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Internships

Retail Merchandising Internship

Special Olympics Minnesota (“SOMN”) is offering an internship with FANstop, SOMN’s official merchandise store.  FANstop is a mobile retail experience offering branded spirit wear and fan gear at SOMN’s state competitions, all of which serve to support and spread awareness of SOMN’s mission and programs.

The internship will feature:

  • Opportunities to plan, design and order inventory for a major SOMN state competition;
  • Opportunities to learn inventory management skills through direct applied experience;
  • Opportunities to experience on-site management of a retail store during SOMN’s 2019 State Fall Games, State Flag Football, and State Bowling tournaments;
  • Opportunities to gain experience training and supervising retail staff;
  • Experience working in an office setting with industry-standard Microsoft software and opportunities to observe and participate in organizational meetings.

The internship:

  • Is a volunteer opportunity open to college sophomores and above.
  • Will commence no later than Sep. 16, 2019 and run through December 2019. If interested and available, the internship may be extended through the end of the intern’s school year.
  • Offers a flexible weekly schedule, following the ebb and flow of FANstop’s ordering and processing cycles. Most work will be completed during normal business hours; time spent on-site at SOMN’s 2019 State Fall Games, State Flag Football, and State Bowling tournaments may include hours before or after the normal work day, including weekends.
  • Will occur primarily at SOMN’s offices in downtown Minneapolis, near 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 retail operations, 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].