INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

At Genesis, we're always looking to collaborate with college students and recent university graduates. Real-life work experience provides interns with a competitive edge and resume-building, and in particular, Genesis Women’s Shelter's internship program offers a rich, immersive experience that will broaden the intern’s horizons while providing the opportunity to gain experience at a well-established nonprofit. Current internship opportunities are listed below.

ADVOCACY INTERN

FUND DEVELOPMENT INTERN

HOTLINE INTERN

COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

STUDENT TEACHING INTERN

Advocacy Intern

Supervisor: Director of Advocacy and Education
Program: Residential or Non-Residential Outreach Offices

Position Purpose:
The purpose of this internship is to gain experience, knowledge, and training in the domestic violence sector and to learn how a non-profit (specifically Domestic Violence) agency is run.

Responsibilities:

  • Participate in advocacy training in areas of client services
  • Participate in cross training (childcare, front office, hotline, operations, etc.)
  • Learn about how non-profits function, especially in the Domestic Violence field
  • Shadow advocacy staff as appropriate
  • Work closely with the Director of Advocacy and Education and Residential and Non-Residential Advocates to assist various client needs
  • Completion of 20 hours of Privilege Training
  • Completion of Hotline or Non-Residential Front Office Training
  • Learn about daily operations of Residential and Non-Residential Campuses
  • Help supervisor with client Court Accompaniment (as scheduled)
  • Help Children’s program with Camp G (as needed)
  • Help with special advocacy department projects

Qualifications:

  • Enrollment in a Bachelor or Masters level Social Work/Counseling/Humanities or related field Program with an internship requirement
    • It must be a class requirement that student seeks an internship
  • Ability to work 12-16 hours a week
    • Must have some weekday daytime availability
    • Must be able to attend weekly Advocate Huddle (meeting takes place every Monday from 1-3pm)
    • Potentially evening and weekend availability
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish) Preferred
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and written
  • Problem solving skills and ability to perform rush tasks.
  • Demonstrates experience with and sensitivity to varying cultural, ethnic, and social backgrounds, values, and attitudes.
  • Acceptance of agency philosophies regarding domestic violence, internal conflict resolutions, and how decisions are made
  • Eagerness to learn and desire to grow
  • Passion for working to end domestic violence
  • Enthusiasm and energy

HOW TO APPLY

*No longer accepting applications for the summer of 2020. Limited space for fall 2020 still available.*

If you are interested in the fall 2020 Internship, please send resume and cover letter to Anna Fagan, assistant director of advocacy and education, at afagan@genesisshelter.org using the subject line “Advocacy Internship Applicant.”

FUND DEVELOPMENT INTERN

Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support is looking for a Fund Development intern eager to support our mission, gain valuable work experience and earn course credit. Members of the Fund Development team are responsible for securing the majority of the Genesis annual operating budget via special events, grant applications, general donations and community fundraisers. The wide breadth of tasks accomplished by this team offers exposure to a variety of different industries, skillsets, career opportunities, projects, audiences and objectives.

REQUIREMENTS
• Current university student or recent graduate
• Available 15-20 hours per week
• Self-starter passionate about women’s issues
• Strong desire to learn
• Flexible and team-oriented attitude

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
• Interface with volunteers and assist with organizational tasks
• Inventory in-kind donations, record of donor participation and prep pieces for distribution
• Help organize and execute events for corporate engagement and education
• Assist in the planning, preparation and execution of annual Genesis special events
• Train in donor database entry, maintenance and upkeep
• Additional duties as assigned to support the Fund Development team

CONTRIBUTION TO STUDENTS
• This internship is unpaid*
• Career exposure
• Industry education
• Task management skills
• Practice building relationships with clients and vendors
• Real-life work experience at highly-respected DFW nonprofit

Click here for a more detailed description of the Fund Development Intern Program.

HOW TO APPLY

*No longer accepting applications for summer 2020. Next opening in fall 2020. 

Please send resume and cover letter to Hollie Groos, director of design, at hgroos@genesisshelter.org using the subject line “Fund Development Internship Applicant.”

HOTLINE INTERN

To promote safety and empowerment of victims of domestic violence by providing hotline office support, including crisis intervention, and administrative office duties.

REQUIREMENTS
• Enrollment in a Bachelor or Masters level Social Work/Counseling/Humanities/or related field.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and written.
• Problem solving skills and ability to perform rush tasks.
• Demonstrates experience with and sensitivity to varying cultural, ethnic, and social backgrounds, values, and attitudes.
• Acceptance of agency philosophies regarding domestic violence, internal conflict resolutions, and how decisions are made.
• 12-16 hours a week- Potentially Evenings and Weekends
• Completion of 20 hours of Privilege Training
• Completion of complete Hotline Training

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
• Perform hotline crisis intervention and assess caller’s needs over phone call. Determine whether caller is appropriate for shelter, and complete steps to help her arrive at the shelter. Develop safety plan with every caller.
• Establish referral relationships with other social service agencies in order to make proper referrals to other resources.
• Complete client intakes, including drug testing, reviewing documents with incoming clients, and familiarizing women with shelter policies. Complete client exit procedures, including getting rooms ready, cleaning, and restocking with toiletry items.
• Maintain accurate file records in electronic filing system Titanium Schedule.
• Attend training as necessary to maintain accurate and adequate knowledge in the field of domestic violence.
• Perform office duties, making sure all client forms and manuals are up-to-date, copies are made.
• Maintain accurate and timely documentation of client services and case notes in compliance with agency guidelines.
• Attend mandatory meetings:
- Supervision with Director of Residential Services – Bi-monthly
• Trainings as requested by supervisor

HOW TO APPLY
Please send resume and cover letter to Jordyn Lawson, director of residential services, at jlawson@genesisshelter.org using the subject line “Hotline Internship Applicant.”

COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

Genesis is seeking an adaptable self-starter interested in exploring the various facets of marketing and communications at an established and well-respected nonprofit. Intern must exhibit excellent written communication skills, a strong desire to learn and a passionate, team-oriented attitude. Intern will be a part of the Fund Development team working alongside a passionate group to plan and execute fundraising campaigns for Genesis throughout the year. These activities contribute to the annual fundraising goals of the agency and further the mission of the organization, and may require interaction with volunteers, donors or clients.

Internships last between three and twelve months, depending on academic calendar and student needs. Schedule can be flexible to accommodate the student’s class schedule, within the range of Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Internship supervisor (director of communications) will work with academic professor as needed to complete the internship for course credit. In lieu of pay, intern will receive class credit, marketing/communication experience for resume building and a deep understanding of communications within the nonprofit setting.

LOCATION
Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support Outreach Office
4411 Lemmon Avenue, Suite 201
Dallas, Texas 75219
(Ability to work remotely is available)

INTERNSHIP SUPERVISOR
Amy Ridings
Director of Communications
aridings@genesisshelter.org
214.389.7702

INTERN DUTIES
Duties listed below will adjust based on the intern’s bandwidth, desired area of focus, strengths and interests, and areas where the student may need additional practice or guidance. Intern is not initially expected to be able to perform all tasks independently, but rather, will be taught through the duration of the internship and gain real-life, applicable experience.

  • Content
    • Blog – intern will manage weekly blog. This includes managing the blog content calendar, suggesting blog topics, ghostwriting blogs from the perspective of counselors or other subject matter experts, editing blogs, posting blogs to the website, etc. Intern will gain experience in WordPress through weekly management of blogs.
    • Monthly eblasts – Genesis sends out a monthly e-newsletter to 17,000 volunteers, donors and prospects. Intern will be encouraged to create the monthly content, taking into consideration both call-to-actions and nurturing/educational content. Intern will also learn the differing email database marketing platforms used at Genesis.
    • Quarterly publication – Three to four times a year, Genesis produces a printed journal to send to volunteers, donors and prospects. Intern will be encouraged to create the quarterly content, taking into consideration both call-to-actions and nurturing/educational content. Through this process, intern will learn about direct mailing and nonprofit database management.
  • Social media
    • Genesis has nearly a dozen social media accounts between Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter. Intern will be responsible for creating and scheduling/posting social media content proactively, as well as responding reactively to comments and messages.
  • Public relations
    • Earned media – intern will be involved in handling inbound media requests. This includes creating media backgrounders to prepare CEO for interviews, sitting in on media interviews and working directly with reporters to coordinate requests. Intern will also be encouraged to proactively reach out to reporters to pitch story ideas for additional media coverage.
    • Press releases and media alerts – intern will be responsible for creating press releases and media alerts ranging from events to organizational updates. Intern will be involved in all steps of the process, including communicating with reporters in response to press releases and media advisories.
    • Op-eds – as societal shifts and events related to violence against women take place in the news (#MeToo movement, Bill Cosby trials, etc.), intern will be encouraged to interview Genesis CEO and ghostwrite opinion pieces as a result. Intern will be involved in all steps of the process, including communicating with outlets to place op-eds.
    • Industry trends – intern will be expected to keep a pulse on the news to notice any industry disruptions or trends of note. News articles may result in social media posts, blog articles, opinion pieces, etc.
  • Integrated marketing campaigns
    • Intern will participate in creating integrated marketing fundraising campaigns, from concepting and strategy through execution. Through this process, intern will learn how to combine all facets (content, social media, public relations, digital) to best achieve desired results.
  • Analytics and reporting
    • Intern will be involved in monthly reporting, including analyzing social media metrics, email marketing, website analytics, success of fundraising campaigns, etc.
  • Special projects
    • Genesis fosters new ideas and innovative thinking; if intern is interested in creating a new project not outlined above (for resume-building, additional experience, etc.) that would mutually benefit the agency and intern, the intern is encouraged to do so! The intern supervisor will allow for autonomy, providing guidance and support when needed.
    • Examples may include, but are not limited to: creating an annual report, building out a new page on the website, making a new piece of collateral that may benefit the agency, etc.

CONTRIBUTIONS TO STUDENT(S)
Real-life work experience provides students a competitive edge upon graduation. In particular, the Genesis Women’s Shelter internship program offers a rich, immersive internship that will broaden the students’ horizons while providing the opportunity to work for a good cause:

  • Because Genesis relies on the entire team to be successful, interns will be responsible for activities that support the organization’s overarching mission and goals rather than trivial tasks.
  • Due to the all-hands-on-deck team attitude at Genesis, interns will work closely with all members of the Fund Development team, allowing the intern the chance to partake in grant writing, event planning and other roles as needed.
  • The Genesis communications internship also allows students the opportunity to interact directly with the CEO, the media, subject matter experts and other influential community partners.
  • Interns will gain invaluable experience to build their resume and expand their portfolio through content creation of blogs, newsletters, publications, op-eds, social media posts, etc.
  • Genesis appreciates innovation and empowers all members of the team, including interns, to share ideas and suggestions. This encourages interns to practice idea sharing and grow confident with speaking up as a vital member of a team.
  • The internship program allows students to gain experience in all areas (content, social media, public relations, digital), and then works to combine all fields to achieve the best results possible.
  • Genesis relies on metrics and analytics, so interns will be gain the instrumental experience of reporting out to gauge and measure results.

HOW TO APPLY
Please send resume and cover letter to Amy Ridings, director of communications, at aridings@genesisshelter.org using the subject line “Internship Application (Communications)”

STUDENT TEACHING INTERNSHIP

The on-site school at Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support gives students who have been affected by domestic violence a safe place to learn and grow. Our summer program allows these students to continue their learning while they explore the world around them. The teaching internship at our school will give the student teacher a unique experience working in the classroom with this special population. In addition to delivering classroom instruction, the teaching intern will have the opportunity to develop instructional plans to meet the needs of a multi-level, multi-grade classroom. Interns will also have the opportunity to attend and facilitate student learning during field experiences.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work as a member of the teaching team to deliver lessons to children participating in the Summer Enrichment program.
  • Provide classroom management on campus and during off-site activities.
  • Develop a learning unit based on state curriculum standards and the school’s curriculum planning guide.
  • Learn about the effect domestic violence has on children, especially as it relates to their learning and behavior in the classroom.
  • Assist in the daily operation of the school and other children’s programs.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Intern should be a recent graduate or student with an education major/minor or part of a teacher certification program.
  • Must be able to devote 20-30 hours per week over a six to nine week period. Hours and duration can be adjusted based on program goals and learning goals of the intern.
  • Experience working with children is preferred.
  • Demonstrate experience with and sensitivity to varying values, attitudes, and backgrounds.
  • Acceptance of agency philosophies regarding domestic violence, internal conflict resolution, and how decisions are made.
  • Completion of a criminal background check.
  • Understand that this position is unpaid. Some meals, off-site transportation, and admission to field activities will be provided.

HOW TO APPLY
Please send cover letter and resume to cbusbey@genesisshelter.org.