Position Title: Intern, Sibling Engagement
Location: Washington, DC Headquarters Office/Remote
Special Olympics transforms lives through the joy of sport, every day, everywhere. We are the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities (ID): with more than 4.9 million athletes in 172 countries — and over a million volunteers.
The Intern, Sibling Engagement will work with the Special Olympics Health and Global Youth and Education teams to support the final phase of a project focused on supporting and increasing the engagement of siblings of individuals with ID in Special Olympics programming. The goal of the Special Olympics sibling program is to empower siblings of people with ID to be leaders of the Unified Generation, while connecting Special Olympics athletes and families with other youth. The sibling program is global, with particular focus in Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. The Internship will focus on collecting and organizing reports from country-level activities, finalizing translation of resources and research findings for siblings work, and developing a plan to disseminate project findings, resources, and stories.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Intern will work with Special Olympics staff at the HQ and regional levels to execute the internship activities.
- Collect, review and track reports from Special Olympics National Programs who are currently executing sibling workshop activities.
- Work with communications to coordinate with a video production company to create and share video content of Special Olympics sibling stories from focus Regions.
- Work with the Global Youth and Education team and a translation company to translate sibling support resources and share these internally and externally
- Work closely with the Manager, Healthy Families and the Research and Evaluation department to create and share research briefs and infographics featuring the results of a research project aimed at understanding the experiences of siblings within Special Olympics.
- Support the collection of sibling stories within the Special Olympics movement and create a catalog to simplify the process of sharing stories in the future.
- Write an illustrative report that includes best practices from project activities.
- Participate in both Health Team and Global Youth and Education Team staff meetings.
- Write a summary of sibling engagement activities and achievement of deliverables or quarterly and final donor reports
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Currently pursuing a BS/BA in education, psychology, sociology, other social sciences, international studies or other related field
- Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal
- Strong attention to detail and experience managing large amounts of information
- Strong interpersonal/human relations skills
- Demonstrated global awareness and ability to work cross-culturally
- Ability to work independently and in a team
Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Experience as youth leader in Special Olympics or disability-minded organization
- Sibling or family member of or experience working with children or adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities (professional, academic or volunteer experience)
- Currently enrolled in a graduate program in education, social sciences, or related field
- Previous experience with qualitative or quantitative social sciences research
- Learn to work professionally, creatively and efficiently in a fast-paced, international, and deadline-driven organization
- Gain an appreciation for the importance of effectively using data and stories to demonstrate impact
- Utilize management, coordination, teamwork and organizational skills to successfully implement projects
- Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Social Inclusion:
- Develop a deepened awareness of the social issues and injustices facing individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families – specifically siblings – globally
- Learn how to adapt approaches to different cultural contexts Communications and Content:
- Hone communication skills to deliver information clearly to multiple audiences
- Learn to frame information in a way that strengthens the case for support of the nonprofit’s mission
- The Intern will work up to 15 hours per week for a 3-month period, starting approximately, September 22 and concluding no later than December 22, 2021. The Intern will work remotely. Headquarters office hours are from 8:30am to 5:30 pm ET, Monday through Friday. It is expected that the Intern takes note of every hour worked in a provided timesheet.
TERMS OF COMPENSATION
The Intern will be paid $15.20/hr
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