Amigos de las Americas

PICS Organization Name
Amigos de las Americas

City/State
Oakland, CA, Houston, TX, or Denver, CO

Organization Description

Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS) is a leader of international youth development programming. Our mission is to inspire leaders through authentic service and immersion experiences. Our vision is a world where all people share responsibility for our global community.

We provide extraordinary opportunities for young people ages 13-22 from the United States and from countries across Latin America to increase their personal leadership, cultural competency, and commitment to civic engagement. Students grow in these skills and competencies through experiential learning activities. They practice speaking publicly, giving feedback, and working in teams. They learn how to cultivate open, sincere, and respectful connections across cultures and with individuals from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. They implement community-centered approaches to service and development also known as asset-based community development theory.

Prior to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, our traditional programming served between 700-800 students each year. These programs included training components and an international exchange experience living within a host community and family.

In response to the pandemic, our 2020 and 2021 programs are operating in virtual, hybrid, and in-person formats. These programs still provide powerful opportunities for youth to connect across borders. Our newest video showcases the power and impact of our 2020 virtual programs at bit.ly/AMIGOSvirtual.

We are developing the 2021 Summer Program slate which is the term of the PICS internship. Due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are developing a variety of programs that are flexible and can adjust between virtual, hybrid, and in-person models as needed. Current models include:
-6- or 8-week in-person “pod” program for high school students with locations in California, Colorado, Texas, and select countries in Latin America;
-6-week virtual program for high students from the U.S. and countries throughout Latin America; and
-8-week in-person “pod” Summer Gap program for college ages students in select countries in Latin America.

AMIGOS is headquartered in Houston, Texas with approximately 30 full time staff members. We have hub offices in Oakland, California and Denver, Colorado. Several remote staff also work from their homes or in co-working spaces in different locations throughout the U.S. and Latin America. Beginning in 2021, AMIGOS will host AmeriCorp VISTA members who will support efforts to expand our U.S.-based programming.

AMIGOS is committed to providing college-age students with deeper opportunities to develop their leadership skills and their understanding of the world and civic engagement. The AMIGOS Leadership Ladder provides college-age students with these opportunities by serving on the Summer Programs staff team. These seasonal staff members oversee and direct summer programs for high school students.

AMIGOS is interested in hosting a PICS intern in 2021 because this partnership aligns with the AMIGOS Leadership Ladder and our commitment to providing college-age students with deeper learning opportunities in leadership and civic engagement. Our programs and organization are strengthened by the inclusion of student voices and opinions.

Internship Description
The intern will support the Programs Department with the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the Summer 2021 programs which will operate June – August. We are committed to making this experience as rewarding as possible for the selected intern; therefore, activities can be adjusted based on their interests and skills. The projects and daily assignments could include the following activities:

  • Implement new monitoring and evaluation systems and analyze data;
  • Outreach to community partners and guest speakers to increase program visibility and community engagement;
  • Organize service project pitch panels for Cohort Directors;
  • Collect and create program content and stories of impact (written, graphic, video);
  • Conduct interviews, surveys, and focus groups of students/families, partner organizations, and other stakeholders;
  • Develop impact reports for grant funders and major donors; and
  • Participate in departmental meetings and receive one-on-one mentorship from members of AMIGOS Advisory Council and Board of Directors.

This internship would be a unique opportunity for a student to work directly with an organization and Programs Department that has more than 50 years’ experience working in the field of youth development and civic engagement. They will experience a behind the scenes view of how to develop programming that is evolving to meet the needs of youth and communities during this unprecedented time.

Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$500 in CA/$450 in TX or CO 10 None 8:00- 10:00 am 4:00- 6:00 pm No Yes No No

    Internship Qualifications

    A “good fit” candidate for this internship would have the following characteristics:

    • Excellent relationship-building and communications skills (written and verbal)
    • The maturity to engage with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders
    • Highly organized with the ability to manage multiple projects at once
    • Enjoys working in a fast-paced environment with team members located in different locations and countries
    • A self-starter with the capacity to learn on-the-job

    Though not a requirement, it would be beneficial for the candidate to have some knowledge of the Spanish language and an interest in Latin America.

    Additional Info

    • There may occasionally be activities or assignments outside of the normal work schedule. Work hours will be adjusted accordingly.
    • A background check is required for this position.