Clarke County, Virginia – Local non-profits are offering internships to High School and College students in Shenandoah Valley, Northern Virginia the surrounding areas, help bring an “Educational Celebration of Agri-Culture” to the region. The event is called “The Gathering” and is expected to draw thousands of visitors and provide select-students hands on training and experience.
Interns will gain hands on experience in leading and managing community outreach activities as well help develop background experience for resume and college applications.
“The Gathering” showcases one school day Fri. Oct. 30 and two public days Sat. – Sun. Oct. 31-Nov. 1 with Native American Inter-Tribal Harvest Dance; the Virginia Gourd Festival; Living History Exhibitors; Uniformed Services Tribute; and Multicultural Thanksgiving at the Clarke County Fairgrounds in Berryville Va.
“Our volunteer internships are unpaid, but we help our interns create something good for their community and build strong content for their lives while having fun,” said René White retired military veteran and the event’s executive director.
Each intern reports directly to the Executive Director and supports the Elders Council for “The Gathering” to promote, staff, coordinate and implement a variety of educational programs for the people of all ages in Clarke County, the Shenandoah Valley and Northern Virginia and beyond. Interns will learn to plan and implement special events, family oriented activities as well as assist with Summer and Fall programs and meet Native American icons. Spring, Summer and Fall Internships differ slightly based on scheduled programming and the students schedule.
SPECIAL JOB REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS: Extremely flexible work schedule including early mornings, weekends, holidays and changes with less than 24 hours notice. Previous experience in the area applied for is stressed in the selection process however, it is not vital.
Candidates applying for physical jobs that require heavy lifting must be able to able to lift 40 pounds and be able to handle physical demands required for preparing and building sets, displays, moving band equipment, hanging speakers, moving bleachers etc.
Candidates applying for written communication positions must understand Windows based software including MS Word and MS PowerPoint.
Understanding of social media i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc. is a bonus. Successful candidates must pass a reference check and telephone interview.
SPECIFIC DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES MAY INCLUDE:
Providing quality family oriented activities and programs, or assisting with related Internship projects. Implementing and assisting with family oriented programs such as but not limited to art contests, documentary assistance, Native American harvest dance, gourd festival, book forum, concert series, art show & sale, movie premiers, marketing, event planning, event logistics, budget planning, supply purchase, money collection, records keeping, grant writing, updating web sites and attending meetings in
Areas of training interns can apply for include receiving training and instruction in:
Writing and editing, drafting articles, crafting captions, writing and applying grants and capturing oral histories.
Communications. Learn to Engage with businesses in to build lasting partnerships and sponsors in the community.
Protocol. Help coordinate a celebrity line up, including Native American recording artists, living legends and American icons.
Marketing and Advertising. Work with non-profits to develop advertising campaigns, follow up on news releases and interact with news reporters & other media representatives.
Graphic Design. Use computer and artistic skills to develop logos, designs and videos.
Film and Photography. Document events that lead up to “The Gathering” for the Library of Congress and social media.
Hospitality. Be part of friendly reception to greet, arrange lodging & logistics for VIPS news reporters and special guests.
Logistics. Help install unique structures like a teepee, band equipment, lighting, carry heavy equipment and arrange electrical cables.
Learning Core Values. Experience, learn and apply faith, honor, gratitude, humility, respect, forgiveness and love.
Maintaining a Special Facebook Account. Share and promote how you and your school are making a positive impact in the community.
Getting Recognized. Students who contribute the most to “The Gathering” will receive memorable community service recognition.
person or on the phone, using email and social media, computer graphics, engineering, providing customer service, communications, answering phones, collecting survey information, documenting history, taking photos, creating graphics and escorting dignitaries. (Projects are mutually agreed upon.)
Non-Profits hosting “The Gathering” are Equal Opportunity Employers. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, we will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.