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Mon Jun 04, 2018 - Fri Aug 24, 2018


2446 University Ave W, Suite 110St. Paul, MN 55114


Volunteer Description - Hmong Outreach Intern

Organization Summary: The Arc Minnesota is a non-profit, grassroots advocacy organization serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Intellectual and developmental disabilities include Down syndrome, autism, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and related conditions. The Arc helps people address issues such as early intervention, education, transition to adulthood, employment, housing, health care, guardianship, transportation, supports available to families/caregivers and on policy issues at local, state and national levels.

Position Summary: Assist with planning, preparation, and distribution of Arc information, services, and programs to participants in the Hmong community and with outreach and advocacy efforts. Make contacts, keep records, gather data and conduct evaluations to ensure The Arc is reaching all constituents and meeting their needs. Intern is expected to demonstrate competence within the areas of communication, problem solving, flexibility, job knowledge, time management, interpersonal relations, ethics, and leadership skills.


  • Assist staff in expanding Arc programs and services to Hmong speaking communities; i.e. IEP development, health care access, housing access, accessing county services/waivers, etc.
  • Conduct evaluations of Arc advocacy efforts with the Hmong community to ensure needs are met
  • Assist staff in identifying and recruiting Hmong speaking volunteers and resources
  • Assist with Hmong networking groups and initiatives, community meetings and events
  • Identify items to be posted on The Arc’s Facebook page and other social media modalities
  • Cross-collaborate with New Media Intern and/or supervisor to update social media platforms
  • Participate in the annual evaluation of The Arc information, programs and services
  • Participate in other The Arc activities, interests, or initiatives as deemed appropriate
  • A written recap of their experience and what they learned from their internship with Arc


  • Apply knowledge of services, policies and programs relevant to the disability community
  • Invited to training opportunities for personal and professional development
  • Will gain a better understanding of the issues facing the disability community and will learn how to advocate for needed supports and services
  • Attend to professional roles and boundaries
  • Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance and communication to multiple audiences
  • Develop effective relationships with individuals with disabilities, their families, colleagues and supervisor
  • Demonstrates skill in effective use of resources and supports


  • Desire to work with individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their family.
  • Background experience in Human Services, Social Work, or related field
  • Ability to speak Hmong about Arc services
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills; respects all cultures and people
  • Reliable, detail oriented, and a willingness to make a difference
  • Reliable transportation

Time Commitment: This is a Hmong outreach and advocacy focused position for the summer 2018. Must be available 6-8 hours a week. Hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm with evenings and weekends as schedule allows. An exit interview will also be conducted to gauge intern experience and to make recommendations for improvement. Includes a $500 stipend payable in August or the utilization of work study if eligible.

Attention: Michelle Theisen

The Arc Minnesota | 2446 University Ave W, Suite 110 | St. Paul, MN 55114

Phone: (952) 920-0855 | Fax: (952) 920-1480

E-mail: michelletheisen@arcminnesota.org


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