Summer Internships for Current Scholars

United Way of Greater Waterbury

Title: Community Impact Intern
Location: Waterbury
Dates: June 19, 2023 to August 25, 2023
Hours: Approximately 31.5 hours a week for 10 weeks. While we are suggesting this proposed schedule, we are also flexible and are willing to accommodate the intern by changing either the numbers of hours per week or the number of weeks while still arriving at a total of 315 hours

Job Description: 

United Way of Greater Waterbury’s mission is to mobilize our ten-town region amplify its resources and invest in approaches that advance equity and measurable community outcomes. We envision an engaged, inspired community in which all people thrive with healthy lives, quality education, and financial stability.

Since 1942, the United Way of Greater Waterbury has leveraged its active volunteer leadership, deep subject-matter expertise and strong fundraising skills to positively impact the quality of life in our 10-town area, which includes Bethlehem, Cheshire, Middlebury, Prospect, Southbury, Thomaston, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott and Woodbury. The organization invests in 35 programs and 19 initiatives in the areas of Basic Needs (health care, housing and food), Education and Financial Stability. These efforts address individuals’ and families' immediate needs while also developing long-term solutions to community challenges in the following impact areas:

  • Basic Needs: ensuring all residents have adequate access to healthcare, housing and food.
  • Education: increasing quality early learning educational experiences for children birth through 5 and increase the number of youth, 5 through 18, who have opportunities to experience success and achieve their potential.
  • Financial Stability: increase financial stability by expanding training and employment opportunities for the under-employed and unemployable youth and adults as well as access to programs and practices that increase household income.

The Community Impact Intern to assist with the overall work in all three impact areas. Some examples of the work will include:

Under Basic Needs:

  • Assist with identifying and implementing an intake and data tracking platform for United Way’s Food Resource Committee. This platform will help 11 Waterbury Food programs manage all aspects of operation, from inventory logistics to client intake and reporting under one centralized system. Work alongside United Way and the food programs to understand and train staff on the new platform.

Under Education:

  • Assist with implementing a common measurement tool for all of United Way’s ten partner programs to utilize to report youth outcomes to United Way on investments in programming. Work alongside Bridge to Success Community Partnership to understand the tools identified and work with United Way partner agencies to implement for the 23/24 program year.

Under Financial Stability:

  • Assist with the implementation of a Child Care Incubator Project. This project is spearheaded by the RIBA Aspira Core Team of the Working Cities Challenge. The goal is to train and support individuals as licensed child-care workers as well as assist with the affordable childcare shortage in our community. This project is in its early stage but may require some research and data collection assistance.
  • Promote United Way’s Trust Plus Financial Coaching online program, free to Greater Waterbury residents. Understand United Way’s ALICE population and how financial coaching can help with budgeting, debt reduction, increasing credit, banking and more.

All Impact Areas:

  • Learn about the work of United Way in the Greater Waterbury Community, visit and engage with community agencies.
  • Assist with the streamlining of demographic data collection from United Way’s program and initiative partners under Basic Needs, Education and Financial Stability
  • Assist with additional community impact projects as needed.

Career Experience: 

By participating in an internship with United Way, the intern will be exposed to many learning and growth opportunities. United Way of Greater Waterbury is a lead non-profit in our 10-town community, with many relationships with non-profit agencies, corporations, stakeholders and more. As such, United Way leads many tables of conversation and collaboration on the initiatives that we support, giving the intern the experience of participating in these community conversations as well. With this particular project, the intern will gain first-hand knowledge of the inner workings of many local non-profits and how they improve the lives of Greater Waterbury residents. In addition, our Community Impact Staff brings over 30 years collectively of experience with United Way and in the health and human services field. We would be delighted to share our knowledge, time and expertise with this intern at all levels as we work together to improve the Basic Needs, Education and Financial Stability of our residents.

Suggested College Majors:

The college and career goals that may be the best match for this position would be those individuals that are interested in Health & Human Services and/or Basic Needs (health, housing and food), Education and Financial Stability.

Applicant Requirements: 

We welcome any applicant that is willing to learn about the Community Impact work of United Way and that is positive and enthusiastic about helping people thrive with their Basic Needs, Education and Financial Stability in the Greater Waterbury community.