McGovern Community Internships

McGovern Community Internships

McGovern Community Internships, as well as paid positions, are designed for students who are ready for immersive, sustained responsibilities in the community.  Internships are developed in partnership between the McGovern Center and nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and businesses. 

For DWU Students:  If you would like to apply for a position, please send an email to the McGovern Center, with a brief description of your interest and relevant background.

For Community Partners:  If you would like to develop a McGovern Center Internship or other opportunity, please contact the McGovern Center.

Big Friend, Little Friend: Nonprofit Management (Intern)

Organizational Summary

Big Friend Little Friend of the Mitchell Area is a non-profit organization that provides area youth the opportunity to achieve a future filled with hope through caring mentoring relationships. The mentoring program uses adult volunteers who commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to a young person.

We believe all children have the potential to succeed in life and contribute to society, but not all children get the support they need to thrive. Mentoring provides guidance and friendship to someone who could use a role model for life's choices and decisions. By mentoring, people can help others reach goals and improve self-esteem.

We have a robust program that has grown to include three programs: Community-Based mentoring, School-Based mentoring and Mentor Mom. With all our programs the mentor and youth or young mother spend a minimum of one hour a week together and commit to this relationship for at least one year.

Through our ongoing match relationships, we have empowered countless at-risk youth to become better individuals, both academically and socially.

Position Description

This unpaid position combines opportunities to apply and expand your skills in non-profit program development, event planning, mentoring, marketing and communications. You will have the opportunity to contribute in significant and meaningful ways to the continued growth of our youth mentoring program. Working with Big Friend Little Friend’s program staff, specific intern responsibilities include:

Assist with the application process for volunteers, parents and youth. This includes interviewing, completing background and reference checks, training, matching of mentors and youth and match support.
Schedule school-based match meeting times and do match support
Assist with planning and implementation of monthly group activities.
Provide organizing and event planning support to the Winter Escape fundraiser planning committee.
Work with the Executive Director to expand your knowledge of the administrative aspect of a nonprofit agency.
Assist with other office tasks as needed—data entry, filing, office organization and day-to-day duties of running a small nonprofit


We are looking for interns who are:

Extremely organized with attention to detail and follow through
Excellent writing and communication skills
Passionate and committed to social change                     
Ability to manage multiple tasks
Flexible and good-natured
Solid computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite
3rd or 4th year college students

This is an exciting opportunity to work with a growing youth mentoring organization, working directly with volunteers and youth, while getting to know the local community. All applicants will be subject to a criminal background check and are expected to abide by the confidentiality Policy.

Mitchell Area Safe House: Direct Services (Internships)

The Mitchell Area Safehouse provides a safe and empowering environment for victims of domestic violence through advocacy, education, shelter and family support services.

Direct Services

On-Call Crisis Advocate

An on-call crisis advocate provides crisis intervention, support, advocacy, information, and referrals for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Advocates answer crisis calls via cell phone after office hours and on weekends. Advocate will be responsible to answer crisis calls that come in through the crisis hotline.  Advocate will assist victims in confidentiality with information, support, and referral. In addition, the advocate will report and log activity to the center and fill out the appropriate paperwork.   

Support Group Facilitator

Facilitate women’s or children’s support group. Groups are held every Thursday night from 4pm to 6pm. Assist staff with group preparation and facilitate material to women and children who have been touched by violence. 

Weekend/Overnight Advocate

Primary responsibility includes providing advocacy and crisis intervention services for shelter clients.  Other responsibilities include conducting intakes, operating and monitoring the security system and facilitating the provisions of services that promote a healthy, safe, and positive living environment.  

Monitor Specialist

Supervises on-site visits/phone visits/assisted exchanges between children and non-custodial parents.

Observe and document specific interactions for each sponsored on-site/phone/assisted exchange visit.

Mitchell Area Safe House: Child/Youth Services:(Internships)

The Mitchell Area Safe House provides a safe and empowering environment for victims of domestic violence through advocacy, education, shelter and family support services. 

Child/Youth Services

Child Care

This is primarily a need in the evenings, during education group sessions, or during the day when clients in shelter have other obligations. The shelter has a wonderful playroom in which you can keep the children entertained. 

Youth Mentor

A mentor will be available to listen, validate, and empower youth to make positive live choices that enable them to maximize their potential.  A mentor will commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend.

Children’s Group Assistance

Assist children’s support group facilitator. Groups are held every Thursday night from 4pm to 6pm. Assist with group preparation and facilitation to the children.

Mitchell Area Safe House: Outreach & Fundraising (Internships)

The Mitchell Area Safe House provides a safe and empowering environment for victims of domestic violence through advocacy, education, shelter and family support services. 

Awareness & Fundraising

Fundraising/Awareness Committee Intern

The fundraising/awareness volunteer will assist the Mitchell Area Safehouse with fundraising and awareness projects.  Provide input to and participate in rising funds and awareness to support the programs of the Mitchell Area Safehouse.

Outreach Advocate

Provide information & education about domestic violence & sexual assault to the agencies & citizens in the communities we serve through displays, fliers, presentations, online (electronic) & speaking engagements.

Social Media Intern

Will promote, develop, implement, and maintain our online presence in order to maximize our impact and to promote an overall reach and brand awareness.  They will use social media outlets to promote active fundraising and awareness events, engage the public and increase online presence.

Mitchell Parks, Recreation & Forestry: After School Program Attendant (Paid)

Department: Playground and Athletics

Job Title: Afterschool program attendant ($9/35/hr)

Grade: 4

Step: 1-4

Term: Seasonal less than 6 months


Coordinate and supervise the Rec Centers Afterschool program for K-2nd graders.


Set up and take down for program
Work with part time staff on program instruction
Work with Recreation Coordinator on program plans and objectives
Be on time
Enforce all Mitchell Parks & Recreation policy and procedures.


Experience in supervision of Children


Attendants will be under the supervision of the Mitchell Parks & Recreation Program Coordinator.


Will adhere to all city and department policies and procedures


Contacts are typically with supervisor, coworkers, other city employees and the general public


Must have a desire to work with youth and adults
Possess organizational skills, patience, maturity and dependability
Must be at least 14 years of age
Pass a background check if over the age of 18.

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