Community Engagment Internships posted 11/11

Community Engagement



Rutland County Women's Network and Shelter - Advocate Intern - Rutland, VT - Interns will learn to work directly with victims of domestic and sexual violence providing crisis intervention, case management, and safety planning.  Students may also assist with fundraising and other projects as requested. Students must be confident self-starters able to take direction and work both independently and as part of a team.  Basic computer skills preferred but not required.  Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills. 

BROC - Community Action in Southern Vermont - BROC is an anti-poverty agency offering a broad scope of programs, services and opportunities to help move low-income people from crisis to stability to self-sufficiency throughout Rutland and Bennington Counties. BROC is looking for to fill two opportunities:


Agency Canvasing Intern - Looking for students interested in helping with collecting signatures from residents of certain towns by going door to door in order to put BROC’s name on the yearly town ballot in order to be voted on to receive appropriations.  These appropriations supplement other funding for direct service to clients and they are fully discretionary. Intern must be someone who likes to talk with people, and training and information will be provided by BROC.  This activity is preferably done in teams of two.

Wonderfeet Kids' Museum - Rutland, VT - The museum is a non-profit children’s museum that provides a place for families to learn and play together.  They offer educational programs to schools, daycares/preschools, general public and the Boys & Girls’ Club.


Internship Title:  Art/Theater

General Description:  Assist with the planning and creation of artistic endeavors for the museum.

Specific Duties (Requirements): 

  • Assist with the development and creation of new components for the cave exhibit
  • Develop and implement art activities for the creative space
  • Assist with the research and development for other artistic exhibit ideas.

Internship Title: Education Intern

General Description: Assist with the development and implementation of educational programs

and experiences for the museum.

Specific Duties:

* Some education courses completed and familiar with levels of child development

* Good computer and writing skills

* Feel comfortable leading/teaching programs to pre-k through second grade

* Have good people skills

* Understand evaluation tools and how to use them


Rutland City Police Department - Crime Analyst Intern (2) - Project Vision Crime Safety Committee – Burglary reduction, collect, collate, manipulate, analyze burglary data. Intern will look for trends, MO’s, victim, and determine reduction actions based on data. They will present findings to command staff, line supervisors, and public. Senior Criminal Justice/Psychology/Statistic majors with exceptional Microsoft office skills. Understanding of victimology, criminology aspects a plus, but not necessary.  


Rutland County Parent Child Center - Family Support Worker - Rutland, VT - Rutland County Parent Child Center is an agency that works with families with young children.  Their Early Intervention program works with families with children who have special needs.  Their POISE program works with young parents (or soon to be parents) with learning essential life skills to handle life’s challenges.  At POISE, the students live in an apartment and work closely with their family support specialist. Interns will assist with intakes, developmental assessments, home visits and service coordination.  


Damara's HOPE (Helping Orphan Programs Evolve) - Communication Specialist Intern - Damara's HOPE is a start up Foundation planning on raising millions of dollars to support grass roots programs in the developing world that serve orphans and vulnerable children.


Rabbi Yafa Chase, President, CEO and Co-founder, has spent 30 years developing and directing organizations and programs that serve vulnerable children and families. Her work has been recognized by the White House, Congress, Dept. of Education, NEA, and many corporations. She is looking for a talented student to help her with social media, create and market a website, create a logo, database, face book page, etc.


Damara's HOPE is launching their organization this fall and they need assistance with creating their database, website, face book etc. and learning how to use technology/social media to further our mission. They are looking for somebody with strong computer and social media skills, who also can teach the Director how to successfully utilize technology to further the organizations cause.


Rutland United Neighborhoods Community Justice Center (RUNCJC)- Re-Entry Assistant/Volunteer Panel Member/Office Assistant/Volunteer Recruitment and Community Liaison - Rutland, VT - RUNCJC acts as a referral source for pre and post-charge conviction cases in Rutland County, for offenders who must attend Restorative Justice Panels, assist offenders re-entering the community post-incarceration, provides mediation services to community members and coordinates Circles of Support & Accountability for high-risk offenders. Interns will assist re-entry coordinator through direct contact with re-entry offenders; may include assistance with resume and job applications, transport to job sites for interviews, review of individualized plan of action with offender, identify goals and progress within plan objectives, offer support, objective feedback and encouragement. Become a Volunteer Panel member and actively participate in restorative Panel meetings; negotiate contracts with offenders, review and evaluate contract objectives. This position requires observation of at least 2 panel meetings prior to active engagement and availability for Tuesday evening work.


Pure Water for the World - Rutland, VT - Online Marketing Communications Intern - Pure Water for the World is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Rutland, Vermont. Their mission is to improve the health and livelihood of children and families in the developing world by partnering with communities to establish safe water solutions.  They work with the most underserved communities, in Latin America and Haiti, to eliminate the suffering, struggle and death caused by consuming contaminated water and using unsafe hygiene practices. Their safe water solutions include a combination of sustainable water filtration and sanitation systems, along with essential hygiene education. Visit for more information. 

JOB DESCRIPTION/RESPONSIBILITIES The Online Marketing Communicaions Intern will support the Program Director and marketing team with all aspects of online marketing, including (but not limited to): social media, email marketing, database management and fundraising. 


Boys and Girls Club of Rutland County - RutlandThe Boys and Girls Club is looking to offer students an opportunity at their Brandon and/or Rutland, Merchants Row Club. At both sites, there is a total of four (4) positions available for students to gain experience in classroom management, effective group dynamic skills, leading from the center of the room (instead of the front),  multidisciplinary projects, scaffold learning projects, practicum learning,  and various social intra/interpersonal skills.  Students will be offered varied opportunities to contribute depending on time restrictions and/or mutual interest. Opportunities exist for interns to facilitate a comprehensive programming schedule, administrative duties associated with successful operations of a state licensed after school childcare program, along with individual and group supervision.

There also exist collaborative efforts in their specialized projects and programs. The Boys & Girls Club of Rutland County is proud to offer a comprehensive evidence based prevention life skills opportunities for youth 6-21. The Boys & Girls Club of Rutland County collaboratively works with community partners in Project Vision, improving  Rutland community.  The Boys and Girls Club does its part to minimize the harmful lingering effects of smoking, unhealthy interpersonal relationships, underage drinking, & drug abuse prevention through evidence based developmentally appropriate curriculums. An intern would be given the opportunity to co-facilitate these learning groups.

There is an exciting joint opportunity upcoming. They are looking to create a youth led leadership group for late teens, early twenty year old youth.  They invite peers to assist in this collaborative project, assisting youth to reconnect positively with their community. Peer to peer learning is a blooming resource for the creation of positive emerging communities.

Fair Haven Concerned, Inc. - Food Shelf Volunteer/Project Specific Volunteer - Fair Haven, VT

Fair Haven Concerned’s Mission is to recognize and provide assistance to our neighbors in their time of need, and to connect those in need with those that can help or provide services, regardless of their race, creed, color, sex or sexual orientation. Interns duties include meeting with client,s with Director, to identify needs and then following up with resources (without the Director) via office visit.


ARC - Rutland Area Advocacy for People with Disabilities - Volunteer Program Assistant - Rutland, VT - Assistant works closely with the Executive Director to guide and develop the programs of the association, primarily the Self Advocates Becoming Empowered-Rutland (SABE-R) group and the Aktion Club.  Perform duties to help members attain their yearly goals.  Attend all meetings, type and mail out minutes, set up agendas and other information.  Attend functions/events and programs.  The SABE-R and Aktion Club meet once a month, on the 2nd or 4th Tuesday of each month from 6:30 -8PM.  Work with members to help them do tasks that bring them closer to their groups’ goals. The groups like to go to the State House for Disability Awareness Day and to the Green Mountain Self Advocates’ Voices and Choices Conference.  From time to time, during the week, meet with the members of the groups and help them make phone calls, write letters, train for an event.

Maintain a working relationship with local agencies and organization, as such connections help with receiving donations &/or the giving of our services.  Increase community awareness and understanding of Developmental Disabilities through public speaking or creating press releases.  Currently the SABE-R would like to create some videos for channel 15, public access TV, and do their Disability Awareness Training.  The Aktion Club has many service projects they carry out throughout the year.