Spring 2016 Clubhouse Leadership Intern Program

The San Antonio Clubhouse is accepting applications for the Clubhouse Leadership Intern Program (CLIP).  CLIP participants are afforded an opportunity to learn non-profit leadership skills at one of San Antonio’s most-exciting and rewarding non-profit organizations.

About the San Antonio Clubhouse

The San Antonio Clubhouse is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that follows the clubhouse recovery model, which is in-use at over 330 clubhouses through-out the world.  The model contributes to the recovery of individuals with mental illnesses through an environment that provides rewarding volunteer opportunities.

Individuals who participate in the Clubhouse are called “members.”  Fundamental elements of member participation include openness and choice in type of work activities, choice in staff, and a lifetime right of re-entry and access to all clubhouse services.  The clubhouse does not perform “traditional” mental health activities, such as therapy.  Our approach to mental health recovery is simple: to work with our members in whatever capacity they want to volunteer, and to help them reach their goals.  We do this together as a clubhouse community, where members are free to work with other members or our support staff, as they choose.  The San Antonio Clubhouse is open 8AM to 4PM, Monday through Friday, and is open to adults with a mental health diagnosis.

About the Clubhouse Leadership Intern Program (CLIP)

The Clubhouse Leadership Intern Program (CLIP) is an opportunity to perform transformative work in support of mental health, while also learning about the inner-workings of a strong non-profit.  You’ll be part of a small, friendly, and close-knit team.  The primary responsibility of CLIP interns is to create meaningful work for clubhouse members, ensuring that they are working as part of a team with other members in the daily operation of the clubhouse.


This opportunity will suit enthusiastic, compassionate, and self-motivated team players with a strong work ethic.  You’ll be working alongside clubhouse members and staff to ensure that our teams are operating effectively.  Interns will participate in all aspects of the Clubhouse, including unit work and support coordination.  Interns will learn every aspect of the Clubhouse operation.  80%-90% of your time will be spent on 1 or 2 teams, but you will have the opportunity to rotate through all teams in the clubhouse as part of the CLIP internship.


Current CLIP Openings (Summer / Fall 2016):

We currently have an opening for CLIP interns in the following programs:


Las Palmas Team: The Las Palmas Team is responsible for providing clubhouse services at our Las Palmas campus on San Antonio’s west side.  The Las Palmas campus caters to the local community, which is predominately Hispanic and Spanish-speaking.  This team has the full support of the main SA Clubhouse campus but is still in its early stages of operations.  If you’re excited to help be part of a “startup” non-profit team, with a heavy emphasis on creating community relationships, then this opportunity is for you.  Resumes due by May 20, 2016


Assistance and Mentorship Program: The Assistance and Mentorship Program (AMP) focuses on providing services to other clubhouses in Texas, and throughout the world.  Through AMP, we provide technical support and consulting services to other non-profits.  Our services range from website design, mobile app configurations, training/mentorship, and development/grantwriting.

  • The technical assistance track is great for you if you have an interest in web design, application development, or digital marketing.
  • The mentorship track is great for you if you have an interest in consulting, training, organizational design, instructional design, curriculum development, or just helping organizations grow. Resumes due by May 20, 2016


Texas Clubhouse Coalition: The Texas Clubhouse Coalition (TCC) advocates for mental health rights at the state level.  As an intern in the TCC program, you’ll have a chance to coordinate with other clubhouses in the state (Austin, Houston, San Angelo), and to help develop relationships with other clubhouses and with state officials.  The TCC is a new program with a goal of expanding the clubhouse model throughout the state, and ultimately the southwestern United States.  If you’re interested in policy, advocacy, and doing work that makes a difference in more than one community, then this opportunity is for you. Resumes due by May 20, 2016


What you’ll gain

  • Experience in the development and execution of programs designed to support mental health
  • Experience in the clubhouse model of service, how it is developed and implemented and how certification by Clubhouse International occurs
  • An understanding of the issues involved with the management of a non-profit organization
  • Experience working on at least 8 different teams within the clubhouse:
    • Wellness Team
    • Clerical Team
    • Culinary Team
    • Development Team
    • Media Lab Team
    • Member Services Team
    • Employment Team
    • Las Palmas Team
  • Successful CLIP interns will gain valuable non-profit experience, especially in the Clubhouse recovery model. Clubhouses worldwide are hiring, and previous clubhouse experience is invaluable.  You can see some of the current job openings, from New York City to Hawaii, at: http://www.clubhouse-intl.org/careers.html


What we expect of you

  1. A commitment of 4 to 6 months, for 10 to 30 hours per week, on a consistent schedule acceptable to the clubhouse, between the hours of 8AM and 4PM, Monday through Friday
  2. Interest in the mental health field and the clubhouse model
  3. Understanding and acceptance of the clubhouse philosophy as set forth in the clubhouse standards
  4. Work closely with staff, members and other volunteers to develop programs that are responsive to the needs of members and the clubhouse
  5. Provide leadership and support within clubhouse teams by fostering leadership among members
  6. Ensure that program tasks are completed in accordance with set timelines
  7. Act as a role model for members – in terms of appropriate attitudes, behavior and dress standards within the clubhouse work and social setting
  8. Assist members to learn skills and gain confidence

Selection Criteria

  1. Ability to motivate individuals to participate in meaningful work within the clubhouse
  2. Ability to connect with other people and develop relationships based on equality, the foundation for all clubhouse relationships
  3. Highly developed communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
  4. An appropriate university degree preferred, but not required
  5. Bilingual English/Spanish fluency preferred, but not required
  6. Must pass a criminal history background check
  7. Interest in working with adults with mental health challenges, such as bi-polar disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia, and major depression

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the San Antonio Clubhouse does not discriminate because of race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, or mental or physical handicap.




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