Community Engagement Work-Study Internship Development VISTA

University of Houston - Downtown

About the organization

Are you interested in being part of a team that engages in community transformation? The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) acquires partnerships with various nonprofit organizations in the Greater Houston Metroplex that host paid internships to UHD students. The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) at UHD is seeking an AmeriCorps VISTA to strengthen the Community Engagement Work Study Internship Program by interacting with community members and UHD staff to secure the appropriate contracts and internship positions that will attract students across all majors and disciplines. In addition, the VISTA will be expected to assist with grant writing to secure funding for additional internships. Our VISTA would work with organizations to secure affiliation agreements with proper job descriptions and create a database of potential community partners, along with their organizational purpose, target audience, site supervisor contact information, etc.


The Community Engagement Work-Study Internship Development VISTA will interact with the community members and help to create a more holistic list of internship positions to attract students from all colleges. Our VISTA would also work to raise awareness of the work study internship program to the UHD community. While internships are funded by the Federal College Work-Study Program during the spring and fall semesters, the summer internship program is funded by private donors, is more competitive, and highly successful. CCESL typically places 25 students in 10-12 partner organizations. Students work for 200 hours at $10/hour. Due to the pandemic, private donors have been pledging funds for COVID relief as opposed to the internship program. Our VISTA would assist CCESL by creating a database of potential donors, possible grants, and a library of templates for typical canned responses to grant applications. Our VISTA would also assist with grant writing.


Terms :
Car recommended, Permits working at another job during off hours, Permits attendance at school during off hours .

Service Areas :
Community Outreach, Community and Economic Development.

Skills :
Leadership, Public Speaking, General Skills, Community Organization, Non-Profit Management, Team Work, Computers/Technology, Communications.



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