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Internships are available in a variety of service areas, including education, client services, employment, economic development, communications and social work. Gain real life experience working in an international environment, while earning credit towards your degree, testing out a new career path, or just having fun!

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Our internships are competitive and postings are subject to change at any time. (updated 12/1/2016)

Once you have selected an internship, please apply by emailing your resume and cover letter to Carrie Brickey at brickeyc@iistl.org. Be sure to indicate which position(s) you are interested in.


Available Internships:

ADMINISTRATION

Events Intern

Semester: Spring and Summer 2017
Time commitment: Minimum of 16 hours. Hours to be served between 8-5, Monday-Friday, some evenings

International Institute of St. Louis is seeking an intern to assist the Administration Department in preparing for our annual Festival of Nations and other special events. This position would span the spring and summer semester, and scheduling is flexible.

Qualifications:

  • Fields of interest: special event planning, nonprofit development, communications. College coursework or comparable work experience preferred
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal (including phone) and written communication skills
  • Cultural sensitivity and flexibility essential
  • Basic computer processing skills including Microsoft Office and Excel
  • Self-motivated, good organizational and interpersonal skills, detail-oriented, ability to handle multiple projects, prioritize, and meet deadlines
  • Can-do, team-oriented attitude, and readiness to provide administrative support and perform other job-related duties as assigned

Training Requirements:

  • One new volunteer orientation
  • On-the-job training

Benefits to Intern:

  • Have opportunities to gain event-planning and nonprofit development experience. Be invited to meetings, offer input into projects, and make a significant contribution to the strategic goals and general operation of the agency.
  • Gain work experience in an office environment at a nationally-recognized not-for-profit dedicated to helping refugees integrate into St. Louis communities and championing diversity and inclusion as an economic strength.

Course Credit:

Course credit for the internship will depend on the policies of the institution the student is attending. Institute staff will provide an evaluation of the intern's work in accordance with the institution's standards and procedures. Because interns will come into contact with sensitive information, a confidentiality agreement must be signed prior to the beginning of work. This is an unpaid, volunteer-based internship.

Public Relations Intern

Semester: Spring and Summer 2017
Time commitment: 10-15 hours per week; scheduling is flexible.

International Institute of St. Louis is seeking an intern to assist the Institute with its public relations efforts. This includes composing press releases and blog posts, reviewing ethnic restaurants or music for our website, and updating the “i” calendar of upcoming ethnic events in St. Louis.

Qualifications:

  • Pursuing or has degree in marketing, communications, public relations, journalism, or related field.
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Reliable, self-directed, creative, and a team-player
  • Cultural sensitivity and flexibility essential

Training Requirements:

  • One new volunteer orientation
  • On-the-job training

Benefits to Intern:

  • Make a significant contribution to the public relations of the agency
  • Authentic work experience in an office environment at a nationally-recognized nonprofit

Social Networking Intern

Semester: Spring and Summer 2017
Time commitment: 15-20 hours per week; scheduling is flexible.

International Institute of St. Louis is seeking an intern to build community interest in immigration issues and the International Institute’s role by attracting and maintaining followers on social media. This is a brand new internship, providing an exciting opportunity for shaping the Institute’s social networking strategy.

Qualifications:

  • Pursuing or has degree in communications, marketing, public relations, journalism, or related field.
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Experience with social media platforms and tools a plus
  • Reliable, self-directed, creative, and a team-player
  • Cultural sensitivity and flexibility essential

Training Requirements:

  • One new volunteer orientation
  • On-the-job training

Benefits to Intern:

  • Opportunity to create content, run analytics, and build manual of the Institute’s social networking strategy and practices for future interns’ use
  • Authentic work experience in an office environment at a nationally recognized not-for-profit
  • Make a significant contribution to the general operations and strategic goals of the agency

EDUCATION

ESOL Resource Intern (Afternoon Program)

Semester: Spring and Summer 2017
Time commitment: 4 days/week (Monday-Thursday). Minimum of 14 hours/week between the hours of 12:30-4:00 p.m. (may add hours from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. as desired). Minimum of 10 weeks duration (minimum of 140 hours total).

The ESOL Resource Intern will work in the Education department to provide classroom, administrative, and project support for Education Services programs and clients. Duties may include:

  • Tutor non-literate refugees and immigrants in the Literacy Tutorial program
  • Assist in Core and Citizenship class instruction
  • Assist with data collection and record keeping for afternoon and evening Core Programs, Special Programs, and for other programs as needed
  • Conduct outreach to maximize client participation and success in Citizenship programs
  • Work on Core Program and Special Programs projects
  • Assist in assessment and/or preparation of client work

Qualifications:

  • Native speaker proficiency in English
  • Detail-oriented
  • Ability to work under pressure and in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work well with others as well as independently
  • Dependable and punctual
  • Cultural sensitivity and flexibility essential
  • Strong preference for at least one year of college toward a degree in Education, English, International Studies, Linguistics, Foreign Language or like field of study

Training Requirements:

  • Two new volunteer orientations (agency and departmental)
  • Periodic volunteer training workshops
  • On-the-job training

Benefits to Intern:

  • Authentic work experience in office and classroom environments in a nationally recognized not-for-profit
  • Interaction with diverse populations
  • Make a significant contribution to the day-to-day operations and strategic goals of the department

ESOL Resource Intern (Evening Program)

Semester: Spring and Summer 2017
Time commitment: 3 days/week (Monday-Wednesday). Minimum of 10.5 hours/week between the hours of 5:00-8:30 p.m. Minimum of 10 weeks duration (minimum of 105 hours total).

The ESOL Resource Intern will work in the Education department to provide classroom, administrative, and project support for Education Services programs and clients. Duties may include:

  • Serve as first point of contact for clients and community, assist with registration, fill in for receptionist as needed
  • Conduct outreach to maximize client participation and success in Citizenship programs
  • Assist with data collection and record keeping for Core evening program and for other programs
  • Work on Core and Special Programs projects
  • Tutor non-literate refugees and immigrants in the Literacy Tutorial program
  • Assist in Core and Citizenship class instruction
  • Assist in assessment and/or preparation of client work as requested

Qualifications:

  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Native speaker proficiency in English
  • Detail-oriented
  • Dependable and punctual
  • Ability to work well with others as well as independently
  • Cultural sensitivity and flexibility essential
  • Ability to work under pressure and in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong preference for at least one year of college toward a degree in Education, English, International Studies, Linguistics, Foreign Language or like field of study

Training Requirements:

  • Two new volunteer orientations (agency and departmental)
  • Periodic volunteer training workshops
  • On-the-job training

Benefits to Intern:

  • Authentic work experience in office and classroom environments in a nationally recognized not-for-profit
  • Interaction with diverse populations
  • Make a significant contribution to the day-to-day operations and strategic goals of the department

Literacy Citizenship Program Intern (Afternoon)

Semester: Spring and Summer 2017
Time commitment: 3 days/week (Monday-Wednesday). Minimum of 10.5 hours/week between the hours of 12:30-4:00 p.m. (may add hours from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. as desired). Minimum of 10 weeks duration (minimum of 105 hours total).

The Literacy Citizenship Program Intern will work in the Education assisting Citizenship Project Specialist in meeting educational needs of clients who require intensive literacy instruction, and provide administrative support for Special and Core Programs. Duties may include:

  • Tutor non-literate refugees and immigrants in the Literacy Citizenship program
  • Assist in monitoring clients and tutors during Literacy Citizenship program
  • Assist in daily assessment and preparation of client work
  • Substitute teach in the Literacy Citizenship program as needed
  • Assist with record keeping for Special and Core programs as requested
  • Assist in creation of Special Programs materials as requested

Qualifications:

  • Native speaker proficiency in English
  • Detail-oriented
  • Ability to work under pressure and in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work well with others as well as independently
  • Dependable and punctual
  • Cultural sensitivity and flexibility essential
  • Strong preference for at least one year of college toward a degree in Education, English, International Studies, Linguistics, Foreign Language or like field of study

Training Requirements:

  • Two new volunteer orientations (agency and departmental)
  • Periodic volunteer training workshops
  • On-the-job training

Benefits to Intern:

  • Authentic work experience in office and classroom environments in a nationally recognized not-for-profit
  • Interaction with diverse populations
  • Make a significant contribution to the day-to-day operations and strategic goals of the department

Literacy Citizenship Program Intern (Evening)

Semester: Spring and Summer 2017
Time commitment: 3 days/week (Monday-Wednesday). Minimum of 10 hours/week between the hours of 5:00-8:30 p.m. Minimum of 10 weeks duration (minimum of 100 hours total).

The Literacy Citizenship Program Intern will work in the Education assisting Citizenship Project Specialist in meeting educational needs of clients who require intensive literacy instruction, and provide administrative support for Special and Core Programs. Duties may include:

  • Tutor non-literate refugees and immigrants in the Literacy Citizenship program
  • Assist in monitoring clients and tutors during Literacy Citizenship program
  • Assist in daily assessment and preparation of client work
  • Substitute teach in the Literacy Citizenship program as needed
  • Assist with record keeping for Special and Core programs as requested
  • Assist in creation of Special Programs materials as requested

Qualifications:

  • Native speaker proficiency in English
  • Detail-oriented
  • Ability to work under pressure and in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work well with others as well as independently
  • Dependable and punctual
  • Cultural sensitivity and flexibility essential
  • Strong preference for at least one year of college toward a degree in Education, English, International Studies, Linguistics, Foreign Language or like field of study

Training Requirements:

  • Two new volunteer orientations (agency and departmental)
  • Periodic volunteer training workshops
  • On-the-job training

Benefits to Intern:

  • Authentic work experience in office and classroom environments in a nationally recognized not-for-profit
  • Interaction with diverse populations
  • Make a significant contribution to the day-to-day operations and strategic goals of the department

GLOBAL FARMS

Farm Expansion and Community Development Intern

The International Institute Global Farms program helps New Americans (immigrants and refugees) provide fresh, healthy food for their families, decrease household expenditures on groceries and achieve greater financial independence. IIGF develops and operates multiple urban farms around the city helping New American farmers gain access to land and resources.

Qualifications: Must be outgoing, self-motivated, and able to work with minimal supervision. Some agricultural knowledge and a basic understanding of soil biology is beneficial, but not required. Due to the diversity of program activities and unpredictability of weather, the intern will need to be flexible and able to adapt work to meet program needs. A driver's license and access to a vehicle is strongly preferred.

Duties and Responsibilities: Assist in maintaining and developing new and existing urban farm sites, and expanding the Global Farm’s composting operation.

Training Provided: You will be oriented to the International Institute’s history, mission and operating procedures, receive general introduction to the Global Farms program and given tours of St. Louis city farms and neighborhoods.

Benefits to Intern: St. Louis is a vibrant environment for those with a desire to impact the food systems of the future. The International Institute Global Farms program is an excellent opportunity for innovative, passionate individuals to continue to make an impact in our neighborhoods. While the program is focused on training New American farmers how to grow food for their families, we are invested in strengthening healthy food options and the local food economy in our community. As you expand your personal skill set, you’ll end each day knowing your efforts are aiding New Americans in putting down roots in a new home and making St. Louis city a safer and greener place to live.

INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE BUSINESS SOLUTIONS CENTER

IIBSC Intern

Semester: Spring and Summer 2017
Time commitment: 10-15 hours a week during business hours

This position will assist the IIBSC by maintaining client and program records. Work daily with customers to provide support and services of the IIBSC and engage the community to use our services and promote our programs.

Qualifications: Some awareness of and ability to distinguish between different written languages, ability to work unsupervised, reliable, good organization skills, self-starter, typing/computer skills, familiarity with Microsoft Word and/or Excel. Experience with working with office filing systems. Bilingual a plus.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist the farm team by maintaining the edible landscape barrier at the Cultivating Connections Garden, a project supported by the Washington University student group partnering with the IIGF program to connect the student body with the New Americans in the West End neighborhood.
  • Maintain urban farms by weeding, watering, mowing, weed trimming, cleaning up, organizing tools, supplies and materials; and growing vegetable seedlings for transplanting.
  • Assist in building and maintaining composting systems.
  • Assist with the development of new farm sites.
  • Will be asked to perform other tasks as needed.

Training Provided: Orientation on the International Institute’s history, mission and operating procedures will be provided, as well as a general introduction to the farm program. The intern will learn basic gardening skills, how to safely use tools necessary for garden development and maintenance, as well as thorough instruction on how to build and operate a composting system.

Benefits to Intern: St. Louis is a vibrant environment for those with a desire to impact the food systems of the future. The International Institute Global Farm program is an excellent opportunity for innovative, passionate individuals to learn more about St. Louis' food system. The intern will also gain experience developing and maintaining urban farms and increased familiarity with the St. Louis local food movement at large by working with the Global Farms Program many and varied partners.

WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS

Workforce Solution Intern

Semester: Spring and Summer 2017
Time commitment: Must complete a minimum of 15 hours per week during business hours.

This position will assist refugee and immigrant clients in their search for independence in America by preparing them for work at job sites across the St. Louis region.

Qualifications: Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; previous work with non-native English speakers a plus; resume creation, job application and interview experience preferred. Volunteer interview, background check and orientation is required. Proficient in Microsoft Office products (Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint) Must be flexible and reliable.

Responsibilities:

  • Work one-on-one with foreign born individuals seeking employment
  • Assist job seekers in completing applications and resumes
  • Conduct mock interviews
  • Will occasionally provide transport for clients to interviews (after submitting a background check and proof of current insurance and licensure)
  • Complete reports for grant reporting
  • Interns will also be assigned to ongoing projects during their period of service

Training Requirements: Trainings provided by staff will be related to Institute operations, workforce development, cultural make-up and background of job seekers, grant reporting process, cross cultural communication, the refugee resettlement process both foreign and domestic.

Benefits to Intern: Trainings provided by staff will be related to Institute operations, workforce development, cultural make-up and background of job seekers. Comprehensive experience working with refugees and immigrants in the social services field; experience refining cross cultural communication techniques, hands-on experience with grant reporting procedures, knowledge of the refugee resettlement program in the US and abroad, opportunities to participate in special projects and initiatives related to data collection and interpretation.