Help make a difference with us
Here at Children’s Home and LSS we are so appreciative of the thousands of hours volunteers contribute annually. Typically we can utilize volunteer support at our special events, with our adoption groups, to help with clerical needs and in the form of academic internships.
Children’s Home Society and Lutheran Social Service of MN actively foster an environment that is free of racism, discrimination, bias, and harassment where all individuals are treated with dignity, safety and respect.
Adoption Digital Outreach & Marketing Intern
Length of Internship: Spring/Summer 2018. Minimum of three months; Start and end dates can be flexible. Flexible scheduling during business hours.
Location: St. Paul, MN
Position Description: We are currently looking for an intern who is ready to learn about marketing and communications and is not afraid to try new things. As our Adoption Digital Outreach and Marketing Intern, you will have opportunities to think outside of the box and get hands-on experience! Although this is an unpaid internship, we are committed to making it worth your while. In your role, you will work on materials that can become part of a portfolio for future job applications/interviews. Additionally, if there are specific aspects of marketing or marketing applications that you seek experience using, we will do our best to ensure you leave the internship feeling more informed and familiar in these areas.
As part of your internship, you will assist with our marketing and communications needs by:
- Optimizing and creating content as part of an initiative to build our presence on Pinterest.
- Developing advocacy videos and blogs about children who wait for adoption.
- Building infographics for social media and emails.
- Writing and scheduling social media posts and ads.
- Assisting with the assessment of our outreach efforts via Google Analytics and other platforms.
- Updating email marketing and client management database.
- Researching and collecting ideas for future print and online marketing.
- Identifying bloggers and content creators with whom we may be able to partner.
- Updating and creating new print materials as needed.
- Preparing materials for upcoming information meetings and conferences.
- Other duties as assigned. We are open to new ideas, so would love to chat and brainstorm about new campaigns that you might think up during your time with us!
This position is approximately 10-15 hours per week; we can discuss additional hours if you want. We are looking for someone who can start in November or later—we’re open to a start date that coincides with the Spring semester if preferred.
This position will report into the Web Communications Specialist.
Qualifications: We are looking for candidates who are passionate about helping children and families, and value the many voices and perspectives that exist in each story. Current enrollment in marketing, communications, design, videography/photography, or English programs is preferred. If not attending school, demonstrated interest in marketing and communications work is preferred.
Candidates do not necessarily need to have experience with the following programs, but must have an interest in learning how to use them to meet marketing needs: website content management platforms (WordPress experience preferred), basic HTML, email marketing (MailChimp preferred), photo and video editing software, PicMonkey, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Piktochart, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, HootSuite, BuzzSumo, and Animoto. Candidates should be proficient with Microsoft Office Suite.
How to Apply: Please email your resume to Erin Heisler at firstname.lastname@example.org. If not explicit in your resume, in your email please include information about your familiarity with programs listed under the qualifications section of this job description.
Post Adoption, Education & Children’s Program Intern
Length of Internship: Fall 2017 – Summer 2018 ideal. Shorter terms can be discussed.
Location: St. Paul, MN
Position Description: The Post Adoption & Education team at Children’s Home and LSS is seeking a Bachelor’s level intern. This intern will have client contact through assisting with children’s programming. The intern will gain knowledge and experience about the agency and department functions; work together as a team member with staff and other volunteers; help facilitate children’s activity groups of adopted persons with staff assistance; research a variety of adoption topics; other duties as assigned. Additional duties may include assistance with post adoption file research and background reports, review of post placement reports to country of origin or other adoption related work; comply with all policies and procedures of Children’s Home and LSS.
This position is approximately 16-24 hours/week, but is flexible depending on the requirements of the intern’s school program. Intern must be available 2-3 Saturday mornings per month, until 1 p.m. for groups (September-April). Availability for one full week in June and July, for two Adoption Day Camps, is preferred.
Qualifications: Enrollment or degree in a secondary-education program focused on children, social work, families, global studies, or similar; enjoy working with children ages 1-14; ability to work as a team member and to accept responsibility; ability to act independently and to seek consultation when needed; understanding and acceptance of children and parents from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds; excellent interpersonal skills including problem solving and team building; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to co-facilitate a children’s therapy group; comfortable using Microsoft programs, such as PowerPoint and Word; interest in learning about the adoption and post-adoption fields. Completing a successful MN background check, including finger prints, is required for this position.
Clinical supervision (LICSW) is not available for this internship.
This position reports to the Education Coordinator, and supervision/consultation will be provided by the Director of Post Adoption & Education Services.
How to Apply: Please email your résumé and cover letter to Susan Walker at email@example.com.
Please check back for opportunities.
Korean Translation VOLUNTEER
Summary: The International Post Adoption team at Children’s Home and Lutheran Social Services is seeking a volunteer or student intern to help with translating letters, emails, and reports. Duties may include translation of Post Adoption background reports, letters, or other adoption related work. Volunteer will comply with all policies and procedures of Children’s Home and LSS. This position is flexible and the volunteer is able to determine their own pace and workload. Assignments received will adhere to deadlines, usually as soon as possible, or up to a 2-4 week turnaround timeline.
Time Commitment: The minimum commitment for this position is 4-6 months; needs are ongoing. Work is completed remotely via phone, email and scans and the hours are set by the volunteer with the understanding of deadlines that need to be met.
Qualifications: Volunteer must have fluent command of both the English and Korean languages and have the ability to work as a team member and to accept responsibility with timelines; ability to act independently and to seek consultation when needed; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to use Microsoft Word, PDF, and email; and an interest in learning about the adoption and post-adoption fields. Background check is required.
How to Apply: Please email your résumé and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.