SEU Work-Study: Foundation Communities Intern
Posting: Financial Wellness
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:
- Develop a youth financial education plan by researching existing youth financial education curricula and resources, planning youth financial education events, and serve as a youth financial education presenter alongside Financial Wellness and/or College Hub team members.
- Update our guide to community resources for sharing with clients who need resources beyond what Foundation Communities can provide.
- Interview clients of our Financial Wellness programs in an ethical, trauma informed manner. Document their stories for sharing with stakeholders and potential future clients.
- Conduct outreach for financial education, savings and credit programs including the creation of flyers, direct messaging (email or text) and social media content.
- Knowledge of personal money management preferred, but not required (banking, credit, loans, budgeting, etc.).
- Good collaborator; works well on a team.
- Open to learn and receive feedback.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite and comfort with a variety of data systems.
- Available at least 10 hours per week. Able to work both remotely and in person.
- Position is contingent on St. Edward’s University Work-Study eligibility.
- Availability for occasional evening or weekend hours is helpful.
- Access to reliable transportation is helpful.
Skills you will gain:
By the end of the academic year, the intern will learn about:
- Financial Education curricula and resources available, particularly for youth (high school students, college students and other young adults)
- Community resources that help people gain financial stability.
- The many factors that affect financial wellbeing for low and moderate income individuals and families.
By the end of the academic year, the intern will gain:
- Professional skills such as working effectively with colleagues, providing high quality customer service to clients, and professional communication skills.
- Experience working on a highly collaborative team where all members make significant contributions to the work of the team.
- Knowledge of the structure of Foundation Communities’ Prosper Centers, as well as how the teams within the department work with each other and with other departments to fulfill the organization’s mission.
- Knowledge of trauma informed interviewing strategies and why they are important.
- 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.