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Community Engagement Intern

Community Engagement Intern: Spring Semester 2022 (2 positions available) 

Start Date: January 2022

End Date: May 2022

Deadline to submit cover letter/resume: November 24, 2021

Description: 

This position will manage a number of community engagement programming including coordinating the organization, inventory, and distribution of items to refugee families. Training will be provided.  

  • Manage teams of volunteers 
  • Communicate with supporters via phone, email, and in-person 
  • Operate a streamlined system of receiving donated items, sorting, and distributing to families 
  • Assist with community events 
  • Give presentations about the International Institute to community groups

 

Skills needed: 

  • Excellent communication skills, especially via email and phone.  
  • Ability to use Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Mathematical skills to manage inventory 
  • Organization skills 

Majors: business, nonprofit management, communication, foreign languages, etc.  

Schedule: 

  • This intern must have some availability during normal working hours (8am-4pm M-F) to be in the building for coordination with staff.
  • There is the opportunity to be trained in giving introductory presentations to community groups; presentation times/days would vary and may include evening and/or weekend hours.
  • This position will work approximately 8-10 hours/week and can be adjusted for academic credit 

When submitting your application: 

  • This position is unpaid, however, it will provide a phenomenal training opportunity for a student interested in learning about nonprofit management. Applicants are encouraged to come to interviews prepared with items they want to learn more about.  
  • Please apply for this internship by emailing a 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) answers to the following questions to this email address. Put “Community Engagement Intern” in the subject line. Email to Jacquelyn Ballard at ballardj@iistl.org  
    • If you were in charge of organizing a large donation drive, how would you stay organized? 
    • What are three points you can share that highlight the positive contributions of immigrants and refugees to the St. Louis community? 
Anti-Trafficking Social Work Practicum

Eligibility: MSW – Summer/Fall 2020

Objective: To help build capacity of the Anti-Human Trafficking program and the Federal Human Trafficking Task Force of Eastern Missouri.

Supervisor: Whitney Howland

Location: International Institute of St. Louis – 3401 Arsenal Street, St. Louis MO 63118

Commitment: Minimum of 16 hours/week and minimum 240 hours, 9-5 p.m. Monday - Friday

Responsibilities:

The practicum student will work in the Anti-Human Trafficking Program to help build programmatic capacity in areas such as resource and educational material development, research of best practices, event planning, and program development/evaluation.

Qualifications:

  • Flexibility in adapting to program needs.
  • Regularly scheduled days of service, and reliable attendance.
  • Students who speak another language not required but a plus.
  • Having a car would allow the student to attend collaborative meetings and community events.

Training Requirements:

  • New volunteer orientation
  • Human Trafficking Messaging
  • Other training is on-the-job

To apply, send copy of résumé and cover letter referencing Anti-Trafficking Social Work Practicum to:  Carrie Brickey at brickeyc@iistl.org.

Elderly Services Internship

Eligibility: Undergraduate/Graduate Summer 2021 and/or Fall 2021

Objective: To help build capacity of the Elderly Services Program under the Social Work Department.

Location: International Institute of St. Louis – 3401 Arsenal Street, St. Louis MO 63118

Commitment: Minimum of 16 hours/week and minimum 240 hours, 9-5 p.m. Monday - Friday

Responsibilities:

The intern will assist the Elderly Services Specialist to successfully manage and implement its Elderly Program that focuses on the following areas:

  • Case management
  • Elderly and caregiver educations
  • Citizenship preparation

This is an unpaid internship, but eligible for college course credit. The intern will work on the campus of the International Institute of St. Louis AND/OR remote depending on pandemic-related restrictions.

Qualifications:

  • Regularly scheduled days of service, and reliable attendance.
  • Students who speak another language not required but a plus (Kinyarwanda, Kiswahili, Nepali, Arabic)
  • Detail oriented and highly organized.
  • Experience in managing multiple projects/responsibilities.

Training Requirements:

  • New volunteer orientation
  • Training about the resettlement process and the Institute’s role
  • Trainings on the program’s case management databases Penelope and Client Track

Benefits:

Beyond the items listed below, the International Institute’s diverse programs and services for immigrants, their families, and the community are locally and nationally acclaimed. The Institute strives to be recognized by not only offering excellent services but also by creating a welcoming and inclusive community.

  • Off on all official Institute holidays and a Fall Break week.
  • Exposure to the inner workings of a highly acclaimed nonprofit agency
  • Depending on university, experience could be used to receive academic credit

To apply, send copy of résumé and cover letter referencing Elderly Services Intern to:  Carrie Brickey at brickeyc@iistl.org.

Literacy Citizenship Program Intern (Afternoon or Evening) – Education Department

Semester:Fall 2019

Time commitment:

Afternoon Intern: 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).

Evening Intern: 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
Social Work Practicum

Eligibility: BSW/MSW (foundation level only) - Summer/Fall 2020

Objective: Increase capacity of program and improve self-sufficiency of Refugees, Immigrants, and Asylees

Supervisor: Rosemary Lang, LCSW

Location: International Institute of St. Louis – 3401 Arsenal Street, St. Louis MO 63118

Commitment: Minimum of 16 hours/week and minimum 240 hours, standard business hours, Monday - Friday

Responsibilities:
Provide a variety of intensive case management services to refugees, immigrants, and Asylees. Typical client needs are related to health and mental health concerns, domestic violence, financial insecurity, and limited family/community support. Students wills conduct program eligibility assessments for new arrivals/secondary migrants and provide first-touch services for walk-in clients seeking support. Students will provide support to social workers & client advocates, with typical activities including:

  • Engagement and assessment
  • Intervention planning and implementation (with strong focus on training/education),
  • Advocacy, and
  • Community referrals, including coordination of services

Qualifications:

  • Flexibility in adapting to client issues and department needs
  • Regularly scheduled days of service, and reliable attendance
  • Familiarity with Person-in-Environment approach and Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual assessments
  • Students who speak language of refugee groups not required but a plus. While languages change from semester to semester, most prevalent languages needed are Farsi, Kinyarwanda, Nepali, Arabic, and Swahili. Other languages possibly useful include Spanish, Burmese, Somali, Amharic, Tigrinya, or French.

Training Requirements:

  • New volunteer orientation
  • Other training is on-the-job, and will include specific service and documentation training, as well as shadowing other staff before working directly with clients

All core competencies will be addressed, with particular emphasis on the following:                                                      

  • #3: Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgment
  • #4: Engage diversity & difference in practice
  • #7: Apply knowledge of human behavior & the social environment
  • #10: Engage, assess, intervene & evaluate individuals and families

To apply, send copy of résumé and cover letter referencing BSW/MSW Foundation Practicum – Preferred Communities Case Management to:  Carrie Brickey at brickeyc@iistl.org.

Teen Programs Intern

Spring 2022 (January-May): Job Summary:

The International institute of St. Louis has an immediate opening for a Teen Program Intern to work in conjunction with the Teen Program Coordinator from January to May 2022 to successfully manage its Youth Mentoring and After School Programs that serve immigrant and refugee youth. The person in this unpaid internship position will work on the campus of the International Institute of St. Louis and remote depending on pandemic-related restrictions.

Intern will assist with the following tasks related to each of our Teen Programs:

Refugee Youth Mentoring Program:

  • Preparing mentor training materials
  • Conducting mentor trainings
  • Planning group events
  • Chaperoning group events
  • Recruiting and contacting mentees
  • Entering information into IISTL client database as needed

    After School Program for Immigrant HS students:

  • Creating and organizing After School program materials
  • Conducting volunteer tutor trainings
  • Recruiting and contacting students
  • Collecting and distributing meals at the After School Program
  • Tutoring at the After School Program

    Skills and Qualifications:

  • Experience working with teenagers and/or foreign-born persons preferred
  • Must possess strong writing and communication skills with attention to details
  • Ability to speak English well
  • Skills with platforms to support distance learning (e.g. MS Office and Zoom)
  • Cultural sensitivity and flexibility

    Benefits:

    Beyond the items listed below, the International Institute’s diverse programs and services for immigrants, their families, and the community are locally and nationally acclaimed. The Institute strives to be recognized by not only offering excellent services but also by creating a welcoming and inclusive community.

  • Hours to include at least 3:00 – 6:00 pm M - TH and occasional weekends or evenings for group events; flexibility with remaining weekly schedule to meet class or service hour requirements
  • Off MLK Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, & spring break
  • Exposure to the inner workings of a highly acclaimed nonprofit agency
  • Depending on university, experience could be used to receive academic credit

    If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Teen Programs Coordinator, Katherine Schoeberle, at schoeberlek@iistl.org by Monday, November 29, 2021 at 8:30 AM CT.

Contact Katherine with any questions at schoeberlek@iistl.org or 314-773-9090 ext. 140.

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