Community Development Intern
Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream (OCC) at Villagebrook Apartments
The Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream is a multi-purpose, neighborhood resource center serving a low-income, ethnically diverse neighborhood in southeast Carol Stream. OCC is partnering with the Villagebrook Apartments to provide educational and social service support, case management, and community development services for its residents.
The Outreach Community Center at Villagebrook is currently expanding its on-site services at Villagebrook Apartments that help to further the employment goals of residents, connect residents to community services, address transportation limitations and provide access to educational opportunities by hosting on-site events and workshops on topics like parenting support, adult education or ESL classes.
The intern will work closely with the Villagebrook Program Coordinator to innovate and develop programs by conducting research that will inform changes and growth. The intern will work directly with the coordinator to develop opportunities tailored to the needs of Villagebrook residents. Responsibilities include tutoring adult residents in basic computer skills, assisting residents with job searches and resume writing/editing, conducting needs assessments and making referrals to local agencies, assisting with Community Council and Teen Council, and transporting clients for job interviews, grocery trips, medical appointments, etc. Additional opportunities are available for interns who have an interest in working with older adults or elementary students.
The intern will receive experience in the over-all working of a Christian, community-based social service ministry. The intern will receive valuable community assessment and development experience and gain a deeper understanding of the issues confronting families in the community and the supportive resources available to them.
BA/BSW or MA/MSW student in social work, community development, or a related field. Ideal intern candidates will enjoy talking with people, analyzing social issues and finding solutions through collaboration with others. Flexible, highly motivated, energized by new ideas and able to work in a developing environment. Basic computer skills are required. Preference will be given to interns who are able and willing to transport clients. Outreach seeks interns that demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of low-income and diverse populations who also support OCM’s Statement of Mission & Faith.
15-25 hours/week; 3-5 days/week between the hours of 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday
This internship is available for one semester or for the entire academic year.
Individual supervision provided weekly by the Villagebrook Program Coordinator. Master’s level supervision is also available.
Shalina Wozny | www.outreachcommunityministries.org