Berkshire County Arc’s advocacy and family support department has been helping individuals with disabilities to receive quality support and services in their own homes since 2009. In addition to our Adult Family Care program, our advocacy department provides training, mentoring, social and recreational opportunities, educational advocacy, and parent networking opportunities to families throughout Berkshire County.
To develop training, assist with special events and new initiatives, and assist with the creation of virtual recreational opportunities. The Advocacy Department intern will gain exposure to many aspects of working in the human services field, including theoretical and practical experiences.
The Advocacy Department Internship is estimated to be 200 hours of work at $13.75 per hour, which could consist of 10, 20-hour work weeks, or other combinations due to your life circumstances. The hours allow for some flexibility in scheduling, but would typically take place within the time from Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm. The work period is from June to August.
The intern will receive an orientation to the structure and mission of Berkshire County Arc – Employment Services as well as an overview of Berkshire County Arc, the parent organization.
Specific projects intern will work on:
- Familiarize themselves with the governing bodies and regulations relevant to Adult Foster Care and the Family Support Center
- Work with Family Support Manager and advocacy department staff to develop content for training/webinars and online course offerings to meet regulatory needs of the program and needs of the families and caregivers we support.
- Assist with planning and organizing the Family Support Center’s “Summer Break Camp.” Tasks will include developing a schedule of activities; contracting with facilities, artists, entertainers, other relevant entities to ensure an exciting and varied experience for campers; and helping with the camp week.
- Intern will assist with a variety of tasks related to a new department after-school care initiative, including assisting with the creation of promotional materials and materials for use in programming; planning enrichment and community access activities; assisting with the program “launch.”
- Delve into other BCArc departments to learn more about the wrap-around services and supports offered to families in need.
5 learning outcomes for Intern:
- Understand regulations and governing entities of AFC and Family Support
- Gain an understanding of the services and supports available in Berkshire County, and how to assist families to access those supports
- Gain experience in planning training activities and recreational events for children and adults with disabilities and their families
- Gain direct experience working with children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, in a supported setting
- Become familiar with current topics in family support and to gain an understanding of the necessity of staying in touch with social trends, policy issues, and medical information, in order to continue to provide relevant services to families.
The candidate must possess strong written communication skills, be detail-oriented, and must demonstrate.
Candidate must submit a resume and a cover letter explaining their interest in the internship at Berkshire County Arc
Deadline: Resumes will not be accepted after March 22, 2021, and must be electronically submitted. Qualified students will be contacted by April via email regarding interviews.