Intern at CAIR Oklahoma

Internships at CAIR-OK’s office in Oklahoma City offer students and community members a great opportunity to learn, interact, and grow in a fast-paced, diverse environment. CAIR-OK operates with a small staff and interns play a vital role in the work of CAIR-OK, undertake a considerable amount of responsibility, and are encouraged to develop their own projects and initiatives.

CAIR-OK offers internships in five areas each semester: Government Affairs; Event Planning; Operations and Development; Communications; and Civil Rights (Legal). Descriptions of each internship including repsonsbilities and qualifications are listed below.

How long is the internship?

CAIR-OK offers internships during Spring, Fall, and Summer semesters, asking that each intern commit to a minimum of 15 hours per week. Most internships require all hours to completed in the office within the hours of 9:00am and 5:30pm, Monday through Friday.

All CAIR-OK interns are expected to:

  • Assist in the duties relevant to your specific internship
  • Operate with a sense of urgency, initiative, and efficiency that promotes focus, creative thinking, and solutions
  • Be punctual and reliable
  • Maintain an organized workspace
  • Rely on strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Carry yourself with a professional demeanor

What does CAIR-OK look for in an applicant?

Applicants that excite us are detail oriented, have an inquisitive, yet confident attitude and a strong passion for social justice. Most importantly, we’re looking for interns who understand the culture and mission of CAIR-OK and are excited to work within the Okie Muslim community.

Do you offer course credit for your internships?

Yes! We have worked with most colleges in Oklahoma to offer course credit to students through their university.

Can I intern if I am still in high school or can’t commit to 15 hours per week?

CAIR Oklahoma does not discriminate on the basis of age but we do require that you are able to fulfill the expected schedule and fit the requirements specific to the internship to which you apply. If you can’t commit to a semester long internship, we are always looking for volunteers to stop by and help around the office!

Do you offer internships outside of Oklahoma City?

Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to offer internships to those unable to travel to our office in Oklahoma City. We hope to be able to offer remote internships in the future.

How to Apply

Please email info@ok.cair.com and, in the subject line, please clearly indicate the title of the position in which you are interested. Please include a cover letter, a resume and two references who have supervised you in a past volunteer position, internship or employment. Applicants must pass a background check. All internship positions at CAIR-OK are unpaid.

Students interested in receiving academic credit should indicate so in their cover letters. Credit must be arranged through your university.

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

DSC_0384The Government Affairs intern will work closely with the Government Affairs Director to fulfill government relations, communications and administrative functions. CAIR-OK’s expanding Government Affairs department coordinates statewide advocacy work on issues of public policy.

This position is ideal for a student or professional looking to gain valuable experience in government and civic engagement, while learning more about CAIR-OK’s work in defending civil rights, fighting bigotry, empowering American Muslims, and promoting accurate, representative media portrayals of Islam and Muslims. Political Science, International Relations, and Sociology majors and those with previous government affairs experience will be given preference.

Responsibilities:

  • Assisting the department in following legislation.
  • Helping with voter registration drives and civic engagement of Oklahoma Muslims.
  • Legislative database management.
  • Attending committee meetings and hearings during legislative session.
  • Meeting with state and local legislators on community issues.
  • Assisting in coalition building with other Muslim, interfaith, or civil rights organizations.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Demonstrates follow-through and time management skills with assigned tasks.
  • Possesses excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Committed to serving the community.
  • High proficiency in MS Word and Excel.

EVENT PLANNING

KEM_9978While working at CAIR-OK, the Event Planning Intern will play a valuable role in planning and managing all logistical aspects of event planning.

This position is ideal for a student or young professional looking to gain valuable experience in event planning, while learning more about CAIR-OK’s work creating relevant and timely events for both the Muslim and non-Muslim community. Previous experience in student leadership or event planning is a must.

 

Responsibilites:

  • Long term planning for large scale community events with 50-600 attendees
  • Maintaining a detailed pre-event registration system
  • Compiling detailed event attendee information
  • Track inventory of all supplies needed for events
  • Preparing and printing of all event literature
  • Preparing and disseminating all event marketing
  • Respond quickly to help plan last minute community events

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience in successful event planning and problem solving
  • Demonstrated experience in effectively managing many competing priorities under strict timelines
  • Exceptional organizational skills and meticulous attention to details
  • A very positive attitude
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Very proficient in MS Word and Excel
  • Internal sense of urgency and initiative that promotes focus, creative thinking and solutions
  • Strong verbal and written business communication as well as proofreading and editing skills

OPERATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT

As an Operations and Development Intern at CAIR-OK, you will work closely with the Executive Director and play a valuable role in making our office run efficiently, looking professional, and assisting our staff and interns to maximize their ability to serve our communities.

This position is ideal for a college student or young professional looking to gain valuable experience in working in a professional nonprofit setting, while getting in-depth, hands-on experience in all facets of CAIR-OK’s work including donor outreach, fundraising, budgeting, and day-to-day office management. No previous experience is required for this position.

Responsibilities:

  • Present a professional, welcoming first contact to all visitors, including many civil rights clients, to our office
  • Confidently answer, transfer and manage phone calls, and take and deliver messages
  • Maintain a clean and organized office
  • Assist office staff and interns with tasks including donation processing, online and social media postings, event planning, and other tasks as needed

Qualifications:

  • Confident, professional demeanor
  • Assertive, ‘can-do’ attitude
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Able to find solutions to achieve results with little supervision under tight deadlines
  • Internal sense of urgency and initiative that promotes focus, creative thinking and solutions
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to details

CIVIL RIGHTS/LEGAL INTERN

The Legal Intern will work primarily with the Civil Rights Director to assist with client management, legal research and writing, and developing other special projects as required by the Civil Rights Department. Interns will also assist in seminars and workshops and will be expected to attend and work at all volunteer events. This internship will also require a research project on a topic of the student’s own choosing, to be completed by the end of the term. This position is ideal for law students who wish to gain experience in the non-profit field and who are interested in working with civil rights and human rights issues.

Responsibilities:

  • Client management from intake to resolution. Interns will often be primary points of contact for clients as we assist in resolution of their complaint.
  • Legal Research and Writing. Interns will be expected to develop proficiency in both formal legal and non-legal writing styles and in putting together concise reports.
  • Special research and project management. While the primary focus of the legal internship will be on legal work, the interns will also be needed to help develop educational and promotional material and to assist in marketing the work of the civil rights department. We will ensure that the majority of the work assigned to the legal intern will be related to the practice of law.
  • Personal research project. Each intern will be asked to select a topic of interest relevant to the CAIR mission for more in-depth research and writing.

Qualifications:

  • You must be a current law student or law school graduate to apply for this position.
  • Strong research and writing skills, both formal legal and non-legal.
  • Excellent interpersonal work and phone skills.
  • Confident and professional demeanor, punctuality, and reliability.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision on self-directed projects.
  • Discretion in handling sensitive client or CAIR documents  (all interns must sign CAIR Non-Disclosure Agreement before beginning work).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Students who have taken Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, First Amendment, Criminal Law/Procedure, Human Rights Law are preferred.
  • While it is not a requirement, students with high levels of cultural competency will be preferred.
  • Students who can devote 5-10 hours during a Fall or Spring term or at least 20 hours during a Summer term are preferred.

Note: while internship offers include a required background check, derogatory background history is not necessarily a barrier to an internship with CAIR-OK.

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