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Internship Opportunities

As a courtesy, Public Policy Administration at UMSL posts opportunities for those interested in internships in public policy, administration, or the nonprofit sector. Please refer to the listings for job details, and application information. If you are enrolled in a Public Policy Administration program at UMSL, and you plan to apply for an internship and receive university credit for it, please contact the PPA internship coordinator, Prof. Terry Jones, at


Community Communications Internship
UM-St. Louis

Responsibilities:  The UMSL Community Communications Intern will be responsible for developing a monthly electronic newsletter covering university and community news pertinent to the neighborhoods immediately surrounding the campus. To develop this monthly newsletter, the intern will work with the Director of Community Outreach & Engagement and members of Anchor Institution team.  The core responsibilities for this position are:

  • Producing a monthly newsletter
  • Writing and tracking stories
  • Building a system for managing newsletter content
  • Maintaining relationships with UMSL departments and public partners to source stories and developing a relational database
  • Working with editorial contacts for feedback on content and messaging
  • Tracking and analyzing newsletter performance
  • Managing web page to assure updated content and connection to the newsletter
  • Developing materials to support outreach and increased readership

Required skills:  Excellent writing and research skills, proficiency with technology, professional communication and relationship management, and evaluation skills

Requirements:  Currently enrolled UMSL undergraduate or graduate student

Hours:  Interns may earn up to six (6) academic credit hours* for this experience. 10 hours per week/150 hours per semester for three (3) credit hours* per semester.

*Students must coordinate with their academic advisors if they have any questions about receiving academic credit for an internship. Different majors allow for different credit hours.

Timeframe:   Review of applications will begin immediately; applications accepted until position is filled.   Interviews will be held by invitation.  Internship begins in August 2018 or at earliest date available.

To apply:  Email completed application form and cover letter along with any additional information (e.g., résumé, letter of recommendation) to Patricia Zahn, Director of Community Outreach & Engagement, at

Student Internship/Practicum Experience
Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis - Ascension

Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care.

Major Job Functions: When applicable
Assist staff in responding to general grant requests and evaluation of grant reports.
Assist with communication projects (i.e., website, foundation reports)
Prepare written analysis on trends, policies and opportunities in the focus areas.
Work on collaborative group projects and funding initiatives when available.
Assist in implementing evaluation processes for DCFSL programs.
Perform sector-related research and data collection as needed.
Perform other duties as assigned
Personal Skills, knowledge, and abilities

The successful candidate for this student intern position requires a desire to learn the range of foundation grants management, nonprofit management, and advocacy for persons who are poor. They must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and a willingness to function as part of an interdisciplinary team is required.

The student should want to learn competency in: planning, organizational development, event organizing, and project management, including: meeting deadlines, analysis/research, quality attention to detail, follow-up and information monitoring, judgment, organizational awareness, customer service, and initiative. The candidate will learn the practical understanding of nonprofit financial statements. DCFSL seeks candidates who possess the following:

Ability to initiate work, problem solve, and make decisions with a minimum of direct supervision.
Ability to interact with a wide variety of people and work effectively in collaborative relationships.
Have excellent writing skills and is highly organized with an ability to manage multiple and complex tasks.
Ability to utilize evidence-based practice to the work and apply academic and personal learning objectives to practicum experience.
Have knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency with current computer business and desktop publishing software, e.g., Microsoft Office products.
Ability to convey a professional and competent appearance and demeanor.
Strong interpersonal and communication (both written and oral) skills.


Education:          Enrolled in a Social Work graduate degree, Public Policy Management, Public Health, or Nonprofit Management program at an accredited college or university. Ssecond-year student preferred.

Experience:       Prior experience in professional nonprofit work settings is preferred but not required.

Variances may be allowed in the above qualifications for education and/or experience dependent upon the attainment by the candidate of the appropriate level of skills development required for the position.

Reports To: Claire V. Hundelt, MSW Program Manager, Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis

4600 Edmundson Rd.
St. Louis MO 63134

Click here to apply for Student Internship/Practicum Experience - Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis - Ascension.

Students who would like to use the internship for college credit should contact PPA Internship Coordinator Terry Jones at

Intern, Volunteer Advancement
The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod

The Mission Advancement unit works closely with Synod’s Communications unit to support the mission and ministry efforts of the Office of National Mission, the Office of International Mission, and Pastoral Education, which all report to the Chief Mission Officer. The Chief Mission Officer, on behalf of the President, shall supervise fundraising activity according to the policies established by the Board of Directors of the Synod. This position reports to the Volunteer Manager.

Essential Job Functions

The Volunteer Advancement intern will further our efforts in the areas of volunteer recruitment, training, management, recognition and evaluation. This position will provide support for daily operations with Volunteer Connection. This opportunity will assist in developing solid skills in the volunteer management with programming built of best practices. Additional opportunities may occur to further develop our department’s capabilities to support other LCMS volunteer ministries through data research and integration with efforts to monitor data through quality controls for ministries to have a more robust and efficient means of coordinating their volunteers.

  • Understand Volunteer plan and strategies to address the needs and management of volunteers and provide input.
  • Assist in reviewing and maintaining the LCMS Volunteer Handbook.
  • Coordinate with Manager to assist in managing, scheduling and project training for volunteers.
  • Help ensure appropriate staff processes and/or supervision is present to facilitate successful project completion. This includes establishing appropriate directions, sufficient logistics, supplies and tools for project completion.
  • Monitors projects for performance management to maintain a standard of service.
  • Coordinate with Volunteer Manager updates needed to volunteer roster and hours served.
  • Evaluate the potentials for recruitment, cultivation and utilization of volunteers for the benefit of other offices and units within the International Center (Office of International Mission, Office of National Mission, etc).
  • Provide feedback on volunteer recognition plan and educational opportunities to promote advocacy and retention.
  • Collaborate with Volunteer Manager on the creation of newsletter content on a quarterly basis.
  • Opportunities to engage multiple ministries to develop volunteer projects.
  • Collect, record, analyze, or verify data and information from various sources.
  • Monitor quality controls on data entry and research to analyze and identify opportunities and efficiencies.

Education and Experience

Majors applicable to opportunity: Nonprofit Management and Leadership/Nonprofit Administration, Social Work

Competencies (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and grow interpersonal relationships.
  • Skill to train and supervise volunteers and staff on projects.
  • Highly motivated, positive person who is able to energize volunteers and staff
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and manage multiple projects with varying timelines and deadlines.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products, especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Previous Database experience a plus.
  • Detail-oriented is critical to multiple tasks that require analytical and technical skills.
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Excellent work ethic is essential.
  • Function as an integral part of a high-performance team.

If an individual has an interest in this opportunity, please have them send a cover letter stating their interest along with a resume to: Students who would like to use the internship for college credit should contact PPA Internship Coordinator Terry Jones at before applying.


The University of Missouri-St. Louis Public Policy Administration posts these internship opportunities as a service. We make no particular recommendations regarding internship organizations or locations. We make no representations or guarantees about positions posted. Public Policy Administration is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions or other aspects of internships. It is your responsibility to investigate these opportunities. If you are enrolled in a Public Policy Administration program at UMSL, and you plan to apply for an internship and receive university credit for it, please contact the PPA internship coordinator, Prof. Terry Jones, at