Internships

"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:

 

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Headquarters Internships 

 

Marketing Internship

Brief Description: This intern will work directly with the Development Team of Special Olympics Missouri. The intern will have opportunities to plan and promote special events; contribute to fundraising projects and raising awareness for our new Training for Life Campus and programs. This is a pro bono position based in Jefferson City and the intern will be expected to work at least 20 hours per week. Timeframe: May 28, 2019 – Aug. 15, 2019.

Internship length and hours are flexible, depending on the student’s needs. Intern would need a weekly presence in the Jefferson City HQ Office – ideally at least 2 days per week. 

Specific project dates: State Summer Games, Springfield, May 31 – June 2, 2019 (no cost to intern)

Examples of tasks in priority order include:

  • Implement a fundraising project to raise awareness for the Training for Life Campus as an outreach to the Jefferson City community, called SOMO Spartan Games. Event has been outlined but you will put your own spin on it to involve SOMO athletes. (75% emphasis)
  • Create opportunities thru existing community events to market “Drive it Home Raffle” tickets. (15% emphasis)
  • Develop marketing materials for the Polar Plunge 2020 season to include recruiting partnerships in Columbia, creating marketing materials and resources. Attend Plunge University (no cost to intern) in June in Jefferson City. (10% emphasis)

The ideal candidate should be creative and enthusiastic, flexible and independent, and be willing to join a team that works very hard to carry out the mission of Special Olympics Missouri. Experience and education in journalism, marketing, or promotions and some special events fundraising experience is preferred.

Interested Candidates: Send a cover letter and resume to Crystal Schuster at cschuster@somo.org by May 1.

 

Social Media Internship

Brief Description: This intern will work directly with the Digital Media Coordinator of Special Olympics Missouri in our Jefferson City office and will have opportunities to plan and implement statewide social media communications projects; research and write feature stories for our electronic newsletters; promote special events and provide online content for our growing website.

 

The intern helps the Digital Media Coordinator to identify, conceptualize, design and execute campaigns to boost engagement, educate and inform your audience about events, services and programs. The Social Media Intern will help create content calendars, develop and distribute text and video-based content, monitor social media channels and support promotional and marketing efforts.

 

Internship length and hours are flexible, depending on the student’s needs. The internship can be structured to meet course credit requirements, if applicable.

 

Examples of tasks include:

 

  • Perform interviews and write feature articles for future issues of our e-newsletter, blog and other promotional purposes;
  • Enhance promotion efforts for various fundraising events as well as State Summer Games;
  • Update and analyze our social media tools for improvements;
  • Create various promotional tools for social media;
  • Assist in various other communications projects.

 

Qualifications: The ideal candidate should be creative and enthusiastic, flexible and independent, and be willing to join a team that works very hard to carry out the mission of Special Olympics Missouri. Knowledge and experience in Adobe Creative Suite programs and in social media is preferred.

 

Interested Candidates: Please email your resume and cover letter to hull@somo.org.