Department: Perkins International
Commitment: Full-time (40 hours/week) or Part-time
Start/End Dates: Rolling Admission
Duration: Internships period can range from a minimum of 3 months to a max of 1 year
Location: Remote/Virtual until further notice
Perkins School for the Blind is a global trailblazer, convener, learning lab and champion for children with visual impairment and multiple disabilities. We believe every child can learn, and through Perkins International, we share our expertise to reach the more than six million blind children with multiple disabilities around the world who are out of school. Perkins International is a global community spanning 92 countries and 100 years; our vision is a world where every child learns and thrives. Our goal is to help children with complex disabilities access quality education, and claim their rightful place as valued members of a family, school and community. With the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) deadline fast approaching, Perkins International has the expertise to support countries to make quick progress toward SDG 4 to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
The intern supports the 2030 vision of universal quality education for children with multiple disabilities and vision impairment.
Perkins International offers an intensive internship program in a flexible format. As an intern, you enjoy direct interaction with a broad range of both national and international professionals and experts, and the opportunity to make a visible contribution to a vibrant organization.
Depending on your university, academic credit can sometimes be arranged for interns, as well as different learning and training opportunities across the organization’s physical and virtual campuses.
Interns will emerge from the program with a level of knowledge about multiple disabilities/vision impairment education and international development that is unparalleled among new entrants to the field.
The intern will work under the direction of the Coordinator, International Partnerships and will assist in the execution of the Partnerships Team digital strategy and will be involved in different tasks that have the goals of reaching, engaging and connecting with past/current/future colleagues who work with children with vision impairment and multiple disabilities all over the world.
Types of Internships Available:
All internships are focused on innovation and data in the area of disability. Moreover, each internship position has a specific sub-focus and two levels of seniority as follows:
- Intern, Education Research Assistant
- Intern, Education Research Associate
- Intern, Technology Research Assistant
- Intern, Technology Research Associate
- Intern, Medical Research Assistant
- Intern, Medical Research Associate
Assistant positions are generally oriented to undergraduate students.
Associate positions are oriented to graduate students and professionals.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Create/manage digital content in creative ways.
Act as curator and co-creator of digital content to establish and develop long-term repositories of digital assets.
Foster community engagement and learning between members of the community.
Measure digital impact by creating digital activity reports.
Support the management of social media.
Demonstrate excellent writing skills, and ability to effectively and simply communicate information to diverse audiences with varying levels of language and data literacy.
Possess advanced analytical skills and the ability to synthesize data clearly and concisely.
Demonstrate initiative and ability to work independently.
Adaptability to different roles and responsibilities and ad hoc work
Possess strong interpersonal skills – able to work well in a team environment.
Possess a sense of curiosity and creativity.
Strong interpersonal skills to be a member of the team.
Possess exceptional organizational skills and project management.
Be fluent in English.Fluency in other languages like Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Hindi are definitely a plus.
To include in your application:
- Cover letter includes the following information:
- The specific internship you are interested in (see options above)
- Specific number of hours you are available to work
- Dates you propose to begin and end the internship
All internships require the achievement of demanding daily goals. Due to the large number of applications received, we are not able to respond to all applicants. Please excuse this inconvenience.
Perkins seeks to enhance its community of intellectually, culturally, and socially diverse individuals to enrich the educational experience of our students. Applicants from a multicultural background, are bilingual, and/or who have relevant life experience are encouraged to apply.
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Perkins School for the Blind does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin (including unlawful language proficiency requirements), age, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, disability, and military service in treatment or employment at Perkins, admission or access to Perkins, or any other aspect of the educational programs and activities that Perkins operates.
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