Internship Opportunities

Current Internship Opportunities

*Please note that all internships/practicums with Community Partnership of the Ozarks are unpaid unless otherwise noted.

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Social Work

School-based internship/practicum:

  • Crisis intervention, and resource and referral to students and families
  • Helping to develop partnerships that benefit students and families
  • Assist with after-school clubs and parent involvement events
  • Provide one-on-one mentoring with students
  • Facilitate skill-building groups with students

Neighborhood-based internship/practicum:

  • Crisis intervention, and resource and referral to families
  • Helping to develop partnerships that benefit neighborhood residents
  • Assist neighborhood associations in meeting their goals
  • Assist with neighborhood events/block parties/meetings

Early Childhood and Family Development

Students seeking experience developing and implementing programming for young children and families are encouraged to apply for internships within our Early Childhood & Family Development (ECFD) Division.

CPO-ECFD strives to build resilient children, healthy families, and strong communities through various programs that reach both families and caregivers.


Community Wide Play Day (Spring 2015): Community Wide Play Day provides fun day at the park with developmentally appropriate activities for young children while also connecting parents to community resources. Intern would be asked to recruit agency participants, market event, organize event, coordinate volunteers, and evaluate effectiveness of event.

School Readiness Efforts (Multiple efforts ongoing): KPrep, KKits, and KCamp are all specific efforts targeted at increasing school readiness among young children in our community. Intern would be asked to plan and coordinate marketing, outreach, distribution, and curriculum involved in these programs. Intern may also be asked to help evaluate effectiveness of programs and determine need for expansion of new school readiness efforts.

Big Rig Night (Summer 2015): Big Rig Night provides a fun evening of exploration for young children and families. Intern would be asked to recruit large vehicles, coordinate volunteers, market event, plan parent-child activities and information, and evaluate effectiveness of the event.

Childcare Provider Education (Ongoing): The Educare program works to increase the quality to childcare provided to young children by educating childcare providers in our community. Intern would shadow Educare staff on coaching visits with childcare providers, research resources, create activities to meet specific classroom needs, plan/train/evaluate training sessions to childcare providers, and evaluate classroom settings.

Family Education (Ongoing): Family education events are key to CPO-ECFD’s Home Visitation program. Intern would be asked to create monthly family activity calendar, plan play groups and group education events for 10-20 parents each month, as well as coordinate speakers and program evaluations for family education. Additional parent education offerings could be created by intern.

All ECFD intern applicants must possess a current satisfactory background screening (Family Care Safety Registry).

Affordable Housing

Primary responsibilities:

  1. Resource and Referral for calls and walk-in’s seeking available affordable housing.

Key tools to be used include:

  • City of Springfield’s Housing Vacancy and SCLT Real estate Marketing
  • Housing and Resource Packet
  1. Assisting individuals with Public Housing applications and other applications as appropriate.
  2. Creating and maintaining a tracking spreadsheet for those assisted and compiling a monthly service report.
    1. Develop a general intake form to be used by front reception staff
    2. Create an Excel spreadsheet or Access database to collect monthly data counts for those served at the Housing Center
    3. Submit monthly service reports based on collected data
  3. Assist in planning and coordinating a monthly training calendar that will include both existing opportunities as well as those offered by the Springfield Affordable Housing Center.
    1. Work with SCLT AmeriCorps Vista to research current training opportunities
    2. Identify trainings that are needed but not offered
    3. Work with area agencies to develop/coordinate needed trainings
  4. Provide assistance to the Housing Collaborative and their subcommittees to meet their goals. Key areas of research needed to develop goals and objectives for the Housing Collaborative include:
    1. Energy Usage – Utility Assistance
    2. Non-traditional housing units and development options

New subcommittees include:

  1. SAHC Advisory Board
  2. org Advisory Committee

Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention

Job Summary: The Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention Intern will work with the Regional Support Center Director and staff to implement a variety of community-based projects that seek to promote wellness and reduce substance abuse and violence.  While this division of Community Partnership works within 21-counties in southwest Missouri, the intern’s work will be restricted to the Greene County/Springfield area.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assisting in coordinating our Speaker’s Bureau, which sends college students into the Springfield middle and high schools to present two presentations about drug and violence prevention (public speaking skills NOT required, but desired).
  • Providing educational presentations
  • Learning about and attending community-based coalition meetings
  • Creating a cumulative total of post-survey responses from presentations
  • Keeping inventory on prevention brochures for distribution
  • Graffiti removal coordination for Springfield
  • Various other tasks involving community drug prevention efforts.

Skills and Expertise:

  • Good verbal and written communication
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to coordinate multiple projects/activities with good follow through
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences
  • Commitment to Community Partnership’s mission, values, and goals
  • Public speaking skills (not required, but preferred)
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work both independently and within a team, and collaborate with other agencies
  • Able to manage multiple tasks/projects/programs
  • Computer and internet literate including experience with Microsoft Office, internet research and email communication


Internship Summary: The Fundraising/Development Intern work with the Executive Director, the management team and the board of directors to help develop, plan and implement fundraisers as well as implement and expand donor development program. The overall goal is to increase unrestricted dollars raised for Community Partnership.

Reporting Responsibilities: The Fundraising/Development Intern reports directly to and is supervised by Community Partnership’s Executive Director.

Evaluation: The Executive Director, along with any other Community Partnership staff who work directly with the intern, evaluates progress of intern.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Help develop ideas for new fundraisers
  • Help organize and implement current and new fundraisers
  • Help with donor development and recognition of donors
  • Solicit donations of product, volunteer time, and funding for fundraisers
  • Develop system for recruiting and maintaining young volunteers and donors
  • Attend staff, operational, and other community meetings as assigned/beneficial.

Essential Qualifications/skills:

  • Students enrolled in business, management, fundraising, or other related coursework/programs at the college level
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Computer and internet literate
  • Driver’s license, reliable transportation, and ability to travel within the community
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to coordinate multiple projects/activities, good follow through
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences


Job Summary:  The Communications Assistant will work with the Office of Communications to meet deadlines for multiple projects and assist the Director of Communications (DOC) in delivering the mission, vision, and values of Community Partnership of the Ozarks.

Reporting Responsibilities: The Communications Assistant reports to the Director of Communications or the management team in the event of the DOC’s absence.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Post content to the organization’s multiple websites
  • Assist in the design of posters, flyers, and various other forms of print advertising
  • Assist in the shooting, editing and overall production of video projects
  • Attend planning meetings with the DOC
  • Ability to work with people from all socio-economic levels and backgrounds
  • Adhere to the values set forth by Community Partnership of the Ozarks and understand that you may be acting as a representative for the agency at any time

Skills & Experience:  The Communications Assistant should have the following skills and experience:

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • The ability to communicate with others and show respect to their ideas and needs
  • The ability to work cooperatively with different types of personalities
  • Commitment to Community Partnership’s mission, values, and goals
  • Public speaking skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work both independently and within a team, and collaborate with other agencies
  • Able to manage multiple tasks/projects/programs
  • Computer and internet literate; experience with Microsoft Office, Desktop Publishing software and internet research; email communication a must;
  • Graphic design experience a plus
  • Experience with the Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro is a plus
  • Experience with WordPress is a plus

Additional Information:   The Office of Communications is a fast-paced environment where duties changes from one day to the next. Being able to think fast while staying organized is critical to the success of this department. A normal day may include writing a press release, making web updates, designing print materials, shooting/editing/producing video series, updating social media, appearing at events held by the organization, and more. Getting the job complete on deadline is also very important to the work that is done in this office. If you are a self-starter and are looking for a great place to build your resume or portfolio, you are encouraged to apply.

Internship Application

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    Please note that Community Partnership of the Ozarks normal operating hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:00 pm. While there are some opportunities outside of these hours, most internship duties will be performed during these hours.
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