Village Coalition Internship
Since the founding of Dignity Village (pictured above) in the early 2000’s, we have been supporting houseless people with design support, community builds, policy advocacy, and giving a spotlight and platform to community members. We recently helped Right 2 Dream Too (R2DToo) design their new village (shown at the bottom of this document) and are an active member of a Village Coalition which is crafting design and policy to aid the creation and implementation of houseless villages in Portland.
We are looking for an intern to join the City Repair team to support our houseless support initiatives. We have a large need for program support through December as we work with a multi-organizational Village Coalition and there is a probability of extending the program through our June 2017 Village Building Convergence. As this program has started with deadlines quickly approaching, a highly flexible and adaptable nature is required.
While this is an unpaid internship, it is an amazing opportunity to work in placemaking and with houseless communities to innovate our society’s responsive systems to creating shelter for everyone. Additionally, as an educational non-profit we will train you in any relevant skill you want to learn or hone within this program.
Skills employed in this program include:
Houseless and Affordable Housing Advocacy
Community Built Facilitation and Designing
Program and Event Management
Collaboration and Conflict Resolution
Sustainable Urban Planning
Diversity and Equity
Specific tasks or outcomes of this internship include:
Attending Village Coalition meetings and possibly sub-committees
Tracking city council decisions on emergency housing and houseless villages
Aid planning community events, such as teach-ins, presentations, and gallery exhibits
Write articles and reports for City Repair and Village Coalition
Represent City Repair to community partners and citizens
Additional skills that can benefit the program include:
Construction and building experience
Architectural design training
Fundraising and grant writing
City Repair holds dear equity, consensus, shared leaderships, and earth care in our service to the community and to our own collective. We encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds, particularly those from historically underrepresented groups, whose professional and personal experiences will help us work toward our vision of a just and healthy world.
Applications for the Village Coalition Intern will be reviewed on a rolling basis with the position open until filled. If you are interested please email a cover letter, resume, and three references (preferably combined as a single document) to Kirk Rea, Volunteer Coordinator and Placemaking Community Organizer at firstname.lastname@example.org. With questions call 307-287-0005 (no text).