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Award highlights need for summer interns in Twin Cities

Added on Monday, May 6, 2013

The Twin Cities Salvation Army has been named Field Agency of the Year by the University of Wisconsin River Falls for providing quality intern programs to the school’s students majoring in human services and social work.

The partnership began two years ago, with four interns participating during the 2012-2013 school year – two at Salvation Army service centers in St. Paul, one at our Harbor Light Shelter in Minneapolis and one in our disaster services department. Each student completed an entire 500 hours of service.

Among the students was Chelsey Rasmussen (pictured) of Green Bay, Wis. She spent almost nine months helping families in need at the Payne Ave. Salvation Army in St. Paul, three days per week, six hours per day. She worked inside the facility’s food shelf, coordinated volunteer activities, helped families obtain furniture and much more.

“I’ve loved it here,” said Rasmussen, who graduates next week and is headed to Utah this fall to begin her job search. “I love the people I’ve been helping. Serving their immediate needs is really important.”

Summer interns needed

The Twin Cities Salvation Army offers a number of internship opportunities for college students majoring in human services, social work and other disciplines, with about 12 internships available during the school year at several local service centers. Even more internships are offered during summer.

“Summer is when the need for Salvation Army services really heats up,” said Terra Pingley, Twin Cities Social Services Administration Manager. “Our interns gain real-world working experience that not only looks good on their résumé, but helps them narrow down which particular field they want to pursue when they graduate.”

For more information about Twin Cities Salvation Army internship opportunities, email Terra or call 651-746-3548.