SEU Work-Study: Foundation Communities Intern
Department: FC Creates
Positions Available: 1 for full academic year
Pay Range: $9.75-$10.75, commensurate with experience
Foundation Communities is searching for interns to assist various departments with meeting their goals and objectives. In exchange, we will provide a mission-driven learning environment where you can gain experience and build your resume. This is a great opportunity to learn the ins and outs of a national award-winning, local nonprofit. Interns will serve 10-15 hours per week on either a semester or academic year basis, at determined by the department work plan. Candidates must be eligible for work-study through St. Edward’s University.
Foundation Communities is a local nonprofit that provides affordable, attractive homes and free on-site support services for thousands of families with kids, as well as veterans, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. We offer an innovative, proven model that empowers our residents and neighbors to achieve educational success, financial stability, and healthier lifestyles. We own and operate 25 communities all over Austin and in North Texas. foundcom.org
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
- Research best practices in Creative Placemaking & Ethical Storytelling (including trauma-informed/healing centered approaches) and present findings via the FC Creates website/Instagram
- Create and present a proposal for an ethical creative community development project pertaining to their field of study.
- Assist in conducting and documenting interviews with FC community members (residents, clients, etc.) using an Ethical Storytelling framework
- Assist in creative presentation of stories (based on interviews & documentation) via the FC Creates website/Instagram
- Other arts & culture work based on intern’s specific interests/skills. (May or may not be related to their project proposal).
- Strong written, verbal, and non-verbal communication skills; fluency in Spanish or Arabic a plus
- Comfort talking to strangers for extended periods of time
- Ability to work both collaboratively and in a self-directed manner
- Demonstrated interest in arts, culture, and community-engagement; background in the arts and/or community organizing a plus
- Proficiency with Wix and/or Instagram a plus
- Experience with transcription, audio/video recording, or audio/video editing a plus
- Position is contingent on St. Edward’s University Work-Study eligibility.
- FC Creates is an emerging Creative Community Development initiative on the cutting edge of national praxis. Creative Community Development exists at the intersection of the arts, housing, and health.
- This work often intersects with the work of other parts of the organization. Intern can expect to interact with residents/clients and staff from various sites, departments, & levels within the organization.
- This is an opportunity to explore and expand your skillset: someone in a creative field can find ways to utilize their skills in a more structured environment; Alternatively, someone in a more structured field can find ways to integrate arts and cultural strategies.
- Work schedule is variable/flexible as residents are not always available during “business hours”
Skills you will gain:
- Understanding of Creative Community Development (Creative Placemaking) as an emergent field and its relationship to/applications in various other fields; ability to communicate best practices in Creative Placemaking and Ethical Storytelling
- Develop and pitch a project proposal (potential to include this in work plan during 2nd semester)
- Conduct and document 1:1 and/or small group interviews using an Ethical Storytelling framework.
- Ability to conceive and implement a creative presentation of stories via the FC Creates website/Instagram.
- Understanding of a complex/multi-faceted organization through participation in meetings and collaborations with multiple teams.
- Foundation Communities is located at 3000 S. IH-35 at St. Edward’s drive and is walkable from campus.
- While students should expect to work in person for the 2021-2022 academic year, in response to the ongoing pandemic and potential changes in risk and safety measures over the next year, remote work may be considered taking into account St. Edward’s University Employee policy, Foundation Communities COVID Response Plan, and supervisor approval.
- Work-study interns will take part in a cohort experience, including onboarding with other Foundation Community interns at the start of the term and engaging in monthly professional development activities.
- Interns will also take part in semester check-ins and end of job student evaluations with the Career and Professional Development office at St. Edward’s.