Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

For more information about any of the Volunteer or Internship opportunities or for general questions about volunteering with us, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Britney Weller, at 714-480-6570 or email [email protected]

Please note: The volunteer/internships are unpaid positions that do not automatically lead to employment.

Click on the titles below to learn more about that volunteer role

Intern with the Community Building Team

Volunteer or Intern with the Marketing and Social Media Team

Intern or Volunteer with the Dispute Resolution Team

Volunteer with our Annual Awards Gala


Intern With Our Community Building Team

OC Human Relations provides programs to foster mutual understanding and respect among residents in order to make Orange County a better place for ALL people to live, work and do business. We strive to create a future where our county’s diversity is realized as a source of our strength and build bridges of understanding to make our community a place where all people are valued and included.

The objective of this internship opportunity is to further the agency’s mission of encouraging dialogue, promoting, and empowering community coalitions in the county. Though the size of our task is large, our resources are limited thus we rely heavily on interns to help make our goals a reality. If you are interested in this opportunity, we welcome your interest and participation.

The internship program provides a means to complement academic work with practical experience through professional development and departmental support that identifies skills, develops leadership, and addresses critical community needs. The goal of the program is to empower the interns in hopes to further their career goals.

Terms:
Internships are available during Spring, Summer, and Fall terms. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis year-round until all positions are filled. All positions are unpaid. Interns are expected to work at least 10 hours a week during Spring and Fall terms, and 20 hours a week during the Summer term. Additionally, interns must be ready to work weekends and evenings, as needed.

This is an unpaid internship. Interns can receive college credit, if needed. However, it is the responsibility of the intern to file all necessary paperwork to receive credit. Interns are responsible for their own travel, living (housing & food), and transportation arrangements.

Fall 2019
Begins August 20, 2019, ends December 20, 2019
This is a 10-week program with a 10-hour per week requirement.

Qualifications:

  1. Candidates must be higher education students pursuing a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree. Exceptions may be made for highly qualified applicants.
  2. Enthusiasm, interest, and familiarity with OCHR’s work.
  3. Ability to work with diverse individuals/cultures in a diplomatic and non-biased manner. It is important to be able to deal respectfully with sensitive issues involving divergent viewpoints.
  4. Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  5. Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and internet research.
  6. Ability to convey information in a professional and diplomatic manner.
  7. Good organizational skills and attention to detail is crucial.
  8. Bilingual skills are a definite asset.

Interns will receive basic training in all aspects of OCHR’s work, but will be assigned a focus project in one of the following areas:

  1. Hate Crimes
    To create community awareness, increase collaboration for community and police response, and assist primary and secondary victims of hate.
  2. Police Community Relations
    To improve the relationship between communities and law enforcement.
  3. Community Dialogues
    To create a safe environment for people to dialogue an develop action steps to make community connections and engage in civic activities.
  4. IamOC
    Conducting and transcribing interviews with diverse Orange County residents for our #IamOC project
  5. Cultural Competency Development
    To create awareness of diversity issue and develop intercultural understanding for groups and institutions.
  6. Community Building Initiatives
    To increase cohesion and mobilize the community’s commitments, resources, and skills to build healthy communities.
  7. Community Leadership Development
    To provide grassroots leadership training and recognize outstanding human relations contributions.
  8. General Professional Skills
    Organizing Team Resource Materials – assisting team with compiling, organizing and categorizing training and resource materials.

Click here to learn more about our Community Building Program

To apply, please complete the online application form

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Volunteer or Intern with our Marketing and Social Media Team

Who:
We are looking for creative self-starters to volunteer with our team and assist with our marketing plan. We’d like to build a small volunteer team of people who are experienced in/or interested in external communications, storytelling and marketing (and, of course, human relations and diversity issues).

What:
Volunteers will assist the Development Team and report to the Director of Development. We offer valuable work experience in a supportive and motivating work environment. At this time we are not able to provide a stipend or salary.

Why:
We need pro-bono help throughout the year with our marketing and outreach, especially around our human relations special events, fundraising campaigns, and free/low cost services we offer to the community (namely hate crime education/response and conflict mediation).

Where/When:
Our volunteer positions can be virtual (with scheduled in-person touch base meetings), or located at our office. We’re looking for volunteers to make a time commitment of at least 10 hours per week for a minimum of three months.

Responsibilities May Include:

  • Research and write (short) pieces for publication in our e-newsletter or annual report
  • Research story leads and conduct interviews; draft articles for press
  • Assist in planning and executing educational efforts for members, donors and community friends including phone calls, mailings, and other related marketing activities
  • Support social media strategy (content and posts)
  • Maintain and update media database, including contacts, outreach, media hits and impressions
  • Assist with partner communications, such as thank you letters
  • Support the creation of fundraising materials and campaigns
  • Carry out other creative projects, designed in consultation with staff

Qualifications:
We are seeking detail oriented, creative, energetic, and motivated individuals to support our outreach efforts. While experience is useful and preferred, a strong skill set is more valuable; we will provide mentorship and ample opportunity for growth.

Skills:

  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at once, with various deadlines
  • Great organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Good research skills
  • Good editing and grammar skills
  • Organized, self-motivated and able to work independently on projects
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to work with a diverse range of people
  • A collaborative and positive attitude
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs
  • Familiarity with Windows and the Internet

People with experience or interest in the fields of education, communication, social work, public relations or other related fields are encouraged to apply.

About Us:
OC Human Relations provides programs in partnership with schools, corporations, individuals, neighborhoods, cities and foundations to foster mutual understanding and respect in order to make Orange County a better place for ALL people to live, work, go to school and do business.

To apply, please complete our online application form

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Volunteer or Intern with our Dispute Resolution Team

Opportunities for Volunteer Mediators

Volunteers play an important role in the goal of OC Human Relations to reach those in the community who otherwise might not be able to benefit from the services we offer. Thanks to its many great volunteers, OC Human Relations is able to provide quality mediation services at no cost to the disputants. At the same time, volunteering in the Dispute Resolution Program is a rewarding and gratifying experience that provides volunteers with valuable skills that benefit them in both their personal and professional life.

Volunteer activities take place during regular weekday work hours (8AM to 5 PM). Within those parameters, the volunteer has flexibility to schedule their volunteer time around their own needs and other commitments. Some volunteers choose to volunteer on a consistent regular schedule while other volunteers participate more sporadically as their schedule allows. All volunteer contributions are greatly appreciated. Volunteers from all walks of life are welcome and there is a special need for individuals who have bilingual abilities to help us serve the needs of our diverse community.

Completion of a Basic Mediation Training is a prerequisite for becoming a volunteer mediator in Dispute Resolution Program activities which include community outreach and mediation services and/or participation in our Court-based mediation programs. Individual who have already been trained in mediation will need to provide verification of completion along with a course description/syllabus so we can confirm that the training meets Dispute Resolution Program Act (DRPA) requirements. For those who are not already trained, DRPA-certified mediation training is offered through OC Human Relations several times per year. While the cost for the training is $525, volunteers are eligible to receive a $250 refund once they have completed 120 hours of volunteer service in our mediation program. More information and a registration link may be found under the training tab of this website. A livescan check with the Department of Justice must also be completed before an individual can serve as a volunteer in the program.

To apply, please complete our online application form


Opportunities for Dispute Resolution Interns

OC Human Relations Dispute Resolution Interns are provided with an opportunity to develop meditation and negotiation skills through practical experience in the field of dispute resolution. This is a unique opportunity to work with diverse groups and individuals to promote cooperative and amicable resolution of conflicts. Interns will also have the opportunity to assist with program development and implementation activities which could include public speaking, if desired. Interns will be working in a human relations environment and are expected to deal tactfully and respectfully with sensitive issues involving divergent viewpoints and cultures.

General Duties:

  • Perform Mediation Casework in court-based and/or community disputes (typical case types include: landlord/tenant, neighbor/neighbor, consumer/merchant, employer/employee, etc.)
  • Assist staff with mediation trainings, educational presentations, and program outreach
  • Assist staff with grant-related documentation and case file preparation as requested
  • Complete mediation learning activities as required
  • Learn about OCHR other services and assist with special projects as requested

Prerequisites:

A. The intern must be enrolled in a school program or have recently graduated. The student may or may not choose to perform the internship under a formal relationship with the school. If this is so, the student will also provide contact information for their supervising instructor.

B. Interns are required to complete a Basic Mediation Training prior to starting their internship. If the intern has not already received mediation training elsewhere, they can register for the OC Human Relations Basic Mediation Training. The cost for this training is $525. An intern is eligible for a refund of $250 of the training fee upon completion of 120 hours of volunteer service and submission of documentation of completion within 6 months of starting the internship.

Qualifications:

  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work with diverse individuals in a diplomatic and non-biased manner
  • An interest and/or skills in mediation
  • Bilingual individuals are highly desirable

Intern Commitment:

A. 120 Hours of volunteer work to be scheduled at the intern’s convenience, usually 6-10 hours per week in 3 or 4-hour shifts, mornings or afternoons, Mon. – Fri., between 8 AM and 5 PM.

B. Completion of specific activities designed to enhance the intern’s knowledge and experience in dispute resolution work. The internship is designed so that the intern may complete all required activities during their scheduled time on-site at OC Human Relations’ office in Santa Ana and the North Justice Center in Fullerton.  Interns must be able to provide their own transportation to the work sites.

Certificate:

Awarded upon submission of documentation of completion of all internship requirements.

Application Deadline:

Applications are accepted on an on-going basis year-round It is preferred that the application be submitted several weeks in advance of the anticipated start date so that the start date will not be delayed.

To learn more about our Dispute Resolution Program, click here

To apply, please complete our online application form

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Volunteer with our Annual Awards Gala

Help OC Human Relations raise funds for its award-winning programs while gaining valuable hands-on event organizing and coordinating experience. We need the help of a few good volunteers and interns who are committed to helping us create an outstanding event!  We need superstar volunteers and interns who are good at organizing and following through on projects to help us prepare for our annual Awards event which takes place in May of each year.  The event typically features fund-raising activities such as a silent auction, live auction, wine-pull etc.

As our only fundraising event of the year, our awards banquet and related activities take lots of planning and preparation so we need people who are willing to work with us for several months. This position offers the satisfaction of knowing you helped to support OC Human Relations’ programs while gaining valuable work experience in a friendly, enjoyable and stimulating environment.

Agency Description:

OC Human Relations provides programs to foster mutual understanding and respect among residents in order to make Orange County a better place for ALL people to live, work and do business. We strive to create a future where our county’s diversity is realized as a source of our strength and build bridges of understanding to make our community a place where all people are valued and included.

Awards Event volunteers and interns will work with the Director of Development, and the Awards Event Coordinator to identify, procure and prepare donations for the silent auction and help to prepare for our Awards event scheduled for May.  Click here for background information about previous years’ events.

Responsibilities May Include:

  • Researching and requesting silent auction donations
  • Following up with committee members to procure donations of auction items
  • Making written requests for auction items
  • Completion of donation forms and maintaining records of donated items
  • Working with other volunteers and staff to prepare for the day of the event
  • Helping to organize auction on day of the event

Skills Required:

  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Good organizational skills
  • Ability to work with diverse people in a respectful and diplomatic manner
  • Computer skills to be able to create and send documents, e-mails, letters, etc.

Hours and Time Commitment:

  • This project requires a commitment beginning in the fall up through the event scheduled for May, and, if available, for a follow up meeting a week later.
  • It could require from 1 to 5 hours a week, with more time needed as the event draws near, preferably during our office hours of 8 to 5, Monday through Friday, although much of the work could be done from the volunteer’s home.

Click here to learn more about our Awards Gala

To apply, please complete our online application form

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