Interns at Friend to Friend will work alongside staff, joining in our fight for victims and their children fleeing from abuse. Interns gain valuable non-profit experience, enhance academic studies, receive course credit and provide community service. Our internships are a great opportunity for college students or recent graduates. All internships are unpaid, but some students receive financial support through their colleges.
Please send your resumes and a cover letter to Anne at [email protected]
Direct Service Overview
· This internship focuses on helping guests access the myriad of services available at Friend to Friend. As the first place that many victims in crisis come to for help, the office front desk is where interns learn about the needs of our guests, as well as how Friend to Friend & our Serenity House can help them. Interns help provide a welcoming and supportive atmosphere and have a great deal of interaction with our guests and clients. Victims living in an abusive relationship know they can count on us for a place to find safe free shelter and food at our beautiful Serenity House, obtain free therapy, free life coaching and advocacy, find compassion and support by joining one of our support groups or free legal support throughout court advocacy program. We also provide guests with lifelines like a mailing address, use of a computer and use of a phone. Serenity House guests get to enroll in our Holistic Personal Leadership Program to help them connect to services and learn important strategies to lead an independent and self sufficient life for themselves and their children.
· Direct service intern responsibilities may include:
o Welcoming women to The Serenity House or clients at our offices.
o Answering questions in person and over the phone
o Sorting, organizing and checking mail for our guests.
o Helping clients sign up for programs and help creating job resumes
o Referring guests to community services and resources
o Taking phone messages for guests
o Handing out toiletries and making up toiletry kits
o Offering technical support to Executive Director
o Help post approved materials on social media and blog
o Help at our Butterfly Boutique Thrift Shop & Outreach Center; Wednesday-Saturday- Pick 1-2 days per week to word from 10:00-4:00 helping run the register, helping clients
o Copying and faxing for guests
o Engaging with our guests in the sitting room through organized games
o Playing with children while moms participate in support groups
· Summer interns participate in a series of webinars that may explore social justice, human trafficking or court advocacy support and issues.
o Strong communication and interpersonal skills
o Flexibility in a team centered environment
o Ability to handle a variety of demands in a fast-paced work environment
o Fluency in a second or multiple language is an asset but not required
o Monday-Friday, 15-20 hours per week for a minimum of 14 weeks.
· Help with Fundraising. Responsibilities include:
· Positive communication is critical to our ability to provide hope for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Be part of our Communication Team. The Communications team raises awareness and burnishes the image of Friend to Friend through media and public relations, marketing and publications.
· Development/Communications intern responsibilities may include:
o Running our summer social enterprises client program-candle making
o Assisting with special event planning including correspondence and thank-you correspondence
o Placing news stories and creating a social media presence
o Recording client stats in excel spread sheets
o Researching article topics and newsletter ideas
o Performing administrative tasks
o Create posts for all social media
o Provide technical support to Executive Director
o Help Community Educator with community education and fairs
o Clerical office duties including answering phone and filing
o Learning how to use fundraising software and volunteer management software
· Summer interns participate in a series of webinars that explore social justice, or advocacy issues.
o Strong communication skills, both oral and written
o Organization skills
o Attention to detail
o Strong computer skills; Microsoft Office Suite, Social Media
o Monday-Friday, 15 hours per week for a minimum of 8-10 weeks.
Outreach Overview starts in September 2016
· The intern will work in our Outreach Department, which connects with women in the community who are unable to come into Friend to Friend. Stabilization workers meet with women in their homes to provide resources and support to keep them housed.Friendly Visitorsmeet weekly with women in their homes or facilities to develop friendships that help combat social isolation. Our Outreach Vanvisits underserved neighborhoods in the Moore County area in the evening and offers women vital resource and referral information, as well as necessary items such as clothing, toiletries, blankets, food and water.
· Outreach intern responsibilities may include:
o assisting staff and giving out items to past clients
o assisting with research projects looking at guest needs and available services in the community
o accompanying outreach staff on their visits to guest in their homes
o sharing stories or doing recreational activities with a woman in her home or facility on a weekly basis as a Friendly Visitor
o organizing, setting up and signing up guests for Outreach workshops and Support Groups
o helping with administrative projects including data entry
o strong communication and interpersonal skills
o ability to handle a variety of demands in a fast-paced work environment
o fluency in a second or multiple language is an asset but not required
o On call sexual assault hospital accompaniment is open to human service, nursing students or social advocates interested in learning more about direct service advocacy. Free Training is a requirement for this job.
o Monday-Friday, 15 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks. Specific hours are 11:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.