Careers and Internships
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Polar Plunge Internship Job Description
We offer customized, staff-level internships to qualified college students, recent graduates, and individuals making a career change or returning to the workforce. SOOR internships are unpaid, but the experience is well worth your time. You are placed with enthusiastic mentors, who help you develop future job skills and discover the inner workings of a major sports organization.
We offer an exceptional and unique experience with project based internships. Our goal is to provide you with opportunities to form a well-rounded, professional experience. The most successful interns are interested in working for and with individuals with intellectual disabilities, have good interpersonal skills and can articulate their goals. Enthusiasm is important. Internships typically require a minimum of an eight week commitment. Many internships are part-time for a three to six month period.
Many of our interns do receive college credit for their internships. Contact your advisor or department chair to inquire about your school's policy and procedures for awarding credit for internships.
LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN CAMPAIGN (LETR): Works closely with the Assistant Vice President, Development, LETR, to further develop the LETR campaign. Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest grassroots fundraising program and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics worldwide. The campaign consists of working with local law enforcement agencies to plan, create marketing materials for, and manage the fundraising events specific to the campaign. In addition the intern will create logistics and handle sponsorship sales for the actual Torch Run that occurs annually in June throughout Southern California. The intern will assist on the Torch Run Route with various logistics and other related duties. Contact: Allison Ellermeier, firstname.lastname@example.org
MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS: Assists the Manager of Marketing and Communications to promote events, sports competitions and athletes. Projects include writing, working with news media, updating website content, assisting at events, submitting calendar items for publication and assisting with public relations. Strong writing and organizational skills are required. Please provide writing samples in addition to a cover letter and resume. Please note that a minimum six-month commitment is required for this internship. Contact: David Warner, email@example.com
SPECIAL EVENTS AND CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS: This is a great position for anyone interested in fundraising and special events management. The intern will work closely with the VP of Corporate Partners to help coordinate event guest lists, procure in-kind goods and services, coordinate event supplies and delivery, manage post-event acknowledgements, and manage relationships with select vendors and donors. This internship is only available in the Spring. Contact: Cathy Gidley, firstname.lastname@example.org
CHAPTER SPORTS MANAGEMENT: This is a great position for those interested in gaining experience in sports management. Work closely with Special Olympics Oregon staff in Portland to provide hands-on support in planning and developing Chapter Championships, assist with the development of athlete and coach recruitment practices, assist with the delivery of coach education programs and courses, and more. This internship is available either February 1 to June 15 or August 1 to December 15. Contact: Mark Hanken, email@example.com
REGIONAL SPORTS MANAGEMENT: Work closely with local Special Olympics Oregon staff to provide hands-on support in planning and developing regional and local sports competitions and assist with managing the sports training seasons; registration for “away” competitions, volunteer recruitment and management; and coaches' education and management. Also work with Parks & Recreation or other community resources and manage equipment inventories. Contact the local program near you. Contact Janet Capetty, firstname.lastname@example.org
VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT: An opportunity to acquire professional skills in manpower planning and resource management. Work with our staff in our Volunteer Services Department in volunteer sourcing and recruiting. Assist with continued training practices and database administration. Manage individual and group volunteers during regional & state competitions and special events as needed. Contact: LouAnne Tabada, email@example.com
WEB INTERN: Assist Manager of Marketing and Communications with maintaining and furthering Special Olympics Oregon's online presence. Projects include managing the website and fundraising sites, updating social media channels, writing website content, building e-mails, promoting events online, creating graphics, and editing photos. Knowledge of Content Management Systems, HTML, CSS, web design, and photo editing required. Prior writing experience recommended. To apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org a cover letter, resume and writing samples.