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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.

ESOL Resource Intern (Afternoon or Evening Program) – Education Department

Semester: Fall 2019

Time commitment:

Afternoon Intern: 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).

Evening Intern: 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:

  • 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
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.

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