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. 

Our mission is to continue to nourish our communities by working together as partners under the San Diego Refugee Communities Coalition. The purpose of the Media Specialist Internship is to encourage youth from the next generation to make a difference by working towards spreading knowledge of different resources and support systems available to these communities, for a brighter future. 

The Media Specialist Internship, created by the San Diego Refugee Communities Coalition and led by Farida Erikat, helps to gather information and spread knowledge about current events regarding the 12 Ethnic Community-Based Organizations (ECBOs) that make up the coalition. The internship is made up of a cohort 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 overall creating content that highlights programming being done by the coalition, in order to  essentially providing different resources available to the community. The internship runs from March to June 2022 with a paid stipend and certificate of completion. 

Media Specialist Interns work collaboratively and cooperatively to create media content as a strong unit 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 the coalition needs. Every Monday the interns are assigned to manage and produce a separate piece of media content. The process is democratic as interns choose which assignment they want to work on during that week and everyone’s opinions are accounted for. The Media Specialist Internship encourages the cohort to develop their skill sets as they learn to create different pieces of media under time constraints and strengthen their adaptability to rapid changes. 

Our mission is to continue to nourish the community by working together as partners under the San Diego Refugee Communities Coalition. The purpose of the Media Specialist Internship is to encourage youth from the next generation to make a difference by working towards spreading knowledge of different resources and support available to the community, for a brighter future.

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