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Jul 23, 2014

Fall Bilingual Research Assistant positions with the Family Involvement Lab!


The Family Involvement Laboratory IS LOOKING FOR BILINGUAL (Spanish/English) UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS for the fall (3 Credits).

Students will serve as research assistants for the Family Involvement Lab, which is currently conducting a study on Latino immigrant mothers, fathers, & children. The goal of the study is to understand how mothers’ & fathers' values, goals, & beliefs influence their children’s social skills & academic competencies.

Research assistants will code mother-child and father-child play and reading interactions, conduct short literature reviews; participate in data collection; recruit parents; schedule visits; & data entry. This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in pursuing graduate work in the social sciences. Depending on interest & skill-level, there will be opportunities to write honors theses and participate in papers for publication.

If interested please send your resume & unofficial transcript to Jenessa Malin (jlmalin@umd.edu) (you can find the lab at http://www.popcenter.umd.edu/filab)

Jul 22, 2014

Active Minds Mental Health Awareness Internship!

Mental Health Awareness Intern
Active Minds
Fall 2014

Description:
Are you interested in mental health advocacy and education for young people on college and university campuses across the country? Are you passionate about building mental health awareness so college students know where to look for resources, how to talk to a friend about seeking help, and how to maintain their own mental well-being?

Essential duties and responsibilities:
- Research, Writing, Editing Projects
- Administrative and Data Entry Support
- Communications and Social Media Support
- Supporting small and large-scale event planning
- Design/Creative Projects
- Special Projects as needed
- Other duties may be assigned

Qualifications:
- Excellent writing, editing and research skills
- Ability to work in a flexible, fun, and strongly team-oriented environment
- Superior communication and interpersonal skills
- Detail-oriented and well-organized
- Creativity and a can-do attitude
- Must be able to prioritize, be dependable and manage projects
- Able to work independently and take initiative
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite and desire to learn new software
- Highest level of confidentiality and attention to detail
- Strong organization and time management skills
- Ability to multi-task and thrive in fast-paced environment
- Experience with fundraising: recruiting sponsors, letter-writing, and planning fundraising events

Suggested majors: This internship is particularly relevant to students studying public health, social justice, education, psychology, sociology, community organizing and health communications.

Please note that the internships are unpaid and you must be able to commit to a minimum of 20 hours a week to be considered. All internships are based out of our national office in Washington, DC.  

How To Apply:  
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please email the Internship Program Coordinator at intern@activeminds.org with a resume, cover letter, and one reference. Include the internship title and your dates of availability in the subject line. Active Minds is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No phone calls please. Application deadline is August 22, 2014.

Jul 21, 2014

Lab Manager position with the Medical University of South Carolina!


The MUSC Hearing Research Program at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is searching for a Lab Manager who will work on NIH supported projects focused on age-related changes in speech recognition and methods for multi-site dyslexia studies. The successful candidate will have psychometric experience, management of Institutional Review Board protocols, excellent human subject interaction skills, and will have the opportunity to develop neuroimaging expertise. MUSC is located in historic Charleston, S.C. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Mark Eckert at eckert@musc.edu

Jul 18, 2014

PSYC 123 - The Psychology of Getting Hired

Simply having a college degree is not enough – if you want to be competitive in the professional world you need to devote as much time and effort in developing your professional credentials and materials as you do to your coursework.  Together we will explore psychological principles that influence the selection process and how you can apply them for the edge that makes your competition Fear the Turtle!

This one-credit, online course was developed by the Department of Psychology and the University Career Center & The President's Promise to provide you with a flexible, dynamic and hands-on experience.

Learning Objectives - Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
  • Describe the scientific methods by which scholars conduct research on career trends.
  • Explain the crucial research findings that inform our approach to evaluating ourselves and to creating favorable impressions in other people.
  • Apply psychological theories to explain how materials and networks influence professional outcomes
  • Detail the role that cultural competence and emotional intelligence play in selection and performance.
  • Identify specific, research-based recommendations for interview performance.
  • Summarize research-based negotiation strategies for compensation packages.

Practical Outcomes - Students who successfully complete this course will have:
  • Identified strengths, interest and professional development goals.
  • Learned how to use the Careers4Terps site to locate internships and professional positions.
  • Developed high-quality professional materials (e.g., cover letters, resumes, online portfolios).
  • Established an effective professional social media presence and network with UMD alumni.
  • Practiced and refined crucial interview skills.
For a copy of the current syllabus visit http://ter.ps/PSYC123sylb

For information on course availability and enrollment visit www.testudo.umd.edu

NOTE: For the Fall 2015 semester this course is restricted to students with freshman or sophomore standing.

Gain experience in the helping field as a Montgomery County Mental Health Association Intern!

HOPES (Hotline) Intern
Mental Health Association of Montgomery County 

Description:
The Montgomery County Hotline is seeking interested students for internship and volunteer opportunities. The MC Hotline is a 24-hour, 7 day a week service that provides telephone supportive listening, facilitation of problem solving, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and information and resources to Montgomery County residents and concerned friends and family. 
The Hotline works closely with the Montgomery County Crisis Center as part of a continuum of services to Montgomery County residents. The MC Hotline is a program of the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County.
 
All volunteers are required to attend a 36-hour training class, in addition to three sessions of on-the-phone training with an experienced volunteer. Our next training class will be held August 25th – October 11st. After training is complete we ask that you commit to a minimum of fifty 4-hour shifts.

For more information about the Mental Health Association, please visit http://mhamc.org.

Responsibilities:
  • Volunteers and interns are required to attend a training that is accredited by the American Association of Suicidology. A time commitment is required. 
  • Minimum of 36 shifts
  • 12 hours per week (3-4 hour shifts)
  • Trained volunteers and interns answer calls for the Montgomery County Hotline, Youth Crisis Hotline, and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 
  • The Hotline is a great way to gain experience in the helping field and give back to the community. 
  • Make a difference in your life and the lives of others! 
Qualifications:
  • Good listener
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Confidence in abilities to carry out skills learned in training
  • Empathetic 
The next training will run Monday, August 25, 2014 through Saturday, October 11, 2014. 

How to Apply:
For more information and to receive an application as well as schedule and description of upcoming training class please email Victoria Layfield at vlayfield@mhamc.org

Jul 17, 2014

Help those with life limiting illness. Become a Community Hospice Volunteer!

Community Hospice
Volunteer Opportunities
https://www.thewashingtonhome.org/volunteer.html


Community Hospice is committed to providing quality end-of-life care for patients in the advanced stages of life-limiting illness, ensuring that they live in comfort and with dignity. Our volunteers play a very important and valued role in the care of our patients.

Below are several areas in which one may choose to provide volunteer assistance. [Note that volunteer experiences can be excellent learning experiences for first year students who don't yet qualify to earn academic credit for internships, as well for students whose schedules don't permit the time commitment required for many internships.]

HOME CARE VOLUNTEER: Provide non-medical support through companionship and friendly visits to patients and caregivers in their home or long term care facility. Visit may consist of reading, assisting with letter writing, light preparation of meals, helping families with limited shopping and errands, listening to a patient share their thought, or just being there to hold a hand.

INPATIENT UNIT VOLUNTEER (IPU): Provide non-medical support services to patients in the IPU and their families to include: companionship, sitting with actively dying patients, providing emotional support, assisting by serving patient's meals, changing water in pitchers, and assisting in taking patients outside and around the facility. IPU volunteers also assist with front desk duties, to include answering the phone and greeting visitors.

HOUR VOLUNTEER: Provides support and a caring presence for hospice patients and their families when a patient is at the very end of life. This role would be supplemental to the Nurse, Social Worker, Chaplain, or other hospice professionals attending a patient. Requires advanced training.

ADMINISTRATIVE VOLUNTEER: Provide clerical assistance to the hospice staff, including answering phones and dispatching calls from families to the appropriate nurse or staff member, filing, assisting with mailings, organizing medical supplies, assembling administrative packets and other tasks on an as-needed basis.

QUALITY ASSURANCE VOLUNTEER: Makes calls to patients and/or family members to follow up on their care and assist in addressing any questions or concerns.

BEREAVEMENT VOLUNTEER: Makes follow up calls to family members of patients who have died. (Requires advanced training).

These opportunities are ongoing and located in Washington DC and Prince George County. Training will occur on September 25th, 26th, and 27th.

For more information about becoming a volunteer with Community Hospice of Washington or Maryland, please click on the logo above or contact Jordan Asrat at (301) 560-6006 or email yasrat@thewashingtonhome.org

Program Intern positions with Community Family Life Services!

Community Family Life Services Intern 
Paid: $10/day 


Community Family Life Services (CFLS) was named the “Best Small Nonprofit in DC” in 2014 by the DC Chamber of Commerce. We provide housing, case management, employment counseling, mentoring, youth development, and emergency services to low-income and homeless families and individuals in Washington, DC. CFLS strives to provide clients with the tools they need to move themselves into permanent self-sufficiency. For additional information visit: www.cflsdc.org. 

Description:
Community Family Life Services seeks an energetic and committed Programs Intern to assist the Program and Case Managers in providing supportive and emergency services to clients. This internship is an excellent opportunity to work in direct services and to help those who are in need. The ideal candidate is self-motivated, able to multi-task, has experience or interest in non-profit work. 

Responsibilities:
Contact clients regarding program events, opportunities and evaluation.
• Help plan, prepare and market program events.
• Provide office and logistical support to Program and Case Managers.
• Assist with research and small projects related to: Emergency Services, Family-to-Family Mentoring Program, Youth Services, Volunteer Mentor Partnership Program, Employment Counseling, Parent and Family Education Program and the Parent Center.
• Assist with emergency services donation intake and food distribution.
• Compile weekly program updates.
• Help maintain program documentation and file systems.
• Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications/Requirements:
High school diploma required.
• Currently enrolled in or recently completed a bachelor or graduate degree with a major or related course work in social work, non-profit studies, sociology, humanities, or related field.
• Prior paid or volunteer experience in a non-profit, education or cultural environment a plus.
• Excellent internet research, organization and communication skills.
• Ability to work well in a team and with multiple tasks.
• Computer aptitude with Microsoft Office.

To learn more contact Kevin Holst at development@cflsdc.org