INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Springfield Museum of Art – Early Childhood Education

Seeking student with interest in early childhood to intern with the preschool program at the Springfield Museum of Art.  Project involves observing, assisting, and documenting preschool field trips to the Museum for gallery and art studio experiences, as well as visits to preschool classrooms at the Clark Early Learning Center and other sites.  Student will also participate in professional development workshops for preschool teachers addressing the concept of “artful play” in preschool classrooms.  Transportation required but all sites are within Springfield city limits. Schedule includes seven hours per week, mostly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm.

 


Springfield Peace Center – Marketing Campaign

Project Summary

The Springfield Peace Center teaches alternatives to violence and conflict resolution to students pre-k through High School. We have been around for 34 years yet only half of Clark County even know we exist. We would like to increase our visibility and let the community know the programs that we offer.

Project Outcomes

Increased Visibility and name recognition so people become aware of our organization and resources we provide to the community.

Project Duties

  • Updating social media
  • Various Video marketing campaigns
  • Weekly podcasts

Pre-Requisites

  • Marketing
  • Digital Marketing
  • Graphic Design

**Student must be willing to talk meeting new people and speak in front of an audience Clark


 

State Community College – National Science Foundation’s DREAMs Grant

Project Summary

The Clark State NSF DREAMs (Developing Rigorous and Enhanced Academic Modules) grant focuses on developing high school level cybersecurity lab modules. The lab modules will provide local high school teachers with the resources and tools to support easy implementation of cybersecurity topics into the classroom.

Project Outcomes

  • A list of high school teachers interested in supporting grant outcomes.
  • Basic layout/design of cybersecurity lab modules.
  • Identification of online cybersecurity resources.

Project Duties

  • Establish contacts with local high school teachers and administrators
  • Create survey(s) to assess high school teacher/students curricular needs
  • Layout standardized format for lab modules
  • Collect and document online resources that support lab modules topics.

Pre-Requisite or special skills

  • Attention to detail
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good writing skills
  • Interest in interacting with high school teachers and administrators
  • Interest in developing curricular materialsInterest and/or some knowledge in cybersecurity

Mental Health Recovery Board – Building Community Understanding of Mental Health and Addiction

Project Summary

Community members are frequently unaware of services within the community to address mental health and addiction issues. This project would include doing research on these areas, the impact in Clark county and creating materials that would be distributed at health fairs and community events.

Project Outcomes

After researching information and using data provided by the MHRB, the intern will create informational fliers/posters.

Project Duties

  • With MHRB staff brainstorm topics to research.
  • Identify 2-3 areas of interest to research.
  • Create creative materials to be distributed/displayed at health fairs.
  • If it fits with their schedule, attend a MHRB Board meeting.
  • Attend meetings, as schedule allows, that relate to identified topic areas.

Pre-Requisite and Special Skills

  • Anyone with an interest in mental health and addiction
  • Computer skills.

 

New Carlisle Farmer’s Market

Project Summary

The Market has been running for the past five years. A new Advisory Board is being formed to plan and execute the 2018 market. The NCFM was formed to help bring business to downtown New Carlisle, provide healthy food options to the New Carlisle area, and support local farmers with a venue to sell their products locally.

An internship would be focused on three areas:

  • Planning, organizing and carrying out the sponsorship effort to fund the market budget.
  • Capturing the 2018 calendar of events, and helping plan for each of the special events. Events include several health fairs, possible transportation days, and a first evening version of the market, ‘Market Fest’, much like the Springfield Market has done the last two years.
  • Help create the marketing and communication plan for 2018 and begin execution in April as an effort for the June opening begins.

Project Duties

Work with Market Manager and Advisory Board to:

  • Create a list of potential sponsors. Craft the message and communicate sponsor options. Contact sponsors and gain commitment.
  • Create a shared calendar of market events. Use of Google Drive, Calendar and other software required. Event planning required.
  • Create graphics, marketing communication and social content for 2018 season. Use of Facebook, publishing software and email marketing tools required.

Pre-Requisite and Special Skills

  • Marketing
  • Community Service
  • Graphic Design
  • Phone and Personal Communication Skills
  • Google Drive
  • Social Media
  • Basic computer skills

 

Project Jericho – Photographer and Storyteller

Project Description

Project Jericho is seeking a skilled photographer and graphic designer to bring the historical documentation of Project Jericho’s public art projects up to current while also maintaining our website with accurate information. This project is instrumental for Project Jericho’s future in that it is necessary and required for program evaluation and future funding opportunities. This position will play a role in helping to communicate to the community and beyond the importance, value, and lasting impact of the arts on Springfield/Clark County. Proper documentation and storytelling has allowed and will continue to allow Project Jericho security and sustainability in providing free art programming to youth and families for many years to come.

Project Outcomes

  • A complete compilation of photographs of all Project Jericho art projects for the website and for historical documentation.
  • A website full of accurate information and updated photos and graphics that tell the Project Jericho story.
  • Increased awareness and understanding of the scope of services and impact of Project Jericho programming.
  • A complete, up-to-date 2017-2018 Big Book with all programs documenting July 2017-May 2018.
  • A gallery of strong photographs and video clips of participants in youth and family programs.

Project Duties

  • Independently photograph and document all of Project Jericho’s public art pieces created between 1999-2017.
  • Make updates to the Project Jericho website per direction and assistance from Project Jericho manager and Clark State Marketing staff.
  • Attend Project Jericho programming and video and photograph participants and projects.
  • Help create Project Jericho hardcover Big Book for 2017-2018 programming through Blurb. Add photos/design and written descriptions documenting programming and achievements throughout the year.
  • Assist Project Jericho staff with programming and program evaluation as needed.

Pre-Requisite and Special Skills

Must have experience and interest in Graphic Design and Photography. Knowledge of Web Design (Squarespace) preferred.


 

Juvenile Court – Building Our Youth and Community (BOYAC)

Project Summary

The Juvenile Court has several programs to help youth that are involved with our court. Our programming consist of prevention, intervention, intensive and confinement.
The Building Our Youth and Community (BOYAC) program is our most intensive program that works with 10 young males between the ages of 14-18 years old. Youth in the program spend 10 hours at day under supervision of 3 court staff, (an Education Coordinator and 2 Construction Coordinators). Our youth attend school at the court and complete an on line education program, GradPoint during the morning, we feed them lunch and then under the supervision of our Construction Coordinators go into the community completing construction projects. Our youth get hands on experience, learning construction skills as we partner with various community agencies and complete a variety of construction projects. Projects have ranged from drywall, painting, plumbing and carpentry. Many of our court-ordered the youth in our program educationally are credit deficient and require additional help with Math, English and Science. Our program has benefited from having college interns come in as tutors to assist our youth complete their school work and get back on track and on grade level. Many of the youth, through our intern’s assistance consistently reach their current grade level status, and in many cases, are able to earn more credits and end up ahead, some even graduate.
Clearly, if we are able to assist our youth with completing their required high school credits to graduate and teach them a skill so they are self-sufficient to obtain employment, has proven to reduce recidivism, improve our graduation rate and leads to more pro-social members in our community.

Project Outcomes

Our ultimate outcome for utilizing interns as tutors for our youth in BOYAC program; would be to help them become proficient in the academic areas they are struggling in.

We have also identified these additional outcomes for this project:

  • Offer academic support in the subjects of English, Math, and Science;
  • Break down key concepts for at risk youth so they can understand and retain information,
  • Provide additional assistance with the GradPoint curriculum,
  • Assist in the successful completion of the required weekly post tests

Project Duties

  • Provide tutoring assistance in English, Math and Science for our youth in the BOYAC program;
  • Provide a positive and support attitude for youth they will be tutoring and in a sense mentoring;
  • Provide tips to youth regarding how to prepare notes in an organized, complete and consistent manner;
  • Provide tips for youth in how to take the notes for studying;
  • Provide the youth on tips on how to study and prepare for a test;
  • Help youth by giving tips on how to take a test taking

Pre-Requisites and Special Skills

Students that have strong skills in either or all of the following subjects, Math, Science and/or English.
Students that have an interest in working with youth.


National Trail Parks and Recreation – Special Events Coordinator

Project Summary

This internship opportunity will work alongside NTPRD staff to plan and coordinate upcoming community events. NTPRD events provide a platform for exposure to nature education, health and wellness, outreach and provides opportunity to bring families together to bond in a local fun atmosphere.

Project Outcomes

To increase leadership and communication skills for the student as well as providing connections to the Springfield Community.

Project Duties

Job duties would include assisting in the planning process of community events, coordinating with local community partners, marketing effort and brainstorming for program development along with collaboration with event partners.

Pre-Requisites and Special Skills

Communications and marketing coursework and interests in special event planning.


 

Clark County Local Food Council – Hispanic Community Survey

Project Summary

Demographics demonstrate a very large increase in the Hispanic community in all of Clark County but particularly in New Carlisle area. This community is tremendously underserved as evidenced by the recent discussion at the Clark County Combined Health District’s Creating Healthy Communities Program meeting, discussed problems with gaining access to the Hispanic community. I find myself in a potentially unique position to break down some of the barriers to enable outside communication with that community in New Carlisle. With a survey of that community we have an opportunity to establish the unique needs of that community and discuss with them how we can better serve them in many areas: health services, education (health, nutrition, gardening, food preservation, math, reading – in Spanish and English), food access (pantries, 2nd Harvest, the Farmers’ Market, SNAP, WIC, access to free garden plots and free seeds and plants). In New Carlisle right now we are in a position to provide space and connections to all of the required service providers – Warder Literacy Center, The New Carlisle Public Library, Bethel Churches United Food Pantry, the New Carlisle Community Garden, OSU Ag Extension programs, church meal programs, the Clark County Combined Health District’s programs and services.

Project Outcomes

Be able to communicate specific needs and wants of the Hispanic community to: the New Carlisle Community Garden, the New Carlisle Public Library, the Clark County Combined Health District – Creating Healthy Communities Program, The Ohio State Agricultural Extension, the Clark County Local Food Council Education Committee, and the Warder Literacy Center.

Ultimately, we hope to see improved access to food, support, and services that are currently available and develop new programs that can better serve the needs of this community by learning the needs and wants of an underserved community that is relatively inaccessible at the moment.

Project Duties

  • Work with potential providers of goods and services to determine their information needs and develop a survey.
  • With the help of local personnel, administer the survey and compile results.

Pre-Requisites and Special Skills

Spanish fluency would be helpful for interviews.


 

Interfaith Hospitality Network – Homelessness Recidivism

Project Summary

A study focusing on homelessness/recidivism is needed info and important to the community so that those who work with our communities homeless population can evaluate their methods of dealing with the homeless. The Springfield/Clark County area continues to see an increase in individuals and/or family homelessness. This study will assist in identifying how we all can better serve those in need and end their cycle of homelessness. Evaluating the reasons for recidivism is the most important factor. If it is an employment issue this is important for the community in working on the job market, drug epidemic that the community is facing, and the lack of affordable housing stock.

Project Outcomes

The outcomes can be used by the Housing Collaborative and Region 15 Homeless Planning Region as well as IHN in developing changes or tweaking of programs. The gathered info can be used in applying for grants. Recidivism is a very real problem that must be addressed. We can only report unduplicated individuals in our homeless counts but when individuals return to homelessness they are given all of the case management and other program benefits each time they return but they cannot be included in census counts. Therefore it becomes an expense issue. It is to everyone’s benefit to actually know the rate of recidivism.

Project Duties

To have an intern to compile the data/rate information would fill a gap as our staff is already stretched and have no time to effectively complete this project. It is definitely needed in assisting individuals to reach self- sufficiency and to ultimately end homelessness. IHN currently tracks data using the homeless management information system and internal database.


Project Woman – Community Education

Project Summary

This project will assist the Community Advocacy and Education Coordinator by helping promote awareness and increase accessibility to Project Woman. This role will also assist with social media, the PAVE coalition (Partners Against Violence Everyday), Sexual Assault Awareness Month events and more.
Domestic Violence (DV) and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is a deeply complex and relevant issue in our community. DV is a community problem, not just an isolated family problem and according to the Partnership Against Domestic Violence, every 9 seconds, another woman in the U.S. is beaten. In Ohio alone, there were 38,740 charges of domestic violence for the year of 2016 (breakdown of statistics can be found on the Ohio Attorney General’s website). The prevalence is much more because the majority of victims of DV or IPV never come forward.

Project Outcomes

This project will help create partnerships through PAVE, increase the community’s awareness of DV, IPV, and sexual assault and the services offered through Project Woman, therefore increasing the referrals and/or donations to Project Woman.

Project Duties

  • Co-facilitate community partners for PAVE
  • Create content for social media, newsletters, etc.
  • Assist with planning and implementation of any community events

Pre-Requsities and Special Skills

  • Understanding and/or interest of intimate partner and domestic violence is helpful.
  • Good communication and writing skills are key to this position.
  • Social media savviness and creativity skills also preferred.

The Gathering – Marketing

Project Summary

The Gathering looks to proactively build into professional men. We meet men where they are & work hard to see them become fully alive. That plays out in a variety of roles, responsibilities, as fathers, friends, husbands, community leaders & on, & on.
Most men today are lonely, bored, distracted, defeated, & we want to combat that. Those descriptive words by themselves can lead to trouble & collectively can lead to a lot of pain & tragedy in those that influence & do life with. Statistics say 1 in 10 men have a friend, so we work hard at excelling in relationships with & for men.

Project Outcomes

We want to better our systems from a more comprehensive communication plan to administrative systems, such as database & following up on the growth & progress of our men & seeing them grow & experience transformation that impacts them personally, their relationships & their surrounding community.
Working with current leaders, donors, champions & resourcing them with reading, teaching, equipping & sifting through best supporting them & thanking them is critical too.
Improving our website data, blog, links & tying to social media with consistent, informed, equipping tools is key too. There are many things we can improve upon & cater to the right student & their passions, heart & strengths

Project Duties

Items we’ll look at include:

  • a more comprehensive communication plan
  • evaluate current programs, systems
  • contribute to fundraising, event policy, procedures
  • database management, quality effective best practices

Pre-Requisite or Special Skills

  • Good Communications
  • Business background
  • Good writing skills

Greater Springfield  Association of Fundraising Professionals – College Fundraising Power

Project Summary

The newly formed “Greater Springfield Association of Fundraising Professionals” (AFP) Chapter proposes a partnership with Wittenberg Students to plan, create and implement an AFP Collegiate Chapter from January to May 2018. Civic/social problems addressed include: 1) Limited funding and human resources in Clark, Champaign and Greene Counties to support identified needs; 2) Lack of coordination and education for local professional fundraisers who support our nonprofits and communities; and 3) Need for affordable, accessible and quality local entities offering professional development, training and opportunities for young, college fundraisers.

Working with AFP leadership, a student (s) intern can: 1) Build a person knowledge of and connection with the Greater Springfield Community (Clark, Champaign and Greene Counties) by working with AFP members; 2) Gain an increased understanding of civic and urban issues by attending AFP meetings; 3) Complete the AFP Collegiate Chapter project that provides a community benefit by meeting goals and expectations established by Greater Springfield AFP; 4) Increase leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills by modeling other AFP Collegiate Chapters; and 5) Explore service and career opportunities in the nonprofit sector by partnering with AFP and other area nonprofits.

Project Outcomes

Outcomes for “College Fundraising Power!” include:

  • Participation in weekly contacts and reports with AFP Chapter President (or designee) starting week of January 8th to May 3rd;
  • Written plan developed for AFP Collegiate Chapter based on research of other Chapters by February 28, 2018;
  • Attend at least 2 out of 3 AFP Greater Springfield Chapter meetings from January to March 2018;
  • Hold first AFP Collegiate Chapter meeting by April 27, 2018; and
  • Final report and recommendations for AFP Collegiate Chapter by May 3, 2018.

Project Duties

Intern job duties to complete include:

  • participate in weekly contacts and reports with AFP Chapter President;
  • research other AFP Collegiate Chapters (such as Dayton, Columbus, Cincinnati);
  • develop written plan for AFP Collegiate Chapter;
  • recruit and involve other Wittenberg students in AFP Collegiate Chapter process;
  • attend at least 2 out of 3 AFP Greater Springfield AFP Chapter meetings;
  • complete final report with recommendations for AFP Collegiate Chapter by May 3, 2018.

Pre-Requisites

Active, out-going interest in fundraising, networking and learning about Clark, Champaign and Greene County nonprofit communities.


 

YMCA – Senior Activity

Project Summary

Seniors are a growing population at the Y and in the community in general. We are searching for an intern who can assist us in providing additional programs and opportunities to engage this growing population. These activities will be a combination of physical, social and volunteer-oriented activities to get our seniors active, socializing and give them a sense of purpose in our community.

Project Outcomes

By engaging these seniors in multiple activities we are hoping that we can add not only quality to their life but give a sense of purpose as well.
We also are hoping to increase physical activity, social connections and have an impact on the community.

Project Duties

Work with our staff to survey seniors and agencies to see what needs are out in the community as well as activities seniors would like to participate with over a 4 – 8 week period. Once the needs and wants are identified coordinate activities to meet these needs and assist our seniors in these new endeavors.

Pre-Requisites and Speical Skills

Just a true interest in people especially active seniors who have much to give but need encouragement to grow and try new things.


 

YMCA – Marketing and Communications

Project Summary

Our YMCA has challenges getting our programs out to the community. This is true for not only programs that have a cost but also includes programs that are free and sponsored and have little or no cost. Our hope is that by working with an intern to assist us in establishing a marketing plan using social media, our Y website, and other resources to increase our contact and assist us in expanding our programs and opportunities.

Project Outcomes

We are hoping that using marketing we can expand not only our opportunities to children and families but also increase our ability to recruit volunteers who will be helpful in assisting us offering these programs. As the Y grows our programming outreach we also increase our ability to offer free and reduced programs as well.

Project Duties

Evaluate our current vehicles to market our program. Develop a plan and calendar to grow our marketing outreach in those areas. Hold a series of focus groups to test these new ideas and concepts and see if they are on target. Identify a wish list of potential marketing partnerships and ideas to possibly address. Identify a handful of opportunities to grow our outreach and use timelines to establish these goals. Identify measurement tools to see if the new methods are successful.