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Employer Spotlight: The Arc Minnesota

October 10, 2019

The Arc Minnesota

“The Arc Minnesota is a grassroots advocacy organization serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families by promoting and protecting their human rights and actively supporting them and their families in a lifetime of full inclusion and participation in their communities. These disabilities include Down syndrome, autism, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other related conditions. The Arc also fosters respect and access for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families giving them the power to achieve full and satisfying lives.”

Recruiter: Michelle Theisen
Position: Volunteer Development Manager, Program Services
Organization: The Arc Minnesota

What advice do you have for students who are exploring internship and career opportunities in this field and/or with your organization?
For anyone who wishes to maximize their learning opportunity and career growth potential through an internship, I suggest saying yes! Say yes to tasks and projects you feel unskilled to do, yes to doing work outside of your comfort zone and yes to being mentored and coached to. Internships are the best place to learn, make mistakes and grow. Don't be afraid. Just try!

Describe a typical day-in-the-life at your organization for your role and/or for the roles you recruit for?
The Arc Minnesota supports individuals with its programs and services addressing their immediate needs, navigating eligibility, identifying options and providing education and training to address issues. We continue to expand our reach into diverse populations with a focus on supporting individuals with incomes before the poverty level. We do this by promoting and protecting the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, actively supporting them and their families in a lifetime of full inclusion and participation in their communities.

Which of our Core Career Competencies are valued the most in your organization, industry, and/or role? 
Analytical & Creative Thinking, Applied Problem Solving, Oral & Written Communication, Engaging Diversity, Active Citizenship & Community Engagement.

Describe example positions that are typically available at your organization for current students or recent alums. 
We have internships in almost every discipline you can think of: business, graphic design, marketing, communication, HR, public policy, social work....the list goes on and on. We are open to interns from all class levels and always post our openings on Goldpass.

What trends should students interested in this career field be aware of? Are there any professional organizations, networking groups, or other resources you would recommend?
Students should create a LinkedIn profile as soon as possible and update it regularly. Get individuals who know your work style and ethic to endorse your skills, write recommendations about you for potential employers and assist you with networking with others. LinkedIn is a great tool to help you get noticed by recruiters.