Vocational Training Internship - Employment and Education of Adults with Developmental Disabilities

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Tierra del Sol Foundation
6931 Van Nuys Boulevard, Suite 200
Van Nuys, CA
Application Deadline: February 1, 2015
Position: Part-time, Unpaid

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Foundation Overview: Tierra’s mission is to “work continuously to increase opportunities for people with disabilities to participate, contribute, and succeed as productive and valued citizens of our community. In addition, we will communicate, educate and advocate to increase our community’s understanding and appreciation for the capabilities of the people we serve.” Our vision is that, “a strong and vibrant community is one in which all of its members contribute their strengths and assets to the common good. Tierra’s role in our community is to empower people with disabilities to fulfill their potential and desire to become productive citizens who are accepted and valued for the contributions they make to the economic, civic, and cultural vitality of our community. We are actively working toward the day when people with any type of disability are fully accepted in our community – as neighbors, co-workers, and contributors to our society.”

Internship Overview: Tierra del Sol is currently seeking an intern interested in teaching vocational skills to our clients. Vocational training focuses on practical applications of skills learned for specific jobs.

Grad students pursuing a MSW are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants must submit cover letter of interest, current resume along with a completed Graduate Student Internship Application. Only completed applications will be considered.

Compensation: This internship is unpaid and compensated with skills development, acquisition of knowledge, and/or course credit from a college or university. This internship does not include medical benefits. While working with us, the intern will have access to our employee entertainment discount program, monthly safety snack incentives, special employee events, credit union, and will be provided a supportive learning environment.

Tierra del Sol Foundation is amenable to accommodate your school’s internship or fieldwork credit requirements.

What you’ll gain by interning at Tierra: Tierra del Sol Foundation is a wonderful environment filled with welcoming and compassionate personnel. As a Tierra del Sol intern you will learn to develop art activities conducive to learning, curriculum implementation, and how to work with a variety of people with special needs. Our interns develop new skills, more confidence, and a greater understanding of special needs education.

Responsibilities

• Create skill development that assist clients in learning how to properly complete a variety of vocational skills that prepares clients for jobs or careers at various levels from a trade to a craft.
• Use visuals such as charts, pictures, video clips and posters to help the students visualize the task.
•Model and describe proper behavior and dress at the work site.
•Give students frequent opportunities to practice skills. Repetition and drill of new skills will help students remember how to carry out tasks.
•Encourage self-advocacy and choice making opportunities.
•Train clients and staff using step-by-step error free instruction.
•Be aware of possible safety concerns and communicate them to program staff.

Requirements

Requirements and Desired Qualities:
•General knowledge of vocational training.
•Good communication skills and be able to establish a connection with our clients.
•Available to work at least 2 or 3 days a week from either 8:50am-10: 50am or 11:50am-2:00pm.
•Experience teaching vocational skills and/or career services
•Patience and understanding that unconventional teaching methods may be required.
•All Interns are required to be enrolled in an accredited university and complete and pass background check and TB test, both provided by Tierra.
• A 3- 6-month minimum commitment is required. Intern will be expected to work between 15-20 hours a week during Tierra del Sol’s operation hours. This is an unpaid internship, but Tierra del Sol Foundation is amenable to accommodate your school’s internship or fieldwork credit requirements.

Our program hours are 8am to 2:00pm, Monday thru Friday. We have flexibility within these times for the selected individual to intern with us.

Applicants must have an affable disposition and an interest in helping adults with developmental disabilities.

Tierra del Sol Foundation is amenable to accommodate your school’s internship or fieldwork credit requirements.

What you’ll gain by interning at Tierra: Tierra del Sol Foundation is a wonderful environment filled with welcoming and compassionate personnel. Tierra is proud of its diverse culture and provides an atmosphere conducive to learning. Below are some of the skills an Area Supervisor Intern can expect to gain:
-Client coordination and case management skills.
-Professional interaction with clients, their families and regional center staff.
-Professional presentation skills via multiple mediums.
-Tierra del Sol Foundation’s approach on Client-Centered services.
-Evaluation and analyzing of clients’ needs and what services best meet those needs.
-Various programming aspects of a non-profit organization.
-To network with professionals in the social work field.

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