Internships

Internships are among the opportunities, which Azalea Blossom, Incorporated offers for volunteering within our organization. Internships are an excellent way for qualified candidates to gain an in-depth view of our organization while also learning more about the inner workings of non-profit organizations. Interns gain valuable skills and knowledge in their field of interest while also developing important professional contacts. Internship objectives are determined by the student’s particular skill set and interests as well as our organization’s current needs. Previous internships with Azalea Blossom have included Fund Raising, Marketing, Database Management, Art and Design, Social Media Marketing, Grant Writing, and Business Administration. Interns receive compensation for their travel expenses. To date, Azalea Blossom has worked with students from SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Albany, Oberlin College, Hunter College, Rutgers University, and Hartwick College. During fall and spring semesters, Azalea Blossom, Incorporated offers internships for college credit to sophomores, juniors, and seniors majoring in the following disciplines:

  • Education 
  • Marketing/ Public Relations
  • English/Journalism
  • Public Policy/Pre-law
  • Communications
  • The Arts
  • Business/Administration (including management, HR, and IT focuses)

Please contact us at AzaleaBlossom777@gmail.com if you are interested in the current internship opportunities, which we have to volunteer within our organization. 

Internship Opportunities 

Business Administration Internship Opportunity at Azalea Blossom, Inc. 

Azalea Blossom Incorporated, a small non profit 501c3 organization whose mission is to promote awareness, education, and prevention of domestic, social and child abuse through the use of the creative and performing arts, is currently seeking a dedicated business administration intern. Responsibilities in include the following:
▪ Assist in researching educational legislature, policies and potential sources of program funding. 
▪ Manage the company database system.
▪ Create and send monthly newsletter.
▪ Oversee the tracking of donor gifts and acknowledgments.
▪ Proof and assist in researching grant proposals.
▪ Communicate with educators and community partners in helping to facilitate the coordination of programs.
▪ Coordinate board members, team members and additional volunteers in fundraising efforts.
Help oversee the reproduction of the program handbooks.
Communicate with educators and community partners in helping to facilitate the coordination of programs. 
We are currently accepting applications from qualified candidates who are committed to making positive change in the lives of others and who possess the following skills and personal qualities:

  • Strong skills and knowledge in social media networks.
  • Strong interpersonal, written and communication skills.
  • Organized, motivated and detail oriented. 
  • Professional, Personable, and Positive.
  • Desire to make a difference in the lives of others.

Benefits of an internship with Azalea Blossom Inc. include the following:

  • College Credit.
  • Valuable contacts.
  • Making a positive change in the community at large.
  • Knowledge of the workings of a non profit organization. 
  • Travel certificate. 

Send resume with cover letter to Margaret Jean Bernstein, Founder and Director of Azalea Blossom at AzaleaBlossom777@gmail.com

Marketing Internship  

Azalea Blossom Incorporated, a small non profit 501c3 organization whose mission is to promote awareness, education, and prevention of domestic and social violence and child abuse through the use and creation of music, multi-media, and the Arts, is currently seeking a dedicated marketing intern. Responsibilities in include the following:

▪ Design promotional material for the SAFE through the Arts program. 
▪ Promote the organization and its programs through the use of the internet and social media sites.
▪ Manage and maintain the company websites including contributing photo and written content.
▪ Write press releases and coordinate interviews with local newspapers publicizing our programs and community sponsors.
▪ Assist with the monthly newsletter
▪ Oversee a marketing campaign for the annual fundraising event.
▪ Implement marketing materials to be used to promote the SAFE through the arts program to schools and educators.

Requirements

▪ Excellent written and oral communication skills
▪ Fluent with social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.
▪ Recommendation by a college advisor, guidance counselor or advisor
▪ Ability to think on one’s feet, creatively problem solve and persevere
▪ Contribute as a valuable team player with the ability to give and receive valuable feedback
▪ Possess compassion and empathy towards fellow beings, an open mind, a positive attitude, a willingness to learn and a commitment and passion to making a difference in the world
▪ Dedicated and professional

Benefits

▪ Hands on experience in a small nonprofit organization
▪ Valuable connections
▪ Travel compensation
▪ College credit
▪ Being part of a team working towards empowerment and positive change
Send resume with cover letter to Margaret Jean Bernstein, Director and Founder, Azalea Blossom, Inc at AzaleaBlossom777@gmail.com 

Education Internship

Azalea Blossom, Incorporated, a non-profit organization dedicated to the education, awareness and prevention of violence through the utilization of the creative and performing Arts, has an immediate opening for two motivated and dedicated interns to assist in teaching the SAFE through the arts bullying prevention program in public PreK and kindergarten classrooms during the spring semester. The intern will be instrumental in helping to empower young children through implementing our arts-based curriculum.  Responsibilities are as follows:

Responsibilities

  • Assist the Program Director in implementing five programs a day, once or twice a week
  • Perform in puppet shows based on the three key components of the program
  • Prepare for teaching the program by participating in a training workshop
  • Coordinate materials, provide guidance to students, participate, help in classroom as needed

Requirements

  • Currently enrolled in an accredited college as an education major or in a related field with a strong interest and/or background in working with children
  • Experience and/or background in one or more of the performing or creative arts (theater, music, dance or visual arts) preferred
  • Preferable availability for one month after the end of the semester
  • Must be available at least one day a week during the entire school day
  • Recommendation by a college advisor, guidance counselor or advisor
  • Ability to think on ones feet, creatively problem solve and persevere
  • Contribute as a valuable team player with the ability to give and receive valuable feedback
  • Possess compassion and empathy towards fellow beings, an open mind, a positive attitude, a willingness to learn and a commitment and passion to making a difference in the world
  • Dedicated and professional

Benefits 

  • Direct impact on helping to educate and empower young children
  • Hands on experience in a small non profit organization
  • Teaching experience
  • Valuable connections
  • Travel compensation
  • College credit
  • Being part of a team working towards empowerment and positive change

Interested candidates should submit a one page resume with a cover letter and three references to Margaret Jean Bernstein, Program Director, Azalea Blossom, Incorporated at AzaleaBlossom777@gmail.com .

Former Interns

Faith Ahmed

Coming from Deer Park, Long Island, Intern Director of Social Media and Marketing, Faith Ahmed, is a seniofaithahmedr at Hunter College where she is a Media and Film Studies major and an Arabic minor. For the last year, Ms. Ahmed has also worked as Editor-In-Chief of Hunter College’s publication, Cult. Magazine. Outside of class, she enjoys filmmaking and performing. Singing since the age of seven, Ms. Ahmed can last be seen on stages Maria in Smithtown Performing Arts Center’s production of “West Side Story.” In addition, she can also be heard as the voice of Lucinda and Melinda Mouse in SAFE through the Arts latest program. Her love for music and passion for human rights made her both eager and excited to be working with Azalea Blossom.

Amy Gong

Amy Gong is currently Director of Art and Design for the SAFE through the arts program and a sophomore at Rutgers University where she is an art and psychology double major with a minor in business administration. Having completed a successful internship with Azalea Blossom during the summer of 2016, she was able to stay on as an independent contractor, thanks to generous support from Stewart’s Shops. Of her internship, she has said, “Through this internship, I have gained priceless work experience, valuable insight in working with a team, and knowledge that allowed me to grow as a person, intellectually, socially, and emotionally. Azalea Blossom Inc. allowed me to utilize img_8493and expand my skills as an artist and as a student in today’s competitive job market. Through Azalea Blossom, I have improved my skills in using Adobe Illustrator, which will serve me immensely well throughout my artistic career. This internship has provided me with the opportunity to be creative in an environment where constructive feedback was always given and excellence was always achieved, yet never at the expense of having respect and mutual appreciation regarding everyone’s work. I learned the value of networking and building relationships in which resulted in having an interest in the people that we were surrounded by every day. During meetings, I received the chance to state my opinion on things extremely paramount to the company, such as suggestions for the company’s new logo. This is not the typical internship opportunity one will receive at other corporations, yet it is this type of trust that allows one to grow into that high expectation. The people I was able to work under acted as mentors for me by correcting me as needed and reminding me of my value. That belief in love for humanity is one of the chief driving forces behind this company.” Read more about her here!

Natalie Adorno

Natalie first came across Azalea Blossom during college in 2008. She was the Public Relations and Marketing Assistant Intern before she graduated that year with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies afullsizerendernd a Minor in Public Relations. During her time as an intern, she helped coordinate the SAFE program and arranged the SAFE convention. She publicized Azalea Blossom on local websites and updated the official website. Natalie is now back with Azalea Blossom and holds the Secretary/Treasurer position as one of the Board Members. She is enthused to be working with Azalea Blossom again. She is passionate about preventing domestic violence and knows that spreading awareness through education is the way. Natalie is excited for the future of the SAFE through the Arts program and cannot wait to see the impact it has on the future generation to help change the world. Read more about her here!

Chelsea Cross 

Chelsea Cross graduated from Oberlin College in May 2015 with a major in Sociology and minor in Hispanic Stud20150830_102343-e1448206855761ies with an additional educational concentration in early developmental learning and alternative pedagogy. She has been involved with Azalea Blossom, Incorporated since 2008 in several different capacities including social media outreach, contributing to the SAFE through the Arts program, and grant writing. Now a board member, Chelsea aspires to continue gaining leadership experience through service-related work and obtain a master’s degree in non-profit organization. Read more about her here!

“My work at Azalea Blossom, Incorporated taught me two main things: the importance of proper business networking and persistent hard work. You meet people from all kinds of backgrounds with various types of experiences and connections with others and you never know where a friendship with one person will lead. Working for a non-profit organization requires a dedication that goes beyond the work that you do in the office. It is rewarding and fulfilling not only watching the progress of such a good cause but knowing that you are helping to make a positive change in the world around you.”- Bethany Hicks, Former Intern (SUNY Albany).