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Community and Economic Empowerment Services Intern

Cornerstone Advocacy Service


Organization Summary:

Cornerstone is a $4.8M agency with approximately 95 employees. We provide specialized services within eleven cities, including Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Edina, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, Richfield, Robbinsdale, St. Louis Park, and Minneapolis. Our organization serves individuals impacted by domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking, with office locations in Bloomington, Minneapolis, and Brooklyn Center. Cornerstone has developed one of the most comprehensive service continuums for victims of violence in Minnesota. Our services are designed to move individuals and families from crisis to safety, stabilization and security. Last year approximately 4,000 individuals accessed Cornerstone programming. We are committed to providing opportunities for others to partner with us in this work and to convey, as a community, zero-tolerance for violence.

Location: Twin Cities Metro Activity Area: Human Services and/or Youth Development
Category: Health/Human Services Workforce Closing Date: open until filled
Job Type: Intern - Unpaid Salary: Unpaid Internship
Hours: 20 hours per week 

Primary Duties:

Community and Economic Empowerment Services provide outreach and services to persons who are not accessing our shelter. As finances are the primary reason survivors return to abusive situations, we place a strong emphasis on financial literacy, credit building/repair and budgeting. We also do safety planning, some advocacy in Family Court and supportive services. Time Requirements: 20 + hours per week for 1 full semester. Preferred days and hours for student: Monday through Friday, 9 am to 8 pm, varies depending on support groups and educational groups the student participates in. Internships must be for academic credit and are not paid experiences. POSITION DESCRIPTION: Provides intensive individual advocacy and case management services including financial literacy training and coaching, employment readiness and job search assistance and housing search and advocacy in an empathetic manner to victims of violence and abuse. Services are provided in office, in the participant’s residence or in the community. Necessary Qualities: • Passion for Ending Poverty, Violence and Abuse • Enthusiastic and Positive Team Member • Ability to Engage and Develop Rapport Easily ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBLITIES include but are not limited to the following: • Implement financial literacy curriculum at various locations that serve survivors of violence and abuse. • Provide individual economic advocacy and support to survivors as they attempt to resolve the practical problems of living that have resulted from poverty and/or violence. • Establish weekly meetings with survivors in order to assist with the development of an individual goal plan, credit action plan, cost of living plan, and safety plan – and to evaluate progress and celebrate successes. • Meet with emergency services participants prior to program exit to describe and offer on-going community services programming. Complete initial assessments, developing necessary linkages, and resources/referrals as appropriate. • Provide documentation of all services delivered, through ongoing charting and completing monthly service reports. • Act as liaison with referring agencies. • Group and educational workshop facilitation or co-facilitation • Provide transportation as needed to facilitate goal attainment for participants • Keep accurate records of phone calls and in-person contacts. • Use assessment tools on a pre-determined basis to track participant progress and address barriers. • Maintain participant program file including safety plan, completion of workshops/educational programming and progress on goals.


• The desire to work with victim/survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking. • Good communication, listening, and advocacy skills. • Flexibility, initiative, work cooperatively with others. • Ability to relate to people of different economic, cultural, racial, and social backgrounds. • Ability to adhere to confidentiality and maintain professional boundaries with clients. • Emotional maturity to work with this target population. • Car, valid driver’s license and proof of ongoing automobile insurance • Clear criminal background check.


Additional Info:

Internships at Cornerstone are defined as work opportunities that are required for an academic study/credit. Interns must have a college Field Supervisor supporting them during their work with us. Cornerstone strives for a fully inclusive work environment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, familial or marital status, and/or with regard to public assistance or any other characteristic. These statements are not intended to encompass all functions and qualifications of this position; rather, they are intended to provide a general framework of the requirements of the position. Cornerstone is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

How To Apply:

Please email a completed Internship Application, cover letter and resume to Internship Applications are available for download at


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