"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 


Polar Plunge Internship

Brief Description: This pro bono internship position will work directly with the  Development Director of Special Olympics Missouri – Central Area and will have the opportunity to assist in planning and carrying out the 2018 Polar Plunge at Bass Pro Shops Lake in Columbia.  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: Internship length 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 applicants home base, with occasional trips to Jefferson City.  Examples of tasks include: 
•Utilize existing marketing tools to recruit students, schools and businesses;
•Provide recruitment efforts online utilizing social media;
•Post event on community calendars;
•Responsible for a goal of increasing school aged participants to 400 plungers (10% increase from last year)
•Prepare and distribute various media releases;
•Create and track facebook ads to recruit participants;
•Research opportunities for expanded marketing results & implement one new idea that generates desired results;
•Coordinate event logistics as needed to support the Plunge
•Provide onsite event assistance at the Polar Plunge on March TBA
•Attend at least two Polar Plunge Committee Meetings;
•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 September 15, 2017. 



College Club Intern
Location: Jefferson City
Department: Sports & Outreach
Position Summary:
 This position will oversee the expansion of our Missouri-based college clubs and work on developing resources and materials for the new school year. Position will be 16-20 hours a week (Monday-Friday). The internship will be from to September 4 – December 10, 2017. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Educate colleges and students about SOMO opportunities 
  • Work with colleges and students to start SOMO college clubs  
  • Identify and work with schools that have previous involvement 
  • Create and update informational resources for colleges and students 
  • Other duties as assigned 

Required Qualifications: 

  • Experience with leading conference calls and meetings
  • Public Speaking 
  • Proven computer skills
  • Ability to work independently, as well as in a group
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal
  • At least one year of college course work completed.

Desired Qualifications:  

  • Previous experience with Special Olympics 
  • Junior or Senior

Contact Austin Rippeto with your resume and cover letter to apply.