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Kartini Clinic | Portland, Oregon
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Kartini Clinic, an innovative pediatric eating disorder clinic in Portland, OR is looking for an intern to join our team! At Kartini Clinic our mission to help children with all conditions of disordered eating is aided by our talented multidisciplinary team. As an intern in our therapeutic and alternative school setting, you will have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young children and teens.

This position may be perfect for you if you love kids, thrive in a team environment with a friendly and positive attitude, enjoy connecting with people, and helping young minds to learn. A background in math and STEM subjects would be a plus.

While this is an unpaid internship, being an intern is a great way to gain experience in a competitive field and walk away with exceptional references.

The School Intern will assist with the following,

* Connecting with, tutoring, and encouraging students
* Creative ideas during school holidays and summer break
* Creating curriculum for students, when needed
* Communicating with and sending information to the students' home schools

Requirements and attributes:

* Have a bachelor's degree
* Be well organized
* Be punctual
* Be a team player with a positive attitude
* Having a STEM subject background/competency would be a distinct plus (while not required)
* Will obtain CPR Certified, once hired
* Will undergo a background check, once hired
* Must read our text Give Food A Chance within first month, once hired

This will be a 3-12 month internship, with flexible days and times during the work-week.

If you are a current student, we are willing to work with your university or college in order to help facilitate credit for degree programs.

About Kartini Clinic

The Kartini Foundation was established in 2001 to serve children and adolescents (ages 6 - 17) of the Pacific Northwest who suffer from eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge eating disorders, as well as those whose disordered eating contributes to obesity or wasting conditions. The Kartini Foundation is organized to fulfill its purposes in three ways: (1) To help fund medical treatment for adolescents and children who suffer from eating disorders and who otherwise would not be able to obtain appropriate medical treatment, due to economic circumstance (2) To help fund genetic and brain research to find the underlying causes of eating disorders (3) To help publish the results of research about the causes of eating disorders, and their treatment The Kartini Foundation is a non-profit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Oregon, and recognized as a ยง501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization by the Internal Revenue Service. Why do we need a Foundation to help pay for medical treatment of eating disorders in children and teens? The Foundation's program for funding support for medical treatment is critically needed because many children and adolescents with eating disorders lack adequate health insurance and are not otherwise able to afford adequate medical treatment. New research in neurobiology and genetics has revealed that anorexia and bulimia are inherited (genetic) conditions steered by powerful but poorly understood brain chemistry. This understanding of the medical nature of eating disorders can help family and friends understand what eating disordered children and teens are up against. However, older, mistaken beliefs about eating disorders prevail in the general population, the medical and the health insurance communities. Many people wrongly think that parents cause eating disorders, or that children choose to have them. Some physicians still believe that eating disorders are psychological in origin. Many health insurance companies continue to classify eating disorders as mental health problems, so medical insurance will not cover their treatment. Even families whose benefits include some mental health coverage often find their benefits for treatment of eating disorders are profoundly inadequate. Eating disorders strike children without regard to economic background. Families of modest means face considerable obstacles to obtaining appropriate medical treatment for their eating disordered children. Significantly, Oregon and Washington state public health coverage for treatment of eating disorders is so marginal that many physicians who treat eating disorders cannot accept such plans. The Kartini Foundation has taken on the job of helping to provide funding for appropriate medical care for all adolescents suffering from eating disorders, when their family's economic resources are otherwise lacking.

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