Sojourner House welcomes intern applicants who have an interest in and compassion for domestic and sexual violence issues and survivors.
Our internship program is an educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students as well as individuals interested in building professional skills around domestic and sexual violence advocacy, safe house/shelter management, nonprofit management, event planning and marketing, and more!
Sojourner House is a place where interns are encouraged to utilize existing their knowledge and talents, while increasing their understanding about domestic and sexual violence, and developing the professional skills necessary to build their careers.
Please note: Sojourner House does not offer opportunities for paid internships, however, if you are a student eligible for work-study program funding, we are happy to work with you to securing an off-site placement with us.
SPRING 2018 INTERNSHIP SEASON
The spring internship season runs from January 23rd* (first session of volunteer/intern training) through mid-May. 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).
The training for the Spring 2018 will be held:
- Tuesday, January 23rd, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
- Thursday, January 25th, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
- Saturday, January 27th, 8am – 5pm
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.
Spring 2018 Internship Opportunities
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+ Development & Outreach
Under the guidance of the Director of Development, the Development & Outreach Intern will be responsible for increasing the organization’s fundraising and community engagement 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, communicating with community members (e.g. community organizations, donors, and volunteers), assisting with event logistics, drafting donor communications, and identifying new funding opportunities.
Ideal opportunity for individuals with a background in, or interest in pursuing a career in: non-profit management, grant writing fundraising, Hospitality Management, or event planning.
- Coordinate with event sponsors and vendors
- Attend monthly event committee meetings (after 5pm)
- 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
- Assist in writing small grants
- Identify and coordinate opportunities for Sojourner House to table at local events
The ideal candidate will will have the following skills:
- Data Entry/Management
- Customer Service
- Strong Communication (written and oral)
- Interest in identifying new revenue streams
- Interest in donor cultivation & solicitation
- Special event planning and logistics
- Event volunteer management
- Ability to work independently
- Prior experience using donor management software (e.g. Blackbaud, Greater Giving, Giftworks)
- Negotiating skills
+ Communications Intern
Under the guidance of the Director of Development, the Communications Intern will be responsible for the management of Sojourner House’s social media platforms and development of original content for our website, newsletter communications, and social media pages to expand the reach of our mission. This position will be based in our Drop-In Center in Providence.
Candidates should have knowledge of social media scheduling platforms, as well as experience using and/or managing pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This position will be responsible for scheduling posts, establishing a safe internet community across Sojourner House’s platforms, and - in conjunction with our fundraising intern and Director of Development - designing online fundraising campaigns. Ultimately, this person should be able to increase web traffic and supporter/client engagement metrics aligned with broader marketing strategies.
Ideal opportunity for individuals with a background in, or interest in pursuing a career in: marketing, communications, social media, or Public Relations.
The ideal candidate will have the following skills:
- Research audience preferences and discover current trends;
- Ability to create and deliver creative and engaging text, image, and video content
- Design posts to sustain readers’ curiosity and create buzz around our services
- Measure web traffic and monitor SEO
- Stay up-to-date with changes in all social platforms ensuring maximum effectiveness
- Facilitate online conversations with clients/supporters and respond to queries in a timely manner
- Develop an optimal posting schedule, considering web traffic and engagement metrics
- Excellent written communication skills;
- Ability to meet hard deadlines;
- Intermediate proficiency in Adobe Creative suite and Canva or a similar type of program;
- Ability to find and identify graphic design resources licensed for reuse under Creative Commons;
- The ability to communicate our organizational tone through visual mediums and adherence to Sojourner House’s values;
- Self-motivation and the ability to communicate effectively through e-mail/chat;
- Knowledge of Square Space or a similar platform
- Multitasking and analytical skills
- Ability to draft communications in Spanish
- Computer Illustration
- Photo composition
- Infographic Design
- Content Strategy and Planning
- Knowledge of SEO, keyword research, and Google Analytics
- Familiarity with online marketing strategies and marketing channels
- Attention to current events and pop culture
+ 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:
- Demonstrate superior leadership skills
- Computer literate in spreadsheet and word processing
- 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.
- 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.
Application Cutoff Dates:
Summer: May 15th
Fall: August 15th
Spring: December 15th