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Housing Specialist Intern

About Fortune: The Fortune Society, Inc. (Fortune) has evolved into one of the nation’s preeminent reentry and justice-informed service organizations, providing formerly-incarcerated people with the skills and wrap-around services needed to break the cycle of crime and incarceration and to build productive lives in their communities. Our Mission: The Fortune Society’s mission is to support successful reentry from incarceration and promote alternatives to incarceration, thus strengthening the fabric of our communities.
Opportunity Title: Housing Specialist Intern
Type: Intern, un-paid
Department/Reports To: ICAN Department / ICAN Case Manager
Location: In-Person (Long Island City)
Tentative Schedule: 10-15 hours per week commitment (sometime Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
Duration: Fall (Sept 1-Dec 15); Spring (Feb 1-May 15); Summer (June 1-Aug 15)
Application Deadline: Ongoing until opportunity is filled. 
Position Summary: The role of the ICAN Housing Specialist Intern is to support The Fortune Society’s I-CAN (Individualized Corrections Achievement Network) Department success and assist the ICAN Case Manager with administrative tasks that ultimately ensure department programming is maintained.
Tasks / Primary Responsibilities:
§ Inputting Housing Screening Data for Future Research
§ Inputting Housing Referrals in Referral Tracker
§ Call participants to schedule for Workshop/Meetings with Housing Specialist
§ Calling resources for bed availability in Housing Document
§ Finding new housing resources for the Housing Document
§ Cold calling landlords and brokers
§ Assist in preparing participants for housing interviews (mock interviews)
§ Inputting notes for participants participating in the housing workshop
§ Supporting in special housing projects
§ Supporting in research of advocacy movements, surrounding housing in NYC
Learning Objectives:
§ Learn how to conduct outreach in a professional setting 
§ Enhance ability to be an effective team player through the I-CAN department 
§ Develop communication skills needed to build service relationships with participants
§ Increase knowledge of working with the formerly incarcerated population.
Preferred Qualifications:
§ Must have strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook).
§ Must be able to demonstrate attention to detail.
§ Excellent organizational and interpersonal/communication skills.
§ Must have a high level of sensitivity toward the population served by The Fortune
Society and the ability to assist them without bias.
Check with your school's Internship Coordinator BEFORE accepting the hiring offer to determine if this position satisfies the criteria for receiving academic credit.

Additional Requirements
§ Must be 18+ of age
§ Must have personal laptop/computer with reliable internet connection
§ Must show proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination (boosters not required to comply with EO47).