Category Archives: Service learning

Teach in Kosovo

Drake University is excited to announce its first placement for the new Teach in Kosovo program: TOKA! TOKA, located in the capital of Pristina, is a non-profit organization that accelerates social change in Kosovo by investing in youth. Their projects focus on educating youth in leadership development, soft skills, civic education, and environmental awareness, and with your help, English! Additionally, TOKA seeks to further engage their youth participants through continued service learning projects.

TOKA is looking for team members who can create and implement projects based on his/her interest, which may include but not be limited to:

  • Teaching English to disadvantaged youth in primary and/or secondary schools, during courses and summer camps
  • Holding advanced conversation classes with high potential youth
  • Mentor a group of Kosovar teenagers in a service learning program
  • Manage mini project
  • Research interests

Further job specifics would be shaped by the individual selected for the program. Though full-time work would be defined as 20-30 hours per week.

These team members should be:

  • Versatile
  • Outgoing and Social
  • Team players
  • Highly motivated
  • Social change-oriented
  • Interested in non-profit work
  • Interested in working in a developing country


  • Accommodation Provided
  • Living stipend
  • Paid Vacation time
  • Connections to professional development opportunities within Prishtina and Kosovo
  • Airport pickup
  • In-country orientation



The program fee for the Teach in Kosovo Program 2018 – 2019 fee is $1,995. This fee includes the following services from Drake University:

Placement and negotiation of participants’ teaching contracts with approved partner schools

  • A 120-hour TEFL training on-campus during the months of April and May. The training will combine various modes of delivery including online and in-person sessions.
  • A cultural orientation in the Kosovo Consulate located in Des Moines
  • ISIC (International Student Identity) Card which includes basic emergency travel insurance
  • Enrollment in the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
  • Ongoing coordination of support with employing school throughout placement procedure and program year.

For more information and how to apply, contact Stephanie Dana Ely in Drake International (


Summer PR internship, On With Life

On With Life, a non-profit brain injury rehabilitation organization, is looking for a Public Relations and Events intern for summer 2018. This opportunity is great for experienced students who want to lend their time and talent to a worthwhile cause. This internship will provide a unique experience with hands-on learning at On With Life. Interns with the following backgrounds are ideal for the position: Event Management, Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, Marketing or working toward a nonprofit emphasis.  This internship will be full-time and paid and will work to provide college credit, if needed. Here is a link to the description and application:

Please contact Abby Bogaards ( or 515-289-9612) with any questions.

PR/marketing intern, On With Life (D.M.)

On With Life, a non-profit brain injury rehabilitation organization, is looking for a PR/Marketing intern for spring 2018.

This individual will assist with special events planning including the fall conference and fundraising events; draft content for the website and social media; update the On With Life external website with an emphasis on fresh content and photo galleries; and take and update photographs of building, persons served and staff.

This internship is available to individuals currently pursuing in a bachelor’s degree with a major in public relations, journalism, communications, marketing, English or other related field.

This internship will be unpaid but will work to provide college credit, if needed. The internship will be 12-20 hours per week, to be completed between the hours of 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Here is a link to the description and application: Please contact Abby Bogaards ( or 515-289-9612) with any questions.


Marketing and communication internship, Iowa International Center

The Iowa International Center needs additional assistance for social media and web updates.  The Fall internship application has been reposted for students to submit ASAP. This is an unpaid internship but it will provide numerous portfolio pieces and great experiences.   Please see the post for “Marketing and Communication Internship” here: 


Undergraduate assistant for Drake Office of Community Engaged Learning

Drake University’s Office of Community Engaged Learning is hiring an Undergraduate Assistant (UGA) for the 2017-2018 academic year to help measure the impact of community engagement partnerships.

The UGA will work under the supervision of the Director of Community Engaged Learning to enhance tools and processes for tracking community engagement and specific community partnerships across the institution. The UGA will help develop methods to collect and store community partner data, and then analyze the data and provide recommendations for ways to best utilize the data. The efforts of the UGA will enable Drake to map the depth and breadth of our many community partnerships so we can enhance communication and collaboration across colleges and begin to measure our collective impact. The person in this position will gain or enhance knowledge in community engagement, service-learning, community relations, and skills in research, assessment, and data analytics.

The student in this position will work 5-7 hours per week. Pay is $9.00/hr.

If interested in applying, please send a cover letter of 500 words or less stating your interest in the position and resume to Amanda Martin, by midnight Sept 24, 2017.

Each applicant must list on their resume one reference, either a faculty, staff, or community partner who can speak to your organization/management, teamwork and professional skills.

Interviews will take place the week of Sept. 25.



  • Knowledge of data analytics
  • Self-motivated
  • Sophomore, junior or senior (preference will be given to juniors and seniors)

Job Responsibilities

UGA Data Analytics Specific

  • Using criteria from the Continuous Improvement Plan’s Community Engagement Score, develop a matrix of institutional community partners and identify the criteria each partner meets
  • Utilize Microsoft Excel 3D Mapping tool and/or other geographic information systems (GIS) to develop geographical maps that demonstrate the network of community engagement efforts at Drake
  • Develop a report on the breadth and depth (i.e. issue areas served, number of Drake connections, types of service performed) of community partnerships, identify areas of duplication and opportunities for collaboration
  • Develop a process for annually collecting department, course-level and student organization community partnership information
    • Communicate with various colleges and faculty to identify faculty/community partnerships
    • Communicate with various student organizations to identify community partnerships
    • Reach out to community partners to collect data on number of Drake students who served at their organization, and types of projects and work completed







Iowa International Center internship

Administration Intern (15-20 hours, unpaid)

Iowa International Center is a non-profit organization that exists to build cultural respect at home and around the world, one person at a time. Each year the Iowa International Center works with over 150 international visitors from more than 60 countries. Other programs include interpretation and translation services, international events and dialogues. More information is available at


  • Gain real-world work experience and develop/enhance skills in the areas of program management, marketing, project management, research, problem solving and interpersonal communication
  • Increase knowledge and appreciation of other countries and cultures
  • Receive academic credit (pending your advisor’s approval)

Position Description/Responsibilities:

  • Assist with publicizing special projects and events
  • Assist with general marketing and content development for our newsletters, website and blog
  • Research local professional hosts for proposals and cultural activities, assist with agenda development and data tracking
  • Help with event planning for special events
  • Assist with scheduling and managing interpreter/client relations for translation/interpretation services
  • Offer basic office assistance, including database management


  • College student seeking professional experience and/or academic internship credit
  • Background in any of the following (but not limited to): international relations, international business, marketing, non-profit management, journalism/mass communications, information technology, political science, foreign language, finance
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to be self-directed and work independently while also working as part of a team
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, set priorities and deadlines, and maintain accurate records
  • Problem solving skills, including the ability to resolve conflicts and recommend an appropriate course of action
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software; knowledge of databases (Salesforce specifically) a plus
  • Cross-cultural living experience and/or knowledge of a foreign language preferred, but not required

Work Schedule:

  • Internships occur during fall, spring, and summer semesters
  • Must commit 15 hours per week; weekly schedule is negotiable and flexible

For more information and an application, please visit

Please direct application and inquiries to:

Janet Norton, Intern Manager
Iowa International Center
Merle Hay Rd., Suite 259, Des Moines, IA 50310
Phone: 515-282-8269, ext. 12 | Fax: 515-282-0454




Oral history interns, Young Women’s Resource Center (Des Moines)

The Young Women’s Resource Center (YWRC) and Slay Fund for Social Justice at Drake University are teaming up to hire two students for summer and fall 2017.

What you’ll do:

Working closely with Resource Center staff, you’ll identify people with connections to the Center. These will be former board members, former staff members, women who have influenced the direction of the Center, and former clients.

As a two-person team, you will collect video oral histories from these women, use voice recognition software to transcribe their stories, and work with Professor Renee Cramer (LPS) and YWRC Director Kristin Griffith to code, qualitatively analyze, and begin interpreting the rich data you gather.

When you’ll do it:

On a flexible schedule from June 1 – November 1, 2017, working between 20 and 30 hours per week in June, July, and August and around 10 hours per week in September and October.

What you’ll earn:

$9.00 an hour; gas reimbursement at federal rates if you must drive more than 15 miles for an interview; valuable experience.

Who should apply:

Feminists with stellar communication skills who can interact confidently with a wide variety of people touched by YWRC (this is a multi-generational group that includes women from a range of socio-economic status categories, and holding diverse racial/ethnic identities).

Independent students who are good at problem-solving, who are respectful of others’ time, and who are well-organized.

People who are willing to learn how to do oral history interviews, code data, and perform both internet searches and snowball sampling to find interviewees.

The ability to communicate in Spanish is a plus, but not necessary; at least one of the two people we hire needs to have a reliable car.

How to apply:

Send an email to both and with:

A resume with a cover letter explaining why you’re interested in the position and the skills and experiences you’d bring to it. Please include the names and contact information of 2 references, and know that we might contact them prior to contacting you for an interview. Deadline is May 18; we will interview finalists between May 22 – 29, with a decision before June 1.

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