Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas

  • Community Research Intern

    Job Location US-MO-Kansas City
    Intern (Part Time)
    # of Openings
  • Responsibilities

    Internships are valuable opportunities for trainees to try out a career, apply their education in a hands-on way, and build a professional network. This intern will be an active member of the Mission Advancement Department and the primary researcher responsible for completing a Community Needs Assessment in Wyandotte and Johnson Counties, Kansas. He or she will facilitate community focus groups, conduct surveys, and interview community members in order to assist the Grant Writer in completing the Community Needs Assessment. This intern will gain experience in research methods, organizing community outreach, and gathering detailed information and personal accounts related to specific community trends.



    This is an UNPAID internship and the intern will be responsible for completing the community engagement aspect of a Community Needs Assessment in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties, Kansas. This includes organizing and facilitating industry-specific focus groups, surveys, and interviews of community members in relation to employment, barriers to employment, census data, and community trends. In coordination with the Grant Writer, this internship will complete a Community Needs Assessment for Wyandotte and Johnson Counties, Kansas. This internship spans the fall semester September to December 2018.


    Essential Functions

    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    • Follow the Community Needs Assessment policy & procedures in order to conduct the community engagement phase of the project.
    • Independently conduct community focus groups, surveys, and interviews to support the data analysis completed by the Grant Writer.
    • Coordinate with the Grant Writer to complete a Community Needs Assessment report.


    The Community Research Intern should be in their final year of an undergraduate degree or in the process of earning a graduate degree with the following:

    • A degree in Sociology, Anthropology, Urban Development or Planning, Political Science, nonprofit management, business, or related
    • Previous research experience and knowledge of research methodology
    • Excellent technical writing skills
    • Excellent verbal communication skills
    • Compassion, empathy, and passion for social services
    • Ability to maintain confidential information in a research setting
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
    • Professional demeanor
    • Attention to detail
    • Ability to work independently and efficiently with little supervision
    • Proactive attitude and adaptability
    • Must have a valid driver’s license and current vehicle insurance


    Goodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas has a rich, 120 year+ history. Everyone knows Goodwill for our thrift stores, but few know what Goodwill is really all about. The sale of donated items provide funds that stay local, supporting thousands of job-seekers with barriers to employment. We believe in the Power of Work and are committed to helping people earn and keep jobs in this community. That’s why 90¢ of every dollar Goodwill spends goes directly into our mission, not into shareholders’ pockets.


    Our agency is evolving. We’re looking for new leaders and team members who want more than just a job. With a $30 million operating budget and a lot of room to grow, now is the time to join the next generation of Goodwill.


    Visit to learn more about our agency.



    Goodwill of Western Missouri & Eastern Kansas provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, age, disability or genetic information, and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply for available positions.  Individuals needing accommodations to complete an application may contact Human Resources at 816.842.7425.


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