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

There is an immediate opening for a Business Administrative Intern in our Rensselaerville, New York office for the Summer and Fall Semesters. The intern will be instrumental in helping implement the SAFE through the Arts bullying prevention programs into public Pre-K and kindergarten classrooms. Responsibilities and requirements are as follows:

Responsibilities

  • Manage the company database system including the research and implementation of a new program, which will better serve the needs of our organization.
  • Work with the Program Director on creating a template of all public schools in New York’s Capital Region and New York City who are eligible to receive programming and include appropriate demographic research on each school.
  • Create a newsletter, which will be mailed digitally to our donor and potential donor list.
  • 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

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
Marketing Internship

There are current openings for a Marketing Intern for the summer and fall semesters. The intern will be instrumental in promoting the SAFE through the Arts bullying prevention programs in public Pre-K and kindergarten classrooms. Responsibilities and requirements are as follows:

Responsibilities
  • Use, build and maintain a variety of social media sites including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube in order to promote our organization and programs.
  • Manage and maintain the company websites including contributing photo and written content.
  • Create a newsletter, which will be mailed digitally to our donor and potential donor list.
  • Write press releases and coordinate interviews with local newspapers publicizing our programs and community sponsors.
  • 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
Education Internship
There is an immediate opening for two motivated and dedicated interns to assist in teaching the SAFE through the arts bullying prevention program in public Pre-K and kindergarten classrooms during the spring and fall semesters. 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 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
  • Direct impact on helping to educate and empower young children
  • Hands on experience in a small nonprofit organization
  • Teaching experience
  • Valuable connections
  • Travel compensation
  • College credit
  • Being part of a team working towards empowerment and positive change

Candidates interested in the internships above 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

Emilee Namer

Originally from, Ticonderoga, New York, Emilee Namer was the Assistant Director of Program and Development at Azalea Blossom and oversaw the website and social media accounts. Her pet project was the “Meet t1he Characters” series on Instagram and Twitter featuring a different character from the SAFE through the arts program each week. In addition, she helped with grant research and writing.  Ms. Namer is currently a senior at University at Albany where she is an English major with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in Business Administration. In addition to her internship with Azalea Blossom, Emilee works at Stewart’s Shops. After graduation, Emilee doesn’t have a set plan but keeps her mind open to the options as they come. The ultimate goal Emilee wishes to achieve is to publish her own novel one day. Before attending school in Albany, Emilee attended SUNY Delhi where she graduated with an associates degree in Liberal Arts. There, Emilee was on the dance team, was captain and catcher of the softball team, and is a sister of Delhi’s first co-ed fraternity, Upsilon Delta Epsilon. Outside of class, you can find Emilee hiking, camping, reading, writing, or cuddling with her beloved Siamese cat, Precious.

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).