Academic Year Internship Program for College Students at DOROT
DOROT offers semester or year-long internships for college students interested in careers in non-profit management, community organizing, social work and working with older adults.
The Internship provides students with an understanding of the issue and impact of social isolation as well as DOROT’s response. We give each intern substantive work and project management experience. While the work done by interns varies by department we are committed to entrusting interns with significant responsibility and providing them with an opportunity to contribute to their department in a real way.
There are opportunities for interns to customize projects to match interests, meet professional goals, and/or fulfill requirements for class credits.
A weekly commitment of 6-10 hours is required, excluding school vacation weeks.
Individual Internship Descriptions
During the academic year, college interns are often needed in the following departments:
The evaluation intern will have an interest in program assessment and will support the agency’s Director of Evaluation in conducting phone surveys of older adults who are participating in DOROT’s programs as well as reviewing and analyzing online survey results.
Kosher Meals Department
This intern will assist with regular phone outreach to schedule meal delivery for homebound elders and check in on their condition. The intern will also support DOROT’s on site Wellness for active older adults as well as our specialized discussion groups
Volunteer Services Department
Interns assist with a variety of activities for volunteers and older adults including organizing corporate volunteer events such as tech cafes and game days; placing outreach calls to older adults to match them with volunteers for birthday visits, computer tutoring and cultural excursions and supporting the Dining with DOROT program at DOROT’s Homelessness Prevention Program.
Community Services Department
Interns visit seniors weekly in a Friendly Visiting capacity, assist in the Shop & Escort Program by escorting older adults to the grocery or to doctor appointments. The interns will also assist with office projects such as a survey (over the phone and in-home), filing projects, updating excel data bases, and assisting with Kol DOROT, our chorale group for older adults.
DOROT’s Lasting Impressions Legacy Project provides an opportunity for older adults to record as legacy story for loved ones and generations to come through videos, audio recordings, art, photography or written stories. The intern in this department will support older adults and other volunteers working on these projects.