Burmese American Community Institute
Internship Opportunities

The following Summer Internship positions are currently available at BACI.

Title: Group Research Leader
Hours: 15-40 hours/week (M, T, W, TH, F: 10:00am-5:00pm)
Duration: May 15, 2016-August 1, 2016
Type: Internship or Volunteer Position
Primary Project Site: University of Indianapolis

The Burmese American Community Institute (BACI) seeks a highly-motivated and committed individual to join our summer team to implement a unique academic training program for Indianapolis-area high school students from Burma. The program will utilize participatory action research, engaging students in group research projects that explore issues of social justice in their community. Students will gain familiarity with research methodology, while improving their academic English skills and developing other skills necessary to succeed in higher education.

Qualifications

  • College junior/senior year, recent graduate, or Graduate student
  • Strong familiarity with research methodology and/or experience
  • Commitment to participatory action research as a method of engaging and empowering youth to create positive social change
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment/meet deadlines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Internet applications
  • Demonstrate high level of professionalism, respect, and personal integrity
  • Able to collaborate with others; a team player with positive attitude
  • Enthusiasm for BACI’s mission and strong commitment to helping disadvantaged students achieve academic and future success
  • International experience preferred – high degree of cultural sensitivity and competence
  • Flexibility and availability/willingness to work some weekends

Responsibilities

  • Complete staff training (will take place during the first week of the program)
  • Assist the Lead Instructor in successful implementation of the program curriculum
  • Oversee a group of students as they engage in research projects, helping the group overcome challenges as they arise, and ensuring the active participation of all group members in the research process
  • Attend staff meetings
  • Closely work with Program Assistants and Interns
  • Assist the documentation of daily reflections, observations and program activities
  • Prepare bi-weekly reports to lead instructor
  • Participate in program evaluation

Interested candidates should submit a resume and a one-page cover letter to BACI at info@baci-indy.org. Check website for more information: www.baci-indy.org. Applications will be reviewed immediately. Position open until filled.


 

JOB TITLE:  Program Management/Civic and Culture Education Program
REPORTS TO:
  Executive Director
EMPLOYMENT STATUS:  Internship
TIME COMMITMENT:  Part-time/Full-time, 15-40 hours/week
STARTING SALARY:  Paid or Unpaid Internship

 

GENERAL POSITION DESCRIPTION:

The Burmese American Community Institute (BACI) is a dynamic, forward-looking, and growing organization. We seek well-qualified candidates to join with the Civic and Cultural Education Program (CCEP) that seeks to empower new Americans with security in their rights and liberties.

The CCEP provides English and Citizenship classes in addition to one-on-one naturalization assistance. The Program Management Intern assist in coordination of English literacy, U.S. history and government to adult ESL students to prepare them for the naturalization interview and test to become a U.S. citizen. The intern roles include, but not limited to, overseeing the Institute’s Citizenship classes by supervising volunteer teachers, coordinating outreach and services, overseeing quality assurance, and preparing pertinent data and narrative reports.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES:

  • Participate and conduct clients’ intake and ensure eligibility as per the program requirements – e.g. the students are Legal Permanent Residents (LPR).
  • Prepare and instruct Citizenship/English literacy class to maximize students’ achievements on the standardized tests, including TABE CLAS–E.
  • Properly and timely administer all required testing to students.
  • Work with partner organizations to maintain necessary student information for compliance with data requirements under CCEP.
  • Recruit, coordinate, train, and supervise Citizenship classes’ volunteers and/or interns.
  • Coordinate outreach, education, and media activities; make public presentations on Civic and Culture Education classes.
  • Plan and coordinate educational services; schedule and advertise classes; coordinate with ESL and Citizenship Instructors.
  • Oversee successful completion of testing, policy/procedure requirements, and semi-annual and annual reporting. Assist program leadership with accurate financial reporting and monitoring; prepare data reports and programmatic reports for contracts and funders.
  • Provide One-on-One Naturalization Application assistance, helping LPR with preparing and submitting Form N-400, G-28, I-485, and I-912.
  • Perform individual case-management effectively, keep track of individual case progress, and conduct follow up on the applicants in a timely manner.
  • Maintain program event log with complete and accurate information.
  • Oversee other Citizenship classes; ensure Institute’s representation at Citizenship and Residential Alliance of Greater Indianapolis on Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) naturalization meetings and other informational or educational events. Monitor and disseminate changes in the CIS’s procedures and regulations.
  • Maintain and increase up-to-date knowledge of immigration law and policies through daily reading (e-mail list serves, publications) and participation in webinars, staff meetings, and periodic offsite training.
  • Be thoroughly familiar with the policies and procedures guiding the work of this position in particular and the work of the program. Perform job functions in line with these policies and procedures.
  • Participate in training required by accreditation standards, plus performance and quality improvement efforts.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills.
  • Detail oriented, able to multitask.
  • Self-motivated, able to work in a team and independently.
  • Enthusiasm for BACI’s mission and strong commitment to promoting CCEP goals.
  • Cooperative, friendly, and helpful attitude with clients and co-workers. Ability to work closely with other employees to ensure positive, constructive environment within the program and throughout the Institute.
  • Flexibility and availability, including willingness to travel and work some weekends.
  • International experience – high degree of cultural sensitivity and competence.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and growth-oriented environment, while maintaining a sense of humor and a positive, solution-oriented approach.
  • Willing to learn.
  • Pass the Background Check.

OTHER SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS:

The successful candidate must be computer literate, with proficiency in MS Office (Excel and Word) and internet applications. A valid driver’s license is required, along with the ability to move furniture and donations. The candidate will be expected to transport clients in his/her own vehicle (mileage will be reimbursed) and must have a reliable, working car for this purpose.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree holder or graduate students in the field of legal, international affairs, public affairs, social entrepreneurship or related fields.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and a one-page cover letter to BACI at info@baci-indy.org. Check website for more information: www.baci-indy.org. Applications will be reviewed immediately. Position open until filled.


 

JOB TITLE:                                       Program Management
REPORTS TO:                                   Program Director
TIME COMMITMENT:                    Full-time (or Part-time: 15-29 hours/week)
STARTING SALARY:                       Paid or Unpaid

GENERAL POSITION DESCRIPTION:

 

The Burmese American Community Institute (BACI) is a dynamic, forward-looking, and growing non-profit organization. We seek well-qualified and solutions-oriented candidates to join the Employment and Microenterprise Development Program (EMED). This position will directly support an effective implementation of the program and delivery of direct services to the community members served. Functions: Coordination, planning and organizing job fairs (10%); Individualized job application assistance and case management (30%); Documentation (10%); Working with and supporting start-up businesses (40%); and all others (10%).

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES:

  • Engages partners, clients and establishes trusting, collaborative relationships directed toward the goal of competitive and sustained employment in community settings.
  • Coordinates and organizes job fairs in partnerships with employers and other service providers.
  • Provides direct individualized employment services to community members.
  • Assists in organizing trainings and classes for a Small Business plan, covering areas such as profit & loss, feasibility studies, cash flow, and marketing.
  • Assists participating clients in creating and following an achievable plan for sustainable business growth.
  • Leverages internal and external resources by recruiting volunteers and professional organizations to assist participants in reaching stated business development goals.
  • Assists participants in establishing relationships in the local business community, the general community, and churches.
  • Explores the opportunities for the establishment of collaborative partnerships with various service providers locally and nationally.
  • Assists individual clients with finding competitive and sustained employment.
  • Provides individualized follow-along supports to assist clients in maintaining employment. Provides frequent in-person supports during the first month of a new job and at least monthly after working steadily if desired by clients.
  • Assists individual clients in learning how their benefits will be affected by earned income. For example, refers clients for benefits planning to learn about work incentives offered by the Social Security Administration. After employment is achieved, assists with an individualized plan for reporting earnings to the Social Security Administration or other sources of benefits.
  • Helps clients think about long-term employment goals, work history, strengths, personal culture (as defined by each person), justice involvement, and other factors that relate to a current vocational goal. Completes career profile for each new client with information from the client and other sources. Updates the profile with each new job and educational experience.
  • Holds regular case management sessions with each participant to determine his/her needs relative to his/her employment or business goals.
  • Supports and provides technical assistance, determining a viable business interest, a small business plan, technicalities for registration, the process of obtaining a micro loan for a start-up business, etc.
  • Documents program activities i.e. event log, case files in a timely manner.
  • Accepts tasks and projects as assigned.
  • Attends staff and partners meetings.
  • Participates in program evaluation.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:            

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills.
  • Detail oriented, able to multitask.
  • Self-motivated, able to work in a team and independently.
  • Enthusiasm for BACI’s mission and vision.
  • Cooperative, friendly, and helpful attitude with clients and co-workers. Ability to work closely with other employees to ensure positive, constructive environment within the Employment and Microenterprise Development team and throughout the Institute.
  • Demonstrate high level of professionalism and personal integrity.
  • Flexibility and availability, including willingness to travel and work some weekends.
  • International experience – high degree of cultural sensitivity and competence.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and growth-oriented environment, while maintaining a sense of humor and a positive, solution-oriented approach.
  • Willing to learn.
  • Pass the Background Check.

 

OTHER SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS:

The successful candidate must be computer literate, with proficiency in MS Office (Excel and Word) and Internet applications.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • College Senior or graduate students in the field of business, social entrepreneurship, international affairs, public affairs, or related fields.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and a one-page cover letter to BACI at info@baci-indy.org. Check website for more information: www.baci-indy.org. Applications will be reviewed immediately. Position open until filled.

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Year-round Opportunities

  1. Program Assistant with the Upward College Program (UCP)
  2. Program Assistant with the Civic and Culture Education Program (CCEP)
  3. Program Assistant with the Employment and Microenterprise Development Program (EMED)
BACI Staff and Interns

The Upward College Program Reunion L-R: Van Tha Par (Visiting College Student), Hlawn Kip Tlem (Group Supervisor at the Upward College Summer Scholars Program 2012), and Alexa Craig (Lead Instructor at the Upward College Summer Scholars Program 2012).

Please follow instruction on job description to apply for the position.

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