Thank you for your interest in interning with the University YMCA! We are currently seeking a Storytelling Intern, a Podcasting Intern, and an Immigration Outreach Intern for Spring 2018. Please see the full internship descriptions below. The deadline to apply for all internships is November 13, 2017. All internships are unpaid; however, scholarships are available through the Y's Fred S. Bailey Unpaid Internship Scholarship Program

Storytelling Intern
Organization: University YMCA
Supervisor: Megan Flowers, Communications Director [megan@universityymca.org]
Internship Capacity: Part-time, Minimum of 10 hours per week. If you qualify for a part-time scholarship under the University YMCA, you will need to complete a minimum of 125 hours and not exceed 300 hours for the Spring 2018 semester. (See Scholarship Opportunities section below for more information)
Internship Type: Unpaid. Scholarship are available through the University YMCA. Apply by November 13, 2017. See the Scholarship Opportunities section below for more information.
Start Date: January 22, 2018  

Internship Description: Storytelling is central to interpersonal fundraising and nonprofit communications. Human beings are wired for connection, and while some people may have difficulty relating to facts and figures, everyone can relate to a story that captures a personal journey toward achievement of a goal.

The University YMCA is currently seeking a Storytelling Intern to work with our New American Welcome Center to gather personal stories of people working to make our communities more vibrant and welcoming for all, including newcomers and immigrants.

Under the supervision of the Communications Director and the New American Welcome Center staff, the Storytelling Intern will bring the stories of our organization to life through a variety of content mediums that may best fit your interest and experience. Using best practices in plain language and story collecting, the intern will learn how to best prepare for, conduct, and synthesize one-on-one interviews with English-learner clients. Following each interview, the intern will develop written stories accompanied by photography for email communication, press releases, website, newsletters, and other marketing channels. Publishing for external communication efforts may include guest writing, pitching stories for media placement.

The Storytelling Intern will engage program participants, clients, and immigrant influencers in informational interviews to learn about their personal stories and journey toward integration.

Through this project, the University YMCA to effectively share the work of the New American Welcome Center with current donors, partners, and volunteers to encourage continued involvement, engage influencers in supporting the work, and to increase overall visibility with national partners, such as Y-USA, Welcoming America, and the New American Economy.

The intern will learn how to use the YMCA’s voice in storytelling, and will learn how to strategically craft messaging based on the unique needs of each communication medium. The person will also learn key skills involved in photography, photo editing, and branding, and will be invited to participate in other aspects of our communications efforts as time allows - such as podcasting, social media management, and graphic design.

Additionally, internship supervision will include topics related to Non-Profit Development, Ethical Practice and other topics of interest to the intern.

Key Responsibilities:  

  • Communicate with programs staff to identify prospective interviewees;  
  • Prepare for interviews through research and best-practices in plain language communication;  Interview participants, volunteers, board members, and donors
  • Maintain a file of photo and comment release forms from all interviewees;  
  • Take and edit photos of participants and volunteers;  
  • Synthesize interview data into summary content for external marketing purposes;  
  • Work with staff to draft final stories and tailored for each communication channel;  
  • Engage in stewardship activities with past interviewees;  
  • Create project plan for story collection and train volunteers on how to continue this project;
  • Attend and participate in meetings with staff, board members, and University YMCA

Qualifications and Skills:

  • A willingness to be an active listener;  
  • Excellent organizational skills;  
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member;  
  • Previous experience meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment is highly desirable;  
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint;
  • Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and/or Lightroom is not required but preferred.
  • Proficiency in another language or bilingual capability in English and Spanish would be helpful, but not required.

Eligibility: In order to be considered for the position, prospective interns must be:  A currently enrolled, full-time (12 or more credits per semester), undergraduate college student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Returning to college as a sophomore, junior, or senior student for the fall semester after the internship.

How to Apply: Please submit applications only via email to Megan Flowers at megan@universityymca.org. Applications must include a resume and a cover letter. In the body of your email or in your cover letter, please also specify your desired internship end date. Deadline to apply is November 13, 2017. No phone calls please.

Scholarship Opportunities Are Available. Please apply by November 13, 2017: This internship is unpaid; however, there are scholarship opportunities available through the University YMCA’s Fred S. Bailey Unpaid Internship Scholarship Program. This program provides scholarship funding to students who accept unpaid internships with public service agencies and not for profit organizations. To be eligible for scholarship funding for the Spring 2018 Storytelling Internship, please apply online by November 13, 2017 at https://universityymca.org/bailey/unpaid-internship-scholarship/

Podcasting Intern
Organization: University YMCA
Supervisors:
Tyler Rotche, Student Engagement Program Coordinator [tyler@universityymca.org] 
Megan Flowers, Communications Director [megan@universityymca.org]

Internship Capacity: Part-time, Minimum of 10 hours per week. If you qualify for a part-time scholarship under the University YMCA, you will need to complete a minimum of 125 hours and not exceed 300 hours for the Spring 2018 semester. (See Scholarship Opportunities section below for more information)

Internship Type: Unpaid. Scholarships are available through the University YMCA. Apply by November 13, 2017 at universityymca.org/bailey. See the Scholarship Opportunities section below for more information.

Start Date: January 22, 2018  

Internship Description: Podcasts are powerful storytelling tools that are capturing a bigger and broader audience every day. Part of why they are so popular is they showcase good stories, with all the emotion and personality of the human voice.

The University YMCA is seeking a Podcasting Intern to help us create podcasts with student leaders of the University YMCA to help us share our work and tell our organization’s story.

Under the supervision of the Student Engagement Coordinator and the Communications Director, the Podcasting Intern will help bring the work of our student programs and stories of our student leadership into focus through creating podcasts and engaging Y student leaders in the engagement of podcasts.

The Podcasting Intern will learn how to best prepare for interviews, and collaborate with others to develop engaging content and create podcasts through a variety of creative approaches. In particular, the Podcasting Intern will help identify what is an engaging podcast to achieve goals of visibility and engagement in student programming; learn how to co-plan a series; learn basic editing tools and how to use them; and publishing and how to get the story to your audience.

Additionally, internship supervision will include topics related to Non-Profit Development, Ethical Practice and other topics of interest to the intern.

Key Responsibilities:  

  • Audio Production – Assist with editing sound files for the Podcast
  • Storytelling – Learn how to communicate inspiring and compelling stories
  • Storyboarding – Learn how to frame, organize and produce a story
  • Documenting – Record and document field recordings and interviews
  • Transcription – Transcribe interviews and field recordings into written narrative
  • Episode Layouts – Use Adobe Audition or comparable software to layout clips and music
  • Communicate with programs staff to identify prospective interviewees;  
  • Communications Archiving - Maintain a file of audio release forms from all interviewees;  
  • Communications Planning - Collaborate with students and staff to create and co-develop a podcasting plan
  • Work with staff to edit and publish podcasts
  • Train student leaders and volunteers on how to continue this project;
  • Attend and participate in meetings with staff, board members, and University YMCA

Qualifications and Skills:

  • A willingness to be an active listener;  
  • Excellent organizational skills;  
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member;
  • Knowledge of Adobe Audition is preferred by not required

Eligibility: In order to be considered for the position, prospective interns must be:  A currently enrolled, full-time (12 or more credits per semester), undergraduate college student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Returning to college as a sophomore, junior, or senior student for the fall semester after the internship.

How to Apply: Please submit applications only via email to Megan Flowers at megan@universityymca.org. Applications must include a resume and a cover letter. In the body of your email or in your cover letter, please also specify your desired internship end date. Deadline to apply is November 13, 2017. No phone calls please.

Scholarship Opportunities Are Available. Please apply by November 13, 2017: This internship is unpaid; however, there are scholarship opportunities available through the University YMCA’s Fred S. Bailey Unpaid Internship Scholarship Program. This program provides scholarship funding to students who accept unpaid internships with public service agencies and not for profit organizations. To be eligible for scholarship funding for the Spring 2018 Storytelling Internship, please apply online by November 13, 2017 at https://universityymca.org/bailey/unpaid-internship-scholarship/

 

Immigration Outreach Intern
Organization: University YMCA
Supervisors: Gloria Yen, New American Program Coordinator

Internship Capacity: Part-time, Minimum of 10 hours per week. If you qualify for a part-time scholarship under the University YMCA, you will need to complete a minimum of 125 hours and not exceed 300 hours for the Spring 2018 semester. (See Scholarship Opportunities section below for more information)

Internship Type: Unpaid. Scholarships are available through the University YMCA. Apply by November 13, 2017 at universityymca.org/bailey. See the Scholarship Opportunities section below for more information.

Start Date: January 22, 2018

Internship Description: The University YMCA is a participating organization in the New Americans Initiative (NAI), reaching out to campus and community members about the application process, the requirements, legal referrals and other helpful community resources, including providing updates on Immigration Reform.

The University Y is seeking an Immigration Outreach Intern for the Y's New American Initiative. Under the supervision of the New American Program Coordinator, the Immigration Outreach Intern will assist primarily with outreaching to immigrant and international communities on campus and in the surrounding communities of Champaign County, Illinois.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Recording & Reporting-Maintaining outreach contact information in database; Generate monthly and quarterly grant reports that is both quantitative and qualitative in scope
  • Advertising-Generating content and identifying outlets in order to engage existing and potential participants, influencers and supporters of the NAI program
  • Publicity– Creating awareness about the NAI program through leveraging opportunities on campus and in local communities and in coordinating media relations
  • Event Planning-Coordinating logistics for workshops, educational sessions, and other similar events
  • Volunteer Outreach and Retention –Creating resources, materials, trainings, social events and opportunities to outreach and retain volunteer force.
  • Responsible for initial volunteer requests and interviews
  • Serve as New Americans Initiative program liaison to the University YMCA and program staff and various other partner agencies
  • Connect and nurture relationships with various community agencies and community leaders in order to create and coordinate various services as well as outreach to prospective clients
  • Co-develop a New Americans Initiative program toolkit

Qualifications and Skills: 

  • Knowledge of Spanish, French, Chinese, or another language other than English is preferred, but not required.

Eligibility: In order to be considered for the position, prospective interns must be:  A currently enrolled, full-time (12 or more credits per semester), undergraduate college student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Returning to college as a sophomore, junior, or senior student for the fall semester after the internship.

How to Apply: Please submit applications only via email to Gloria Yen at gloria@universityymca.org. Applications must include a resume and a cover letter. In the body of your email or in your cover letter, please also specify your desired internship end date. Deadline to apply is November 13, 2017. No phone calls please.

Scholarship Opportunities Are Available. Please apply by November 13, 2017: This internship is unpaid; however, there are scholarship opportunities available through the University YMCA’s Fred S. Bailey Unpaid Internship Scholarship Program. This program provides scholarship funding to students who accept unpaid internships with public service agencies and not for profit organizations. To be eligible for scholarship funding for the Spring 2018 Storytelling Internship, please apply online by November 13, 2017 at https://universityymca.org/bailey/unpaid-internship-scholarship/