The San Diego Refugee Communities Coalition Media Specialist Internship, funded by Kaiser Permanente, enlists a cohort of youth interns to produce media content that highlights programming being done by the coalition. The goal of the program is to uplift services and resources available to populations supported by SDRCC. The internship runs from March to June 2022 with a paid stipend and certificate of completion.
The cohort is made up of 6 youths ranging from ages 16 to 20, working with various ECBOs from the United Women of East Africa Support Team (UWEAST) to the Karen Organization of San Diego (KOSD).
Interns are responsible for creating infographics about COVID-19, conducting interviews with organizational staff, writing blog posts for publication on the SDRCC website, and working in tandem to support the needs of the 12 Ethnic Community Based Organizations (ECBOs) that make up the coalition.
Media Specialist Interns work collaboratively to create media content in order to put forth the best material possible for the communities SDRCC serves. The interns meet weekly to check-in, reflect on previous tasks, and receive new assignments based on new coalition needs. Interns provide each other with feedback on previous work, and decide which assignment each intern or pair of students will work on for the following week. The Media Specialist Internship encourages the cohort to develop their skill sets as they learn to create different forms of media under time constraints and strengthen their adaptability to rapid changes.