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Community Engagement and Outreach Intern

Internship Opportunity

This internship is geared for individuals interested in developing and expanding their knowledge in community engagement, outreach, and research. The work will support the Safe Shelter Collaborative, a program that helps to expedite emergency shelter placements for survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence.

The intern’s work will focus on reaching out to and developing communications for agencies in multiple geographic regions to encourage adoption of the Safe Shelter Collaborative. This process includes analyzing and researching community needs and existing services in the area of domestic violence and human trafficking. It also includes developing materials to support participating organizations and to help inform and engage organizations interesting in joining the Safe Shelter Collaborative.  

Internship Eligibility

  • All interns should be enrolled in a college class or program where the work described above matches the student’s academic pursuit or area of study.
  • Student should have an overall grade point average of 3.0 (B or better); and ideally will be receiving academic credit for the internship.

Responsibilities

Community engagement and outreach

Help create support and community engagement materials for the Safe Shelter Collaborative. Examples for tasks and assignment include:

  • Support online and in-person community introductory sessions.
  • Contribute to training and support materials for distribution in print and online format.
  • Communicate and engage the community through social media channels and campaigns.
  • Facilitate community support/focus groups.​
  • Produce articles or case studies, such as showing how agencies have incorporated the Safe Shelter Collaborative into their operations, or implemented a hotel placement program, or expanded their donor engagement using social media to promote the SafeNight mobile app.

Research

  • Conduct research to help understand use cases and priorities for the Safe Shelter Collaborative. As part of that work, students will be asked to:
  • Research and analyze existing data to find and map organizations and communities who can best use the Safe Shelter Collaborative resources.
  • Assist with the preparation of project-related reports, manuscripts, and presentations.
  • Perform qualitative analysis and/or quantitative analyses of data, using computer software as applicable.

Skill and Experience Needed

  • Excellent writing, analytical, communication, and research skills
  • Detail-oriented and highly-organized
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work collaboratively and manage several projects at once
  • Extensive research experience; knowledge of qualitative and/or quantitative strategies
  • Excellent telephone and email communication skills
  • Ability to represent Caravan Studios and TechSoup in a professional manner

Structure

  • 2-3 days per week during the school year; possibly full-time during the summer
  • Remote access may be possible for some activities as appropriate and effective
  • Minimum of 2 month internship; optimally 6 – 9 month

Benefits

  • College credit or field placement hours available to qualified students
  • Be a part of a nationally recognized and award-winning internship program
  • Access to extensive nonprofit and technologist network
  • Further develop applicable research and community engagement and outreach skills
  • Participate in an innovative internship where students can broaden their knowledge, skills and experience to effectively utilize tools for social good
  • Work with a dynamic and enthusiastic team committed to the work and the mission of the organization, as well as to supporting and engaging interns in our efforts
  • Develop Portfolio examples to share with future employers
  • Access to technologically innovative ideas/products

Start Date

Ongoing

Salary
This is an unpaid internship, but college credit may be available.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Mary Duffy, Director of Educational Programs, Caravan Studios at mduffy@caravanstudios.org.

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