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Community Engagement Intern

Community Engagement Intern: Fall Semester 2021 (2 positions available) 

Start Date: Sept 2021 

End Date: December 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 fundraising events 

 

Skills needed: 

  • Excellent communication skills, especially via email and phone.  
  • Ability to use Excel 
  • 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 managing volunteers. Ideal days of availability are Tuesdays and Thursdays, though this is flexible.  
  • 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

 The International Institute of St. Louis has an immediate opening for a Teen Program Intern to work in conjunction with the Teen Program Coordinator to successfully manage its After School and Youth Mentoring 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/OR remote depending on pandemic-related restrictions.

 

Time commitment: 

  • September-December 2021
  • Hours to include at least 3:00 – 6:00 PM, Monday – Thursday and occasional weekends or evenings for group events (flexibility to meet class or service hour requirements)

 

Responsibilities:

After School Program for Immigrant High School Students:

  • Chaperoning students to/from local high school
  • Creating and organizing After School Program materials
  • Conducting volunteer tutor trainings
  • Recruiting and enrolling students
  • Tutoring and leading recreational activities

 

Refugee Youth Mentoring Program:

  • Recruiting and enrolling mentees
  • Recruiting and training volunteer mentors
  • Planning group events
  • Chaperoning group events
  • Entering information into IISTL client database as needed

 

Qualifications:

  • Experience working with youth ages 15-24 and/or foreign-born persons preferred
  • Must possess strong writing and communication skills with attention to details
  • Ability to speak, read, and write English well
  • Cultural sensitivity and flexibility
  • Be willing to adhere to all agency/program policies and procedures
  • Dependability and punctuality

           

Benefits to Volunteer: 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 all holidays and Wednesday – Friday of Thanksgiving week
  • 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 8:30 AM CT on Monday, July 19, 2021.

Interviews will be conducted via phone, in-person, and/or Zoom the week of July 19, 2021

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