Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC)

Special Olympics Southern California


Are you an enthusiastic self-starter who works independently and you have excellent organizational and communication skills?

Join the Special Olympics Internship Family!

Internships are available across many departments in the regional offices as well as our headquarters in Long Beach.

What We Do

Special Olympics Southern California enriches the lives of athletes with intellectual disabilities and their communities in Southern California through sports, education, and athlete health.


Intern and athlete
Join a network of professionals that all have one thing in common – we all have passion for changing lives through the power of sports.


Potential candidates must submit resume, cover letter, and any other requirements in the internship application. Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot guarantee a reply to every application received. Those selected for the next step will be contacted directly.
All SOSC internships are non-paid.

Candidates must show:
  • Above average proficiency in computer skills, particularly knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills
  • Demonstrate initiative and ability to perform functions independently
  • Complete and pass a National Criminal Background Check
  • Complete the online Protective Behavior Training Course


Key Responsibilities
  • Assist with all aspects of events/campaigns including planning, execution, and follow-up
  • Procure in-kind goods and services
  • Manage event supplies, fulfill sponsor benefits, attend events
  • Assist with other LETR duties as needed
Key Responsibilities
  • Assist the graphic designer in producing print, and web projects
  • Assist in designing ads for various publications
  • Assist in designing programs for various Special Olympics Chapter events
  • File organization & Image Research
  • Graphic design prep work
  • Assist in brainstorming concepts for upcoming projects
  • Miscellaneous tasks as they arise or as specific interests develop
Key Responsibilities
  • Assist with recruitment, scheduling, and other related logistics for health screenings, as well as the tracking and reporting of volunteer involvement
  • Assist with the preparation and distribution of Healthy Athlete, Healthy Lifestyle Challenge (HLC), and Fit 5 promotional materials
  • Assist in planning and implementation of health screenings at regional and chapter events
  • Assist with the creation of social media posts based on social media promotion calendar
  • Keep all Special Olympics Health Initiative social media channels up to date
  • Assist with general office management (Filing, copying files, analysis reports, data entry, etc.)
  • Other duties as assigned
Key Responsibilities
  • Assist in the maintenance of the Unified Champion Schools social media accounts
  • Assist with the development of the monthly Unified Champion Schools newsletter
  • Assist with technical, subject-matter resources to partners as needed to ensure compliance and the successful delivery of services to the constituents (educators, athletes, unified partners and families) of that community
  • Assist in brainstorming of upcoming projects including but not limited to, outreach conferences and Youth Summit
  • Assist with the maintenance and inventory of team assets in the office and at the storage facility
  • Assist in the clearinghouse for all Unified Champion Schools initial inquiries via online interest forms, and phone requires
Key Responsibilities
  • Assist with the creation of social media posts based on social media promotion calendar
  • Produce/create/find imagery to use on social channels
  • Write articles to use on social channels
  • Short video creation via Canva and other social media applications
  • Respond to and interact with the Special Olympics Southern California audience through social media channels
  • Copywriting for written articles and emails
  • Interviewing: online and in-person
  • Attend events and provide live social media coverage

Unified Champion Schools is an inclusive school-based strategy designed to bring together students with and without intellectual disabilities to participate in activities in three core areas:  sport and fitness, youth leadership, and campus engagement. This strategy aims to develop leadership and advocacy skills for all students in the K-12 school community and throughout college and university campuses in SOSC’s footprint.

Key Responsibilities
  • Participate in meetings and activities respective to the role
  • Enhance the continuum of Special Olympics program initiatives
  • Develop, create, and recruit on respective college campus to form a sustainable SO College Club, which promotes and engages the rest of their campus in inclusive events and activities.
  • Create and develop programs and strategies to capture and engage schools in the unified movement
  • Contribute to internal processes related to data, operations, and reporting
  • Lead and attend various unified events related to sports, summits, and meetings
Internship Applications

Register to Become an intern

Click on the community in which you want to volunteer to see current opportunities and register to become an intern!

All of Los Angeles County
Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties
Kern, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties


Contact volunteer@sosc.org.

Have a skill or special project that you don’t see listed? Let’s work together and see what’s possible! Contact volunteer@sosc.org today!
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