Advocacy Intern- 2021-2022 School Year
The Arc Minnesota
This stipend eligible position is for the 2021-2022 school year and includes a $1000 stipend paid in December and May. Assists in the planning & implementation of activities and advocacy efforts positively impacting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Supports The Arc’s general advocacy work around a variety of life topics such as guardianship, informed decision making, employment and planning services. Provides administrative, logistical, project management, and/or evaluative support in collaboration and under supervision of staff. Specific duties include:
- Support outreach efforts to inform individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, about services and resources available at The Arc Minnesota
- Create and/or disseminate information on a variety of topics to inform and educate individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities related to topics
- Provide information and advocacy related to guardianship and informed decision making; includes answering calls, providing information and assistance, giving presentations and connecting with the community
- Provide information and advocacy related to employment for persons with disabilities; includes answering calls, providing information and assistance and assisting in developing The Arc’s plan for employment involvement
- Conduct outreach into the community to share The Arc’s resources by hosting booths at community events and informing community members about The Arc’s services and supports
- Assist individuals with disabilities and their families as it relates to planning services; includes supporting person centered planners with graphic facilitation at meetings with families and by aiding in person centered plan editing and writing
- Provide training in the community around Healthy Relationships for persons with disabilities
- Provide administrative, logistical, programmatic and/or evaluative support to program and services team on a variety of topics impacting the disability community as needed
- Other duties as requested
Professional Development Opportunities & Benefits:
- Includes a $1000 stipend payable in December and May or the utilization of work-study if eligible.
- Apply knowledge of services, policies and programs relevant to the field of social work and 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 advocacy methods
- Attend to professional roles and boundaries, professional demeanor in behavior, appearance and communication
- Develop effective relationships with individuals with disabilities, their families, colleagues and supervisor
- Gain a working knowledge of person centered thinking, planning and application
- Demonstrates skill in effective use of resources and supports
- Knowledge of services & supports for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities & their family
- Strong interpersonal and problem solving skills necessary
- Ability to successfully work both as a team member and independently
- Willingness to learn, be coached and be mentored
- Proficient computer skills, manages multiple priorities and follows a project through to completion
- Candidates who are bi or multilingual or from culturally specific communities are preferred, but not required
- Position can be done remotely and anywhere within the state of Minnesota
Time Commitment: 2021-2022 school year at 10-14 hours per week. Hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm with occasional evenings and weekends if needed and schedule allows.
The Arc Minnesota is a statewide nonprofit organization that works to promote and protect the human rights of people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through statewide programs and services, we help people navigate systems while working to advance social change centered in justice, equity, and belonging in community.
About The Arc Minnesota
2446 University Ave W, Suite 110, Saint Paul, MN 55114, US
The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, actively supporting them and their families in a lifetime of full inclusion and participation in their communities.
The Arc Minnesota changes attitutdes, changes policies, and changes lives. The Arc Minnesota does this by providing individuals and families information and assistance around disability rights, laws and services. The Arc also provides workshops, support groups, counseling, individual and systems advocacy from birth throughout the lifespan.