SOKY Internship Program

“Special 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!”

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