Basic Training:Volunteering Ops
Internship Opportunities at Mission Control
Unpaid internship positions are available for 9th graders through college age in our national office in Plano, Texas as summer and/or school year assignments. While volunteers are appreciated at any time, MPK Interns must first apply then be selected by our national office (a.k.a., Mission Control) out of numerous applicants. Those chosen become part of an elite corps committed to making a social impact through the work that MISSION POSSIBLE KIDS does to engage others in a life of service.
The benefits to being an MPK Intern are many:
- Provides an innovative way to make a huge social impact in their community and their world.
- Becoming known in the community as a leader and change maker.
- Earn service hours for school, athletics, and club requirements.
- Show consistent and long-term commitment to the same nonprofit, which appeals to colleges in admissions decisions and scholarship organizations in granting scholarships.
- Gain valuable job experience for the future (because of the experience gained earlier/longer and at a more professional level than what most students can show, past MPK interns have won both college and professional internships for companies in the fields of marketing, education, advertising, nonprofit management, publishing, and social services).
- Recommendation letters from the national office for college admissions and job references.
What Does Being an MPK Intern Require?
To be considered for a position as an MPK intern, high school applicants must commit to generally volunteering for MPK 2 hours/week for school year internships (weekdays or weekends that fit your schedule), and 4-9 hours/week for summer internships (weekdays). College internships offered throughout the year require 4-9 hours/week (depending on whether the internship is for one semester or longer). Assuming that an applicant has the traits needed, highest consideration is given to students looking to serve for longer terms. MPK understands that conflicts will occasionally occur with student academics and other commitments, as long as most weeks the student is able to serve, and the intern notifies MPK of scheduling conflicts. If more than one work session per month is missed, the Intern must plan to make up the hours to continue to be in the Intern program, except in extreme circumstances or sessions cancelled by MPK. You must supply your own transportation to our office at 1100 Capital Ave., Plano, TX.
What Do MPK Interns Do?
While we have chapters, or groups, of elementary-aged kids in MISSION POSSIBLE KIDS around the U.S., MPK Interns do not usually work with these kids, but instead do behind-the-scenes work to support our kids in the life-changing work that they do. Interns are matched to primary tasks based on their skills sets and interests, and they must be ready to jump in and help with whatever is needed—everything from computer research and curriculum writing to marketing, general office administrative tasks and supplies preparation/collection drives. All MPK Interns become our ambassadors to friends, schools, churches, businesses and other groups they engage with to promote our efforts for world change.
How & When Do I Apply?
College Internships: Students may apply any time. The number and type of college internships varies according to MPK's needs.
High School Interships: Our new season for applying for Summer 2015 internships and/or school year 2015-2016 internships will open on Feb. 1, 2015 and close on April 15, 2015. If you are interested specifically in a school year internship after our close date, we encourage you to send in your application any time. Occasionally, additional internships may be granted throughout the year at MPK discretion, as work needs change.
To apply, request an application at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will email you an application. Once complete, send to us along with references by: FAX to # 972-612-8133, OR mail to: MISSION POSSIBLE KIDS, Attn: K. Meadows, 2220 Coit Rd., #480-137, Plano, TX 75075
Other Volunteer Opportunities
MISSION POSSIBLE KIDS has many volunteer opportunities, whether you are an adult looking for a regular place to make a difference or with specialized skills to offer pro bono, a company looking for a way to engage employees or support our cause, or a teen who needs service hours (9th grade and older; younger ages can volunteer within an MPK chapter). All volunteers must be scheduled in advance with MPK staff.
If you are representing a business located in the U.S. and would like to engage with MPK, contact our corporate office directly at email@example.com or call 1-877-MPKIDS-1 (1-877-675-4371).
If you live outside the Plano, TX area: You can help by promoting MPK via social media or directly to your area elementary schools and churches, or participating directly in our Single Mission project presented under the Start Your Adventure drop-down menu above. Contact us for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you live in the Plano, TX area: Here are a few opportunities at Mission Control. . .
You Can Make a Difference for a Child in Need
Help MISSION POSSIBLE KIDS promote, prepare, and distribute their TOP SECRET Mission to help children in need in our community and our current emphasis on Syrian refugee chldren. Ways to help: Cut fleece, assemble materials for distribution, and help promote the mission through social media and other marketing outlets. Come be a part of something great! Email us at email@example.com to see how you can help! (Volunteering options are M-F, 10-4, plus occasional weekend Service Days for teens.)
Help Our Secret Agents. Work at Mission Control!
The General Office Volunteer (G.O.V.) will be tasked with a variety of duties ranging from clerical to distribution to customer service. The G.O.V. will truly become a jack-of-all-trades in all things at Mission Control and know that everything they do is helping with our overall mission of changing America's kids into world changers! The minimum time requirement for this position is at least 4 or more hours (M-F, noon-4) with a 6-month commitment. G.O.V.'s may become more specialized in other positions, requiring a longer commitment. Skills required: proficient in basic computer/email use, positive attitude, good phone voice, detail-oriented. If interested in this position, please contact us at 1-877-MPKIDS-1 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help Open the Door - Help Kids Change the World!
The marketing volunteer will help plan and implement marketing efforts to serve our schools, churches, and potential donors and sponsors. The work of the volunteer will lead to:
- Growing our national movement of young kids changing the world
- Creating new TOP SECRET missions, particularly in the area of disaster relief in the US and abroad
- Enabling our kids to help millions of people in need every year
- Securing scholarships/support for disadvantaged schools and churches
- Developing exciting, new interactive features for our website
- Creating parent, family, and leader resources
- Launching a Spy Store for agents to receive cool, new gear
For pro bono volunteers: Skills/time commitment will vary by project.
For ongoing marketing volunteer: Time required is once or twice a week in-office or remotely for 2 or more hours (any time M-F, noon-4) with a 6-month commitment. Skill requirements: some marketing or related background, quick study, strong verbal and written communicator, positive attitude, proficient in basic computer/email use.
If any of these opportunities appeal to you. . .
Please contact MISSION POSSIBLE KIDS at 1-877-MPKIDS-1 (1-877-675-4371) or email@example.com.