Mozaic Center for Elder Abuse Prevention Internship Opportunities
Mozaic Center for Elder Abuse Prevention is a grant-funded program of Mozaic Senior Life that opened in September 2007 to assist victims and reduce the prevalence of elder abuse. The Center seeks interns to conduct outreach and education to a variety of community audiences.
Projects of interest will be developed jointly between the intern and Program Director. Interns will be guided to research and produce an outreach plan for a target population, and tailor educational materials and resources of the Center to fulfill the outlined plan. Examples of prior projects are below. This is a great opportunity to learn about a growing segment of society and an expanding field, contributing to the well-being of older adults in our community, as well as a great opportunity for those interested in working in the non-profit sector.
Meals-On-Wheels In-Service Development. The intern researched and produced an outreach plan for MOW volunteers, throughout Fairfield County, that assisted volunteers and MOW service providers to develop practical knowledge and skills for recognizing the signs of elder abuse.
EMS In-Service Development. Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel are first responders to emergency health related situations, and often respond to the needs of older adults. Studies conducted to assess EMS personnel’s’ confidence in properly assessing and identifying elder abuse have suggested training gap related to elder abuse and neglect. The intern researched and produced an outreach plan for EMS personnel, throughout Fairfield County, that provided them and related service providers with practical knowledge and skills for recognizing the signs of elder abuse.
Outreach Plan Addressing Senior-to-Senior Harassment. Discussion about bullying usually focuses on school-aged children. Topics usually include grade school and high school bullying, or cyber-bullying via apps and social media, but bullying within older adult communities has been identified as a need for attention by local geriatric professionals and families. The Center created an intergenerational team of student interns and retired adults to research and produce a teaching module that addressed senior-to-senior harassment that met the educational and outreach goals of our Center. The Center encouraged the intergenerational interns to highlight compelling examples of strategies that work at achieving these objectives by working together and supplying their age-specific perspectives on “bullying” and how it was adapted to address senior-to-senior harassment.
Internships start dates are flexible according to the candidate’s schedule, but must include a minimum of 8 hours per week and no more than 40 hours per week. We anticipate projects to be 8-12 weeks in length.
Bachelor or Masters level candidates or retirees interested in contributing to prevent elder abuse. Ideal for those with interest in long-term care, older adults, elder abuse and/or domestic violence. Good research, writing, editing, and communication skills. Available during business hours.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please submit cover letter highlighting your areas of interest, resume, and a brief writing sample. To apply or for more information contact us at email@example.com.