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:

 

St. Louis Internships

Program Internship 
Brief Description: This pro bono internship position will work directly with the Regional Program Director and Program Manager of Special Olympics Missouri – St. Louis Metro Area and will have the opportunity to assist in planning and carrying out the local and area track and swim meets, and soccer and volleyball tournaments.  The planning of these events will include, but are not limited to, the following tasks: data entry of rosters, filing of athlete paperwork, generating event schedules, sitting on planning committees, packing and loading equipment, research of venues and assisting on the day of the event.

Details: Internship available for January - May semester, a minimum of 10 hours per week.  Intern must be available to work weekend events (event schedule available upon request).  The internship can be structured to meet course credit requirements, if applicable.  The internship will be based out of the St. Louis Metro Area office in Brentwood, intern must provide their own transportation.  

Qualifications: The ideal candidate should be organized, have proficient computer skills and ability to work independently when necessary.  Experience and education in event planning, communications, or sports management is preferred but not required. 

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to diehl@somo.org by December 23, 2016.

SOFit Internship 
Brief Description: This internship position will work directly with the Regional Program Director and Special School District Special Olympics Facilitator in the St. Louis Metro Area and will have the opportunity to assist in planning and facilitation of the first local SOFit program within predetermined SSD schools.  The tasks will include, but are not limited to: collection and organization of health and fitness data, ordering and delivering of equipment and supplies, generating curriculum ideas, and collection of personal athlete stories and photos. Stipend available to intern upon successful completion of semester.  

Details: Special Olympics Missouri was awarded a Finish Line Fitness grant to institute SOFit in the St. Louis Metro area, an 8-week Unified program that gets local students active while teaching them about holistic wellness.  Internship available for January - May semester, a minimum of 10 hours per week.  The internship can be structured to meet course credit requirements, if applicable.  The internship will be based out of the St. Louis Metro Area office in Brentwood, intern must provide their own transportation.  

Qualifications: The ideal candidate should be organized, have proficient computer skills and ability to work independently when necessary.  Experience and education in fitness, education, or sports management is preferred but not required. 

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to diehl@somo.org by December 23, 2016.

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Headquarters (Jefferson City) Internship Postings

Accounting/Business 
This intern will work directly with Controller and have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of a nonprofit organization, including accounting practices and business experiences. 

Details:  Internship is flexible, depending on student’s needs and would be eligible for 120 hours per semester.

Examples of tasks include: 
• Data entry utilizing Blackbaud software
• Updating and maintaining Accounting Manual
• Assisting with annual budget prep work• Scanning accounting documents
• Preparing and producing monthly financial statements
• Other duties as necessary for the operation of a business

Qualifications: 
• Ability to pay close attention to detail, well-organized and maintain confidentiality in all areas.

Application: Please submit cover letter and resume for internship interested in to hammann@somo.org   

 

Fundraising 
This intern will work directly with the Development Manager and have the opportunity to experience fundraising for a not-for-profit organization.  

Details:  Internship is flexible, depending on the student’s needs and some work can be done from home.  Ideally intern to commit to 10-15 hours/week.

Examples of tasks include: 
• Assist in working with the planning committee to ensure all aspects of the event are being handled; to include help in obtaining auction items, selling tables, securing food, etc.
• Update/create all marketing materials and programs for event.
• Prepare and distribute media releases for event and post event to community calendars.
• Provide hands-on support on event day.
• Other duties as necessary for the event.

Qualifications: 
• The ideal candidate should be a self-starter who is creative and outgoing, flexible and innovative.  Access and responsiveness to email is a requirement.  

Application: Please submit cover letter and resume for internship interested in to hammann@somo.org