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 Intern
  • Building the Dream Intern
  • Community Organizing Intern
  • External Organizing Intern
  • Women’s Program Intern

Interested in gaining professional experience working with a well-established community nonprofit? E-mail your resume 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 serves as the primary liaison between Voz staff and volunteers, and as a gateway between Voz and the community. 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
  • Recording volunteer hours
  • Do community outreach to increase Voz’s volunteer base
  • Time commitment of 10-20 hours weekly

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
  • Experience and/or demonstrated interest in immigrants’ and labor rights issues is a plus
  • Ability to maintain records and confidential information, complete necessary paperwork, and meet deadlines
  • Familiarity with WordPress, Google Docs, managing social media a plus
  • 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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BUILDING THE DREAM INTERN

POSITION: Building the Dream Intern

SUPERVISOR: Deputy Director

PRIMARY ROLE: To assist Voz in managing the process of negotiation with Prosper Portland (formerly the Portland Development Comission) and Day Laborers in order to achieve the goal of building a permanent structure at the MLK Worker Center site.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Attend meetings and note taking
  • Create agendas
  • Communication among all the parties involved in the project
  • Gather and keep up to date with the newest information so it can be communicated to the Executive and Deputy Directors
  • Research
  • Develop reports
  • Time commitment of 20-30 hours a week

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Personal interest in human rights and social justice advocacy
  • Must be quick learner, as the work is complex
  • Strong time management, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Ability to organize and maintain detailed records and confidential information, complete necessary paperwork, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to act professionally as Voz’s ambassador.
  • Self-motivation, with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Spanish skills preferred, but not required
  • Minimum commitment of 2 months

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZING INTERN

POSITION: Community 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 Community Organizing Intern 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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EXTERNAL ORGANIZING INTERN

POSITION:External Organizing Assistant

SUPERVISOR: Executive Director

PRIMARY ROLE: To assist the Executive Director (ED) in coordinating campaigns, managing networks of partners, and mobilizing the community.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Help to organize, plan, and coordinate the logistical support needed for meetings, conferences and workshops, training courses and other meetings sponsored by Voz.
  • Help determine meeting needs such as space allocations, interpretation, translation, specialized conference staff, transportation, and equipment and supplies to ensure that all requirements for holding Voz meetings are met.
  • Attend and takes notes at coalition meetings
  • Participate in the coordination of the preparation of resource documentation for special missions, programs, and activities of the ED in collaboration with relevant areas of Voz.
  • Assist in managing OJO (Observadores para Jornaleros de Oregon), including training and schedule.
  • Research
  • Help manage communication with coalition members
  • Help to coordinate community actions and cultural events
  • Translate documents
  • Draft reports
  • Data entry
  • Help write press releases and invite media to events
  • Write template letters for Day Laborers for different purposes
  • Time commitment of 5-15 hours weekly

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 community partners
  • Experience and/or demonstrated interest in immigrants’ and labor rights issues
  • Experience in community organizing preferred, interest required
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to draft clear and concise text for producing documents, letters and other reports as needed
  • Self-motivation, with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Proficiency in Spanish, minimum 80% fluency preferred

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WOMEN’S PROGRAM INTERN

POSITION: Women Day Laborers Program Assistant

SUPERVISOR: Internal Organizer

PRIMARY ROLE: To assist VOZ staff with the organization and implementation of the Women’s Program.

OBJECTIVE OF THE WOMEN’S PROGRAM: Empowering and promoting work for women in the community through outreach, leadership development, workshops, and community engagement.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Help to create strategies to expand and retain membership
  • Help to motivate women to participate/volunteer with Worker Center activities
  • Promote work for women in the community
  • Assist in collaborations/partnerships with community organizations that serve women
  • Assist in the development of Women’s Leadership workshops
  • Maintain connections with women members and ally organizations
  • Help coordinate trainings and certifications
  • Help develop a method to catalog the information of women referred by ally organizations
  • Track attendance and draft reports of courses and workshops
  • Time commitment of 15-20 hours weekly

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 program members and community partners
  • Experience and/or demonstrated interest in immigrants’ and labor rights issues
  • Experience working with women and/or passion for gender equality
  • Ability to maintain records and confidential information
  • Ability to creatively publicize program (by sharing women’s stories on social media, etc.)
  • Self-motivation, with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Proficiency in Spanish, minimum 80% fluency preferred