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Join an International Institute program for a semester. Work alongside staff providing a variety of day-to-day administrative and program services, which help integrate newcomers and build a more welcoming St. Louis.

Internships are available in a variety of service areas, including education, client services, employment, economic development, 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!

Our internships are competitive and postings are subject to change at any time.

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

Community Engagement Intern  

Start Date: Aug2023/ Sept2023

End Date: Nov 2023 / Dec 2023

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

#1. If you were in charge of organizing a large donation drive, how would you stay organized?

#2. Look on our website to find our new mission statement. What about our mission inspires you?

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 Teen Summer Learning 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:

  • January – May 2024 (specific dates are flexible)
  • 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
  • Conducting student pre/post assessments
  • 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

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 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 December 31, 2023.
Interviews will be conducted via phone, in-person, and/or Zoom.

Anti-Trafficking Social Work Practicum

Eligibility: MSW Spring/Summer/Fall Concentration Practicum

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

Supervisor: Veronica Durdello/Anna Foster

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 outreach development.

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 with valid insurance and identification
  • Enrolled in MSW program

Training Requirements:

  • New volunteer orientation
  • Human Trafficking (on-the-job training)

To apply, send copy of résumé and cover letter referencing Anti-Trafficking Social Work Practicum to:  Anna Foster and Emily Rathjen @ (Fostera@iistl.org & Rathjene@iistl.org)

Afghan Journal and Community Center Intern

Commitment: Flexible, minimum commitment of 6months preferred

Overview: The Afghan Community Center in Saint Louis, along with the Afghan Journal, is seeking passionate and dedicated volunteers to support our mission of fostering connections within the Afghan community and promoting cultural exchange. This volunteer role is a unique opportunity to contribute to our efforts in gathering stories and images for the Afghan Journal, as well as assisting with communication tasks at the community center. If you are enthusiastic about storytelling, cultural preservation, and community engagement, we welcome you to join our team. 

Responsibilities:

  1. Afghan Journal Support:
  • Collaborate with the Afghan Journal team to identify and gather compelling stories, articles, and photographs for publication in English, Dari, and Pashto languages. 
  • Conduct interviews and engage with community members to collect personal narratives, cultural insights, and current events relevant to the Afghan community. 
  • Assist in the editing and proofreading process to ensure accuracy and clarity of content. 
  • Help create and maintain a database of contributors, sources, and story ideas. 
  1. Communications Tasks:
  • Support the communication efforts of the Afghan Community Center by assisting with social media management, email communications, and website updates. 
  • Engage with community members and partners to gather information about upcoming events, programs, and initiatives. 
  • Collaborate with the marketing team to create promotional materials and outreach campaigns. 
  • Assist in organizing and promoting community events, workshops, and cultural programs. 
  1. General Support:
  • Attend regular meetings with the Afghan Journal and Community Center teams to discuss progress, ideas, and strategies. 
  • Provide assistance with administrative tasks and other duties as needed to ensure the smooth operation of the community center. 

Qualifications:

    • A strong passion for storytelling, journalism, and community engagement. 
    • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. 
    • Proficiency in English, Dari, and Pashto languages is a plus but not required. 
    • Experience in journalism, communications, or related fields is desirable. 
    • Cultural sensitivity and an understanding of the Afghan community's unique needs and challenges. 
    • Flexibility and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. 

Benefits:

  • Opportunity to make a meaningful impact within the Afghan community in Saint Louis. 
  • Gain valuable experience in journalism, community engagement, and cultural preservation. 
  • Connect with diverse community members and build lasting relationships. 
  • Contribute to the promotion of Afghan culture and heritage in the United States. 
  • Support an inclusive and welcoming environment that promotes social integration and empowerment. 

If you are passionate about preserving Afghan culture, fostering community connections, and contributing to a dynamic and inclusive space, we invite you to apply for this volunteer position. Together, we can work towards creating a vibrant and thriving Afghan Community Center in Saint Louis. 

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, to Hamdullah at: hamdardh@iistl.org

 

Workforce Solutions Intern

Target Start date: September (Fall/Winter 2023 & Spring 2024 opportunities available - This is a rolling supportive role)

(Internships can be extended if desired)

Time commitment: 3-5hours/week

Description:

  • Provide documentation support and file reviews for Workforce Solutions programs 
  • Aide in the coordination of employment supportive services, ie connection to Job Readiness Class, Job Interview Class, Job Search Meeting, etc.  
  • Provide supportive case management services to clients who are enrolled in Workforce Solutions programs, utilizing a client-centered approach 
  • Support Workforce Solutions clients to overcome barriers to gaining employment such as: understand how to navigate public transportation options, connecting to childcare, ESOL, etc. 
  • Assist Workforce Solutions Team with the job referral process as needed 
  • Support Employment Caseworkers in Job Readiness Class and Job Interview Class  

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain strict confidentiality of all client records and information 
  • Provide detailed daily case notes and documentation in client databases   
  • Other duties and tasks, as assigned  
  • Engage in other IISTL activities and events, as needed 

Necessary Skills/Qualifications:

  • Proficiency using web-based client database programs and Microsoft Office 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English 
  • Well organized and detail orientated 
  • Work experience in a culturally diverse and fast-paced environment 
  • Flexibility and able to maintain composure and professionalism in times of stress, able to empathize with individuals of other backgrounds and experiences 

Benefits to Intern:

  • Valuable experience in working with foreign born individuals and families, most of whom are Limited English Proficient 
  • Gain an understanding of the refugee experience and challenges they face in the US 
  • Case management training 

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Anna Hall, at halla@iistl.org. Interviews will be conducted via phone, in-person, and/or Zoom.

Anti-Trafficking In Persons Program Internship

Eligibility: Enrolled in college or recent grad

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

Supervisor: Emily Rathjen

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

Commitment: Minimum of 10 hours/week and minimum 240 hours, work time flexible Monday - Friday. Hybrid options available.

Responsibilities:

The intern 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 and outreach material development.

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 with valid insurance and identification.

Training Requirements:

    • New volunteer orientation
    • Human Trafficking (on-the-job training)

To apply, send copy of résumé and cover letter referencing Anti-Trafficking Social Work Internship to:  Anna Foster and Emily Rathjen @ (Fostera@iistl.org & Rathjene@iistl.org)