Internships

Special Olympics North Carolina is currently seeking interns to serve in various departments for the spring and summer semesters. The time commitment can vary from 20 to 40 hours a week, depending on the internship requirements. All intern positions are on a strictly volunteer basis. (Exception: Post-9/11 veterans interested in our internships are eligible to receive fellowship funds through The Mission Continues.)

Job descriptions for Athlete & Program DevelopmentCommunications, Development/ProgrammingEventsField Services, Healthy Athletes, Program InnovationsProject UNIFY and Sport intern positions are listed below. Please note that locations for internships vary.

To learn more about SONC’s intern program or to express interest in a position, send a letter and resume to Katie Lockhart or mail to Special Olympics North Carolina, 2200 Gateway Centre Boulevard, Suite 201, Morrisville, NC 27560. No phone calls please.

Title: Athlete & Program Development Intern

Reports To: Senior Vice President

Key Accountabilities:

  • Develop content for SONC website
  • Assist with preparations for 2014 Special Olympics USA Games
  • Analyze various sets of information to utilize in strategic planning
  • Update and revise various event materials
  • Research and secure various sports facilities across the state
  • Promote the license plate fundraising program
  • Facilitate partnerships with organizations serving individuals with intellectual disabilities
  • Create plan for sport development at the local program (county) level
  • Assist with preparations for annual Leadership Conference
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Strong analytical, written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of computers and system/software programs utilized by SONC
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Ability to travel as needed
  • Previous experience with Special Olympics, volunteers and Special Olympics athletes preferred

Work Schedule:

  • Suggested schedule: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for four days a week anytime Monday through Friday, with added evenings and weekends as position demands
  • Schedule is flexible and can vary week to week as necessary

Internship Location: Morrisville, NC

Computer Experience Requirements:

Experience with PC Microsoft Windows and the software programs associated with Windows in particular but not limited to Word, Excel, Access and Power Point.

Title: Communications Intern – This position has been filled for Summer 2014

Reports To: Vice President of Communications

Key Accountabilities:

  • Public relations
  • Publications

As a communications intern, you will gain experience in the following:

  • Building relationships with the media
  • Writing, editing, proofing
  • Reporting/interviewing
  • Desktop publishing
  • Analytical thinking
  • Working with various computer software packages (Microsoft Word, InDesign, WordPress)
  • Operating in a business environment
  • Nonprofit management

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Maintain photo files
  • Maintain statewide news clippings
  • Write press releases as assigned
  • Assemble press kits
  • Attend state-level events and interact with the media as assigned
  • Write articles for website and quarterly newsletters as assigned
  • Write athlete and volunteer profiles
  • Assist in implementation of national public education campaign as assigned
  • Other duties as assigned by the VP of Communications

Qualifications:

  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Good organizational and analytical skills; attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Good editing skills and knowledge of language, grammar, punctuation and style
  • Must submit at least three writing samples (preferably feature stories) with application materials

Work Schedule:

  • Flexible hours but at least 2 days a week in the office
  • Weekend hours may be necessary due to certain special events

Internship Location: Morrisville, NC

Title: Development/Programming Intern

Reports To: Development Director; Mecklenburg County Local Coordinator

Key Accountabilities:

  • Assist with general office management (i.e. typing, filing, copying, faxing)
  • Assist with the research, planning, coordination and implementation of fund raising events
  • Assist in implementing the fund raising plan for Special Olympics North Carolina
  • Assist in the collection and analysis of data relating to fund raising for Special Olympics North Carolina
  • Assist the local Games Management Team with planning and implementing Special Olympics Mecklenburg County (SOMC) 2014 Spring Games
  • Work with the Charlotte Country Day School (CCDS) Media Director in promoting CCDS 30 Year Anniversary of hosting the SOMC Spring Games
  • Act as SONC liaison to Bojangles’ Coliseum event personnel in logistical planning for Spring Games Opening Ceremonies
  • Assist SOMC Volunteer Coordinator with volunteer recruitment and placement for Spring Games
  • Assist Camp SOAR committee with camp planning and implementation
  • Assist SOMC director with Project UNIFY duties as needed
  • Other duties as assigned by the Development Director and/or Mecklenburg County Local Coordinator

Qualifications:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • College degree emphasis in sports management, communications, non-profit management, business or related degree
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Attend work regularly as scheduled
  • Have the ability to attend Special Olympics event and related functions as assigned
  • Represent the organization in a professional manner
  • Task oriented
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Good organizational and analytical skills

Computer Experience Requirements:

Experience with PC Microsoft Windows and the software programs associated with Windows in particular but not limited to Word, Excel, Access and Power Point.

Internship Location: Charlotte, NC

Title: Events Intern

Reports To: Logistics Manager; Volunteers & Families Director

Key Accountabilities:

  • Maintain equipment database for area-level, state-level and fundraising events
  • Make preliminary connections for meals, housing and transportation for events
  • Work with in-house volunteers to pull equipment for events
  • Assist with recruitment of volunteers for area- and state-level events
  • Manage volunteer contact and participation information
  • Manage in-house volunteer program, including but not limited to recruitment, assignment, supervision, motivation and recognition
  • Speak to volunteer groups on behalf of SONC
  • Attend games management team meetings and event staff meetings to assist with overall planning of state-level events
  • Work at several spring events, including one of two regional basketball tournaments, assisting with competition and logistics
  • Develop content for SONC website and monthly newsletter
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Strong analytical, written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of computers and system/software programs utilized by SONC
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Ability to travel as needed
  • Previous experience with Special Olympics, volunteers and Special Olympics athletes preferred

Work Schedule:

  • Suggested schedule: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for four days a week anytime Monday through Friday, with added evenings and weekends as position demands
  • Schedule is flexible and can vary week to week as necessary

Internship Location: Morrisville, NC

Computer Experience Requirements:

Experience with PC Microsoft Windows and the software programs associated with Windows in particular but not limited to Word, Excel, Access and Power Point.

Title: Field Services Intern

Reports To: Vice President of Field Services

Key Accountabilities:

  • Assist with the planning and implementation of at least one area event
  • Assist in the collection and analysis of data relating to athlete recruitment and local programs
  • Assist the VP of Field Services  in implementing local program service and/or athlete recruitment efforts for Special Olympics North Carolina
  • Assist with general office management (i.e., typing, filing, copying, faxing)
  • Other duties as assigned by the VP of Field Services

As a Field Services intern, you will gain experience in the following:

  • Project management
  • Improving service delivery to grass roots efforts
  • Analytical thinking
  • Operating in a business environment
  • Nonprofit management
  • Event planning and management
  • Practical application of various computer software packages

Qualifications:

  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Good organizational and analytical skills; attention to detail required
  • Strong interpersonal skills and customer service attitude
  • Ability to work independently with scheduled regular contact with VP of Field Services & Program Innovations
  • Ability to travel to surrounding counties for events and projects

Work Schedule:

  • Flexible hours
  • Weekend and evening hours will be required
  • Travel to weekend events or local programs will be expected

Possible locations for 2014 Field Services internships:

  • Wilmington
  • Charlotte
  • Morrisville
  • Greensboro
  • New Bern

To apply for a field services internship position, send letter of interest and cover letter to Lindsay Waldron, Vice President of Field Services.

Title: Healthy Athletes Intern

Reports To: Vice President of Program Innovations

Key Accountabilities:

  • Assist with the planning and implementation of at least one Healthy Athletes event
  • Assist in the collection and analysis of data relating to athlete health
  • Assist the vice president of program innovations (or designee) in recruiting general volunteers, clinical staff, and clinical directors for the Healthy Athletes program
  • Assist with general office management (i.e., typing, filing, copying, faxing)
  • Other duties as assigned

As a Healthy Athletes intern, you will gain experience in the following:

  • Project management
  • Improving service delivery to grass roots efforts
  • Analytical thinking
  • Operating in a business environment
  • Nonprofit management
  • Event planning and management
  • Practical application of various computer software packages

Qualifications:

  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Good organizational and analytical skills; attention to detail required
  • Strong interpersonal skills and customer service attitude
  • Ability to work independently with scheduled regular contact with supervisor
  • Ability to travel to surrounding counties for events and projects

Work Schedule:

  • Flexible hours
  • Weekend and evening hours will be expected
  • Travel to events or meetings outside of the area will be required

Possible locations for 2014 Healthy Athletes internship(s):

  • Charlotte
  • Greensboro
  • Morrisville
  • New Bern
  • Wilmington

To apply for this position, send a letter of interest and resume to A’Lisa Tello, Vice President of Program Innovations, or fax to 910-392-5722. Be sure to include any school/class requirements for your internship in the letter.

Title: Program Innovations Intern

Reports To: Vice President of Program Innovations

Key Accountabilities:

  • Assist with school recruitment and management of school activities related to Project UNIFY.
  • Assist in the collection and analysis of data relating to school participation and activities, including monthly and biannual reports.
  • Assist in the research and outreach for the Healthy Athletes initiative.
  • Assist the vice president of program innovations (or designee) in planning and implementing events related to Project UNIFY, Healthy Athletes, or other program initiatives for Special Olympics North Carolina.
  • Assist with general office management (i.e., data entry, filing, copying, faxing)
  • Other duties as assigned.

As a Program Innovations intern, you will gain experience in the following:

  • Project management
  • Developing community collaborations with other organizations
  • Analytical thinking
  • Operating in a business environment
  • Nonprofit management
  • Event planning and management
  • Practical application of various computer software packages

Qualifications:

  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Good organizational and analytical skills; attention to detail required
  • Strong interpersonal skills and customer service attitude
  • Ability to work independently with scheduled regular contact with supervisor
  • Ability to travel to surrounding counties for events and projects

Work Schedule:

  • Flexible hours
  • Weekend and evening hours will be expected
  • Travel to events or meetings outside of the area will be required

Possible locations for 2014 Program Innovations internship(s):

  • Charlotte
  • Greensboro
  • Morrisville
  • New Bern
  • Wilmington

To apply for this position, send a letter of interest and resume to A’Lisa Tello, Vice President of Program Innovations, or fax to 910-392-5722. Be sure to include any school/class requirements for your internship in the letter.

Title: Project UNIFY Intern

Reports To: Vice President of Program Innovations

Key Accountabilities:

  • Assist with data management about participating Project UNIFY schools. Analyze data to ensure consistency and completeness.
  • Communication with participating schools to promote various aspects of Project UNIFY and new initiatives or opportunities.
  • Assist with school recruitment in targeted areas of the state.
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of at least one Project UNIFY event or initiative.
  • Other duties as assigned by the vice president of program innovations or designee.

As a Project UNIFY intern, you will gain experience in the following:

  • Project management
  • Improving service delivery to grass roots efforts
  • Analytical thinking
  • Operating in a business environment
  • Nonprofit management
  • Event planning and management
  • Practical application of various computer software packages

Qualifications:

  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Good organizational and analytical skills; attention to detail required
  • Strong interpersonal skills and customer service attitude
  • Ability to work independently with scheduled regular contact with vice president of program innovations or designee
  • Ability to travel to surrounding counties for events and projects

Work Schedule:

  • Flexible hours
  • Weekend and evening hours will be expected
  • Travel to events or meetings outside of the area will be required

Possible locations for 2014 Project UNIFY internship(s):

  • Charlotte
  • Morrisville
  • New Bern
  • Wilmington

To apply for this position, send a letter of interest and resume to A’Lisa Tello, Vice President of Program Innovations, or fax to 910-392-5722. Be sure to include any school/class requirements for your internship in the letter.

Title: Sport Intern

Reports To: Senior Sport Director

Key Accountabilities:

  • Update/create all documents supporting the sport program for the upcoming year (August to August)
  • Develop content for SONC website
  • Interview athletes for spotlight pieces on the website
  • Develop in-house volunteer program, including but not limited to recruitment, assignment, supervision, motivation and recognition
  • Work in several databases to manage the sport calendar and supporting logistics (equipment, volunteers, etc.)
  • Assist with preparations for the fall season
  • Assist at Summer Games (May 31 – June 2)
  • Assist with preparations for annual Leadership Conference
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Strong analytical, written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of computers and system/software programs utilized by SONC
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Ability to travel as needed
  • Previous experience with Special Olympics, volunteers and Special Olympics athletes preferred

Work Schedule:

  • Suggested schedule: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for four days a week anytime Monday through Friday, with added evenings and weekends as position demands
  • Schedule is flexible and can vary week to week as necessary

Internship Location: Morrisville, NC

Computer Experience Requirements:

Experience with PC Microsoft Windows and the software programs associated with Windows in particular but not limited to Word, Excel, Access and Power Point.