"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 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 by May 1.