Internship Opportunities 2013-2014
Interning with the Rachel Corrie Foundation (RCF) provides a meaningful way to work towards peace and justice and gain a variety of skills. If you are interested in one of the positions below, please e-mail your completed Intern Interest Form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon review, we will then contact you for an interview. We are looking for passionate and reliable students with strong organizational skills who, among their responsibilities, are able to attend weekly staff meetings. Our internships are available for a single quarter. However, preference is given to students who commit to interning for multiple quarters.
2013-2014 Intern Positions- last updated July 18, 2013
Cross Cultural Education Intern (10-20hours/week)
This Autumn we will welcome our inaugural participant into the Rachel Corrie Foundation Leadership Studies Fellowship from Rafah, Gaza. You will work to implement this program of international education for our fellow in Olympia. Read more about the program here. Your primary duties will be to serve as a liaison between the foundation and partnering organizations; work to create new community partnerships to customize the program for the current participant; and work with the homestay providers to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for our fellow. You will also work with the participant by processing experiential learning to increase change in the participant’s knowledge, skills, attitude and awareness, attend weekly staff meetings and give oral update reports, document challenges and make recommendations to strengthen the program. Candidates with interest or background in Popular Education, Experiential Learning, Adult Learning Theory, Cross Cultural Communication, Middle East Studies or Education will be shown preference, but all will be considered. This is an opportunity for you to have an impact on people, a program and organizations while gaining real-world experience putting educational theories into practice. The candidate should be self-driven, have a passion for working with non-dominant social groups, enthusiasm for learning and be willing to commit to 10-20 hours per week for at least three months.
BDS Community Outreach Intern (8-20 hours/week)
As a BDS intern you’ll work to educate our community on the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Help build understanding and support within different sectors of the local and global communities and tie our efforts in with Rachel’s story. Research and liaise with actions being taken regionally and nationally by partner organizations such as JVP, the US Campaign and others for possible collaboration of efforts. In collaboration with TESC Divest, support campus education and outreach around the Divestment and CAT Free campus student initiatives at Evergreen. Also, help in building support for the Olympia Food Co-op’s on-going defense of their decision to join the BDS movement. Tasks will include doing research to create outreach materials, creating and updating our BDS resource file, researching endorsement requests, helping to develop a campaign, attending committee and planning meetings, communications and organizing events. The intern will work with the Public Policy and Communications committee, BDS committee, and Project/Program staff.
Arab Festival Planning Intern (8-20 hours/week)
In 2012, we hosted Olympia’s first Arab Festival—Shuruq. We are now beginning to plan the next festival, scheduled during the autumn of 2014. You can be a key organizer helping to find, schedule, and coordinate with performers (spoken word, singers, dancers, instrumentalists), speakers, educators, and vendors. You may also be able to help plan themes, decorations, children’s activities, and fundraise through smaller events, campaigns, co-sponsorships, and grant writing. This intern may also plan for outreach efforts and coordinate with local media. This intern will work with the Program/Projects Committee, staff, and the festival planning committee. Preference will be given to interns who can commit to more than one academic quarter, and those who have event coordinating experience.
Fund-Raising Development Intern (6-16 hours/week)
Fundraising skills are a valuable asset for anyone planning to enter the nonprofit sector. Help the Rachel Corrie Foundation staff, our Finance/Fund-raising Committee, and events planners to develop project fund-raising plans and to seek co-sponsorships and grants. You will work with our Finance/Fund-raising Committee to explore and prioritize fund-raising possibilities, to write fund-raising appeals for newsletters; to create, prepare, and mail co-sponsorship appeal letters and forms; to research, appeal to, and follow up with potential and existing co-sponsors and donors; to research, apply for, and document project grants; and to support development and implementation of fund-raising events.
General Office Assistant (4-8 hours/week)
Gain office management experience by supporting Rachel Corrie Foundation personnel with office communications, data entry, organization of educational materials, filing, maintaining office hours, organizing tabling outreach, volunteer recruitment, recording committee meeting minutes, and a variety of ever-emerging office tasks. The intern will work with the Office Manager and RCF staff. A strong interest in developing office management skills, organizational skills, attention to detail, knowledge of basic office equipment, proficiency with Microsoft Office, ability to interact positively with the public, and a specific interest in helping the Rachel Corrie Foundation office operate smoothly is desired.
Graphic Design Artist (4-6 hours/week)
Do you have graphic design skills and would like to use your skills to further the Rachel Corrie Foundation’s peace and social justice work? This position will provide opportunities to assist with creation of outreach materials and promotions for RCF events, printed program and flier design, protest/rally signs, web design elements, layout of our semi-annual print newsletter and frequent e-newsletters. The ideal candidate will have interest, expertise, and experience in graphic design/ screen printing.
Events Development Intern (8-30 hours/week)
Help the Rachel Corrie Foundation organize, promote, and evaluate the numerous educational events we hold and cosponsor each year. Events include our annual Peace Works, Rachel Corrie – March 16th memorial, Spring and Fall Art Walk’s, May 15th Nakba Day, November 29th International Palestine Solidarity day, Olympia Arab Festival (bi-annually), as well as one-time events for visiting speakers, delegation report backs, emergency protests etc. The intern will work with the Program/Project committee and staff to research event possibilities; use criteria and protocols for prioritizing and responding to event options; develop event goals and target audiences; and plan, promote, carryout and evaluate events. The ideal intern will have experience or very strong interest in event development and management, outreach, communications, meeting facilitation, working in a committee, and will be available on weekends and evenings for some meetings and functions.
Congressional Education/Advocacy Intern (4-10 hours/week)
Are you interested in educating and influencing public policy makers & government officials locally and nationally? Work with the Rachel Corrie Foundation Public Policy and Communications Committee to support educational outreach to public officials and to organize citizens regionally and nationally to develop and communicate information and requests pertaining to Peace and Justice in the Middle East to public officials. Help to develop and facilitate a statewide network for this purpose. The ideal intern will have strong interest and/or experience in organizing, networking, communications, government, and U.S. policy in the Middle East.
Gaza Projects Intern (8-30 hours/week)
The Rachel Corrie Foundation has a strong connection to the people of Gaza. In the coming year we will be strengthening these connections through a variety of projects we hope to complete with our partners in Gaza. These projects can greatly benefit from your time, talents, and interest! The projects range from encouraging and utilizing communication and exchange; providing support for grassroots, humanitarian and community development efforts; providing scholarship assistance; education about Gaza; using the arts as tools for connection and engagement; and that have a focus on key issues (ex. clean water) and key groups (ex. women and children). The ideal intern will have some knowledge of the Israel/Palestine conflict, interest in international relations, strong interest in Gaza, strong communication skills with ability to interact positively with diverse populations and cultures, ability to work independently and to work collaboratively and with direction to carry out aspects of existing projects.
Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural Project (ORSMP)- Mural Outreach Intern (4-18 hrs/wk)
Are you interested in art and want to use your skills to promote peace and social justice? As ORSMP outreach intern, you will work with the Program/Project committee and staff and liaise with our partner organization BTSMAPS to promote and use the mural as a tool to build cross-movement solidarity, community, and education on social justice issues. Tasks may include outreach to groups associated with the mural, mural maintenance, facilitating group visits, pursuing a parklett, updating audio elements of the mural, and planning, promoting, and evaluating occasional events including but not limited to spring and fall Art’s Walk. The ideal intern will have skills in community outreach, Artistic skills, and the ability to think creatively and work independently and within a team.
Social Media Intern (4-10 hours/week)
Do you consider yourself a social media guru? Apply those skills to an internship! Tasks include, researching Middle East news stories, campaigns, petitions, and other media, and then helping us share them via email and postings on Facebook and Twitter. This intern may also draft articles for e-newsletters and website publication, and help the foundation plan to better utilize social media to reach new audiences. The intern will work with the Public Policy and Communications committee, Project/Program staff, and the Office Manager.
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