Community Engagement- Housing Intern

Agency Summary:  

Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) is a community-based, local economic development organization which has engaged individuals and small businesses in community-building strategies for over 40 years.  Our mission is to achieve economic justice for San Francisco’s low and moderate income Latino families through asset development.  

Program Learning Outcomes:

Internships are designed to expand the depth and breadth of academic learning for you in your particular areas of study. It is an opportunity for you to receive experience in applying theories learned in the classroom to specific experiences in the community and workplace. An internship can also heighten your awareness of community issues, motivate you to create opportunities, embrace new ideas, and give direction to positive change. A successful internship can give you valuable information in making decisions about the direction of future studies or employment.

By the end of the internship our hope is that the you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate leadership skills and gain confidence entering the workplace.
  2. Demonstrate the fundamental behaviors of cultural competency.
  3. Evaluate your fit within a career field and understand career pathways.
  4. Describe your knowledge about working in a mission driven, high performing environment.
  5. Create a network of peers and professionals to help you in your career path.
  6. Add your internship experience, skills gained and goals accomplished to your resume.

Internship Objectives:

Internship objectives are goals established to ensure the intern’s productivity and growth as part of his or her experience within the organization. These objectives are project and training based, aligned with the job description, and/or provide structure to the student and supervisor for the time spent at the internship.

  1. Interns will gain familiarity with office structure and field-specific knowledge through an orientation, job shadows with staff members not on the team, observing all staff meetings, and participating in community events.
  2. Interns will be exposed to all facets of a high performing service providing organization by adding capacity to a program and participating in weekly assessments, database training and updating, researching, writing blogs, staff socials, mentor lunches and monthly Lunch and Learn sessions
  3. Intern will gain understanding about the culture of our community and clients by attending community events, working with clients at the office and on various projects.
  4. Intern will follow professional, safety and confidentiality standards by arriving on time, following the dress code, learning about time management, how to work independently and in a team and customer service standards.
  5. Interns will gain a professional network by participating in a cohort of interns, job shadowing, cross training with at least three other programs, and work on projects with their cohort.

Program Specific Duties and Responsibilities

Engage prospective and current housing tenants as well as community in understanding affordable housing and becoming an advocate for community development.

  • Interns will assist during workshops Housing Opportunities Workshops
  • Will serve as additional support  for clients to fill out the Affordable housing rental application and assistance.
  • Checking Affordable Housing (BMR) lottery results and contacting clients to make a followup appointment with Staff
  • Enter Lottery number for BMR lottery and Results to Salesforce.
  • Community engagement for new construction developments, Rental Assistance demonstration program phase 1 and 2 and Small sites (occupied-rehabilitation). Each housing development will have community meeting and tenant meetings to garner input on the project.
  • Creating flyers, newsletters, planning meeting logistics and facilitating meetings.
  • Supporting campaigns for community outreach and movement building around affordable housing and community development

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