ABOUT THE ROLE
The main role of the Administrative Intern is to learn and improve how work is completed efficiently and effectively at OTTA United. Administrative Interns are encouraged to adopt both a system-wide and individual approach to problem-solving and are assigned to a specific Director to support their work. We seek applicants who are passionate, solutions-oriented, and excited to dive into specific areas of work at OTTA United.
TERM & PROCESS
Q3 Administrative Interns are accepted for work between July 1st and September 30th. Administrative Interns may apply for multiple repeating terms.
In July, Administrative Interns are introduced to OTTA United, staff members, and their fellow intern cohort. Interns are assigned to shadow and assist a specific Director depending on need and intern preference. By the end of July, interns will begin to formulate an Individual Impact Project (IIP) that serves as a guide for applied learning throughout the course of the term.
At the beginning of August, interns will pitch their IIPs and begin work. They will meet weekly with their assigned Director and occasionally with the entire intern cohort. Along the way, interns will assist Directors with administrative tasks that provide experience and insight into the inner workings of a nonprofit.
This will continue until mid-September when IIPs come to a close. Interns will give concluding presentations on their work and reflect on what they learned. Interns may also apply for an extension to continue their IIPs into the next term.
INDIVIDUAL IMPACT PROJECT (IIP) GUIDELINES
IIPs aim to improve the management of the nonprofit in order to maximize operational efficiency, program efficacy (impact), team cohesion, or the general advancement of OTTA United's mission.
Interns are encouraged to design IIPs to improve the specific skills that best support their personal or professional development.
One component of IIPs is a 1:1 conversation with a relevant subject field expert, which offers valuable growth opportunities for interns.
Interns are encouraged to be creative and ambitious with their IIPs! OTTA United will support you in your quest for knowledge and growth.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
All youth (15-24) are encouraged to apply, regardless of education and experience level.
WORK MODALITY & LOCATION
The work modality of this role is either hybrid or remote. Work is welcome in person at OTTA United’s office is located in San Diego, California (3252 Holiday Court Ste 103, San Diego, CA 92037), but it is not required.
PAY & BENEFITS
This position is on a volunteer basis. There is no compensation for this position at this time. OTTA United deeply values the potential for personal and career development and strives to uplift its team members to best position them for their bright futures. Non-monetary benefits include:
Tailored work experience and growth to fit your desired career path
Networking opportunities with community nonprofits, policymakers, elected officials, and companies
Letters of recommendation
Certified Volunteer Hours, if requested
A tight-knit team and community of fellow change-makers
An emphasis on connecting you to future jobs, either at OTTA United or within the community
EXPECTED HOURS & FLEXIBILITY
Interns are required to work at least 5 hours per week but are not expected or required to work more than 10 hours per week. Interns are allowed to work more if they so choose. Many staff members and interns are also students, so our work environment is as flexible as possible. Certain responsibilities, such as staff meetings, are fixed. Other obligations can be flexible around your schedule.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
OTTA United is a youth-founded, youth-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the mission to organize powerful youth for an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable future.
OTTA United values authenticity and passion. We play the role of coalition builders and mentors within our communities, sharing knowledge, resources, credit, and impact. And as a justice-oriented, impact-driven, and people-centered organization, our perspective grounds us with who we serve and the work we do while advancing our mission.
Applications are a two-way street. We make our values as an organization clear to you to make sure our team is the right fit—and we hope we are! Here are some things to keep in mind:
Our team values flexibility and initiative over structure and top-down delegation. This philosophy is not a good fit for all, so we want to be clear upfront. If you thrive in dynamic, open environments, this is the place for you.
We value meaningful impact and support. We seek to authentically serve both our audience and our team members alike.
We are committed to being an inclusive and diverse group of people. These values are reflected in our hiring practices, decision-making, and programs.
Our team and organization are growth-minded and development-focused. We always have room to improve, at all levels of our organization!
Our organization promotes honesty, communication, and integrity. These values allow us to be an effective team.
We praise creativity and ingenuity. Nothing is more exciting than thinking outside of the box or challenging the status quo.
We prefer personability over professionalism, at least in internal settings.