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Event Management Internship
Approximately 150-200 hours
Special Olympics Minnesota is seeking a motivated individual to fulfill a 2018 Event Management Internship.
Special Olympics Minnesota 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.
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 school/college events and state competitions through State Summer Games, June 22-24. Must be able to work evenings and weekends as events are scheduled.
The Event Management Internship Responsibilities include:
- Volunteer outreach
- Assisting with the coordination and planning of local/regional/state competitions
- Creating Unified sports experiences
- Attendance at various events and state competitions
- Data entry into Games Management Software, GMS
- Projects as assigned
Interested candidates should submit cover letter 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected].