Internship Opportunities

INTERN WITH VOZ

VOZ is currently seeking highly motivated individuals who are passionate about issues of social and economic justice to join our team as interns! Internships at Voz are unpaid. There are several positions (descriptions below) available including:

  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • ESL Coordinator
  • Leadership Development Intern
  • Organizing Intern
  • Database Intern
  • Marketing Intern
  • Social Media Intern

Interested in gaining professional experience working with a well-established community nonprofit? E-mail your résumé to volunteercoordinator@portlandvoz.org to express your interest!

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VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

POSITION: Volunteer Coordinator

SUPERVISOR: Deputy Director

PRIMARY ROLE: The volunteer Coordinator oversees the volunteer program and recruits, motivates, trains and supervises volunteers for utilization at VOZ events and programs. The volunteer coordinator will serve as the primary liaison between VOZ staff and volunteers. The Volunteer Coordinator acts as a gateway between the community and VOZ. It is their job to make sure that volunteers who come to work with the organization are willing and able to work to support the VOZ Mission Statement.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Respond from and manage Volunteer Coordinator email
  • Update volunteer needs on VOZ website, Hands on Portland, and social media
  • Interview/Orient new volunteers and connect them with proper staff for volunteer position
  • Assist staff with changing volunteer needs and special events
  • Create and maintain volunteer files, including up to date contact information and skills
  • Record volunteer hours
  • Conduct monthly volunteer orientation meetings in order to recruit new volunteers as well as increase the volunteer support base
  • Do community outreach to increase VOZ’s volunteer base
  • Oversee volunteer recognition to reinforce the importance of VOZ’s volunteers and the volunteer program by creating and implementing volunteer recognition opportunities, such as a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner or thank you cards
  • Assist Staff with Curriculum development for workshops, classes, and teach-ins, and facilitate the training of volunteers for these programs
  • Complete special Development and volunteer projects
  • Other duties as assigned by Supervisor or Program

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Strong time management, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Passionate about people, human rights and justice and with a great attitude representative of VOZ
  • Ability to manage, network, and motivate staff, volunteers, and day laborers.
  • Familiarity with WordPress, Google Docs, managing social media a plus
  • Knowledge of current immigrant’s rights and labor rights issues
  • Ability to organize and maintain detailed records and confidential information, complete necessary paperwork, and meet deadlines.
  • Self-motivation, with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Proficiency in Spanish preferred, but not required

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ESL COORDINATOR

POSITION: ESL Coordinator

COMMITMENT: 10-12 hrs/week. 3 month minimum

SUPERVISOR: Worker’s Center Coordinator

PRIMARY ROLE: The role of the ESL Coordinator is to help Voz staff lead the ESL Program at Voz. This involves scheduling ESL Teachers to acceptable days and times, as well as orienting new ESL Teachers who wish to teach an ESL Class at Voz.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Coordinating ESL Teachers and Classes
  • Be available consistently via email to both Voz staff and volunteers
  • Addressing needs of day laborers to develop better ESL Programs
  • Working closely with Volunteer Coordinator to fill ESL Needs

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Ability to stay highly organized and keep an upadated calendar of ESL Teachers and Classes
  • Knowledgable of ESL Programs in general as well as Voz’s ESL program
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Bilingual English-Spanish preferred, but not necessary

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ORGANIZING INTERN

POSITION: Organizing Intern

SUPERVISOR: Internal Organizer

PRIMARY ROLE: We seek a passionate, committed, organized and energetic intern to support our Organizer in fulfilling her job duties. The Organizer Coordinator will help promote participation and leadership development of day laborers, organize assemblies, workshops, events, and meetings in pursuit of VOZ’s mission: to be a worker-led organization that empowers immigrants and day laborers to gain control over their working conditions through organizing, leadership development and community education.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist organizing and carrying out assemblies, workshops, events, meetings,
  • and soccer practices
  • Motivate day laborers to participate and lead
  • Document proceedings
  • Maintain files, schedules, and participation/leadership data in Voz’s database

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Strong personal interest in human rights and social justice advocacy
  • Strong command of spoken and written Spanish

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LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT INTERN

POSITION: Leadership Development Intern

SUPERVISOR: Internal Organizer

PRIMARY ROLE: The Leadership Development Intern will be helping the Internal Organizer in planning, organizing, and facilitating a leadership development workshop for the day laborers at the MLK Workers’ Center. This position would require one weekly meeting with the Internal Organizer to help put together curriculum and materials for the workshop, as well as spread the word to the jornaleros about the upcoming learning opportunity.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist Internal Organizer with planning Leadership Development Workshop
  • One weekly meeting with the Internal Organizer
  • Outreach at the MLK Workers’ Center to spark interest among the workers

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Strong personal interest in human rights and social justice advocacy
  • Spanish-speaking skills required
  • Experience a strong plus, but not required

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MARKETING INTERN

POSITION: Marketing Coordinator Intern

SUPERVISOR: MLK Jr. Workers’ Center Coordinator

PRIMARY ROLE: The Marketing Coordinator will work directly with the MLK Jr. Worker Center Coordinator to conduct community outreach for the Worker Center and assist with the Center’s regular flyer events on Wednesday mornings.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Form relationships with local media outlets (including social media) in order to perform community outreach and recruit work for the MLK Jr. Worker Center
  • Build relationships with local organizations in order to connect with employers and volunteers for the Center
  • Organize aspects of the Voz weekly flyering events with day laborers, including creating routes, organizing transport, and managing flyer distribution
  • Create materials geared to different potential employers (homeowners, contractors, etc) of day laborers

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Be self-motivated and self-disciplined; with the ability to work independently and with a team
  • Ability and confidence to work with community partners and the media to represent VOZ with professionalism and compassion
  • Have strong writing and communication skills and understand how to navigate media outlets
  • Spanish skills preferred, but not required.

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SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN

POSITION: Social Media Intern

SUPERVISOR: Deputy Director

PRIMARY ROLE: To assist VOZ in establishing and maintaining an online presence. The Social Media Intern will also help to promote existing campaigns at VOZ that involve fundraising, community outreach, and news updates.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Promote VOZ on Facebook, VOZ Website, and Twitter
  • Maintain a consistent online presence for VOZ
  • Work closely with the Fundraising and External Organizing teams to promote
    events
  • Coordinate Give! Guide Campaign (Nov-Dec)
  • Keep VOZ Website up to date with latest news
  • Time commitment of 5 to 15 hours a week

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Strong understanding of various social media outlets (i.e. Facebook, Twitter) and
    their functions
  • Marketing skills that represent VOZ in a positive and professional manner
  • Ability to be highly self motivated and work independently
  • Knowledge of WordPress and well as basic computer skills
  • Spanish skills preferred, but not required

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