Internship Opportunities

 

Internship opportunities at Opening Doors allow students to consolidate and apply learning from school coursework to relevant on-the-job experience. If you are a student, our internship program is designed for you. You can expect:

  • A formal work arrangement that is part of an educational or training course where you must gain experience in a particular field
  • The length of the arrangement will be based on your school’s requirements and our organizational needs
  • You will receive skills development opportunities that help you transition from study to work
  • While you are expected to follow professional standards, the work performed is measured by periodic evaluation as required by your affiliated school
  • As an intern, you are the chief beneficiary of the arrangement

While these internships are designed for students, we can arrange a volunteer opportunity as well. Volunteer positions are less formal and not linked to an educational institution, but still offer opportunities for professional development.

 

Below are descriptions of all internships, however, please only apply to open positions. Check back at a later date for new openings.

 

Open Positions

 

Legal Intern

Refugee Resettlement - Case Management Intern

New: Intensive Case Associate Volunteer/Intern

Survivors of Human Trafficking - Case Management Intern

Financial Capability Program Intern

Communications Intern

 

 

 

Legal Intern

 

Intern Job Description

Interns have the opportunity to serve and provide assistance in family based immigration, nonimmigrant visas such as T, U, and VAWA, Naturalization/Citizenship, Adjustment of Statues, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals related immigration relief options. This entails working as a liaison with law enforcement from various branches of the federal and local government. Work includes interviewing clients of various backgrounds, especially female victims of crimes, preparation of immigration applications and papers, and legal research.

 

Requirements:

  • Enrollment in an ABA law school
  • Enrollment in immigration law strongly preferred
  • Spanish speaking strongly preferred, but not required

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to volunteers@openingdoorsinc.org. Include “Legal Internship– [Your name]” in the subject line.

 

 

 

Refugee Resettlement - Case Management Intern

 

Intern Job Description

Opening Doors’ Refugee Resettlement Program helps refugees from around the world restart their lives in our community. The goal of the program is to assist our clients with all aspects of resettlement and integration into a new country and new way of life.

 

Case Management interns work with refugees and gain casework skills as well as advocacy experience. Additionally, interns are exposed to the social welfare system and are taught how to manage client cases. Interns will also be exposed to numerous opportunities to strengthen language skills and further multicultural awareness. Applicants must be able to deal with confidential information, possess excellent interpersonal skills, and preferably, be bilingual.

 

Requirements:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience working with multicultural populations
  • Extremely detail oriented
  • Ability to work creatively and independently by developing own projects
  • An interest in international issues, human rights, and refugee assistance
  • Experience with client advocacy

Preferred:

  • Bilingual, written and/or verbal proficiency in Arabic, Farsi, or Nepali
  • Experience working with culturally diverse clients
  • Ability to transport clients to and from appointments

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to volunteers@openingdoorsinc.org. Include “Case Management Internship (Refugee Resettlement)– [Your name]” in the subject line.

 

 

Refugee Resettlement - Intensive Case Assosicate Volunteer/Intern

 

Volunteer Job Description

Intensive Case Associate (ICA) volunteers work with the Intensive Case Manager and refugees to gain both casework skills and advocacy experience. Additionally, volunteers are exposed to the social welfare system and are taught how to manage client cases. ICA volunteers are exposed to numerous opportunities to strengthen cross-cultural communication skills and broaden their multicultural awareness.

 

Requirements:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and creatively problem solve
  • Demonstrate flexibility and competent work under pressure
  • Extremely detail oriented
  • Experience working with multicultural populations
  • Demonstrated interest in international issues, health, and/or mental health
  • Experience with client advocacy
  • Ability to transport clients to and from appointments

Preferred:

  • Bilingual, written and/or verbal proficiency in Arabic, Farsi, Dari, or Pashto

  • Experience working with culturally diverse clients

  • Access to personal transportation

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to volunteers@openingdoorsinc.org. Include “Intensive Case Volunteer– [Your name]” in the subject line.

 

*This position would be an internship if it directly relates to your major/classes, and if your school is willing to give you credit in exchange for doing an internship. If not, you would be a volunteer, but with all the same duties and expectations.

 

 

Survivors of Human Trafficking - Case Management Intern

 

Intern Job Description

The Case Management intern in the Survivors of Human Trafficking Program (SOT) responds to both emergency and non-emergency calls from victims of human trafficking.  Interns with the language capacity of the victim may also be asked to provide translations during a client’s initial screening. The Case Management intern effectively supports existing relationships with referral organizations and agencies. Additionally, the intern assists clients in all capacities requested by case managers.

 

Requirements:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience working with multicultural populations
  • Ability to work well independently or as part of a team
  • Experience with client advocacy
  • Tactful, discrete, and able to deal with confidential information

Preferred:

  • Bilingual (Spanish, Arabic, Farsi, or Russian preferred)
  • Ability to transport clients to and from appointments

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to volunteers@openingdoorsinc.org. Include “Case Management Internship (SOT)– [Your name]” in the subject line.

 

 

 

Financial Capability Program Intern

 

Intern Job Description

This position provides a range of support activities for the Hispanic Prosperity Program. For this position, we seek a well-organized, highly-motivated candidate who has a background in, or passion to learn about: personal finance and financial management, transitioning individuals into entrepreneurs, and the multi-ethnic environment of the Sacramento area. 

 

Major responsibilities and duties of this internship include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide administrative support to the Hispanic Prosperity Project Manager and program staff.
  • Assist with the preparation and dissemination of class materials and manage confidential documents.
  • Assist with the planning, coordination and setup of various events, including workshops, classes, graduation events, fundraisers, etc.
  • Review and grade participant classwork and homework, and transcribe class notes.
  • Communicate with clients, via phone and email, on a variety of topics, including client demographic data, upcoming class reminders, etc.
  • Compile and input client and program data in various databases and client tracking software.
  • Perform research into market conditions, community resources, funding partners, collaborative partners, etc.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of marketing and outreach strategies; compose “success stories” for local media.

Requirements:

  • Available on some evenings and weekends.
  • Strong verbal communications skills, including professional, articulate phone skills; fluency in Spanish and English is required.
  • Strong office, administrative, and research skills; ability to collect, compile, input, and analyze various data.
  • Solid business writing skills (writing samples will be required from applicants); competency in Microsoft Word and other MS Office products.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as in a team environment.
  • Strong academic record, as well as a “Can-Do” attitude and eagerness to learn.
  • Basic understanding of personal financial management issues and topics is preferred, but not required.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter, and additional business writing sample to volunteers@openingdoorsinc.org. Include “Financial Capability Program Intern – [Your name]” in the subject line.

 

 

Communications Intern

 

Responsibilities:

The Communications Intern assists the marketing department with developing communications materials that expand the agency’s presence in the community to attract donors and clients.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Interviewing staff, clients, and volunteers for newsletter articles.
  • Writing and editing newsletter and blog quality stories, with pictures and appropriate connections to current events.
  • Increasing the agency’s social media presence
  • Assisting with the development of organizational print media (pamphlets, brochures, etc.)

Qualifications:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Comfortable working on teams in a fast-paced environment
  • High level of attention to details
  • Proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel)

Preferred:

  • Journalism and/or public relations experience
  • Experience with the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Graphic Design skills

How to Apply: Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter, and additional business writing sample to volunteers@openingdoorsinc.org. Include “Communications Intern – [Your name]” in the subject line.

 

 

Closed Positions

 

Please check back later if you are intersted in the following positions:

Human Trafficking - Outreach Intern

Immigration Legal Services - Case Management Intern

Microenterprise/Economic Development Intern

Volunteer Management Intern

 

 

Human Trafficking - Outreach Intern

 

Intern Job Description

The Outreach Intern is responsible for assisting with coordinating and meeting outreach goals, and to assume a leadership role for special events and other projects.

 

The main planning, development, and evaluation functions include: organizing and coordinating SOT outreach and trainings with social service agencies and interested parties in Sacramento and the surrounding counties; maintaining public relations, including participating in community events, tabling, and providing trainings to student groups; and researching and applying for appropriate public and private funding sources, including the State of California, the Federal agencies concerned with survivors of trafficking services, and other social service agencies.

 

Requirements:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent research, writing and organizational skills
  • Willing to work in fast-paced environment
  • Extremely detail oriented
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Experience working with multicultural populations
  • Proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)

How to Apply:

Position is currently filled. Please check back at a later date.

 

 

 

Immigration Legal Services - Case Management Intern

 

Intern Job Description

Case Management interns report to the Immigration Legal Services (ILS) program manager and assist with case management and meeting outreach goals.  The ILS Case Management intern will also have responsibilities in managing the everyday operations of the program including scheduling appointments, file organization, and case management for immigrants who are victims of crime.

 

Case management duties may include, but are not limited to: contacting clients, ensuring required documentation is thorough, complete, and submitted by client, and monitoring client’s progress through phone calls, email exchange, and in-person meetings. Outreach duties include updating and maintaining a database of community outreach contacts, developing letters and fact sheets and other informational materials about ILS services for outreach purposes, and ensuring timely follow up to all inquiries and meetings.

 

ILS interns are responsible for understanding program objectives including a basic understanding of the immigration services offered by Opening Doors.

 

Requirements:

  • Fluent in written and spoken Spanish
  • Proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Excellent research, writing and organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal communications skills
  • Ability to read, write, and speak Spanish
  • Willing to work in fast-paced environment
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously

How to Apply:

Position is currently filled. Please check back at a later date.

 

 

Microenterprise/Economic Development Intern (bilingual Dari)

 

Intern Job Description

The Microenterprise/Economic Development Intern reports to the Microenterprise Program Manager. They assist with coordinating and meeting outreach goals, spreading the word about the microenterprise program, and translating language appropriate training materials. The intern must understand program objectives and continuously review program activities to ensure they are focused on achieving stated goals.

As the Intern for this program, you will assist in coordinating and organizing outreach and trainings related to the microenterprise program to the Afghan refugee community in Sacramento and surrounding counties. You may also participate in and present at trainings and events for various groups. Your goal will be to spread the word about our programs to refugee communities, and assist the program in providing appropriate support and training for businesses. This is a great experience for someone interested in economic development, social justice, grassroots movements, and other activist work. 

 

Requirements:

  • Bilingual in Dari/Farsi
  • Excellent research, writing, and organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal communications skills, including public speaking skills
  • Ability to self-start and work independently
  • Willing to work in fast-paced environment
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Passion for helping others and making a difference
  • Business, Economic, or Finance major a plus

How to Apply:
Position is currently filled. Please check back at a later date.

 

 

 

Volunteer Management Intern

 

Intern Job Description

Interns focus on recruiting and managing local volunteers. They build relationships with the volunteers, and foster community outreach, organization, and supervision skills. In addition, Volunteer Management interns may be involved with small scale event planning and will work with the Office Manager to coordinate volunteer and office activities.  

 

Requirements:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Sound judgment and decision making skills
  • Highly organized with an ability to balance competing priorities
  • Proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is a plus)
  • Detail oriented

Preferred:

  • Experience with community outreach initiatives
  • Experience with event planning

How to Apply:

Position is currently filled. Please check back at a later date.