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.

 

How to Apply:
Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to
volunteers@openingdoorsinc.org. "Include Position Title– [Your name]” in the subject line.

 

Open Positions

 

Refugee Resettlement- Case Management Intern

 

Intern Job Description:

Case Management volunteers work with refugees and gain both casework skills and advocacy experience. Additionally, volunteers are exposed to the social welfare system and are taught how to manage client cases. Refugee Resettlement volunteers are exposed to numerous opportunities to strengthen cross-cultural communication skills and broaden their multicultural awareness. Applicants must possess a high degree of cross cultural sensitivity and patience, be creative communicators and effective troubleshooters, pay close attention to detail, be able to handle confidential information, and possess excellent interpersonal skills.

 

Requirements:
•Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
•Experience working with multicultural populations
•Extremely detail oriented
•Ability to work independently and creatively problem solve
•Demonstrated interest in international issues, human rights, and refugee assistance
•Experience with client advocacy
•Ability to transport clients to and from appointments

 

Preferred:
•Bilingual, written and/or verbal proficiency in Arabic, Farsi, Dari, or Russian
•Experience working with culturally diverse clients

 

 

 

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

 

 

Hispanic Prosperity Project 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.

 

 

 

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