About the WSCC
Wilkins School Community Center owes it creation to the dreams and hard work of local
residents who created a vibrant community space from a shuttered school building. Since 1979
the non-profit organization has provided safe, welcoming space for Greater East End residents
to meet, play, learn and grow. WSCC offers meeting and event space for local community,
social service and culture organizations, and area residents, and a wide array of educational,
cultural and recreational workshops and classes. WSCC hosts community events including
musical performances, art gallery exhibits, holiday activities, community potluck dinners, an
annual Used Book and Plant Sale, and other events in cooperation with area non-profits
including the Regent Square Civic Association, the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, The
Pittsburgh Society of Artists and Run Around the Square. WSCC is a vital part of the community
infrastructure making a positive impact on the social fabric of the extended neighborhood.
An internship at WSCC offers an opportunity for the intern to integrate knowledge and theory
learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in the day to day
operation of a small, neighborhood based non-profit. This direct experience also enables the
intern to develop new ideas and apply them to their classroom learning. A WSCC intern will
benefit by being provided with supervision and the support necessary to achieve the learning
goals agreed upon for the duration of the internship.
A WSCC intern will be able to work on challenging projects and tasks that complement their
academic program and/or career interests. They will experience broad exposure to all facets of
WSCC operation including administration, program planning and evaluation, data collection,
outreach, fundraising, publicity and community relations. The intern will be encouraged and
given the opportunity to develop a wide professional network.
A WSCC intern understands and supports that The Wilkins School Community Center operates
exclusively for educational and charitable purposes, including but not limited to preserving and
maintaining the Wilkins School Building as a focus of community activity and civic pride.
Educational, recreational, and cultural programs at the Wilkins School are responsive to
community needs and promote the arts as a form of communication.
WSCC interns may come from a variety of major areas of study including but not limited to the
arts, IT, public relations, accounting, education and community development. The intern will
enjoy interaction with community residents, have some knowledge in WORD and EXCEL, and
possess some social media skills such as Facebook and Instagram. The intern must be enrolled
in a two year or four year undergraduate program or graduate program.
The one semester long, unpaid, internship schedule is flexible with hours coordinated with
WSCC events and programs and the intern’s academic schedule. The intern will be expected to
keep an accurate log of hours and WSCC related tasks. The applicant must be willing to obtain
PA Child Abuse, PA State Police Criminal and FBI clearances. Fees paid for these clearances will
Successful applicants will receive in person orientation, a copy of the WSCC handbook and
background information about the history, mission and goals of WSCC. During the first week of
the internship, the intern and the WSCC Director will meet to discuss and agree upon the
intern’s learning goals, overall responsibilities, WSCC dress code. The WSCC Director and intern
will meet to evaluate the intern’s performance midway and at the completion of the internship.
This internship program is for college students.