The National Office of the Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA) sponsors an internship program that gives students the opportunity to experience and perform in a working environment. Interns contribute to the daily functioning of OSIA, the Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF), and the Commission for Social Justice® (CSJ).
As part-time staff assistants, interns lend support to communications, program management, and administrative duties. In this capacity, interns develop a working knowledge of internal business structure and protocol, as well as the vital relationships between a non-profit/membership organization and other external organizations and individuals. Interns will come away with an extensive network of contacts and knowledge of non-profit and membership administration, special events planning and project coordination, public relations, advocacy, and online and offline communications strategies.
Interns are selected competitively by the National Office. Intern positions are available in the fall semester, spring semester, and during the summer. It is recommended that applications be submitted for the fall semester by August 15, for the spring semester by December 15, and for the summer term by May 1.
Position: Staff Intern
Supervisor: Managerial level staff person
Hours: Flexible. The National Office will work with student to accommodate class schedules and other part-time jobs. However, a consistent weekly schedule should be established and must occur during normal business hours, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Positions are available for a term of 10 to 15 weeks.
Credit/Salary: Intern positions may be held for credit, in accordance with the policies of the student's academic institution. Arrangements must be made between OSIA and academic institution regarding institution's policies, course requirements, and grading procedures. Stipends are currently not offered for internships.
Assist with telephone reception, mailing production, correspondence, filing, database maintenance, and other administrative tasks
Work with staff on membership fulfillment and marketing
Assist with website-related projects, including content development
Assist with communications and marketing programs, including research, writing for the national magazine and press releases, writing and designing marketing emails and, on occasion, other materials
Assist in various capacities with special programs, including fund-raising campaigns
Assist with planning and execution of meetings, conferences and special events
The OSIA National Office accepts interns selectively on an as-needed basis. Applicants should possess excellent writing and verbal communications skills, research skills, and basic typing skills. Basic computer knowledge is necessary, including word processing and Internet skills. Desktop publishing and database management a plus, but not required.
Candidate should be highly motivated, and demonstrate a professional demeanor and a strong desire to learn about the many facets of a non-profit and membership association. Interest in Italian-American issues and culture a plus, but not required.
Students majoring in journalism, communications, public relations, public affairs, business, political science, government, and related fields are encouraged to apply.
College students in their second year of school or higher are eligible.
Interested students should submit resume and a one-page cover letter explaining why an internship with OSIA is desired to the internship coordinator, Krystyne Hayes. Qualified students will be contacted for an interview.