CultureFest Event Planning and Public Relations (1 intern)

The CultureFest intern will support City staff as they prepare for the annual festival to be held on the City Hall Plaza on Saturday, September 23, 2017. The one-day festival features 3 stages with continuous entertainment including dancers, local choirs, bands and storytellers. A children’s activity area offers hands-on crafts and entertainment. This internship will focus on event planning, public relations, and communication.

Helpful skills would include: Good oral and written communication, familiarity with social media and marketing, graphic design and organizational management. Use of Microsoft excel, Power Point, Publisher and photo/video software.

Specific tasks would include:

  • Vendor Communication and Recruitment
  • Development of marketing materials to recruit new volunteers
  • Create both online and paper options for volunteer signup
  • Create database of volunteers
  • Contact previous individual and volunteer groups to participate in the 2017 event.
  • Develop, prepare and implement social media strategies for the event.
  • Work with designer to finalize printed marketing materials for CultureFest to including: program, playbill, sponsor banners and poster
  • Preparation of t-shirt specifications and ordering
  • Create marketing materials for special Gammon House tours
  • Research local and statewide tourist sites to include CultureFest
  • Develop promotional video for CultureFest
  • Organize and select photos for CultureFest promotions
  • Develop plan for plaza signs on the day of CultureFest
  • Work on logistical plan for CultureFest plaza layout
  • Other: Assist in development of Global Education calendar

Clark County and America’s Story (1 Intern)

The goal of this project is the development of additional programs for students in grades pre-K through 12 that utilize the primary sources available at the Clark County Historical Society Heritage Center and that address academic content standards. The overall objective of this initiative is to provide increased opportunities for students and the general public to make personal connections in American History through the rich history of the area in which they live.

The primary focus of this project is to promote a greater awareness and appreciation of the shared heritage of our community, through the creation and development of new on-line and on site programs. The achievement of the success of the implementation of these programs can be measured by responses by visitors and educators who report an increase in student interest and learning, as well as pride in their community.

  • Research of documents, letters, photographs, oral histories and other primary sources to include in study guides and programs.
  • Assist with the development of topical video presentations that meet academic content standards.
  • Assistance with preparation for Summer Saturday Adventures at the Museum programs for children and families.
  • Assist with the presentation of the Adventure programs on Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:00, when available.
  • Assist with preparations for the Summer Sky Family Festival.
  • Assist with the Education and Program Department and the Archival Staff, as needed.

An interest in history is crucial to the success of this project, as well as the ability to work with children of diverse academic levels, and a team of valuable volunteers who aid the small staff of the Heritage Center of Clark County.  It would be especially helpful, but not mandatory, if the intern were majoring in education.

Project Woman & Wittenberg Womyn’s Center Interns (2 Interns)

Two students, preferably with an interest in Sociology, Psychology, and/or Social Work, will partner with Project Woman and Wittenberg’s Womyn’s Center in Springfield Ohio to gather data and support the Campus Advocacy and Support Service program. Working under the supervision of Laura Baxter, Director of Project Woman, and with Dr. Brooke Wagner, Director of the Womyn’s Center/Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, students will collect and analyze data to better understand the needs of victims of violence in the community.  Students selected for this position will be required to interact with individuals that have experienced victimization. Through this internship, students will produce a final written report that describes the findings from the research and give an oral presentation about their experience engaging in community outreach during the internship.

Students chosen for this internship, will also complete the necessary hours of training to become a certified advocate in the state of Ohio. Based on the successful completion of this training, students will continue in this position as a paid part-time employee through the Womyn’s Center during the 2017-2018 academic year. Successful applicants will exhibit excellent oral and written communication skills, be self-motivated and directed, and able to work effectively independently. The intern must pass a comprehensive background check. Additionally, experience with SPSS and/or data collection is required. Students will be required to complete CITI training provided by the campus IRB before the start of the internship. Applicants across academic disciplines with an interest in advocacy and social justice are encouraged to apply.

Reading Club Creator and Boost Camp Counselor (1 Intern)

The interns will partner with Springfield Christian Youth Ministries, a local faith-based youth-serving organization.  The intern will lead reading clubs for school-aged day campers using already prepared reading club materials and will have the opportunity to develop new theme-based curriculum.  Working under the supervision SCYM Director Faith Bosland and staff, interns will have the opportunity to deliver curricula designed to build vocabulary, comprehension, and affinity for reading among youth of multiple age ranges.  Camps will take place at various local sites in Springfield as identified by SCYM.  Interns would be expected to work an additional week (July 24-30) to support SCYM camps still running that week.

Service Leader Intern – Freedom School (2 Interns)

Two interns will serve as Service Leader Interns at the Freedom School to be held at Covenant Methodist Church at 529 W. Johnny Lytle Avenue in Springfield.  “Freedom Schools” is a national program of the Children’s Defense Fund which will provide a national training program for interns from around the country.  The goal is to provide a summer program that emphasizes reading, music and activities that stress positive self-image and academic skills.  Interns will be supervised by the local Project Director.

 National Trails Parks and Recreation Summer Camp Leader (1 intern)

The Summer Intern will work with the National Trail Parks and Recreation Districts Summer Camps program. These camps are offered to children ages 3-16, with a wide range of topics and themes as well as sports camps.

The Interns will act as mentors and role models for the youth attending the summer camps. They will work alongside the other camp staff to be a positive influence. They will engage with community members during special events. This position is responsible for supervising, coordinating, and organizing the weekly day camps for youth and an on-site leader. Interns will handle registrations, supervise and assist with facility preparations. They will also be responsible for program evaluation, providing recommendations to enhance program activities.

Graphic Design/CRAFT (1 Intern)

Under the direction of Wittenberg Faculty and Hagen Center staff designers will develop and produce visual solutions and creative design concepts that meet the communication needs of our clients and partners. Designers will be responsible for visual conceptualization and graphic design of various marketing collateral (logos, posters, advertisements, brochures and presentations). Applicants must be strong communicators, highly motivated, have a background in graphic design and be able to work in a deadline-oriented team environment. The Center will provide resources directly related to the duties required, however applicants must provide their own Apple laptop or desktop computer and Adobe software (no exceptions).

Questions regarding the computer requirement may be directed at Professor Crispin Prebys,

Prevention/Retention Research (2 Interns)

Research and summarize why low-income, at-risk 18 year old students are dropping out of the Learning Opportunities Center High School. Offer suggestions of services that would keep them in school upon completion. Review our current efforts for effectiveness and make suggestions for improvements. Interns will conduct individual interviews of current dropouts (approximately 30 students) and current attending students (approximately 120 students). Compile a comprehensive list of current retention efforts. Discover national best practices for retention. Prepare and present a report of the findings and suggestions.

Psychology, social work, education or related fields, statistical analysis, interviewing skills, and interested in low income population.

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