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Internships

Specialized Internship Opportunities

Chaplaincy Certification Program (CCP): Denver Rescue Mission's course in inner-city ministry chaplaincy (also available in distance education format).

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE): Professional development for ministry workers.

Counseling: Practical training to become a professional Christian counselor with the goal of State licensure.  Applicants must be enrolled in a Masters of Counseling degree.

For more information on these internship opportunities, please call Christine Moos at 303.953.3951 or e-mail her at CMoos@DenRescue.org.

 

Academic and Career Development Internship Descriptions

All of the opportunities listed are current internship placement options and require an application and interview process, with background check. Interns must be 21 years of age or have completed at least 1 year of post-secondary education. Interns must be teachable and interested in learning and equipping themselves for future ministry service. Internships are available for between 15 and 40 hours per week. Remuneration, housing and other perks available for interns serving full-time/40 hours per week with the Denver Rescue Mission.   

Family Services – Family Rescue Ministry (FRM)

This opportunity will allow you to interact with a broad spectrum of the homeless population. This internship has 3 placements including Case Facilitator, Community Engagement, and Community Outreach. 1. The Case Facilitator Internship involves prescreening, applications, interviews, and follow-up of potential candidates for the FRM Program. 2. The Community Engagement Internship will gain knowledge and experience in recruiting, training, and engaging volunteer mentor teams matched with homeless families and seniors. 3. The Advocacy Internship includes human service agency relationship building and the development of key partners to advocate for the program.

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Family Services – Family Refugee Services (FRS)

Working with Family Refugee Services will provide an in-depth look at the difficulties that refugees face when settling within the United States. There are 3 internships offered in this department: Mentoring, Outreach, and Job Readiness Training.  1. Mentoring Internship in partnership with Lutheran Family Services: This program focuses on matching refugee families with mentors from the community in order to help refugees to become productive and self-sufficient citizens in their new life in the U.S.  2. Refugee Outreach Internship: This program is designed to bring the love of Christ and build long-term positive friendship relations with refugees in their communities. 3. Job Readiness Internship: This is a program designed in partnership with Lutheran Family Services in order to provide refugee jobseekers with relevant workplace skills, English, and professional training in housekeeping.

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Family Services– STAR THP (Transitional Housing Program)– Children and Youth Programming
Youth Interns are asked to be individuals who strive to lead Christ centered lives & who have the desire to grow personally, professionally, & spiritually, as they work as part of a team to enhance the effectiveness of the STAR Youth Program at The Crossing. The primary purpose of this internship is to assist in the overall running, facilitation, and development of the ongoing children’s and youth programs.

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Family Services – Mentoring Program

This internship allows you to gain experience in communicating, serving and working with both volunteers from the community and Denver Rescue Mission participants. You will learn strategies for assessing the needs of program participants and you will current methods and develop new methods to meet the relational needs of both mentors and mentees. In this internship you will conduct follow-up interviews with both mentors and program participants, utilize the database for tracking program metrics, and assist with end-to-end mentor training as necessary. You will also learn to develop inter-active relationship with partnering programs.

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Family Services – STAR THP (Transitional Housing Program) – Case Management
Full time interns only: This case management opportunity will give you exposure to the typical case load of caseworkers working within a transitional housing program. You will assist in answering phone calls; maintaining a call log; screening walk-ins; scheduling and managing monthly assessment meetings, workshops and classes; actively participating in client self-sufficiency plans. You will assist in the follow-up process by reviewing case files; providing referrals; providing prayer and encouragement; recording follow-up details; educating and guiding the family towards self-sufficiency; and attending staff meetings as needed. You will also assist with various administrative tasks including: recording case notes in database; conducting file audits; securing background checks; updating departure log; and updating inventory log.

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Champa House – Literacy and Education Programming/Administration
Full time interns only: You will begin assisting the LEC Coordinator by getting to know the Champa House children and mothers. You will learn about the Champa House program, rules and house schedule. You will begin to develop skills in cross-cultural and cross-socio/economic care and ministry. You will assist with adult education, life skills training and various administrative tasks. You will gain knowledge about individual and family development and learn to apply that knowledge to meet physical, social and emotional needs. You will learn to be sensitive and respectful of economic, cultural and other differences. You will also have the opportunity to work with the Education Coordinator to assist with the Women's LEC and GED programs.

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Champa House – Children’s Programming
You will learn through hands-on experience as you assist the Children’s Coordinator with programming at Champa House. You will have the opportunity to become acquainted with the children and moms in residence at the house; you will learn first-hand the Champa House program, rules, and house schedule; you will become acquainted with the childcare program and discipline policy. You will assist in the development of educational, age-appropriate programming for children ages 2 and under. You will assist in creating curriculum that helps in developing motor skills, and social skills; you will record this curriculum so that it is easily implemented by program staff and volunteers. You will also have the opportunity to work with the Childcare Coordinator to assist with the children's programing at Champa House.

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Lawrence Street Shelter – Volunteer Relations and Work Therapy Coordinator

Experience the Denver Rescue Mission’s front lines of ministry at the downtown Denver Lawrence Street Shelter. This position will be twofold: assist with the coordination and management of volunteers during multiple service shifts throughout the day; and help coordinate the work therapy aspect of the New Life Program (NLP). Assist with the coordination of volunteer efforts by supervising volunteers during multiple kitchen volunteer shifts; schedule, coordinate and complete Special Projects with the assistance of volunteer groups; offer tours to volunteer groups and interested parties. Assisting with the work therapy component of the NLP will include coordinating the work therapy so that the men in the New Life Program have an active program helping them at their point of need. Work schedule is flexible Mondays – Friday from 6:00-10:00pm. Interns need to have basic computer skills and have a basic understanding of the Microsoft Office Suite.

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The Clinic – Medical Office Administration
You will assist the Clinic director in the daily operation of the Lawrence Street Clinic. You will learn first-hand the requirements for medical office administration in an inner-city, urban setting. You will learn how to meet the needs of the clinic’s clientele, and assist in the development of materials to teach basic health and hygiene to clientele. You will develop skill in coordinating professional volunteer medical staff, and learn how to effectively recruit these professionals. You will understand how your contribution fits into the overall Denver Rescue Mission picture.

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Public Relations
Full-time interns only: Gain first-hand experience in public relations within a non-profit setting. You will learn how to work with the media, and how to pitch new stories and events. You will begin to understand the concepts of news releases, media advisories, pitch letters, public service announcements and brochures. You begin to develop professional relationships, and will develop interview skills by interviewing mission volunteers and clients. You will learn the important role that media plays in advocacy and awareness for the homeless and the education of the public. You will learn how to integrate faith into the work environment.

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Special Events

Full time interns only: This internship will consist of assisting various Denver Rescue Mission staff members with special event activities, especially in the area of event planning and inventory control. You will learn to effectively communicate with persons and agencies involved with special events both inside and outside the Mission. You will learn the cycle of special events activities, how to organize a tracking system, and actively participate in planning meetings and in special events.

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Data Group - Entry Level Database Developer Intern

This internship allows you to gain experience in agile project management, system administration from both the front and back end of a database, running basic SQL queries, and the training and support of staff. Although there is no direct work with participants of our programs we support all major programs in accomplishing their tasks at the Denver Rescue Mission. Over the course of the internship you will understand DRM’s philosophy for serving the homeless and less fortunate by working to solve programmatic issues related to both the database and the efficiency of our staff’s process.

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Warehouse – Distribution Coordination

You will be exposed to the normal processes of warehouse operations: receiving, distribution, inventory control, forklift use and safety, staff development and evaluations, manpower, warehouse safety, physical inventory, vehicle safety and maintenance. Gain an understanding of all tasks and requirements needed to run a warehouse successfully as well as estimated times for completing task. Learn how safety plays a role in time management. Identify purpose of vehicle safety and learn how to formulate plants to ensure vehicle safety. You will gain an understanding of how to prioritize and assign warehouse tasks. You will begin to understand the role of warehouse in the year round activities of the mission and learn how to accurately organize and track this information.

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Client Services – Case Management/Distribution/Administration

Interns in this area are exposed to, and experience “first contact”, with clients receiving services. In the intake setting they will assess and determine client requirements/ needs for short term and long term assistance. They will provide resources and material items as are available, information, referrals, and moral support as required. They will learn to maintain open lines of communication with referral sources and caseworkers of other agencies. Interns will learn and participate in updating and keeping current a resource guide, and learn the importance of the guide in the referral process. They will experience inventory management, and the necessity of stewardship in order to serve a larger clientele base.

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Harvest Farm – Life Skills, Education and Career/Work Therapy/Volunteer Program
Gain first-hand experience in drug and alcohol rehabilitation within a rural setting. You will learn how our rehabilitation program integrates work therapy, career and life skills education, spiritual/psychological counseling and one-on-one case management. You will experience how the cooperation of the staff, in all aspects of recovery, work together for a holistic approach to the rehabilitation of residents. You will begin to understand basic addiction counseling while developing relationships with residents and receiving guidance from staff. You will gain experience in basic farm operations including animal care, crop cultivation and grounds and building maintenance. You will understand how learning and education cooperate with the rehabilitation process.

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Harvest Farm – Corn Maze/Fall Festival

Intern will be responsible for serving in a specified area of the Fall Festival while working on building relationships with the residents and staff. Supervisory and administrative skills will be learned as the intern works with staff, residents and the public. This internship is an excellent opportunity for participants willing to “serve in any needed capacity” while learning essential, marketable skills within the scope of “mission work”. Interns will be able to explore many different aspects of leadership development. This Internship is designed specifically for the fall, begins in August and finishes in November. Scheduled activity will require approx. 40 hours per week. Attendance at some weekend and/or evening activities may be required.

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Lawrence Street or Fort Collins Rescue Mission – Chef Intern
You will be assisting the Kitchen Supervisor and Chef in all aspects of running a high capacity, non-profit shelter kitchen. This would include working with, training and supervising individuals in the men’s rehabilitation program as well as interacting with homeless individuals and volunteers. You will learn the administration side of kitchen operations including food procurement, accounting, inventory and menu planning. You will be learning to cook and supervise the preparing of meals for 300+ people daily using donated, food bank and USDA foods. You will learn how to maintain cleanliness and food safety in a high capacity, fast paced kitchen environment.

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Fort Collins Rescue Mission – Case Management for Women’s Program

You will provide follow up, do field work, and maintain files for female participants. You will coordinate services for the participants and supervise their work therapy. You will organize and maintain case files, answer phones, conduct data entry, create charts, and resource materials. You will develop and apply an understanding of issues related to homelessness as well as skills in serving the underprivileged. You will assist with life skills workshops and administration at Harvest Farm & FCRM. You will also gain experience in case management and program leadership, operations and development.

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Fort Collins Rescue Mission – Community Resource Specialist

You will assist FCRM in meeting the needs of the homeless seeking assistance. You will provide appropriate referrals for participants, callers, and walk-ins and follow up on program participants in our Steps to Success Program. You will develop and maintain a database of community resources (housing, drug and alcohol treatment centers, employment, educational, medical, food) and other resources for referral purposes. You will also maintain positive relationships with the community.

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Denver Rescue Mission

3501 E. 46th Avenue
Denver, CO 80216
Telephone: 303.297.1815
Fax: 303.295.1566
e-Mail: info@denrescue.org