description

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

Qualifications

Internships are open to college juniors, seniors or recent graduates majoring in an appropriate field. Candidates must be available to work a minimum of 10-20 hours a week during normal business hours and key events, with flexible scheduling. The Health Programs internship may count toward course credits.

Location

The position is located in downtown Minneapolis. 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.

Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected].

Program Management Internship

Program description

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

Special Olympics Minnesota’s Program department currently seeks a Program Management Intern specifically for Southern Minnesota. The Program Management Intern is tasked with helping to develop and maintain the Special Olympics Minnesota program, including assisting with the coordination of competitions, recruiting volunteers for events, and other projects as assigned. This position provides a $500 stipend at the end of the internship.

The Program Management Intern will have the opportunity to:

  • Attend and manage events and competitions in a lead SOMN staff role
  • Develop partnerships with local organizations to recruit competition volunteers
  • Assist in process of creating new delegations in Southern Minnesota
  • Additional opportunities/tasks to help promote the mission of Special Olympics Minnesota

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 team.

Qualifications

Internships are open to college freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors majoring in an appropriate field. Candidates must be available to work a minimum of 5-10 hours per week, select weekends, events/competitions, in the state office (Minneapolis) and remotely, with flexible scheduling. Computer access is a must. The internship may count toward course credits and will run from March 2020-August 2020.

Location

The position will primarily work remotely in Southern Minnesota, with some potential for work at the state office in downtown Minneapolis. Candidates will be required to provide their own transportation to events, meetings and to the state office.

Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

Event Coordinator Internship

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.

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 10-20 hours per week, with the expectation of additional hours during select weekend competitions. The event coordinator internship may count toward course credits and will run from March 2020-August 2020.

Location

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.

Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected].

Polar Plunge Marketing Internship

Description

Special Olympics Minnesota’s Development Department currently seeks a Marketing Intern. The marketing intern is tasked with assisting marketing staff with communication and promotion for Polar Plunge.

Position responsibilities

Office

  • Create and edit social content, scripts, and promotional copy
  • Assist in the planning of media tracking
  • Develop social media content

Onsite

  • Coordinate media, photographers, and athletes
  • Assist with programs and special events
  • Assist with set up and tear down

These individuals will receive an exit review/evaluation from department staff recapping their work and involvement as the Marketing 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 marketing, digital media, event management or any appropriate field. This internship is paid and may count toward course credit.

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

  • Strong writing and design skills
  • Interest in event management
  • Competency in Adobe Creative Suite

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.

To apply

To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume to Kaylee Shields, Marketing & Communications Associate, at [email protected].

Polar Plunge Event Coordinator Internship

Program description

Special Olympics Minnesota’s Development Department currently seeks an Event Coordinator Intern. The event coordinator intern is tasked with assisting the development staff with planning and executing all Polar Plunge events.

Position responsibilities

Engagement & recruitment

  • Help organize and coordinate committee meetings for assigned Plunges
  • Assist with community engagement and recruitment strategies for assigned Plunges

Logistics

  • Assist with supplies inventory, tracking and reporting
  • Help organize and pack materials needed for each week’s Plunges

On site

  • Assist with the set up/tear down of events
  • Train, manage and lead teams of volunteers
  • Organize and coordinate registration/check-in processes
  • Assist with pre and day-of management of assigned Plunges

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

Qualifications

Internships are open to any college sophomore, junior, senior or recent graduate majoring in marketing, event management, business or any appropriate field. This internship is paid and may count toward course credit.

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

  • Competency in Microsoft Excel

Location/scheduling

The Special Olympics Minnesota office is located in downtown Minneapolis. Candidates applying for this position must have access to reliable transportation when traveling to the office as well as access to a personal vehicle for the Polar Plunge events.

Candidates must be available Fridays and Saturdays between January 24 and March 14, 2020.

To apply

To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume to Kean Corkery, Senior Manager of Law Enforcement Partnerships, at [email protected].

Community Outreach Partnership – Bemidji

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.

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].