INTERNSHIPS

Internships are available in a variety of areas, including education and outreach, advocacy, and non-profit administration. ASPEN is happy to work with interns’ schools to help them receive credit, but all internships are unpaid. Minimum internship length is one semester (3 months). 

Advocacy

Rebecca Ruhd manages ASPEN's 24 hour support line, and provides direct services to clients by phone and in person. Interns have the opportunity to work directly with advocates helping families in crisis including, answering crisis calls, doing one-on-one safety planning, attending court, filing petitions, and navigating community resources.

Shelter Program

Working closely with the Shelter Manager, Kelly Miller, interns will work directly with clients to orient clients to community resources, and to coordinate and facilitate support group meetings. Interns will also gain familiarity with necessary paperwork and opportunity to help develop program literature. Interns will also assist with care of the shelter facilities, including the coordination, documentation & organization of shelter donations, and such building maintenance & repair needed to ensure a safe & healthy environment for clients, staff & volunteers.

Education & Outreach

ASPEN's Prevention Education Program teaches Trust, Respect, Empowerment and Empathy (TREE) to combat the cycle of relationship abuse and promote healthy relationships in our community. Interns will have the opportunity to shadow Jenny Jo Allen in the classroom and help prepare lessons beforehand. They will interact with the kids and help guide discussions and activities. Lesson plans range from kindergarten to 12th grade.

Non Profit Administration

Interns will Learn about non-profit financial management and budgets by reviewing present and past 5-year financials and budgets for ASPEN. They will have the opportunity to research grant opportunities for ASPEN and compile lists of possible Letters of Interest, including due dates and proposal guidelines. They will also review policies and procedures, including current Employee Handbook and Financial Management Policies and Shelter Policies and make recommendations, edits or comments (as directed by Executive Director, Heidi Barrett). Interns will retrieve mail, open, record and fill out proper paperwork in accordance with financial policies and guidelines. In addition to this, they will participate in Non-Profit leadership calls with Park County Community Foundation and the Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault, and work with Montana Youth Action on upcoming legislative agenda.

Questions? Contact Jenny Jo Allen at jennyjo@aspenmt.org or give us a call at 406-222-5902.