Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County recognizes the crucial impact that BBSVC Interns make for our agency.

INTERNSHIP APPLICATION

Ready to join the BBSVC Intern Program? Fill out your BBSVC application here, and BBSVC staff will be in touch to confirm details with you!

Experience what it takes to become a leader in community-building! As an intern with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County (BBSVC), you will work alongside social service professionals at all organizational levels – from the case managers in the field to the agency’s CEO and Board of Directors – developing real skills and tools that support future career opportunities!

When you sign up for BBSVC’s Internship Program, you become a part of the BBSVC Team that is creating a stronger Ventura County through mentoring. You’re also eligible for the following opportunities:

  • Direct, hands-on experience in your choice of Administrative or Program roles
  • Networking opportunities: 3 informational interviews with your choice of career partner
  • Course credit or campus-facilitated pay incentives (ask your counselor for details)
  • Specialized training and development
  • One-to-one professional mentoring
  • BBSVC Team perks, like staff gatherings, outings, and seasonal activities

BBSVC is proud to host one of the county’s best service-learning internship opportunities, attracting students from the Greater Ventura County area who are driven to experience the impact of our mentoring programs. Whether exploring a future in the nonprofit sector, marketing, communications, statistics, or business management, every intern leaves BBSVC with improved professional skills and resources to carry them into their career path after graduation.

Watch our BBSVC Intern Program Orientation.

Reports to: CEO or Vice President
Duration: semester minimum (August – December / January – May)
Description of Project: In depth, multi-platform data research. Development and facilitation of grant calendar. Program development support. Public speaking and agency representation opportunities. Other duties assigned as discussed.
Requirements: Interest in exploring BBSVC as a cohesive agency. Familiarity with Microsoft suite, Adobe suite, social media outlets, and basic design. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to work independently and problem-solve. Takes direction well. Ability to commute to various meetings and activities/events.
Necessary Commitment: minimum 2-4 hours per week

Reports to: Marketing Manager
Duration: semester minimum, summer option (August – December / January – May / June – July)
Description of Project: In depth, multi-platform support of county-wide recruitment and program development. Scheduling of basic social media, campaigns, trainings, workshops, etc. Collaboration between BBSVC and other local agencies. Online and data research. Creation of collateral and familiarity with basic wordpress-based website updates. Other duties assigned as discussed.
Requirements: Interest in marketing and outreach, and/or interest in social justice. Familiarity with Microsoft suite, Adobe suite, social media outlets, and basic design. Ability to communicate well. Takes direction well. Ability to commute to various meetings and activities/events.
Necessary Commitment: minimum 2-4 hours per week

Reports to: Director of Development
Duration: semester minimum, summer option (August – December / January – May / June – July)
Description of Project: Develop and support donor engagement systems and outreach. Arrange and experience donor/network meetings and opportunities. Data entry for engagement tracking. Other duties assigned as discussed.
Requirements: Interest in agency development and communications. Familiarity with Microsoft suite, Adobe suite, social media outlets, and data entry. Familiarity with basic wordpress-based website updates. Excellent written and verbal communication. Takes direction well. Ability to perform warm and cold calls.
Necessary Commitment: minimum 2-4 hours per week, some work may be done off-site.

Reports to: Director of Development
Duration: semester minimum, summer option (August – December / January – May / June – July)
Description of Project: Reports directly to the Director of Development to provide all special event-related support for the organization’s signature fundraisers. Will be responsible for organizational duties, promotional duties, event intake/data entry, solicitation, creative, and development. Day-of event opportunities available, but not mandatory. Other duties assigned as discussed.
Requirements: Ability to commute to Camarillo office. Basic understanding of Microsoft and Adobe suites, especially excel. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Necessary Commitment: minimum 4-6 hours per week

Reports to: Marketing Manager or Vice President
Duration: semester minimum, summer option (August – December / January – May / June – July)
Description of Project: In depth, multi-platform development of BBSVC’s online technology, including website, volunteer database, CRM, and giving platforms. Develops strategies for overlap of software use and facilitation of information. Troubleshoots concerns and assists in training staff on updated programs.
Requirements: Familiarity with WordPress, Microsoft suite, Adobe suite, social media outlets, and basic design. Ability to communicate well. Takes direction well.
Necessary Commitment: minimum 2-4 hours per week

Reports to: Enrollment Specialist
Duration: semester minimum, summer option (August – December / January – May / June – July)
Description of Project: Intern would be responsible for supporting the community program match support specialists and enrollment staff, including collecting and summarizing observations for print. Analysis of different program reports, needs, etc. Connecting program participants with enrichment opportunities. May include the opportunity for site-based supervision, for the right candidates.
Requirements: Ability to commute to/from Camarillo office. Interest in exploring BBSVC as a cohesive agency. Familiarity with Microsoft suite. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to work independently and problem-solve. Takes direction well. Ability to commute to various meetings and activities/events.
Necessary Commitment: minimum 2-4 hours per week

Reports to: Site Program Managers
Duration: semester minimum, full academic year preferred, summer option (August – December / January – May / June – July)
Description of Project: Assistance on-site and general support of classroom setting. Light-to-moderate instruction of and curriculum guidance for Bigs and Littles, with some project development input. Review of match development and interview intake.
Requirements: Ability to participate at various Fillmore sites. Excellent verbal and written skills. Patience working with youth. Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment. Understanding of youth risk factors. Background check and child safety training provided by BBSVC required.
Necessary Commitment: regularly commit to specific day(s) and times (options available)
Site Locations available:

  • Fillmore
  • Oxnard
  • Santa Paula
  • Simi Valley
  • Virtual

Reports to: Site Case Managers
Duration: full academic year (August – May)
Description of Project: Intern would be matched in a 1-to-1 mentorship with a high school-aged youth, providing a combination of virtual and in-person (as any physical-distancing restrictions and best practices allow) engagement. Intern would provide light tutoring for mentee, and also follow a lightly-guided curriculum provided by BBSVC to support engagement time with youth.Intern would also be expected to support development of youth interests, explore opportunities, and help connect youth with community resources (social/emotional learning). Intern would participate in scheduled internship meetups, as well as dialogue with BBSVC program team for development of mentorship services. 
Requirements: Requires an ability to engage and communicate with high school-age youth in an appropriate mentoring relationship. Ongoing follow-up with assigned Match Support Specialist, and ongoing youth services training in social justice, social services, etc (facilitated by BBSVC or partners).Requires access to communication technology such as videoconferencing apps or platforms, mobile device. Must be 18 years of age or older. Youth safety training and interview conducted by BBSVC required.
Necessary Commitment: minimum 1.5 hrs per week required; regularly commit to specific day(s) and times (options available)
Site Locations available:

  • Fillmore
  • Oxnard
  • Santa Paula
  • Simi Valley
  • Virtual

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Internship Portfolio

Senior Intern Jake revolutionized the BBSVC website, creating a more visually engaging and streamlined experience.

High School Interns Mikiiya and Jewelia took the reins for BBSVC’s social media safety presentation, redeveloped and updated the content, and presented the information at the Ventura County Office of Education’s annual Mental Health Conference in 2019!

Intern Easten became one of the primary contacts for this virtual friend-/fund-raiser, soliciting in-kind donations for prize giveaways from community partners, generating interest and awareness of the event, and helping to ensure that everything ran smoothly that evening!

Interns Melissa and Sean took ownership of the BBSVC newsletter, from soliciting content from across agency departments to collaborating with one another to put the pieces together.

Intern Austin created this TTYL (“Talk to Your Little”) presentation on CPR safety for mentors, introducing a conversation on what to expect in an emergency and how to get CPR certified!

Evaluate Us

If you’ve completed your internship experience with BBSVC, we want to hear from you! Click here to fill out our Internship Program Evaluation and let us know your thoughts.

QUESTIONS?

Danica Selvaggio, Vice President of Programs
dselvaggio@bbsvc.org | 805.484.2282 ext. 123

Monica Apodaca, Enrollment Specialist
mapodaca@bbsvc.org | 805.484.2282

 

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