ABOUT UCM CENTER: UCM Center: For Spiritual Growth & Social Justice is a non-profit organization located at 18 North College Street, two blocks from Ohio University’s College Green. Our mission is to engage the Ohio University and Athens communities in spiritual growth, work for social justice, and community service guided by socially progressive and interfaith values. Our approach to spiritual growth is Interfaith focused so we welcome people from any or no religious tradition. We offer a variety of programs and services for students and community members. We pride ourselves on being welcoming to everyone.
ABOUT OUR INTERNSHIPS: UCM Center internships are tailored to the interests and needs of the intern balanced with the needs of the organization. UCM Center Interns support, promote, and implement our mission of working for social justice, exploring spiritual growth, and doing community service through programs and events to students and community members. UCM Center has a small staff, so we rely on interns for their valuable support in expanding the impact of our work. Interns gain insights into the operations of a small non-profit while gaining or honing valuable skills.
UCM Center Interns are responsible for specific program areas as agreed upon at the beginning of each semester with your supervisor. Responsibilities may include:
-Free Community Meals: Plan menus, collect food donations, coordinate volunteers, interact with guests, promotions, prepare meals, set up, and clean up.
-Programming: Facilitate support and discussion groups on a host of topics. Arrange speakers and topic-related events. Plan, organize, and participate in service projects and work trips to nearby low-income communities. We are always open to each intern’s program and event ideas.
Assist with other UCM Center projects and operations:
-Talk individually with interested students during UCM Center outreach events, first-year student orientation, tabling, and volunteer fairs, and by phone, in residence halls, on campus, and in the community.
-Assist with general office tasks, receptions, mailings, and other routine center-related tasks.
-Promotions: Create social media posts and post fliers on campus and in the uptown area.
-Provide content for UCM Center e-newsletters and publications
-Fundraising dinners, our large annual fundraising event, International Street Fair, etc.
-Attend UCM Center meetings (as schedule permits): Bi-weekly staff meetings, monthly board meetings, and annual board and staff retreat
-Work 6 or more hours per week, 15 weeks per semester
-Work both semesters of the academic year (unless hired in the Spring Semester or Summer)
-Work some evening and weekend hours
Compensation: UCM Center Internships are generally unpaid but may be eligible for course credit. Ohio University students who are eligible for Community Work Study hours through financial aid and the Center for Campus & Community Engagement can earn pay. Students can learn more at: https://www.ohio.edu/university-college/campus-community-engagement/student-employment.