Iowa Homeless Youth Center, Des Moines, IA

Description: Iowa Homeless Youth Centers Internship Programs Are you looking for hands on learning to fulfill your internship requirements? The Iowa Homeless Youth Centers allows students to gain experience directly in the program with the coordinators, staff and youth. An internship helping youth can advance your knowledge of human services, psychology, sociology, social work, criminal justice, public relations and related degrees.

WHO CAN INTERN? · A junior or senior level college student in human service related field. · Commitment length is one semester- minimum of 15 hours per week. · Only one intern per program ·All interns are required to complete an end of the semester project.

BUCHANAN TRANSITIONAL LIVING INTERN Interested Buchanan Interns should have an understanding of adolescents, adolescent behavior and drug/alcohol addiction. Interns should be able to communicate effectively with youth and have knowledge of working with at-risk youth. Interns can expect to work directly with the program coordinator and center staff while conducting interviews with potential participants (men and women ages 16-21), completing program paperwork and assisting youth that are not eligible for services in finding suitable resources. Interns will help oversee program activities and will be hands on while assisting youth achieve their educational, employment and personal life skill goals and assist in obtaining community resources. · Intern must be available on Wednesday mornings for our weekly Team Meeting.

LIGHTHOUSE HOST HOME INTERN Interested Lighthouse Interns should have some knowledge of parenting, child rearing techniques and age appropriate behavior for children. Interns should have realistic expectations of the youth’s abilities and knowledge of at-risk youth. Interns can expect to work directly with the program coordinator and center staff while conducting interviews with potential participants (young pregnant and/or parenting women ages 16-26 and their children) and completing program paperwork. Interns will help oversee program activities and will be hands on while assisting youth achieve their educational, employment and personal life skill goals and assist in obtaining community resources. Interns will work very closely with the young mothers and their children during parenting and life skill classes. · Intern must be available on Tuesday mornings for our weekly Team Meeting.
 

STREET OUTREACH INTERNS Interested Outreach Interns should have some knowledge of youth development, dysfunctional families and societal barriers. Interns should be able to communicate well with youth and be willing to engage themselves with at-risk and homeless teens. Interns can expect to work side by side the Outreach Counselors while providing crisis intervention and facilitating referral services offered in the community, such as Title 19, food stamps, emergency bed placement and more. Interns will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with the youth on their individual goals, visit homeless shelters, perform assessments and paperwork and learn the aspects of street life. · Interns must be available on Thursday evenings for our weekly Team Meeting. · Most working hours will be in the evening.

PUBLIC RELATIONS INTERN Interested PR Interns should have advanced knowledge in communication, writing, interviewing and creating documents on various computer programs. Interns must be familiar with Adobe in Design, Photoshop, Illustrator and more. Interns should be comfortable communicating with and interviewing at-risk youth, volunteers and staff. Interns can expect to assist with IHYC’s special events, while also writing and creating newsletters, brochures, website materials, annual reports, and working with local media through press releases.


AFTERCARE INTERN Interested Aftercare Interns should have an understanding of the foster care system, adolescent behavior and drug/alcohol addiction. Interns should have knowledge of local community resources. Interns should be able to communicate effectively with youth and have knowledge of working with at-risk youth. Interns can expect to work directly with the aftercare self sufficiency advocates while conducting interviews with potential participants, completing program paperwork and assisting all participants meet their educational, employment and life skill goals. Interns will also help participants obtain community resources. Interns will assisting in running the Youth Advisory Board. · Intern must be in the school of Social Work. 

Contact: For more information on Internship Opportunities or to set up an interview, please contact Toni Nicol at 265-1222. 

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