SEWN Women’s Group Internship

Organizational Description:

Journey's End Refugee Services, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ the best-qualified personnel without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, gender identity, marital status, or any other reason prohibited by law. 

Journey’s End Refugee Services, Inc. is a refugee resettlement and immigration services provider for the Western New York Region. Journey’s End works to assist newly arriving refugees to find gainful employment and avoid dependency on social services. 

Hours Required:

8 hours per week for 3 months. Hours available between 9-5 M-F. Must be available Friday mornings when Women’s Group meets.

Position Description:

The SEWN: Supporting and Empowering Women Neighbors Intern will assist with running the women's group once a week and with further developing and establishing the program curriculum and partnerships with other organizations in the community. The intern will work 8 hours per week under the supervision of the Community Outreach Specialist who facilitates the Women's Group program. Additional internship hours may be available to those interested in volunteering with the Community Outreach department as well.

Duties will include: assisting with weekly program needs; helping to organize and run SEWN meetings such as lesson planning, activities and field trips; planning for increased awareness and sustainability of the program; assist with creating a resource reference binder and SEWN library; helping transport participants to and from field trips.

This is an unpaid internship. A portion of the intern's time will be dedicated to their personal educational development including a thorough training in Journey's End and its mission.

Requirements:

  • Current graduate or undergraduate student.

  • A car and valid driver’s license and a willingness to drive on behalf of the agency transporting group members as needed. Interns are responsible for knowing their own university or college rules and restrictions regarding internships. Mileage and parking fees are reimbursed.

  • Professionalism, dependability, confidentiality, and punctuality

  • Adaptability to a rapidly changing environment

  • Effective interpersonal communication skills for working with people from other cultures and with limited English.

Ideal candidates will have the following:

  • A major in transnational studies, women's studies, anthropology, or a related field.

  • An interest in the daily functioning of non-profit organizations.

  • An interest in Buffalo's refugee population.

  • Prior experience with Microsoft Office and Google applications.

Intern will gain:

  • Experience working with the refugee population and learning the concerns their issues thereof.

  • Experience working around rapidly changing priorities.

  • Professional feedback and guidance.

Journey’s End supervisors will:

  • Communicate with intern about learning goals and outcomes.

  • Train and evaluate intern.

  • Provide proof of attendance, if needed.

Interested candidates should email a résume and cover letter to volunteer@jersbuffalo.org. No phone calls please.