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Owl & Panther Programming Intern

***This internship is reserved for students eligible for the summer internship stipend. Students eligible will have been notified via email from Student Engagement & Career Development.***

Interns with Owl & Panther may choose from a variety of levels of involvement. We offer hybrid scheduling, with a mix of in-person and remote work.  

About Owl & Panther:
Owl & Panther seeks to find a balance of peace and harmony between all cultures and among refugee children and their families. We offer refugee families opportunities for personal expression, enhanced self-esteem, validation of self-worth, and ways of connection to others. We provide meaningful & healing expressive arts experiences in the community & the natural world for refugee families resettled in Tucson who have been impacted by trauma, torture, and traumatic dislocation. We foster acceptance of refugees in the community through education about immigrants and trauma’s effects on the brain. We honor the efforts of our volunteers who make this work possible; we love our volunteers! Owl & Panther is a self-graduation and open-door organization. Participants are empowered to leave when they feel it is best for them, and return whenever they please. New volunteers are required to participate in an orientation and training that takes place in mid-January, and mid-late August each year, before programming begins for the Spring & Fall semesters. Our group meets weekly on Tuesday evenings at 6pm during the school year, with guest teaching artists and partners such as Tucson Museum of Art, Udall Foundation’s Parks in Focus, Tucson Village Farm, and more! We also work contractually with other organizations to deliver expressive arts programming to undocumented youth as well as new arrivals from Afghanistan. During the summer, we also focus on curriculum development, fundraising and events planning, as well as training preparation for fall. 

We are seeking: 
Engaging and responsible intern who can commit to 10-15 hours of work per week to collaborate with local refugee-serving organizations, supporting delivery of in-person expressive arts programming with refugee/undocumented youth, and planing for fall programming. Gain hands-on experience with event planning, community outreach, social media campaigns, curriculum development, and trauma-sensitive, culturally humble service.

Position reports to: 
Andi Hammonds, Program DIrector

Work can be flexible. A mix of remote work, time in-office (650 N. 6th Ave), and in-person work in the field/Tucson community with participant youth.

The internship will take place during the Summer 2022 with a flexible start date of May 16.

Role and essential duties: 

This summer you would be working on... 
• Working with youth directly on expressive arts related projects as a 1:1 mentor.
• Brainstorming ideas to engage youth in dynamic programming 
• Creating social media posts to share about our work with community members 
• Collaborating with a team to develop a schedule of fall programming events
• Assisting with development of marketing materials / flyers
• Acting as a co-representative of the organization at 1-2 community events 

Required Skills / Qualifications: 
Strong interpersonal and written communication skills, strong social media skill set (Instagram,  Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube) ability to multi-task, must have a smartphone. Cultural humility & trauma-sensitivity. Must be in good  academic standing. 

***This internship is reserved for students eligible for the summer internship stipend. Students eligible will have been notified via email from Student Engagement & Career Development.***

Preferred Qualifications:  
Experience with Google Documents/Sheets/Slides is helpful, but not required if you are a quick learner! Multilingual candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Physical Requirements: 
This position requires the ability to work on a computer for shifts of 2-3 hours at a time. Ability to stand/sit for up to 2 hours at in-person events. Able to safely lift up to 30 pounds during event set-up/tear down. Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

What you will learn:  
In this role, you will gain experience with refugees and survivors of torture, develop trauma-sensitivity and cultural humility skills, and learn to advocate for the global majority/call people in. Interns will see the many steps involved in training and events, from planning to execution, elements that go into fundraising, using Google Suite and Canva, dynamics of coalition meetings, and the experience of working within a fun, diverse, and family-friendly small nonprofit. 

How to apply:  
Students can apply via handshake to Andi Hammonds. 
Please include a resume, and brief description of why you’re interested in the position.
Students eligible for the summer internship stipend are eligible to apply for this internship.