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Internships

General Info: Internships at HIPS

HIPS accepts interns throughout the year in to work in various capacities supporting a wide range of projects and services. We have opportunities for college and graduate-level interns whose studies are focusing on fundraising and development, public administration or non-profit management, as well as social media, public relations, social justice, public health, gender and women studies, marketing and communications. Each position has unique requirements, and is also tailored to fit the skills, interests, and qualifications of the individual.

What is an internship? Who interns at HIPS?

Internships are basically structured, educational  volunteer positions that have the following components:

  • A set start and end date: most internships last between 2-6 months
  • An agreed-upon regular schedule: interns create a schedule with their supervisor and are expected to work on specific days and times each week (at least 15 hours of work per week). Occasional evening work may be required for some positions.
  • Regular supervision by a HIPS staff member
  • Internships can be for credit or non-credit as determined by you and your school. HIPS will gladly cooperate with you and your school to sign any necessary forms so that you will receive credit for your work.
  • Internships are unpaid.

How to apply

It’s easy! First, fill out our online internship application. Next, to ensure that your application is reviewed in a timely manner, send an email to the supervisor listed under the position you’re interested in to let them know that you have submitted an online application. Include your full name and any deadlines they need to be aware of, as well as your supporting documents (listed at the end of the application).

If you’re not sure which supervisor is the right one, or for any other questions, email the internship coordinator at hipsinterns@gmail.com.

Please note:  Attendance at the HIPS Volunteer Orientation is mandatory for all positions. Orientations are offered three times per year.

Internship Positions

The following descriptions are based on successful past internship positions as well as current needs at HIPS. They can be used as a guide for folks who are interested in an internship at HIPS, but are not inflexible, and certainly not exhaustive. Do you have specific skills that might be utilized, or an idea for a project that is not represented in the descriptions? Let us know! We’re happy to speak to you about creating a new internship outline.

Mobile Services Internship

  • Position Description & Duties: The HIPS Mobile Services Van serves as a “mini HIPS office on wheels”. The van does street-based outreach, HIV/HCV testing, needle exchange and harm reduction counseling around DC. Our overnight weekend shifts are from 11 P.M. – 5 A.M. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, during which we primarily target sex work strolls. Our daytime team is out on Monday – Thursday each week, and does a combination of deliveries and rolling outreach at drug use hotspots around the city. Additionally, the Mobile Services Department staffs walk-in hours for clients from 11am-5pm Monday – Thursday each week. Mobile Services Interns are trained to provide harm reduction counseling, distribute prevention supplies, make referrals, provide HIV/HCV testing and offer holistic support to our diverse client population.  They also support the Mobile Services Department with administrative work such as scheduling shifts, researching & creating health literature, inventory, data entry, and outreach preparation.
  • Required Training: Direct Service Introductory Training & Outreach Training. Hotline training is recommended.
  • Skills & experience: Applicants with direct service experience are greatly preferred, although we do consider folks who are new to this work. Oral communication skills, the ability to connect to people from lots of different backgrounds, and a positive, compassionate outlook are helpful. Organizational skills and emotional maturity are a must! Thursday night availability is a bonus.
  • Schedule: Flexible schedule; would probably include 2-3 daytime shifts (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10am-6pm) and 1 overnight shift each week (Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night from 11pm-5am).
  • Supervisor: Catherine Paquette, Mobile Services Manager
  • Contact email: hips.outreach@gmail.com

 

Syringe Access Internship

  • Position Description & Duties: The HIPS Syringe Exchange program is one of only 2 mobile needle exchange programs in DC, and the only program that offers syringe exchange deliveries to individual clients. During the day Monday – Thursday, the HIPS van serves as a “mini HIPS office on wheels,” focusing outreach efforts on areas with high rates of injection drug use. The van does street-based outreach, deliveries, HIV/HCV testing, needle exchange and harm reduction counseling around DC. Additionally, the Mobile Services Department staffs walk-in hours for clients from 11am-5pm Monday – Thursday at the HIPS office. The Syringe Access Intern would be trained to provide harm reduction counseling, facilitate needle exchanges, make referrals, and offer holistic support to our diverse client population.  They would also be responsible for coordinating syringe exchange deliveries, tracking and entering client information, entering syringe exchange data, researching & creating health literature, and assisting with inventory and outreach preparation.
  • Required Training: Direct Service Introductory Training & Outreach Training. Hotline training is recommended.
  • Skills & experience: Applicants with direct service experience are greatly preferred, although we do consider folks who are new to this work. Oral communication skills, the ability to connect to people from lots of different backgrounds, and a positive, compassionate outlook and emotional maturity are a must. Organizational skills and computer skills are also helpful.
  • Schedule: Flexible schedule; probably 2-4 daytime shifts each week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10am-6pm)
  • Supervisor: Catherine Paquette, Mobile Services Manager
  • Contact email: hips.outreach@gmail.com

 

Prevention Services Internship

  • Position Description & Duties: HIPS is seeking a Prevention Services intern to assist the Counseling, Testing, and Referral office. Besides providing secondary support to the CRT staff, Prevention Interns would also assist in community education around HIV/HCV prevention, provide rapid HIV/HCV tests to clients both at the office and during testing events, be prepared to offer referrals to help clients overcome secondary barriers to accessing sexual health services and HIV/HCV related care, and work with the HIPS Community Health Workers to link clients into HIV/HCV care. The intern would also help maintain and expand internal data collection.
  • Required Training: Certification in Clearview Rapid HIV Tests, OraQuick HCV Rapid Antibody Tests, and OraQuick Advance Rapid HIV-1/2 Antibody Test. Fundamentals of HIV Counseling.
  • Skills & Experience: Applicants with prior HIV and/or HCV testing experience are preferred, but not required. Counseling experience, particularly around sexual health, is also a plus. The ability to be non-judgmental and approach injection drug use and sexual health from a harm reduction standpoint is mandatory. Applicants must be comfortable working with clients of many races, economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender expressions, and walks of life. The applicant must also
    • Be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel.
    • Have good oral and written communication skills.
    • Have the ability to work with high risk populations in a culturally competent manner.
    • Have a basic working knowledge of HIV/HCV transmission.
    • Have good organizational skills.
    • Supervisor: Debbie McMillan, Harm Reduction Service Manager
    • Contact email: Debbie@hips.org

 

Development/Social Media Internship

Position Summary:

–Perform vital administrative activities related to the solicitation, cultivation, and research of individual and corporate donors and government contacts.

–Assist in the management of a robust donor database.

–Outline opportunities in print and online publications, community calendars and events that will raise awareness of HIPS mission.

–Research new event opportunities and assist with the coordination of logistical operations for existing events.

–Communicate with external vendors and press via phone.

–Manage event documentation through timelines, data entry, registration, reports, and file maintenance.

–Maintain database and paper information, researching prospects, assist with mailings, creating new promotional materials for solicitations, and support related events.

–Assist in researching and identifying social media sites and blogs to support marketing and public awareness campaigns.

–Assist in managing the company’s social media profiles, including Facebook and Twitter.

–Assist in compiling feedback data from sites useful in developing an internal marketing strategy.

–Develop an organizational presence on Tumblr.

–Report on creative and emerging social media solutions.

–Post on all social media outlets including website, Twitter, and Facebook, and assist in building relationships within these platforms across the web.

–Identify interesting stories from around the web to help build relevant social content across network.

–Assist in developing an editorial calendar for the website.

–Handle / schedule interview and media requests.

–Send issue and event information to online outlets to try to secure editorial placement.

–Develop a sustainable social media intern training manual.

–Maintain / update departmental press lists.

–Perform other related duties as assigned.

Requirements / Skills:

–Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.

–Proficient in detailed and thorough internet based research.

–Excellent oral communication and organizational skills.

–Very attentive to details.

–Knowledge of MailChimp, Nationbuilder, Salsa Labs and/or Credo Mobile a plus.