Internship posted by: Spark Program
Posted on: January 9, 2013
Spark seeks an energetic intern to join a dynamic team in a fast-paced professional environment. The intern's primary role is to support the growing program needs ranging from student services to apprenticeship recruitment. As we are a rapidly growing organization, the intern will be able to work on meaningful projects that result in real impact on the day-to-day operations, as well as projects affecting long-term strategy and growth.
Spark(www.sparkprogram.org) is an award winning, growing youth apprenticeship program. Spark works to reduce the high-school dropout rate with a unique apprenticeship program focused on at-risk middle-school students. In partnership with district and charter schools, Spark creates one-on-one apprenticeships in real workplaces, where youth explore careers and develop the skills and motivation to succeed academically. Spark was awarded the prestigious Draper Richards Fellowship in 2008, given to five early-stage non-profits from around the world with the highest potential for "broad social impact." In January 2010, Spark won the Ashoka Fellowship, one of the top honors for social innovation worldwide. With this and other support, Spark is building a foundation for national scale. Spark's programs have been operating in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2005, in Los Angeles since January 2010 and in Chicago since Fall 2011.
ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP
The program support internship provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to gain a meaningful and hands on experience in the nonprofit sector within a growing organization. Volunteerism is becoming an increasingly important part of the culture of our society, and the Spark internship provides the avenue to develop 21st century skills and contribute to organizational success by connecting with students, families, and/or volunteers. The Spark internship is available during the entire year for fall and spring program semesters, in addition to summer leadership projects. The intern will be provided the opportunity to dive deep into a particular field of interest and develop a specialized, in-depth project, typically in one of the following areas:
Apprenticeship Operations: Support apprenticeship quality by visiting apprenticeships at work places across Los Angeles, organizing volunteer appreciation throughout the session and supporting Spark volunteer networking events. Some components of our program include evening events, such as: Apprenticeship Orientations, Discovery Days, and Discovery Nights (culminating ceremonies).
Volunteer Coordination and Tracking: Ensure safe and sound apprenticeships by verifying compliance of all paperwork for volunteers, maintaining Spark's volunteer database (familiarity with Salesforce and Google Docs a plus), and assisting in planning logistics for and documentation of all apprenticeships.
Data and Evaluation Support: Support Spark's growth based on real data and feedback by tracking Spark surveys, student grades and attendance, and other evaluation materials in an organized and timely fashion.
Volunteer Outreach and Recruitment: Build Spark's capacity by researching businesses and organizations within our communities for potential volunteers (mentors) driven by students' specified career interests. Recruitment strategies include: online research, networking events, canvassing, presentations with Spark staff, and campus outreach.
Send resume and cover letter to Jamie Lee Manning, Program and Expansion Director at email@example.com. Please include Program Support Internship in the subject line.