Summer Internship Opportunities


Click on a link below or scroll down to learn more about the various internship opportunities:

Animal Birth Control Clinic: Waco, TX
The Texas Civil Rights Project: Austin, TX
Texas Sierra Club Internship: Austin, TX
Mission Waco: Waco, TX
Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service: Washington D.C.
African Wildlife Foundation: Washington D.C.
Sseko Sandals: Portland, OR

*Check back soon for more internship opportunities!




Animal Birth Control Clinic: Waco, TX

Organization bio:

Spay Neuter is the basis for a community to reach No Kill status for its cats and dogs. It is our vision of a community where every pet is cared for and wanted. We work to achieve this though affordable spay neuter and preventive pet health care and promoting lifetime, responsible pet ownership. Reduced cost vaccination clinics are provided monthly as a community service. These clinics require the assistance of approximately 20 volunteers. We are currently performing about 180 surgeries per week. We are committed to an engaging intern partnership that benefits the student's current and future needs while accomplishing the goals of the clinic.

Public Relations & Journalism Internships:

. Marketing Materials (Development and Redesign)

. Brochures

. PSAs

. Basic Website Updates (WordPress)

. Electronic Media (i.e. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter)

Pre-Veterinary:

. Pet Owner Education

. Medical Staff and Surgeon Shadowing with Light Supportive Tasks

. Community Outreach



The Texas Civil Rights Project: Austin, Texas

Organization bio:

The Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) promotes racial, social, and economic justice through education and litigation. TCRP strives to foster equality, secure justice, ensure diversity, and strengthen communities. TCRP was founded in 1990 as part of Oficina Legal del Pueblo Unido, a non-profit community-based foundation located in South Texas. In addition to our statewide office in Austin (TCRP), we have offices in San Juan (STP — in the Rio Grande Valley) and El Paso (PDN). Our VAWA program is active in all these offices and at Midland/Odessa. We also partner with the Innocence Project in Houston. Since its beginning, TCRP has achieved substantial system gains in ensuring justice for all Texans. TCRP uses education and litigation to make structural change in areas such as voting rights, police and border patrol misconduct, sex discrimination, employment bias, privacy, disability rights, grand jury discrimination, traditional civil liberties (i.e. free speech), and Title IX in secondary education. TCRP also conducts a program under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Prison Litigation Intern - Mail:

The Texas Civil Rights Project seeks a regular volunteer to assist in litigation representing indigent inmates whose civil rights have been violated. We are seeking someone who can commit to work for a minimum of three months. The intern will have the opportunity to work closely with attorneys in evaluating potential cases. Responsibilities will include screening inmate mail, corresponding with inmates, preparing open records requests, reviewing discovery documents, and other tasks as needed. This position would be ideal for an undergraduate or recent graduate seeking exposure to the practice of law and interested in protecting human rights. This internship is available year-round.

Prison Litigation Intern - Filing:

The Texas Civil Rights Project seeks a regular volunteer to assist in litigation representing indigent inmates whose civil rights have been violated. We are seeking someone who can commit to work for a minimum of three months. The intern will have the opportunity to work closely with attorneys. Responsibilities will include managing case files, assisting the attorney and paralegal with case work, and other tasks as needed. This position would be ideal for an undergraduate or recent graduate seeking exposure to the practice of law and interested in protecting human rights. This internship is available year-round.

Development Intern:

The Development intern will assist with fund raising, grant writing, event planning, social media, and general office duties. Contact Amanda Hill at amanda.tcrp@gmail.com for more information.



Texas Sierra Club Internship: Austin, TX

Organization bio:

The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the country. The Texas Sierra Club focuses on many environmental issues including but not limited to energy efficiency, fossil fuel dependency, endangered species, and water conservation. We promote clean energy solutions and efficiency measures that will create thousands of new, green jobs and stimulate the economy, all while conserving our water and ensuring we have clean air to breathe. We accomplish our success through political and grassroots action.

Opportunities:

Interns with the Sierra Club will work with a professional staff-person as a mentor and resource to learn how to effectively create change in multiple environmental sectors. An intern is paired with a staffer based on his or her specific interest.

Interns will have the opportunity to help organize a grassroots campaign, work in communications, and conduct policy research, among other projects and tasks.

Interns will learn real skills through professional training workshops and apply their new knowledge to their work at the Club and beyond. Some previous workshop topics have included: International Climate Policy, The Science Behind Coal, Recycling, and Water Issues.

Communications Aspect:

Interns will learn how to develop media communication strategies that promote The Sierra Club’ work and victories, educate the public about the campaign, and use social media as a general advocacy tool. Activities include monthly blogging, developing visibility for events, building relations with the media, and helping draft press releases. Interns will most importantly develop communication skills necessary in all professions.

Outreach Aspect:

Interns will learn how to strategize and implement a plan for outreach in the local community. Focus will be on contacting and gaining the support of decision makers, student groups, businesses, and the general public. There is also an opportunity to give educational presentations to interested citizens and organizations who are eager to get other community members involved.

Policy Aspect:

Interns will learn how to effectively promote a cause and create change politically. Activities include researching current and potential legislation, communicating with decision makers, and educating others on how to create change within their community.

Skills Required:

A passion for environmental issues and social change, strong communication and people skills, and a desire to develop campaign organizing skills. No previous experience required.

Expectations and Requirements :

Once accepted, all interns are expected to complete the semester of the internship program they have committed to in order to receive credit. Interns will meet weekly with their staff-person to develop work plan and strategy. Interns will hold regular office hours and must be available Monday evenings from 6pm to 8pm for weekly phone banks. This internship requires a commitment of at least 10-15 hours per week. Depending on progress and commitment shown, there is an opportunity for the internship to continue past the set end date with financial incentives given.

To Apply:

Please email your resume and cover letter as attachments to Spring Student Outreach Coordinator Tansy Stobart at tansystobartSC@gmail.com and CC Internship Manager Lydia Avila at Lydia.Avila@sierraclub.org. Please direct all questions and concerns to Tansy Stobart via email or call Lydia Avila at 512-477-1729x116.



Mission Waco: Waco, TX

Organization Bio:

Mission Waco’s programs, established in 1991, were built around three goals: 1) creating relationship-based, holistic programs among the poor and marginalized, 2) mobilizing middle-class Christians toward “hands-on” involvement, and 3) addressing some of the systemic issues which disempowered the poor. As volunteers, interns, and donations have increased, and as local gaps have been identified, additional programs have been added. Today, there are some fifteen programs for all ages and a staff of twenty-five persons. A board of twenty Christian men and women from different churches oversee the direction. Through its entire history, Mission Waco staff and volunteers have worked hard to balance “hands-on” relationships with the poor, local churches, and the community. The call to bring good news to the poor has been a driving force since its first day. And the desire to create a biblical base for empowering compassion is still at its core.

Internship Overview:

We accept Christian students or adults 19 years of age or older who desire to experience ministry among the poor and marginalized. Interns (non-academic) are primarily used in the summer with our programs but are welcome to apply year round. Please see the programs on this website to see if this is where God might be leading you to serve and join with us in experiencing the Kingdom.

The summer includes Poverty Simulation, volunteer assignments (usually in several program areas based on program need and intern interests), weekly forums to learn about urban ministry issues, book discussions, bible study, learning goals, and more!. The summer internship lasts 10 weeks (2013 dates: May 22-July 30). Summer interns are welcome to apply to go on the Mexico City Mission Exposure Trip (usually in July - see other page on this website), with costs paid by the intern.

(There are also regular volunteer opportunities for those who would like to help without the extra responsibilities/requirements of the internship -- see Volunteer Info on other page of website. Contact us if this is a better fit for you at this time.)

Supervision for internships to fulfill academic requirements can also be arranged as needed throughout the calendar year. We have supervised previous interns in numerous academic disciplines, such as social work, seminary/theology/missions, community organizing, economic development, public relations, youth, child and family studies, etc. Please contact us about areas not mentioned. The majority of our academic internships take place here in Waco, however if you have a particular interest in international issues, please let us know and we'll see what options may be available.

Funding:

We ask that you contribute to the cost of your internship through Mission Waco by helping fundraise donations for the Intern Program. You are encouraged to involve your local faith community in sending you to serve and grow this summer! They do this through their prayer and financial support to Mission Waco's mission. We will work with each intern in the process of raising the money. All costs are subject to Mission Waco’s guidelines and policies and are fully discussed during the interview process. The intern program costs Mission about $2000 per intern and includes: free housing, weekly "per diem" for food/misc, staff time for supervision and training, and learning experiences and materials. Interns who successfully complete the summer internship and fundraising goal are also provided some funds to attend the Christian Community Development Association conference in the following fall (usually in Oct in a major U.S. city). Some internship scholarships are available from Mission Waco (based on need or as available). Some interns are sent to Mission Waco by various denominational organizations or grants that provide full or partial funding -- if this is your situation, please notify us when you apply for the internship as this will fulfill the fundraising goals for your internship in most cases. The bottom line is that if we all agree that you need to be at Mission Waco this summer, then we'll trust God to make a way! Please call or email if you have any questions at all!



Institute on Philanthropy & Voluntary Service: Washington D.C.

Organization Bio:

Since 1967, The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) has been a leader in educating young people from around the world in the fundamental principles of American democracy and our free market system. TFAS has been the launching pad for over 13,000 students who have participated in our programs in Washington, DC and around the world in Asia, Europe and South America. Alumni of our program are leaders in government, business, the media and nonprofit sector.

Internship Overview:

June 5 - August 3, 2013

•Guaranteed Internships - Courses for Credit - Housing in DC*
•Priority Deadline: February 7, 2013
•Scholarship Funding Available

Spend a summer in Washington, DC making an investment in your future that will help set you apart after college. The comprehensive program sponsored by The Fund for American Studies includes a guaranteed internship placement, courses for transferable credit, and furnished housing in downtown Washington.

Students will be accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of March 7, 2013. Applicants are encouraged to apply for the priority deadline of February 7, 2013 in order to receive preference in admissions and scholarship consideration.

For more information, please visit www.DCinternships.org/IPVS or contact IPVS Manager, Kristen Wright by email at IPVS@tfas.org or by phone at 202.986.0384.

Internship Experience:

We’ve been creating academic internship experiences for over 40 years and guarantee all participants an internship placement. Your options are endless – we work with a variety of nonprofit organizations focusing on issues like education, healthcare, homelessness, and the environment.

Working in this powerful city will allow you to make professional connections and practice networking skills in a real-world setting. Washington, DC is the perfect place to explore a variety of career paths, and we work with each student’s unique goals and aspirations to match them with the most fitting internship site.


African Wildlife Foundation: Washington D.C.

Organization Bio:

AWF conserves Africa's wildlife and wild land through land preservation, species research, human capacity building, and conservation enterprise. AWF's programs take place in "Heartlands," large landscapes which are biologically important and have the scope to maintain healthy populations of wildlife and natural processes over the long-term horizon. AWF works with governments, communities, and other partners to develop detailed plans for the conservation of these areas. These plans include identifying wildlife migration corridors, water sources, and other critical sites needing protection, as well as strengthening the infrastructure and management of national parks and reserves. AWF supports critical species research projects, with an emphasis on conservation management problems and human-wildlife conflics. AWF works to improve the lives of local people through conservation, assisting communities to establish cultural and ecological tourism enterprises. The organization provides scholarships to Africans pursuing advanced degree studies in related fields. Furthermore, AWF works to influence and support key policies that strengthen conservation at the local, national, and international level.

Media Relations Intern

The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) has an immediate opening for a qualified Media Relations Intern to work in the Marketing & Membership Department. Reporting directly to the Senior Writer and Publications Manager, as well as occasionally reporting to the Director of Marketing, the Media Relations Intern will work in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented department in order to support AWF’s media & outreach and asset digitization efforts.

Editorial Intern

This internship provides a unique opportunity to meaningfully contribute to AWF's marketing strategy for its conservation efforts in sub-Saharan Africa.

Philanthropy Intern

Do you have an interest in a future career in Philanthropy or non-profits? Come get real-world applicable experience working for the Philanthropy Department, the engine of any non-profit. As a small, close-knit team you will get exposure to all our departments, and learn the ins and outs of how different departments in a non-profit function harmoniously.

To learn more about the key duties and responsibilities of these internships, click HERE.


Sseko Sandals: Portland, OR

Organization Bio:

Sseko \say-ko\ Designs was created to help the bright young women of Kampala, Uganda continue their education. The Ugandan school system is designed with a nine-month gap between secondary school and university. These nine months are intended to allow time for students to earn money for tuition before continuing on to university. However, in an impoverished and male dominated society, many of these young women struggle to find fair work during this time. Sseko Designs hires recent secondary school graduates for this ninemonth period to live and work together, while earning money by crafting beautiful sandals that will go directly towards their university education. The goal of Sseko Designs is two-fold: provide university tuition for these promising young women through a sustainable monthly income, while also contributing to the overall economic development of Uganda. More information at: http://www.ssekodesigns.com/

Potpourri Internship

Term:
This position will begin as soon as we find the perfect fit! Position will start as a part time, unpaid internship with potential for expansion into paid employment. Internship will require approximately 20 hours weekly.

Primary Responsibilities:
We’re looking for a jack of all (ok, just some) trades that gets totally jazzed about organization and creating efficient systems. Add a great eye for design and killer communication skills (think social media, customer relations and product descriptions) and you might be our match! Seem like a lot to ask from one person? Welcome to the world of start-ups! It is crazy. And fun. We promise.

Office Admin: (50-60%)
•Supporting sales team
•Accounts receivable and invoicing
•Travel booking and support
•General administrative support

Community Outreach: (10-20%)
•Events coordination
•Ambassador program
•Managing outreach and speaking engagements

Creative: (10%)
•Assisting in product photography, retail display, marketing materials
•Assisting with written communications; product descriptions, marketing collateral etc.
•Executing marketing campaigns

Online support: (10%)
•Customer service
•Live chat
•Customer follow up

Social media execution: (10%)
•Working with marketing manager to execute social media
•Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Blog