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Summer internship(s) in D.C.

FIGHT DISCRIMINATION
& EDUCATE D.C.-AREA YOUTH ON COMPLEX DIVERSITY ISSUES!
Summer internship(s) in D.C.

Opening Minds: The Washington Region for Justice & Inclusion (WRJI) is
currently seeking several capable and energetic full- or part-time
interns for its Youth Building Bridges youth division, June to
September 2006 (dates negotiable). All internships are unpaid.

Background:
Opening Minds-WRJI is a nonprofit organization committed to upholding
the values of equality, understanding, and respect for all people.
Through the use of training sessions, collaboration, and conflict
mediation, we fight oppression, prejudice, and discrimination in the
Washington metro area (Maryland, Virginia, and the District of
Columbia). Youth Building Bridges, our youth programs division,
brings together teens, educators, community organizations, volunteers,
and parents to identify and resolve issues caused by isolation and
prejudice in schools and neighborhoods. The roots of our organization
in the National Capital Area date back to 1938, when the organization
was part of The National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ).

Internship description:
Interns for our youth programs division will assist the Director of
Youth Programs in the process of planning and implementing Opening
Minds-WRJI's four-day diversity camp for high school students, the
Youth Building Bridges Institute (YBBI), currently scheduled for June
23-26th, 2006. Interns may also be invited to serve as staff members
at YBBI 2006. Additionally, interns will assist the youth director in
organizing and leading diversity workshops, follow-up meetings, and
other events, such as the August YBBI Day of Dialogue. From time to
time, interns may be asked to complete typical office work.

Specific tasks and skills that interns will be asked to perform and
will develop include:
� curriculum writing and editing as we design the educational content
of YBBI 2006 and the August 2006 YBB leadership seminar
� facilitation and dialogue skills, involved in leading YBB workshops
� publicity and marketing as we improve community relations for
Opening Minds-WRJI
� youth development skills, related to designing follow-up programming
for YBBI 2006
� event planning skills

Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will possess
- creativity and vision
- an interest in social justice, building inclusive communities, and
fighting discrimination
- the ability to work independently on long-term projects
- attention to detail and pride in producing polished outcomes
- strong people skills
- the ability to multitask

Application materials:
Candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Abra Pollock,
Director of Youth Programs, by e-mail at apollock@openingminds.org, by
fax at (301) 650-2472, or to 8605 Cameron St., Ste. 516, Silver
Spring, MD, 20910. Please also have 2-3 references available upon
request. All application materials must be received by Mon., April
10th, 2006. For more information on the work of Opening Minds-WRJI,
please visit our website at www.OpeningMinds.org.
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