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Internships

Unified Schools Program Management Internship – 2019/2020 School Year

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, writing samples, and resume to [email protected].

Job Coaching Internship

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.
  • 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].

Community Outreach Internship – 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].