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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.

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 neededAfter 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 ProgramSkills 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 flexibilityBenefits: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 creditIf 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.

Community Engagement Intern  

Community Engagement Intern

Start Date: Sept 2022

End Date: Dec 2022

Description: 

This position will work with a highly driven team to mobilize community support towards achieving the International Institute’s mission.  The intern will manage a number of community engagement programming projects including providing tours, outreach, and speaking engagements including but not limited to:

  • Manage teams of volunteers
  • Communicate with supporters via phone, email, and in-person
  • Conduct outreach at various community events
  • Assist with community events
  • Give presentations about the International Institute to community groups

Skills needed:

  • Excellent communication skills, especially via email and phone.
  • Enjoy working with people
    Ability to use Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Mathematical skills to manage inventory
  • Organization skills
  • Cross cultural communication skills and foreign language skills exceedingly helpful

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

Schedule:

  • Hybrid opportunity
  • 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. Weekday hours would be adjusted.
  • This position will work approximately 10-15 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: Worthj@iistl.org
  • If you were in charge of organizing a large donation drive, how would you stay organized?
  • Look on our website to find our new mission statement. What about our mission inspires you?
Special Events Intern 

Special Events Intern 

Start Date: May 23, 2022 

End Date: August 2022. Must be available in St. Louis, MO August 27 and 28, 2022 for Festival of Nations 

Deadline to submit cover letter/resume: April 15, 2022 

Description: 

This position will work with a highly driven team to mobilize community support towards achieving the International Institute’s mission, with a special focus on sponsor support for World Refugee Day and Festival of Nations. The intern will also manage a number of special events projects including operations, communications, and programming. 

Assist the Events Manager and Senior Development and Events Specialist with sponsor relations and solicitation, including, but not limited to: 

  • Identify new funding opportunities and prospective partners 
  • Reconnect and establish relationships with lapsed sponsors and corporate donors 
  • Develop and manage sponsorship benefits, including pre-event promotion, naming privileges, and other exclusive opportunities 
  • Assist with managing sponsor contracts, ensure contract terms with sponsors are executed 
  • Create sponsorship fulfillment reports 
  • Coordinate sponsorship activation before and during the 2022 Festival of Nations 
  • Assist with special projects as needed 

Assist the Community Engagement Team in a variety of tasks including, but not limited to: 

  • Communicate with a variety of stakeholders via phone, email, and in-person  
  • Social media coverage and documentation of events 
  • Maintain up to date documents 
  • Create an inventory system of event supplies and keep supplies organized 

Skills needed:

  • Excellent communication skills, especially via email and phone. 
  • Enjoy working with people   
  • Ability to use Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Teams 
  • Mathematical skills to manage inventory  
  • Organization skills  
  • Cross cultural communication skills and foreign language skills exceedingly helpful 
  • Previous event and/or development experience preferred 
  • Ability to work in an individual or team setting 

Majors: business, nonprofit management, communication, foreign languages, and other related areas.   

Schedule: 

  • This intern must be available during normal working hours (roughly 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. Weekday hours would be adjusted in compensation 
  • This position will work approximately 35 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 events and 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 “Special Events Intern” in the subject line. Email to Jacquelyn Ballard at ballardj@iistl.org  
  • If you were in charge of organizing an event, how would you stay organized?
    Look on our website to find our new mission statement. What about our mission inspires you?  
Behavioral Health case management

Eligibility: Undergraduate/Graduate Summer 2022 and/or Fall 2022 – MSW and BSW supervision available but not a requirement for internship

Objective: Increase capacity of program and meet the behavioral health needs of Refugees, Immigrants, and Asylees

Supervisor: Sara Williamson Roush, LCSW

Task Supervisor: Miriam Taylor, MSW

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

Commitment: Minimum of 10 hours/week andminimum 8-week commitment, standard business hours, Monday – Friday. Various evenings if needed.

Responsibilities:

The intern will assist the Behavioral Health Social Worker and help efficiency and logistics of the program within the following areas (subject to change):

  • Case Management
  • Transportation
  • Logistics around Behavioral Health Literacy Groups

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 Social Work NASW Ethics (this can be taught within orientation if not familiar)
  • Having a cultural humility perspective and willingness/eagerness to learn
  • Excellent communication skills, especially via email and phone.
  • Enjoy working with people from various backgrounds
  • 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 their task supervisor before working directly with clients

Applies if intern is MSW/BSW applicant.

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

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

 Overview:

This is an amazing opportunity to get on the ground experience working with Clients and assisting the Behavioral Health Social Worker in group and case management. The range of ages could be from 5 years old to 60 years old. The refugee population in St. Louis is vastly growing and the International Institute is at the core of that growth. No day is ever the same and the learning opportunities within this internship are never ending. If this sounds like an internship for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out for an interview or any questions.

Send Cover Letter Resume/CV to:
Rosemary Lang, LCSW, Social Work Department Director: langr@iistl.org  and
Sara Williamson Roush, LCSW: williamsons@iistl.org

Behavioral Health Research concentration

Eligibility: MSW concentration - Fall

Objective: Increase capacity of program and meet the behavioral health needs of Refugees, Immigrants, and Asylees

Supervisor: Sara Williamson Roush, 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:
Complete a terminal project reviewing and presenting the best evidence-based practices for behavioral health work with refugees, immigrants, and Asylees. In addition, the student will interview internal stakeholders to find out behavioral health perceptions at the agency. The information compiled from these interviews will also be shared at the terminal project presentation. Student will be asked to present a presentation to the behavioral health team on their findings. Student may complete the RHS-13 (Refugee Health Screener) with adult clients on an ad hoc basis and make recommendations for needed services. Student may also be asked to assist with reminder calls for adult psychoeducational groups, logistics and planning, and finding topics/materials to use for the adult psychoeducational groups.

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 in practice informed research, and research informed practice
  • #6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  • #9: Evaluate with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
Education Internship/Practicum

Job Title: Teen Program Intern

Department: Education

Volunteer Supervisor: Katherine Schoeberle, Teen Program Coordinator

Location: International Institute of St. Louis (3401 Arsenal St., St. Louis, MO 63118)

Objective: 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.

Time commitment:

  • August 29 - December 15, 2022

  • 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 Wednesday, August 3, 2022. Interviews will be conducted via phone, in-person, and/or Zoom the week of August 1, 2022.