Training and Curriculum Development Specialist Intern

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Volunteer Position: Training and Curriculum Development Specialist Intern

Volunteer Iowa (Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service) is looking for an energetic, independent unpaid intern to help advance the work of Volunteer Iowa. This opportunity is great for experienced students who want to lend their time and talent to a worthwhile cause. Interns with the following backgrounds are ideal for the position: Communications, Education.

Volunteer Iowa is a state agency whose mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. One major aspect of our work is helping organizations learn how to utilize volunteers to maximize the services they provide. Another important role we have is encouraging all Iowans to serve. We are looking for assistance from an intern to develop a training curriculum to build the capacity of nonprofit staff to effectively engage volunteers. Volunteer Iowa currently has a series of hour-long Volunteer Management trainings for nonprofit staff members. Unfortunately, the materials and examples are dated, and many organizations are looking to identify shorter 15-30 minute training opportunities for staff and department meetings. The Training and Curriculum Development Specialist intern will review the current curriculum resources and conduct updates to the PowerPoint and handouts to make them more visually appealing and relevant. The intern will then also develop mini-lessons for key sessions, that provide key elements in 15-30 minute modules. Potential extensions of this project include developing web-based or video versions of the curriculum and/or piloting the curriculum with nonprofit audiences. The Training and Curriculum Development Specialist Intern will report to the staff Program Officer, Michelle Raymer.



  • Understanding of PowerPoint and other tools that could be used to create training resources
  • Strong verbal, organizational, visual and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines

Project Management

  • Ability to effectively manage time and multi-task
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to define and work to deadlines
  • Have access to a computer, internet and necessary software when away from the office (as needed)

Business Savvy

  • Understand mission and vision of Volunteer Iowa
  • Assist in identifying opportunities based on new developments in this field
  • Present professional, but friendly posture with colleagues and others
  • Maintain high ethics with communications and daily work tasks


  • Length of commitment: Summer or Fall 2017 semester
  • Estimated total hours: Whatever hours are required for internship credits for the semester


  • At discretion of intern, in coordination with assigned staff supervisor
  • Will be determined based on student’s schedule around classes and other commitments

WORKSITE: This is a position that will require both in-person work at the Volunteer Iowa, some virtual/online work, and work from home, to be completed using the intern’s own computer equipment, phone, and Internet connection, along with equipment provided by Volunteer Iowa. During regular business hours, the Volunteer Iowa office, computers and phones may be available.

Intern will assign Volunteer Iowa rights to use all materials created on its behalf in perpetuity.


  • Opportunity to support the efforts of Volunteer Iowa
  • Passionate staff and volunteers
  • Fun projects and focus
  • Small, 20-year-old organization: flexibility, adaptability and the possibility to learn about state government operations, volunteer management and national service.
  • Record of volunteer service for related work and school purposes
  • Ability to participate in agency training and/or advancement activities
  • Acknowledgement of contributions on website; letters of recommendation, resume builder, etc.


  • Provide the intern with a copy of the volunteer/intern policies
  • Provide position description and agreement
  • Provide orientation, learning opportunities and resources to prepare intern for service
  • Provide login and editing access for technology systems as needed
  • Provide ongoing support, guidance, feedback and performance evaluation
  • Give recognition for contributions to Volunteer Iowa and State of Iowa


  • Provide information to update application and contact information as changes occur
  • Participate in orientations, position-related courses and learning opportunities
  • Meet with appropriate groups/teams/volunteers as agreed for ongoing support and evaluation
  • Devote sufficient time and energy to fulfill the outlined position requirements
  • Support the mission and values, as well as the commission’s activities and goals
  • Comply with the policies, safety guidelines and procedures
  • Acknowledge that the position is an unpaid, intern position offered through Volunteer Iowa,

About Volunteer Iowa (or Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service)
Volunteer Iowa and its partner agencies work with organizations and individuals on three main fronts. The first is to help agencies develop quality programs that use service as a strategy to fulfill their missions and address Iowa’s greatest areas of need. The second is to help engage Iowans in their communities by promoting service and expanding the volunteer base. Finally, the third area of work is to connect individuals with appropriate service opportunities by building the volunteer infrastructure. More information is available at

If you have questions about this position description, or Volunteer Iowa, please contact us!

Michelle Raymer, Program Officer
No phone calls please

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