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Fall MSW Intern - Protection/PIQA more...
Location:Baltimore, MD
Company:Catholic Relief Services
First posted:May 30, 2017 (last updated 2 days 1 hour ago)


Fall MSW Intern - Protection/PIQA

United States/Baltimore


Part Time


Temporary Part time Position (21 hours) / Social Work Intern / Sept 1, 2017 - April 2018

University of Maryland - Advanced MSW Field Placement in Protection


About CRS

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) aims to assist impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas, working in the spirit of Catholic social teaching to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person. CRS works on five continents to serve over 100 million people annually in partnership with local, national and international organizations and structure. We engage in emergency response, agriculture, health and social services, as well as microfinance, water and sanitation, peace and justice, capacity strengthening and education. Our international headquarters is in downtown Baltimore, a few blocks from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. CRS employs persons of all religious faiths and serves people based solely on need, regardless of their race, religion or ethnicity. Within the United States, CRS also engages Catholics to live their faith in solidarity with the poor and suffering people of the world.

Intern Opportunities:

CRS welcomes up to four advanced macro-concentration MSW interns from the University of Maryland, annually. Interns with specific interests can often be matched with the department or unit that most reflects his or her priority -- for example, a specific population or set of skills on which the student wants to concentrate. This job description is specifically for someone who will focus on Protection issues.

At CRS, we work behind the scenes (no direct client contact) but the work we do has the potential of affecting thousands -- often hundreds of thousands -- of people. Almost always, the intern undertakes some knowledge-management work, for example literature reviews, program guidance, ensuring that others have the necessary evidence with which to plan programs, make decisions or respond to donors. Much of the work cannot be predicted in advance, as new issues and new opportunities arise all the time. In addition, the intern's learning will include exposure to a wide range of CRS activities in humanitarian assistance, advocacy, agriculture, livelihoods, health, social services, and peace-building. CRS Learns course-work, webinars, broad-bag lunches and other learning opportunities are available during or after work-hours, provided these don't interfere with the intern's primary tasks.

Within these contexts, identifying each intern's task-assignments is a balancing act between CRS needs and the student's priorities. The following is not a comprehensive list. In Protection, we anticipate activities in some (not all) of following areas:


    o Focus on trafficking-in-persons -- background research, development of a CRS strategy, new project development and/or advocacy (e.g. through our affiliation with InterAction in Washington, DC)

    o Knowledge management (gathering, compiling, managing and sharing relevant program information and technical resources; media support and communication); may include a focus on Gender-based Violence and/or support for Youth

    o Support for the implementation of psycho-social support interventions such as Singing to the Lions (a new tool for responding effectively to violence and abuse), both abroad and possibly in the USA

    o Special event planning and technical support (a launch, conferences or workshops, multi-disciplinary meetings).



    o Focus on family care rather than institutionalized care ('orphanages') for children -- background research, development of a CRS strategy, new project development

    o Follow up on the development and/or implementation of child protection policies by CRS partners

    o Follow-up on advancing sensitivity and support services for people with disabilities, including staff (based on a preliminary assessment in early 2017)

    o Other activities, to be determined.

    Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

    These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

    * Serves with Integrity

    * Models Stewardship

    * Cultivates Constructive Relationships

    * Promotes Learning


    Personal Skills

    * Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.

    * Desire to work in a collaborative, proactive, and multicultural team environment, but able to work independently.

    * Flexibility, curiosity, and the ability to juggle multiple tasks.



    * Excellent research, analysis, and writing skills.

    * Strong computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher and web page design (e.g. SharePoint).

    * Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills.

    * Demonstrated ability to work independently when provided with clear directions.

    * A commitment to the mission of Catholic Relief Services and a passion to engage in work focused on the protection and social inclusion of vulnerable individuals and groups.


    Mental/Physical Requirements

    * Regularly required to sit at a desk; work at a computer; type.

    * Occasionally lifts, carries, and /or moves objects weighing less than 25 pounds

    * Overseas travel is not anticipated, but may occur; hence the ability to occasionally travel internationally.

    * Adaptions for sight and hearing impairments can be considered.


    The intern will receive payment in accordance with Maryland's minimum wage, generally for 18-21 work-hours per week.


    CRS has several advanced-level social workers on staff who can function as field instructors. The Task supervisor may be the same individual or someone different.

    Disclaimer: This description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

    Note: All interested applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S at the time of application.

    CRS' talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.





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