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Program Management Internship: West Central MN

Special Olympics Minnesota is an inclusive program designed to bring 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 West Central Minnesota. The Program Management 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. 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 coaches and/or competition volunteers
  • Assist in process of creating new delegations in West Central 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 program 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, availability to commute to satellite office (Alexandria) and the state office (Minneapolis), and work 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 be working remotely in West Central 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 Leah Wolkow, Area 4, 5, 6 & 7 Program Manager [email protected]

Program Management Internship: Southern MN

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]

Unified Schools Program Management Internship

Unified Schools is an inclusive school-based strategy 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
  • Create and develop programs to capture and engage schools in the unified movement
  • Contribute internal processes related to data, operations, and reporting
  • Enhance the continuum of Special Olympic program initiatives
  • Lead and attend various unified events related to sports, summits, and meetings

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 $2,000 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-aware and 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, writing samples, and resume to [email protected]