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The Gateway Area Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in eastern Missouri and southern Illinois and raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.

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  1. Volunteerism

    Event Planning and Logistics Intern

    The intern will assist with the organization, and/or implementation of the special events and fundraising campaigns that make our chapter’s services and investments in MS-related medical research. 
     

    For more information: click here

    Traci Buss
    1-800-344-4867
    Email
  2. Volunteerism

    Volunteer Recruitment Intern

    The intern will work with the Volunteer Community Outreach Coordinator to administer the 1,600 plus volunteers the agency utilizes. The intern will assist with human resources related tasks including the recruitment, screening, and administration of the volunteer and internship processes during our major event season. 
     

    For more information: click here

    Traci Buss
    1-800-344-4867
    Email
  3. Volunteerism

    Social Work Intern (Practicum)

    The intern will provide direct assistance support to the Financial Assistance and Wellness  programs. All client contact is on the telephone.
     
    Responsibilities/Duties:
    • Assist with provision of agency services to people living with MS.
    • Identify and refer clients who may be eligible for MS Society, government benefits, or other agency services
    • Compile and evaluate statistics about service provision and customer satisfaction.
    • Research and compile information on community resources related to financial assistance to support individuals with MS.
    • Provide intermittent Service Management support to individuals with MS and their care partner, including processing appropriate documentation and following up with other community resources.
     
    Qualifications:
     
    • Students with interest in Social Work or the helping professions who have good written and verbal communication, computer and problem solving skills are strongly encouraged to apply.
     
    Physical Requirements:
     
    • Must have ability to perform various office duties, computer skills, knowledge of word and excel and strong interpersonal skills
     
     
    Training / Orientation Provided:
     
    • Training and education about MS, the agency, and the internship.
    • Clearly defined department priorities.
    • Explanation of intern’s scope of responsibilities.  An intern work plan is drafted and signed by both the intern and supervisor at the start of the internship.
    • Ongoing support and supervision provided by agency staff.
     
    Evaluation:
     
    At the end of the internship, the staff person supervising the internship fills out the Intern Evaluation Form and discusses it with the intern relating to his or her performance.  
     
    Time Commitment:
     
    14 to 16 hours a week with the regular business hours of Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5pm, with the exact days and times to be determined according to your schedule.  
     
    Traci Buss
    1-800-344-4867
    Email
  4. Volunteerism

    Programs Intern

    Position Summary:
     
    The person will assist in maintaining peer support program essentials and also be a part in developing curriculum for support group leader trainings, along with logistic planning. Assist in our Therapeutic Recreation Wellness program with some administrative work, but more focused on building relationships with vendors. 
     
    Responsibilities/Duties:
     
    Peer Support:
    • Assist with follow up to clients interested in starting their own Talk MS Group (possibly including the following: Initial phone call, assemble packet, follow up for paperwork and next steps, work with Communications Dept. sending out interest surveys & doing follow up
    • Interview and follow up with Talk MS Group leaders (possibly including the following: Collecting personal stories, advice, story ideas, etc. for TMS newsletter, Assist in creating/producing TMS newsletter and distribution
    • Help plan and implement Learn & Network trainings for support group leaders
    • Attend Talk MS Groups as needed
    • Assist with Program in a Box ideas/projects
    • Other administrative duties as needed
    Therapeutic Recreation Wellness:
    • Data Entry for exercise class attendees
    • Assist with planning and implementing Wellness Resource Fair at Walk MS 2015, includes developing relationships with vendors and other logistics
     
    Qualifications:
     
    • Knowledge of or experience/interest in working with individuals with disabilities (preferred but not required)
    • Computer skills (Microsoft office, Excel and PowerPoint)
    • Great communications skills – listening and talking. Talking on the phone is a big part of this position – must be comfortable making calls!!
    • Organization skills and ability to multi-task
    • Drive and initiative to take outline of project and make it their own – ability to work fast and efficient with little supervision
    • Desire to help and make a difference in the lives of individuals with MS
     
    Physical Requirements:
    • Able to stand for extended periods and tolerate heat (not on a daily basis)
    • Position may require long periods of standing and carrying heavy objects (not on a daily basis)
     
    Training / Orientation Provided:
     
    • An orientation to the agency and the internship
    • Training and education about MS
    • Clearly defined department priorities
    • Explanation of intern’s scope of responsibilities.  An intern work plan is drafted and signed by both the intern and supervisor at the start of the internship
    • Ongoing support and supervision provided by agency staff
     
    Evaluation:
     
    At the end of the internship, the staff person supervising the internship fills out the Intern Evaluation Form and discusses it with the intern relating to his or her performance.  The intern completes an Intern Exit Interview Form providing feedback regarding his or her internship experience with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Gateway Area Chapter.  The intern hands in the Intern Exit Interview Form to the Volunteers & Development Coordinator in order to improve the practices of the internship program.
     
    Time Commitment:
     
    Based upon hours required by student’s university.  Internship to be completed during the regular business hours of Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5pm, with the exact days and times to be determined according to your schedule.  Some weekends depending on program schedules.  
     
    Traci Buss
    1-800-344-4867
    Email
  5. Advocacy

    District Activist Leader

    Contact Information

    Missouri
    Sarah Gentry
    314-446-4193
    Sarah.Gentry@nmss.org

    Illinois
    Suzanne Carron
    314-446-4169
    Suzanne.Carron@nmss.org

    Have you met with your elected official and shared how MS affects you? Are you interested in growing this relationship to keep people with MS are front of mind as he or she considers legislation? Lead the way in your community by becoming a volunteer District Activist Leader.

    As a District Activist Leader, you will build and foster critical relationships with the elected officials in your legislative district. You will serve as a liaison between these officials and the Society, helping to develop a reliable grassroots movement across the state and the country.

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