Internship

Social Fabric Initiative Intern Job Description

Undergraduate/Graduate Level Internship
(June 3, 2019 - August 23, 2019)

What is the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice?

As part of the University of San Diego's Kroc School, the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
(Kroc IPJ) works together with peacemakers to develop powerful new approaches to end cycles of
violence and advance this learning locally and globally. The Kroc IPJ co-creates learning, builds
networks, and mobilizes resources to support peacemakers working on the issues facing their
communities around the world and here in San Diego.

What is the Social Fabric Initiative?

Youth today are yearning for more opportunities to engage with each other and their communities in positive ways through leadership, experience, and action. The Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice is launched a new program, the Social Fabric Initiative (SFI), to prepare youth for success while contributing to a more connected, cohesive, peaceful San Diego. We believe that if youth are given the opportunity to work collaboratively in diverse teams and to make positive contributions to their community, then they will gain the skills and relationships necessary for success.

Looking for a Paid Internship with an Impact?

All SFI Interns for summer 2019 will use what they learn through hands-on internship training and site-visits to local organizations to manage and lead diverse teams of high school youth. SFI is seeking part-time undergraduate and graduate Interns for three different positions:

Event Lead: The Event Lead will help organize our main events including the Pre-Launch, Launch, Summit, various workshops, and meetings. This will involve researching, visiting, and reserving spaces, catering, parking, managing event budgets, and all other logistical and operational aspects of the events. The Event Lead provides leadership, motivation, direction and support to the entire SFI staff.
*NOTE: The Event Lead position begins in early April and extends through the summer.

Thread Lead: Thread Leads manage teams of local high school youth that are driven by their passions to create impact and develop creative solutions to address community needs.  This will involve acting as the main liaison between the Volunteers and the Mentors, as well as between the Volunteers and other SFI staff. At the end of the summer, each Thread Lead will write a case study to reflect on their Thread’s process to achieve their final products.

Marketing Lead: The Marketing Lead is responsible for managing social media, the SFI website, and other communications strategies.  The Marketing Lead is the main point of contact for any communications between the program and its participants. The Marketing Lead will create and follow a social media toolkit, attend Thread meetings to capture the essence of the program for outward facing purposes, manage the website, and update it with any new content.

Graduate Interns will also be responsible for research, monitoring and evaluation, and applying for grant opportunities.

What’s the Commitment?

For this paid internship, undergraduate Interns are expected to work 20-25 hours per week and graduate Interns are expected to work 25-29 hours per week. All Interns are required to attend the Launch Events, intensive intern training, the Summit Event, workshops, and weekly team meetings. With the exception of these mandatory dates, hours worked will be coordinated individually.

When are the Mandatory Dates?

  • Pre-Launch Event: June 8
  • Intensive Intern Training: June 3-7
  • Summit Event: August 21
  • Workshops: TBD

What are We Looking for in an Intern?

  • Strong interest in community relations, peacebuilding and changemaking efforts.
  • Experience and/or strong interest in working with youth and peer leadership.
  • Possesses a growth mindset and is an innovative thinker.
  • Has a passion for environmental and social justice issues.
  • Meticulous​ ​attention​ ​to​ ​detail​ ​and​ ​well-organized.
  • Strong​ ​interpersonal​ ​skills​ ​and​ ​experience​ ​working​ ​in​ ​an​ ​intercultural​ ​environment.
  • Self-starter​ ​with​ ​the​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​work​ ​independently​ ​and​ ​in​ ​a​ ​team.
  • Team​ ​player​ ​with​ ​a​ ​commitment​ ​to​ ​seeing​ ​a​ ​project​ ​through​ ​to​ ​successful conclusion.
  • Fluency​ ​in​ ​Spanish​ ​a​ ​plus.
  • For the Marketing Lead, experience with social media platforms and web management is a plus.
  • For the Event Lead, experience with event planning and budget management a plus.

What Will You Learn as an Intern?

  • Develop communication, leadership, budget and project management skills.
  • Opportunity to connect with local organizations addressing some of our most pressing issues.
  • Mentorship from working professionals in related fields.
  • Experience designing and managing small-scale projects and budgets.
  • Balance between independent, partnership, and teamwork.

How to Apply:

Applications are currently closed. Please contact ipj@sandiego.edu for more details.
  1. A​ ​completed​ ​​Application​ ​Form
  2. Cover​ ​Letter​ –​ 500-word​ ​maximum. The cover letter should ​demonstrate​ ​to​ ​us​ ​your​ ​interest​ ​in​ ​the Social Fabric Initiative ​and​ ​the​ ​position​ you are applying for. Include​ ​your​ ​objectives​ ​for​ ​and​ ​expectations​ ​of​ ​an SFI ​internship,​ ​and​ ​how​ ​these​ ​apply​ ​to your​ ​career​ ​or​ ​educational​ ​interests.​ ​Explain​ ​why​ ​you​ ​are​ ​an ideal ​candidate​ ​for this​ ​position​ ​and​ ​what​ ​relevant​ ​experience​ ​you​ ​have​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​to​ ​the​ ​table.
  3. CV or Resume
  4. One Letter of Reference from a teacher or employer. Someone who can speak to your skills, passion, dedication, work ethic, and interests is best.

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Current Intern Description

As part of the University of San Diego's Kroc School, the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (Kroc IPJ) works together with peacemakers to develop powerful new approaches to end cycles of violence, while advancing this learning locally and globally. The Kroc IPJ co-creates learning, builds networks, and mobilizes resources to support peacemakers working on the issues facing their communities around the world and here in San Diego.

As an intern at the Kroc IPJ, you will have the opportunity to learn about the hard work of building more peaceful communities by working alongside the Institute's staff. Kroc IPJ interns research, write, work on project design and implementation, plan events, develop social media, and more.

Kroc IPJ internships are paid opportunities. Interns are expected to work 15 hours per week. Scheduling these hours is flexible to accommodate a student schedule, but will take place primarily during regular office hours (9-5) Monday through Friday.

Communications & Marketing Lead

As part of the University of San Diego's Kroc School, the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (Kroc IPJ) works together with peacemakers to develop powerful new approaches to end cycles of violence, while advancing this learning locally and globally. The Kroc IPJ co-creates learning, builds networks, and mobilizes resources to support peacemakers working on the issues facing their communities around the world and here in San Diego.

The Social Fabric Initiative (SFI) is a program within Kroc IPJ that works to build more connected communities by mobilizing youth to engineer creative solutions to real-world issues.  High school Volunteers work with college students and corporation-based Mentors to create a community change project throughout the summer.  These groups, or Threads, present their final product at the Summit Event in August.

The Communications & Marketing Lead will help to develop social media, edit the website, fundraise, and advertise for our major events.  These events include the Pre-Launch, Launch, Summit, and various workshops and meetings held throughout the summer.

Kroc IPJ internships are paid opportunities. Interns are expected to work 15-20 hours per week. Scheduling these hours is flexible to accommodate a student schedule, but will take place primarily during regular office hours (9-5) Monday through Friday.

Event Lead

As part of the University of San Diego's Kroc School, the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (Kroc IPJ) works together with peacemakers to develop powerful new approaches to end cycles of violence, while advancing this learning locally and globally. The Kroc IPJ co-creates learning, builds networks, and mobilizes resources to support peacemakers working on the issues facing their communities around the world and here in San Diego.

The Social Fabric Initiative (SFI) is a program within Kroc IPJ that works to build more connected communities by mobilizing youth to engineer creative solutions to real-world issues.  High school Volunteers work with college students and corporation-based Mentors to create a community change project throughout the summer.  These groups, or Threads, present their final product at the Summit Event in August.

The Event Lead will help to organize our main events including the Pre-Launch, Launch, Summit, various workshops, and meetings.  This will involve researching and reserving space, catering, and other aspects of the events.  *NOTE*: The Event Lead must be able to start in early April.

Kroc IPJ internships are paid opportunities. Interns are expected to work 15-20 hours per week. Scheduling these hours is flexible to accommodate a student schedule, but will take place primarily during regular office hours (9-5) Monday through Friday.

Thread Lead

As part of the University of San Diego's Kroc School, the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (Kroc IPJ) works together with peacemakers to develop powerful new approaches to end cycles of violence, while advancing this learning locally and globally. The Kroc IPJ co-creates learning, builds networks, and mobilizes resources to support peacemakers working on the issues facing their communities around the world and here in San Diego.

The Social Fabric Initiative (SFI) is a program within Kroc IPJ that works to build more connected communities by mobilizing youth to engineer creative solutions to real-world issues.  High school Volunteers work with college students and corporation-based Mentors to create a community change project throughout the summer.  These groups, or Threads, present their final product at the Summit Event in August.

Thread Leads are responsible for guiding and supporting the high school Volunteers in the creation of their projects.  This will involve acting as the main liaison between the Volunteers and the Mentors, as well as between the Volunteers and other SFI staff.  Thread Leads must also coordinate meetings between the members of their Thread (Volunteers and Mentors).  At the end of the summer, each Thread Lead will write a case study to reflect on their Thread’s process to achieve their final products.

Kroc IPJ internships are paid opportunities. Interns are expected to work 15-20 hours per week. Scheduling these hours is flexible to accommodate a student schedule, but will take place primarily during regular office hours (9-5) Monday through Friday.

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