Summer Internship

Summer Internship at New Hope:
May – August 2019

Position Title: Summer Intern
Start Date: May 13, 2019
Completion Date: August 30, 2019
Weekly Hours: 40.0 (some flexibility as to daily hours)

Position Description

The summer intern position at New Hope Community Services Society is a 16-week full-time, paid position for the summer of 2019. It is intended for an individual aged 15-30 who wishes to learn and grow in the area of refugee housing and settlement work. The successful applicant will gain exposure to this specific area of work, as well as gaining understanding of leadership in a not for profit society. It is intended to be a broad multi facet experience exposing the student to many different learning areas.


Key Relationships
  1. The intern will be supervised by Mindy Kozloff, Program Director.
  2. The intern will be asked to take day to day direction from Bob Derksen, General Manager.
  3. The intern will work closely with other paid staff at New Hope.
  4. The intern will build good relationships with volunteers who are a large part of New Hope life.
  5. The intern will establish good relationships with our client families living in the building.


Key Learning Areas
  1. The intern will gain understanding in the technical field of refugee work in Canada and especially gain understanding of how refugee settlement work is practiced at New Hope.
    • The world of Government Assisted Refugees/Private Sponsored/Blended Visa/Refugee claimants.
    • Knowledge of service providers to refugees in the Lower Mainland.
    • Awareness of the New Hope Story and the New Hope model.
    • Learning experiences in this area include—reading, field visits, conversations with key people, and a 3 page summary paper of the field. Completion of the unit: June 21, 2018.
  2. The intern will cultivate a relationship with a number of the families who presently live in the New Hope Residence and thus learn about their unique refugee journey to Canada.
    • Know the names of the families and family members and their countries of origin.
    • Cultivate relationships with them/their families to understand their journey.
    • Be present in their lives as much as you realistically can be of assistance to them.
    • Write a three page narrative summary of 3 families capturing their refugee narrative in coming to Canada, especially New Hope. Completion of the unit: July 12, 2018.
  3. The intern will learn the role of leadership in a not for profit society by working with key staff people
    • Executive director—leadership, staff management, fundraising, donor relations, government, governance, CRA.
    • General Manager—banking, financial accountability, building maintenance, rental issues and requirement, safety.
    • Program Director—recruiting, training, deploying and rewarding volunteers, planning events and field trips.
    • Marketing, communicating, community work—being part of the bigger picture.
    • Live in residence when the care-taking couples may be away.
    • Measured by a weekly reflection sent to supervisor capturing “what” was done this week (i.e. tasks), data gathered, key conversations about the above topics with key individuals, and a reflection on learned experiences.
  4. The intern will create and run a 3X weekly afternoon children’s program during the months of July and August where resident children will find suitable activities and experiences. If an external group asks to provide this as a weekly extension of their ministry, the intern will include this in their plan and be the point person for the external group.
  5. The intern may be periodically asked to take on assignments that will be at the discretion of their supervisor as to the suitability of the request.


Key Qualities For A Successful Internship
  1. Desire to learn—ask questions, seek info, listen well
  2. Good people skills—love and affection for the person in front of you
  3. Decision making—able to process info and make a smart decision as needed
  4. Reliability, good work habits, positive attitude


The Intern Must Be
  • Between 15-30 years of age
  • Have a valid driver’s licence
  • Be flexible in their time commitments to an occasional evening assignment or a periodic weekend assignment
  • Able to embrace the New Hope hiring policies
How To Apply

Are you passionate and hardworking? We’d love to have you join our staff team serving refugees in Surrey this summer!

We invite all interested applicants to send a cover letter, CV, and 4 references to before March 15, 2019.