FALL 2017 INTERNSHIP SEASON

The fall internship season runs from September 7th (first session of volunteer/intern training) through mid-December. Interns are expected to work a minimum of 8 hours per week, either at our Safe House (emergency shelter) based in Northern Rhode Island or at our Drop-In Center in Providence, based on their position.

Due to the sensitive nature of our work, the following is required of all interns prior to the start of their internship:

  • Be at least 18 years of age by the start of their internship;
  • Provide a valid BCI (state background criminal investigation). Please visit the Attorney General's Office website for instructions;
  • Attend our 15-hour, multi-session volunteer and intern training (offered three times per year).
Full participation in our 15-hour, multi-session training is mandatory.

The training for the Fall 2017 will be held:

  • Thursday, September 7th, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Friday, September 8th, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Saturday, September 9th, 8am – 5pm
Applicants who cannot attend will not be considered.

Applications are accepted for each season on a rolling basis. Please keep in mind when listing your availability that our Safe House is open 7-days a week, 8am-10pm and our Drop-In Center is open Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm.


Fall 2017 Internship Opportunities

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+ Master’s Level Intern Advocate (15 hrs/week; year-long commitment required)

Under the guidance of the Bilingual Advocate, the Master’s Level Intern Advocate will be responsible for assisting with case management, crisis intervention, and facilitating a weekly support group for victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Above all, this individual will be responsible for creating an atmosphere of advocacy where guests are able to heal and redirect their lives. This is a year-long unpaid position for individuals who are currently, or will be at the time of the internship, enrolled in a Master’s Degree program in Social Work, Counseling Psychology, or a similar program.

Candidates should be culturally-sensitive, open-minded, and capable of communicating calmly, openly, and honestly. This position will primarily be responsible for managing a caseload 5-7 clients and helping facilitate weekly support groups for victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Must be able to work 9-5 on Tuesdays and Fridays at our Drop-In Center in Providence.

*Please note: some programs require a Master-level student receive supervision by an individual that has a higher education degree and/or licensure within their field of study. While our staff are incredibly skilled and have many years of experience doing advocacy work, we do not currently have licensed clinicians or mental health counselors on staff, though we do have staff with higher ed degrees in other fields. We are happy to work with you and your program, if this is a concern, please have your advisor reach out to our Director of Development at 401-861-6191, x110*

Other responsibilities include:

  • Client intake
  • Data entry
  • Case management
  • Application assistance (e.g. housing)
  • Creating new support group curriculum (as needed)
  • Generating new topics for support group
  • Providing hotline advocacy and crisis intervention

The ideal candidate will have the following skills:

  • Undergraduate degree in social work, human services, or counseling
  • Computer literate in spreadsheet and word processing
  • Reliability;
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills;
  • Cultural competency and ability to interact with various publics;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • professionalism with sound judgment;
  • a high degree of responsibility, particularly as it relates to confidentiality.

Bonus skills:

  • Bilingual (Spanish and English)
  • Background in Customer Service
  • Experience working in a crisis agency
  • Professional knowledge of domestic violence and sexual abuse
  • Professional knowledge of sexual assault survivors’ needs
  • Professional understanding of victim dynamics
  • Knowledge about services available to victims in and around Rhode Island.

+ Development & Special Events

Under the guidance of the Director of Development, the Development & Events Intern will be responsible for increasing the organization’s fundraising efforts through research, donor outreach, and event coordination. This position will be based out of our Drop-In Center in Providence.

Candidates should have experience in customer service and the ability to think creatively and analytically. This position will be responsible for managing and entering data, coordinating event logistics, securing in-kind donations for our silent auction, and identifying new funding opportunities.

Ideal opportunity for individuals with a background in, or interest in pursuing a career in: non-profit management, fundraising, Hospitality Management, or event planning.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate with event sponsors and vendors
  • Attend monthly events and meetings
  • Assist with the recruitment and supervision of event volunteer teams
  • Promote the event/assist with ticket sales;
  • Assist in monitoring event timelines to ensure deadlines are met;
  • Coordinate event logistics, including registration and attendee tracking
  • Monitor event inventory and supplies
  • Identifying and soliciting local businesses for our silent auction

The ideal candidate will will have the following skills:

  • Research
  • Data Entry/Management
  • Customer Service
  • Communication
  • Identifying new revenue streams
  • Donor cultivation & solicitation
  • Special event planning and logistics
  • Event volunteer management
  • Resourceful
  • Ability to work independently
  • Organization
  • Problem-Solving

Bonus Skills

  • Prior experience using donor management software (e.g. Blackbaud, Greater Giving, Giftworks)
  • Negotiating skills

+ Safe House Advocate

Under the guidance of the Residential Advocate & Safe House Coordinator and the Director of Residential Advocacy, the Safe House Advocacy Intern will be responsible for assisting with the operations of the Sojourner House residential program and the agency’s helpline, creating an atmosphere of advocacy where guests are able to heal and redirect their lives. This position will be housed at Sojourner House’s emergency shelter in Northern Rhode Island.

Candidates should be flexible and willing to help with whatever task is needed at any given moment, as well as capable of communicating calmly, openly, and honestly. This position will primarily be responsible for answering the helpline (e.g. providing crisis intervention, emotional support, and referral information to clients), providing temporary guests of the shelter with support and assistance, helping with data collection/entry and file maintenance, and other duties as needed. Other duties may include cleaning and facility maintenance, processing/sorting in-kind donations, orienting new clients with the facility, and supporting clients to secure basic needs (e.g. food, clothing, safety, transportation, education, etc.). The Safe House can be a stressful environment, therefore this person should ultimately be able to maintain a safe and secure environment for our staff, volunteers, and clients at our shelter facility.

This opportunity would be ideal for individuals with a background in, or interest in pursuing a career in: social work, psychology, human services, or behavioral health.

The ideal candidate will have the following skills:

  • Organized
  • Demonstrate superior leadership skills
  • Computer literate in spreadsheet and word processing
  • Reliability
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Cultural competency and ability to interact with various publics;
  • excellent interpersonal skills;
  • professionalism with sound judgment
  • a high degree of responsibility, particularly as it relates to confidentiality.

Bonus skills:

  • Bilingual (Spanish and English)
  • Experience working in a crisis agency
  • Professional knowledge of domestic violence and sexual abuse
  • Professional knowledge of sexual assault survivors’ needs
  • Professional understanding of victim dynamics
  • Knowledge about services available to victims in and around Rhode Island.
 
 

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Applications are accepted for each season on a rolling basis. Please apply prior to cutoff dates to be considered. Late applications will not be considered. Once your application has been submitted, please allow 2-3 business days for staff to review and respond.

Application Cutoff Dates:
Summer: May 15th
Fall: September 1st
Spring: December 15th