"When I started as an intern for Special Olympics Missouri, I knew I would be getting great experience for my resume. What I didn't know is that SOMO would become part of my life beyond my internship. Not only was I able to write stories and news releases, put my graphic design skills to work and help organize events, I met countless amazing people and athletes while I developed a love for SOMO. I'm hooked for life and would gladly recommend an internship with Special Olympics to anyone."  - Michelle Boschen, University of Missouri-Columbia graduate

Special Olympics Missouri loves interns! Applications are accepted throughout the year for a variety of positions within our non-profit organization. Internships are available in public relations and communications, event planning and development, sports management or youth engagement. If you’re an enthusiastic self-starter who works independently and you have excellent organizational and communication skills, please consider Special Olympics.

While most interns are unpaid, they can receive school credit, depending on their school’s requirements. Candidates must have good computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office software. We are looking for self-starters with excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills.

Area Office Internships
Headquarters (Jefferson City) openings

We also have volunteer opportunities available for everyone. The time commitment for Special Olympics volunteers varies from a few hours per year at specific events to working several hours a week year-round. For more information on volunteering, please visit our Volunteers page.

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume that highlights your experience and career goals to the e-mail address below that is specified with each internship. 

Area Office Internships

Internships are available across the state. For specific details, please contact the area office nearest you:



Headquarters Internships 

Marketing/Development (Summer 2018) -- Kansas City


Marketing/Development Summer Internship (Polar Plunge) -- Kansas City

Brief Description: This pro bono internship position will work directly with the Regional Development Director of Special Olympics Missouri – KC Metro Area and will have the opportunity to assist in planning and preparing for the 2019 Polar Plunge events. The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, businesses and organizations to support local Special Olympics athletes by jumping, running or crawling into the sparkling, frigid waters of Missouri.
Details: May 2018 – August 2018 - Internship days and hours are flexible, depending on the student’s needs. The internship can be structured to meet course credit requirements, if applicable. The internship will be based out of the Kansas City Metro Area Office in Merriam, KS. Ideally at least 3 days per week. Examples of tasks include:
  • Develop marketing tools to recruit students, schools and businesses;
    Provide recruitment efforts online utilizing social media;
    Post events on community calendars across state;
    Research opportunities for expanded marketing results & implement one new idea that generates desired results;
    Coordinate event logistics as needed to support the Plunge events across the state;
    Provide assistance as needed.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate should be a self-starter who is creative and outgoing, flexible and innovative. Experience and education in journalism, public relations or communications is preferred.

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to by May 15, 2018.