The American Red Cross Disability Integration Program addresses the needs of individuals with access and functional needs, including those with disabilities, during all phases of the disaster cycle. It was initiated and implemented to assure equal access for all clients, disaster workers, and partners to all service delivery and work sites; delivery of programs and services in the least restrictive setting possible; and effective communications delivered in all appropriate formats for dissemination of information to the whole community. The internship is an unpaid development experience for mission-focused students enrolled in a degree program.
Red Cross interns are involved in projects critical to the day-to-day work of our organization, gaining perspective on the Red Cross humanitarian mission, as well as service delivery at the local and national levels. This internship is for students who want to help develop plans for effective service delivery.
- Learn about the Red Cross mission, values, programs and services;
- Learn about the Red Cross Disaster Cycle Services which responds to over 65,000 Disasters annually;
- Become familiar with the Red Cross Preparedness programs and how community preparedness affects the response and recovery phases of the Disaster Cycle;
- Become familiar with the Red Cross Disaster Response and Recovery programs, specifically how our organization meets the immediate disaster-caused needs of individuals, families and communities;
- Help identify, develop and organize new partnership opportunities with businesses, organizations, schools and others to achieve established preparedness and readiness goals;
- Attend staff meetings to learn about the Red Cross programs and factors that influence decisions;
- Be exposed to, interact with and communicate with diverse populations and provide appropriate service(s) to them;
- Help gather and organize pertinent data for reports and meetings;
- Assist with general office and administrative work related to Disaster Cycle Services.