Fall 2020 Intern - Vision Programs

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Friends for Sight

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Friends for Sight Internship Opportunities

Friends for Sight works passionately each day to save sight and change lives.

We do this by providing free vision screenings, working to ensure that people of all ages and backgrounds have access to quality eye care, and disseminating information about eye safety, threats to vision, and available community resources. Over the past 64 years, over 1.4 million people have benefitted from the work of Friends for Sight.

We love working with interns to help us achieve our mission. In addition to becoming a certified vision screener and volunteering at a variety of different venues, we will work directly with you to craft an internship experience with one or more of the following:

Public Health Program Outreach

  • Research professionals or groups that could donate their time or services to the organization
  • Work directly with optometrists, ophthalmologists and opticians at our Vision Clinic and SightFest events
  • Educate groups on the importance of Friends for Sight and eye health & safety
  • Identify and schedule new opportunities for Friends for Sight to expand our vision screening program throughout the state
  • Prepare materials for funders, volunteers, stakeholders, and other interested parties

Volunteer Management

  • Expand volunteer database and increase retention
  • Participate in trainings of new volunteers
  • Work with the program coordinator to help recruit and organize volunteers
  • Ensure program needs are met and events are staffed by volunteers

Communications

  • Manage Friends for Sight social media and online presence, expanding reach and increasing activity
  • Create new social media and print campaigns
  • Interview volunteers or families and produce good news stories to share
  • Prepare storylines and pitches that could be used when working with media outlets

Development

  • Research potential funders of programs
  • Cultivate relationships with funders and work on proposals for funding
  • Gain grant writing experience

Custom

Any combination of the above or bring new ideas to us, based on goals of the individual

Internship Qualifications

To be considered for an internship with Friends for Sight, candidates must:

  • Have at least 2-3 weekday mornings available each week for internship responsibilities
  • Be responsible and follow through on commitments
  • Be able to work independently and be self-motivated to accomplish goals/objectives
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Be willing to travel around Salt Lake and Utah Counties to assist with events as needed
  • Enjoy working with clients/volunteers from diverse backgrounds
  • Communicate clearly verbally and in writing

To apply for an internship or for any questions, please contact:

Haley Smedley

Program Coordinator

Friends for Sight

801-524-2020

program@friendsforsight.org

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About Friends for Sight

Location:

661 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, US

Mission Statement

Friends for Sight works passionately each day to save sight and change lives. We do this by providing free vision screenings, working to ensure that people of all ages and backgrounds have access to quality eye care, and disseminating information about eye safety, threats to vision, and available community resources. When you check the box on your drivers license or license plate tag applications, you can make a $2 donation to FFS.

Description

Established in 1955 to provide vision screening for children for Amblyopia, lazy-eye blindness, as Friends For Sight we have a single mission: to preserve sight. Since 1955, over 580,000 children - that's over one million eyes - have been screened. In addition over 420,000 adults have been screened for Glaucoma, called the sneak thief of sight. Since we established the high school driver training vision screening program in March 2001, approximately 188,000 students have been screened in schools throughout the state.

Volunteers are the backbone of the agency, accounting for almost 70% of the service hours provided. Each volunteer is trained in the screening processes of screening with charts, glaucoma and visual acuity machines. Our eyes impact our quality of life from birth to death, and like all our vital signs, our eyes work 24/7. Please join us in the awesome task of saving sight. Helen Keller said, "Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much."

Education & Literacy
Health & Medicine

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

6715 South 1300 EastSuite 250Salt Lake City, UT 84121

(40.62925,-111.85402)
 

SKILLS

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Can provide up to 250 hours through the semester

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