SOKY Internship Program

pecial Olympics is a sports organization, but it’s also much more. We are a global movement helping to transform the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities and build communities of unity and inclusion all over the world.”

Become an Intern

As an intern at Special Olympics Kentucky, you will become a part of the movement where we strive to transform lives through the joy of sport across the state. We offer various internships across many departments out of our state and regional offices. For any questions in regard to the SOKY Internship Program please contact SOKY Team Sports and Coach Education Program Director, Hunter Brislin at hbrislin@soky.org or 502-695-8222. Check out all our current internship opportunities below!

General Internship

The internship is intended to give an overall experience with Special Olympics Kentucky. We have a very wide and varied scope so good experiences are available many areas. Hours per week will be determined by student and/or class requirements. This is an unpaid internship with days of the week being flexible. Click the link above for full internship description.

Development Internship

The internship is intended to give an experience with Special Olympics Kentucky specifically on the Development side of the program which includes Special Events, Truck and Plane Pulls, Polar Plunges and other small fundraisers. Hours per week will be determined by student and/or class requirements. This is an unpaid internship with days of the week being flexible. Click the link above for full internship description.

Finance Internship

The internship is intended to give an overall experience with Special Olympics Kentucky but will be primarily focused on the financial elements of SOKY. Hours per week will be determined by student and/or class requirements. This is an unpaid internship with days of the week being flexible. Click the link above for full internship description.

Graphic Design Internship

The internship is intended to give an overall experience with Special Olympics Kentucky but will be primarily focused on helping create original and reworking existing designs for SOKY and all our hosted events. Hours per week will be determined by student and/or class requirements. This is an unpaid internship with days of the week being flexible. Click the link above for full internship description.

Health and Wellness Internship

The internship is intended to give an overall experience with Special Olympics Kentucky but will be primarily focused on helping staff bring Health and Wellness to the forefront of our program. Hours per week will be determined by student and/or class requirements. This is an unpaid internship with days of the week being flexible. Click the link above for full internship description.

Volunteer Liaison Internship

The internship is intended to give an overall experience with Special Olympics Kentucky but will be primarily focused on assisting with our volunteer program and serving as a liaison between your school and SOKY.

Testimonials

 

 

Bri Emerson Brijan Emerson, University of Kentucky – Videography

“Working with Special Olympics was definitely the highlight of my college career. The staff is amazing and the athletes are such a joy watch compete.”

Nick McKenzie Nick McKenzie, Morehead State – Programs Intern

“Working at SOKY has been one of the most humbling and rewarding experiences of my life. The staff and entire organization exemplify what a championship team should consist of. I was treated like family from day one and I will be forever grateful. Special thanks to Hunter Brislin for going above and beyond to make my experience as enjoyable and gratifying as possible!”

Jay Winkler Jay Winkler, University of Kentucky – Finance Intern

“The staff, volunteers and athletes at SOKY provided me with the most welcoming and supportive environment I could’ve asked for from the very first day I walked in. Special Olympics is a great place to gain valuable professional and personal skills, and I’d recommend interning or volunteering with them to just about anyone I know.”

Larissa Spellman Larissa Spellman, University of Kentucky – General Intern

“Working for SOKY this summer has been one of the best experiences of my college career. All of the staff has been so helpful and supportive of my growth and development as an employee. However, there will never be a more rewarding feeling than interacting and seeing our athletes compete and succeed in the sports they love to play. Genuinely grateful for all of the hard work Hunter Brislin put into this intern program and for giving me the opportunity to be a part of it!”

Bailey Vick Bailey Vick, University of Kentucky – Finance Intern

“Working at Special Olympics has been one of the most rewarding things I have been a part of thus far. The staff was so welcoming and helpful starting day one. Spending time with the athletes brings out the best in you and I would not trade this experience for anything. I have grown not only as a business student during my time here, but also as a person. Thank you SOKY!”

Tanner Dowdy Tanner Dowdy, University of Kentucky – Finance Intern

“I had almost zero experience working for or interning for a non-profit when I decided to join Special Olympics as a Finance Intern during the fall of my Senior year at UK. After working with the team here for just a few months, I have not only learned an immense amount about the business and operations of SOKY, but more importantly the values that are not just preached, but lived out and practiced every day by the staff. Thank you to Special Olympics for treating me like family and showing me what service, leadership, and impacting communities looks like day in and day out!”

Marissa Jett Marissa Jett, Western Kentucky University – General Intern

“Working with Special Olympics has been an incredible experience that has allowed me to gain experience that will help me in the future. I really enjoyed getting to meet athletes and learning about the incredible things they are accomplishing. I can’t thank SOKY enough for everything they are doing for their athletes and volunteers. SOKY staff is so sweet and greets everyone with kindness. I have been blessed to have interned with such an amazing organization – thank you SOKY for everything you have done for me this semester!”

Cole Lutz Cole Lutz, University of Kentucky – Finance Intern

“Working at Special Olympics Kentucky was an incredible experience, and I was so excited to come in whenever I was needed. The SOKY staff and athletes are such amazing people that it’s hard to have a bad day! I loved getting to know everyone more each and every day. I learned a great amount about non-profits, being in the workplace, building relationships, and myself. I can not thank everyone involved with SOKY enough for what they have done for me, and what they continue to do for their athletes and all of their local communities every single day. It was truly an experience that I will take with me for the rest of my life – thanks to everyone at SOKY for an outstanding few months!”

Megan Monfredi, University of Kentucky – General Intern

“I had an amazing and unique experience working with SOKY this summer. Due to COVID-19, many restrictions were placed on what we were able to do and causing my experience to be mostly virtual. However, the staff handled all of these restrictions in the best way, and we were still able to have an amazing experience. I could not be more thankful for the time that I have gotten to work with this great staff and athletes. I am especially grateful for the work that Hunter Brislin has put in to ensure that I still had the best experience possible here at SOKY. I have learned so much from my time working with Hunter and everyone at SOKY and I will take all that I have learned with me. I loved my time here and nothing is better than watching these athletes compete, it truly inspires me in my own sport. I am so thankful that I was able to have this opportunity! I look forward to being involved with SOKY in the future!”

Lindsey Davis Lindsey Duvall, University of Louisville – General Intern

“My experience at SOKY has been amazing even with the complications of COVID-19 and the restrictions that came with that. I had a lot of virtual experiences but in my last month I was able to attend events with the athletes and staff and absolutely loved it. The staff at SOKY made my experience great with the virtual set-up and I am super grateful for that. I learned so much from the staff and athletes in my short time with SOKY and I am so thankful for that. Hunter Brislin was my supervisor and he did everything in his ability to make sure I had the best experience possible with the restrictions in placed. He also assisted me a lot in working with my busy schedule of being an athlete as well as employed at Chick-fil-A and I am very grateful for that. All that I have learned from SOKY will be carried with me throughout my career and I can assure that. SOKY is a great organization that does everything in their power for their athletes and everyone involved. I cannot wait to keep in touch with SOKY in the future and volunteer with upcoming events.”

Madison Treece Madison Treece, Belmont University – General Intern

“Working with SOKY was an amazing experience! It was very rewarding to interact and build relationships with the athletes and their partners. The SOKY staff were all welcoming and wanted me to get the most out of my time with them. They were willing to work around my busy schedule as a college student-athlete and offered me the opportunity to be involved in many different aspects of the organization. SOKY did a great job putting in place COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring a safe environment for all staff and participants at events. The weekly staff meetings over zoom were very informative; I am thankful for my time working with SOKY and look forward to staying involved with them in the future!!”

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