Child Specialist Interns support children who are living at Tubman’s shelter in Maplewood for families that have experienced domestic violence. Provide individualized, trauma-informed, strength-based care and advocacy through relationship building, on-site activities, field trips, and respite childcare.
Impact & Benefits
· Create positive relationships and experiences for children living in shelter.
· Support children and parents in building life skills and enhancing positive decision-making.
· Foster growth and resilience within families who have experienced violence and trauma.
· Gain experience in advocacy while supporting families.
· Foster trusting relationships with children and parents while maintaining confidentiality and appropriate professional boundaries
· Promote safety and healing through planning and facilitation of fun activities on-site and in the community
· Communicate and collaborate with colleagues, following agency guidelines, providing safety planning, crisis intervention, and additional resources and referrals as appropriate
· Facilitate communication, intakes, and follow-up with parents
Qualifications & Expectations
· Enjoy working with and have experience interacting with infants through school-agers
· Ability and willingness to listen actively and respond respectfully and appropriately to children, youth, and parents
· Maturity and good judgement in stressful situations to assure health and safety of everyone
· Flexibility and adaptability to meet the needs of children, parents, and the program as they arise
· Strong interpersonal skills, including emotional stability and patience
· Ability to work with diverse teams and clients to foster a culturally inclusive environment
· Set and uphold professional boundaries
Time Commitment & Availability
· Minimum of 10-12 hours a week for one full semester (4-5 months). Weekday availability required.
Training & Supervision
· Attend Tubman’s five part Volunteer/Intern Orientation and Training series
· Supervised by a Child Specialist staff