Interns & Volunteers

The Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation (PHDC) has an internship program with schools to empower students in their experience in business and community development. The Hispanic Corporation also welcomes volunteers who are seeking to support our mission or gain experience while working with a community in need of support. Most interns and volunteers are bilingual but it is not a requirement for anyone who wishes to be part of PHDC.

Position Title: Community Engagement Intern

Organization Name: PITTSBURGH HISPANIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

Organization Street Address: 1555 Broadway Avenue. 2nd Floor Pittsburgh PA 15216

Website: www.phdcincubator.org

Organization Description:

The Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation (PHDC) was founded in November 2012. PHDC is a community development corporation (501 C 3) dedicated to providing economic growth for Hispanics in the Pittsburgh region and attracting Hispanic to develop and support the community in the area.

This position is for those focused on familiarizing themselves with volunteer management, non-profit program planning, and support and community engagement. The ideal candidate is organized, enthusiastic, and able to see opportunities in obstacles that can improve a community.

Description of Responsibilities and Duties:

These will include, but not be limited to:

  • Planning and developing community engagement, strategies by following the PHDC mission.

  • Serve a liaison between the community to understand needs and provide recommendations to meet such requirements.

  • Develop and implement PHDC processes to improve community service.

  • Develop, coordinate, and execute public events outside of the workplace, such as community events, festivals, and any event organized in partnership with non-profit organizations, to achieve community engagement.

  • Assisting with and coordinating educational workshops in housing and career development

  • Flexibility with changes in tasks and priorities, along with using sound judgment.

  • Able to multitask and manage multiple projects while meeting deadlines.

  • Self-motivated and a team player with a positive and professional approach to management.

  • Creativity with some graphic/digital design experience is a plus.

  • Assist in filling out job applications and follow-ups.

  • Uphold a strict level of confidentiality.

  • Develop and sustain a level of professionalism among staff and clientele

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Must be proficient in communication, organizational, and analytical skills. The ability to speak and write in Spanish, at least an intermediate level is required.

  • Must have experience in Microsoft Office Suite software programs, Google Docs, Google Suite, and the use of social media.

  • Must have knowledge in social media knowledge required, however, extensive social media management knowledge would be a plus.

Position Title: Business Analyst Intern

Organization Name: PITTSBURGH HISPANIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

Organization Street Address: 1555 Broadway Avenue

Position City, State & Zip: Pittsburgh, PA 15216

Website: www.phdcincubator.org

Organization Description:

The Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation (PHDC) was founded in November 2012. PHDC is a community development corporation (501 C 3) dedicated to providing economic growth for Hispanics in the Pittsburgh region and attracting Hispanic immigration and investments to the area.

We are currently seeking a Business Analyst intern for the summer who can assist in our efforts of working with startups, business acceleration, economic development, community reinvestment, employment, and entrepreneurship education.

Description of Responsibilities and Duties:

These will include, but not be limited to:

1.) Assist in conducting SWOT analysis;

2.) Assist to create a business plan;

3.) Assist in creating marketing plans;

4.) Assist in conducting industry research,

5.) Elaborate competitor’s analysis matrix;

6.) Assisting in company budgeting and forecasting;

7.) Assisting with and coordinating entrepreneurship education workshops, especially those related to Latino business start-ups, and day-to-day tasks, such as setting up meetings, recording information, and meeting notes.

Required Qualifications and Experience:

Must have knowledge of economic development and/or business management, including budgeting, which would be helpful although not required.

  • Must have experience in Microsoft Office Suite software programs, Google Docs, Google Suite, and the use of social media.

Must be proficient in communication, organizational, and analytical skills. The ability to speak and write in Spanish, at least an intermediate level is required.


Position Title: Volunteer

The purpose of this volunteering position is to expose the volunteer participant to an organization that serves the Hispanic community in the greater Pittsburgh area, where she/he can make a contribution to the organization mission by utilizing their skills (studies, community leadership, languages, others) their Spanish) to support the daily activities at PHDC.

Value of the Volunteering with PHDC:

A volunteer position with the PHDC includes a range of work and experiences from basic office work to program administration to the observation of high-level policy and program development meetings. The incumbent will have a learning curve of working experience in the U.S. in various, for example; project management, business, business development, Marketing, Training and Leadership, Customer Relationship Management, and Cross-Cultural Communications, among many others.

PHDC can extend a letter of recommendation upon completion of a volunteer period if necessary.

Description of responsibilities

The selected applicant will work closely with the PHDC Staff as a volunteer. His/Her tasks will include, but not be limited to:

  • Assist to implement PHDC’s Social Media strategies, (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Google Business);

  • Assist to manage and prove daily inquiry updates from the Latino community that arrive through PHDC's Website, Facebook, and others;

  • Assist the Executive Director and PHDC Staff with administrative tasks;

  • Assist the Executive Director and PHDC Staff with communications with clients and partners in writing and via the phone as required;

  • Assist to coordinate events such as online workshops, training, festivals, business grand openings, and any other special events;

  • Assist in processing permits, licenses, certificates, and any other documents required by business owners in the PHDC entrepreneurial program.

  • Assist with activities are required under the PHDC employment program. For example, confirm interviews, contact employers, prepare resumes, coordinate follow-up, etc.

  • Any other tasks as requested by the Executive Director and staff.

Required & Desired Skills

The volunteering should have organizational and analytical skills. The ability to speak and write in Spanish, English, or Portuguese on at least an intermediate level. Desired experience in Microsoft Office Suite software programs, Google Docs, Google Suite, and the use of social media. She/He will be able to multitask in a fast-paced, team environment under direct supervision but also thrive as a self-starter. If you do not meet all the requirements but have the desire to volunteer, please contact us to discuss your particular case. Volunteers must agree to complete a two-page application and sign a Non-Disclosure & Confidentiality Agreement.

Schedule & Structure

Non-compensation, this is a volunteering position.

It is preferable that volunteer candidates are willing to provide a minimum of often (10) hours a week, to allow a positive impact while volunteering at PHDC. More hours are acceptable, they can be discussed at the time of an interview.

PHDC is flexible with this Volunteering position to be remote or onsite at the PHDC office located in Beechview, Pittsburgh PA.

At PHDC, we follow the recommendations from the CDC, the PA Health Dept. as an effort to don't spread the COVID-19 and to flatten the curve. We have placed signs, sanitation is frequent, we maintain social distancing and we ask those inside our building to use a mask. Currently, PHDC facilities are open and staff are having regular working hours. Such safety conditions may change, PHDC is ready to work remotely.

Application Instructions:

Applicants will submit their resume info@phdcincubator.org or call us at (412) 343-0554 to schedule a virtual appointment.

Past Interns/Volunteers

Geoffrey Goldman,

Business Analyst Intern

Geoffrey Goldman is volunteering part-time at the Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation. He helps translate documents and assists local entrepreneurs. In addition, Geoffrey helps with communication between local landlords and tenants. He also assists in keeping our website updated and organized, while also creating new job postings.

Geoffrey is originally from Guatemala, but was adopted by his parents before the age of one, and brought to the United States. Geoffrey is currently finishing up his Bachelor's degree in Economics-Mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh. He is involved with the Center of Latin American studies program at Pitt.

He hopes to gain more experience working in a professional environment and to expand her business knowledge while volunteering with PHDC.

Franco Chiappori,

Business Analyst Intern

Franco Chiappori is currently volunteering part-time with the Business Incubator at the Pittsburgh Hispanic Corporation. He helps to conduct business and financial evaluations for rising and existing businesses in Pittsburgh's Hispanic and Latino communities.

Franco is originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida but attends the University of Pittsburgh, where he majors in Economics and minors in Hispanic Language and Culture. Franco learned Spanish through his immediate family, which is originally from Lima, Peru. Outside of volunteering, Franco is also involved in the University of Pittsburgh's Air Force ROTC program, where he hopes to serve his country proudly as a contracting officer.

Franco looks forward to getting more involved in the Pittsburgh Hispanic community and expanding upon his professional and business skills while volunteering at PHDC.

Bernardo Vieira,

Business Analyst Intern


Bernardo Vieira is currently volunteering part-time with the Business Incubator at the Pittsburg h Hispanic Corporation. He helps to conduct market and general research as well as business evaluations for rising and existing businesses in Pittsburgh's Hispanic and Latino communities.

Bernardo is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil but attends the University of Pittsburgh, where he majors in Marketing and Human Resource Management and minors in Economics, with a concentration in Latin American Studies. Bernardo learned Portuguese through his immediate family, who are also originally from Rio; he learned Spanish throughout his education in high school and college. Outside of volunteering, Bernardo is also involved in the University of Pittsburgh's D1 ACHA Men’s Ice Hockey team.

Bernardo looks forward to getting more involved in the Pittsburgh Hispanic community and expanding upon his professional and business skills while volunteering at PHDC.

Jenny Diaz,

Wellness Volunteer

Jenny Diaz is part-time volunteering with the Wellness Program at the Pittsburgh Hispanic Corporation. She is

supporting the efforts of planning, implementing, and coordinating the wellness activities for the Hispanic

Community.


Jenny is a Medical Laboratory Scientist specialist in Quality Management of Healthcare and Patient Safety.

Her leadership role helped to improve processes, educate and guide the community, employees, and

other stakeholders. In addition to this, she carried out academic practices at the Military Hospital and

Colombian Corporation for Agricultural Research (AGROSAVIA) where she had the opportunity to apply

diagnostic detection techniques for clinical and research purposes.


Currently, Jenny is pursuing an Associate Degree in Science at the Community College of Allegheny

County (CCAC). She is passionate about life sciences and is looking toward obtaining a Master’s Degree

in Health Care Administration. She is excited about this volunteer opportunity at the Pittsburgh Hispanic

Development Corporation, where she can share her passion to support the Hispanic Community.

Isabel Vaccarello,

Community Volunteer

Isabel Vaccarello, is volunteering part-time at the Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation. She helps translate documents and works as an interpreter for clients who do not speak English. She also assists in keeping our website updated and organized.

Isabel is from Venezuela, but has spent most of her life in the city of Pittsburgh. She is currently finishing up her bachelor's degree in marketing at Robert Morris University. She helped found the Organization for Latin American Students at her university and worked as the club secretary for three semesters. She has experience creating cultural awareness within her community and working as a translator.

She hopes to gain more experience working in a professional environment and to expand her business knowledge while volunteering with PHDC.

Clayton C. Hepler

:: 2018 Summer Intern ::

Sophomore at Middlebury College with a concentration in International and Global Studies and a Latin America Specialization.

Andre M. Aquije Flores

:: 2018 Summer Intern ::

Student at Carnegie Mellon with a concentration in Economics and Statistics.

Jason Edmunds

:: 2019 Summer Intern ::

Freshman at Carnegie Mellon University with a concentration in Economics and minor in Spanish and German.