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Summer 2016 Internship at Rosies Place

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Company/Organization: Rosies Place

Description:

Rosie’s Place, a multi-service center for poor and homeless women, is accepting applications for Summer 2016 internships. College interns at Rosie’s Place work alongside staff, joining in our fight for justice for poor and homeless women. Interns gain valuable non-profit experience, enhance academic studies, receive course credit and provide community service. All internships are unpaid but some students receive financial support through their colleges. Summer interns participate in a series of seminars that explore social justice issues.
Available Summer 2016 Internships
• Womens Education Center
• Hunger Programs
• Outreach
• Public Policy
• Self-Advocacy
• Development/Communications
• Direct Service
• Legal Services

Internship Descriptions
Women’s Education Center
Overview
Our Women’s Education Center offers free English as a Second or Other Language, literacy and computer courses as well as one-on-one tutoring with a customized curriculum that serves the practical and vital needs of our students in a compassionate and nurturing environment. They also oversee the art@rosiesplace program which is focused on providing opportunities for poor and homeless women to be involved in the arts.

Intern Responsibilities
• Teaching English conversation classes using our curriculum
• Tutoring adult women one-on-one or in small groups
• Creating and teaching short workshops about the features of an iPad
• Overseeing iPad Labs for guests
• Assisting guests and staff with a video project for English language learners navigating a social services setting
• Handling administrative tasks
• Utilizing the Salesforce database to record student data
• Assisting in planning a schedule of art workshops
• Creating and teaching small art projects as an Outreach activity
• Performing administrative tasks relating to artistic programming
• Researching and scheduling performers
Hunger Programs
Overview
Many guests rely on Rosie’s Place Dining Room and Food Pantry to make ends meet and alleviate hunger in their lives. Rosie’s Place provides lunch and dinner every day and breakfast Monday-Friday, serving more than 90,000 meals a year. Staff, interns and volunteers work together to prepare and serve nutritious meals in a warm, comfortable environment. The food pantry provides free, healthy food options to shoppers five days a week and can serve more than 120 women a day.
Responsibilities
• assisting in the preparation, serving and clean up of a meal for 150 women
• helping staff to supervise other volunteers
• interacting with the women and children who are receiving a meal to provide friendly companionship and support
• helping to plan nutrition-based menus
• escorting guests one-on-one in the food pantry
• restocking the pantry shelves
• assisting with administrative tasks and data entry

Outreach Program
Overview
The intern will work in our Outreach Department, which connects with women in the community who are unable to come into Rosie’s Place. Stabilization workers meet with women in their homes to provide resources and support to keep them housed. Friendly Visitors meet weekly with women in their homes or facilities to develop friendships that help combat social isolation. Our Outreach Van visits underserved neighborhoods in Dorchester and Roxbury in the evening and offers women vital resource and referral information, as well as necessary items such as socks, toiletries, blankets, hot drinks and water.
Responsibilities
• Assisting staff and giving out items to people on the streets from our Outreach Van
• Assisting with research projects looking at guest needs and available services in the community
• Accompanying stabilization workers on their visits to guests in their homes
• Sharing stories or doing recreational activities with a woman in her home or facility on a weekly basis as a Friendly Visitor
• Organizing, setting-up and signing up guests for Outreach workshops
• Helping with administrative projects including data entry

Public Policy
Overview
The Public Policy program works to further Rosie’s Place’s mission within the larger socio-political context by representing the interest of Rosie’s Place guests at the State House and local municipalities through direct lobbying, coalition building and by empowering guest and Rosie’s Place supporters to be actively involved in advocacy.
Responsibilities
• Creating and distributing flyers for the public policy events
• Assisting in organizing public policy events for guests and staff
• Assisting in voter registration
• Assisting with Rosie’s Place public policy campaigns related to issues on hunger, homelessness and poverty
• Researching policy issues addressed in the campaigns and writing fact sheets and other communications as necessary
• Assisting with candidate guides and candidate forums
• Interest in the Massachusetts’ political, legislative and administrative process

Self Advocacy
Overview
The Self Advocacy program empowers guests to take action in their lives towards individual and collective change. This is achieved by building their knowledge and confidence through interactive trainings and leadership opportunities.
Responsibilities
• Provide program assistance to Self-Advocacy activities including: Self-Defense classes, Supermarket field trips, Know Your Rights trainings, and the Rosie’s Place Community Garden.
• Recruit guests for Self-Advocacy activities through sign-up tables and phone calls.
• Gather guest feedback and stories through the creation and implementation of surveys, as well as one-on-one guest interviews.
• Research relevant Know Your Rights topics and social justice issues including: housing, shelter, legal rights, and food stamps benefits.
• Provide administrative support by making flyers, maintaining the Self-Advocacy bulletin board, and maintaining the database of attendance records.
• Assist with the content of the Self-Advocacy e-mail newsletter.

Development/Communications
Overview
Rosie’s Place accepts no government funding, so fundraising, positive communications and volunteer management are critical to our ability to provide hope for poor and homeless women. Close to $7 million is raised annually through a variety of means including direct mail, grant writing, and special events. The Communications team raises awareness and burnishes the image of Rosie’s Place through media and public relations, marketing and publications
Responsibilities
• Running our summer Farm Donations Program
• Assisting with special event planning including correspondence and phone solicitation
• Placing news stories and creating a social media presence
• Researching article topics and newsletter ideas
• Performing administrative tasks
• Learning how to use Raiser’s Edge fundraising software and volunteer management software.

Direct Service
Overview
This internship focuses on helping guests access the myriad of services available at Rosie’s Place. As the first place that many women in crisis come to for help, the front desk is where interns learn about the needs of our guests, as well as how Rosie’s Place can help them. Interns help provide a welcoming and supportive atmosphere and have a great deal of interactions with our guests. Women living on the street know that they can count on us for a place to launder their clothes, take a shower, store their belongings in a locker or rest in our sitting room. We also provide guests with lifelines like a mailing address, use of a computer and use of a phone.
Responsibilities
• Welcoming women to Rosie’s Place at the front door
• Answering questions in person and over the phone
• Sorting, organizing and checking mail for our guests
• Helping women sign up for showers, laundry, phones or computers
• Referring guests to our Advocates
• Taking phone messages for guests
• Handing out toiletries and making up toiletry kits
• Copying and faxing for guests
• Engaging with our guests in the sitting room through organized games

Legal Services
Overview
The Legal Services team provides a range of support to Rosie’s Place guests who have legal services needs. They provide advocacy, information and referral to appropriate resources, consistent with Rosie’s Place mission, philosophy and policies.
Responsibilities
• The responsibilities of the legal services intern will depend both upon the current needs of the program and the interests/commitment that the intern is able to make.
• The intern will be trained to conduct legal intakes with guests and to obtain the necessary information to evaluate any legal claims. The intern will have the opportunity to attend intake clinics held at Rosie’s Place.
• While the position primarily involves client contact, the intern will have some opportunities for research and writing on various issues.
• The intern will work with both the Legal Services Program Manager and the AmeriCorps attorney on community outreach projects.
Requirements - Interns must be in law school in any year

Qualifications:

Qualifications
The ideal candidates for all intern positions should have the following qualifications:
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills
• Flexibility
• Ability to handle a variety of demands in a fast-paced work environment
• Fluency in multiple languages is an asset but not required.

Hours:

35 hours

Length/Availability:

10 weeks

Start Date:

06/06/2016

End Date:

03/01/2016, 08/12/2016



Deadline:
03/01/2016
Tags:
social  services  non-profit  legal  arts  direct  service  advocacy  development  communications  hunger  outreach   
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