Safe School Certification Program Seeks Interns

Safe School Certification Program (SSCP) welcomes graduate college and university level and qualified undergraduate students to serve as volunteer interns who have an interest in helping further the goals of our program. Interns assist with the daily work and implementation of SSCP programs.  SSCP will also work with students who wish to secure credit for their internship experience.

Position:  Safe School Certification Program Intern

Organization Description: The Safe School Certification Program (SSCP) is an innovative program that is helping schools realize the necessary steps needed to make their school one of the safest in the nation. The program is fee-free, incentive based and completely voluntary. What schools get: one-on-one, year-round support from staff, tools for school safety and the prestige of becoming safe school certified.

Job Description/Responsibilities: Intern is expected to help staff further develop the SSCP program by providing support to current initiatives and assisting the program advisor with research, communication and development. Responsibilities could include:

  • Coalition building and outreach to prospective organizations and individuals
  • Basic office assistance, including database management, updating resources, mailings and meeting planning
  • Help plan presentations
  • Organize and plan the advisory team and coalition team meetings
  • Conduct grant research and assist with grant proposals
  • Assist in designing and implementing scaled-up proposals


  • College or university graduate student, uniquely qualified undergraduate students may be considered
  • Background in any of the following, but not limited to: education, educational leadership and policy studies, journalism, mass communications, marketing, business, law, political science, social work, or women & gender studies.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including strong interpersonal skills, intuitive.
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team, be well-organized, detail-oriented, dependable and meet deadlines.
  • Problem solving skills and ability to work and stay poised under pressure.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and database software.  Experience with website design and 2.0 internet tools are desirable.
  • Strong working knowledge of America’s educational systems and anti-bullying programs, advancement or demonstrated capacity to understand issues quickly and competently.


  • Interns report primarily to the Program Advisor and/or Program Director


  • Opportunity to gain work experience with developing and scaling-up a model program
  • Opportunity to develop skills in project management, communications, community education, marketing and volunteer coordination.
  • Opportunity to make a difference in the lives of youth in schools

Work Schedule:

  • Fall, spring and summer semesters
  • Available minimum of 10 hours per week; work at least 4 consistent hours between 9 and 5; negotiable and flexible schedule; preferably in the Des Moines office, but flexible depending on nature of work.

For direct inquiries or to apply, please submit attached application form, resume, and writing sample to:

Ryan Roemerman, Program Advisor