Nonprofit Internships (expired)

DeGraaf Nature Center - Naturalist Internship
At the DeGraaf Nature Center in Holland, Michigan. Naturalist-interns become part of an on-going environmental education program that serves area schools and the general public. Weekend lectures, field trips, natural history walks and special events for the general public are also provided. West Michigan is rich in wooded dunes, lakes and wildlife and is an ideal place to teach many environmental concepts. Interns will teach, plan and implement programs and classes. A project dealing with wildlife, conservation or a subject that the intern is familiar with is also expected. Interns will have the opportunity to learn about the operation of a community nature center; budgets, staffing and maintenance. Training and supervision provided. Position is 26-28 hours per week. A minimum of 6 months employment is desired. Pay is $8.00 per hour.  Housing and utilities provided in a historic 1870s farmhouse.

Qualifications: College student or graduate with significant coursework in biology, natural resources, environmental education, fisheries and wildlife, outdoor recreation or a related field.  A strong interest in teaching a variety of people about natural history and the environment is required.

Starting Date: Mid-September

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume and 3 references to:  Robert Venner, Director; DeGraaf  Nature Center, 600 Graafschap Road,  Holland, MI  49423.  (616) 355-1057.  E-mail:

Gazelle Girl Half Marathon Zero-Waste Internship
The Gazelle Girl Half Marathon is seeking a paid intern to manage the zero-waste component of the event. This position requires 5-10 hours a week from Nov 1, 2013 - Apr 18, 2014. All day availability is necessary on April 12 and April 13. Committee meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month (Excluding Nov/Dec where the meetings are the 3rd Thursday) from 1-2pm.
The Zero-Waste intern is responsible for:

  • Developing a plan to insure zero-waste at Expotique and Half Marathon
  • Recruit and manage 'green team' volunteers for events
  • Develop educational tools and social media plan for zero-waste initiatives
  • develop incentive program used for rewarding spectators and participants who model green behavior at event
  • work with race committee staff to help purchase sustainable products for the event
  • help secure a zero-waste sponsor
  • relocate all waste after event
  • provide a report of materials diverted and suggestions for next year's event

For more information, or to apply, contact Matt Denbesten at

GoodTemps, a division of Goodwill Industries, acts as a traditional staffing company in terms of recruiting and placing staff for local businesses. What sets them apart is that they focus on hiring, training, and advancing persons with barriers to employment, whether those barriers involve homelessness, poverty, disability, criminal background, single parenthood, displacement due to outsourcing, English as a Second Language, etc. They have three internship positions available: two Case Management Interns and one Grant Research / Social Metrics Intern. The Case Management Intern will assist in programs that help raise the workers’ quality of life, financial literacy, and job advancement. This position will provide a unique blend of business, human resources, and social service experience.  The Grant Research Intern will assist with focus groups, program research, and possibly grant writing. These positions are for Spring/Summer 2013 and the applications should be in by April 15, but they will accept applications through the end of May. For more information, visit the Job Board or contact Amanda Whitmore at 231.739.9010  Ext. 242 or at awhitmore@goodtempsmi.comPosted 3/26/13

West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center
West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural center is looking for unpaid student intern during the winter semester from January to June, 2013. The intern will assist with planning and organizing program events; assist with maintaining daily program procedures; ensuring a clean working environment; attend all trainings offered, and perform other duties as assigned.

  • Currently enrolled in college with a major in International relations, Education, Social work, Public Administration, or any related field.
  • Strong communications and writing skills.
  • Ability to work with children of all ages ranging from kindergarteners to High school.
  • Must have excellent organizational skills and be detail-oriented.
  • Broad computer skills required, including word processing and databases.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations and culturally competent.
  • Ability to work as a team and passion for the mission of West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center.
  • Previous experience working with children preferred
  • Flexible  

Contact: Genevieve Sabala                                                                                                         Email:                                                                                 Phone: 616.247.9611

The Institute of Philanthropy and Service
The Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service has been training college students to be leaders in their community for almost 15 years and is now accepting applications for this summer’s program! This fast-paced eight week academic internship program will allow students from around the world to dive head first into the nonprofit sector while they live, learn, and intern in Washington, DC. IPVS is the ideal program for students ready to learn the practical, philosophical, and ethical components of leadership in the nonprofit sector.  If you apply by the priority deadline of December 5, 2012, you will receive a 5% tuition discount.
Contact: Kristen Wright
Phone: 202-986-0384

Breakthrough Believers Recovery and Healing Services
Breakthrough Believers Recovery and Healing Service (dba) BBRHC began in September of 2009. Our full-time volunteer Program Director has put in more than 7,000 hours of professional service volunteer time since 2009. In 2012 we are hoping to hire an executive director for our organization. Our organization has grown tremendously since we began and one volunteer cannot continue to handle everything on their own. We graciously accept donations of certain in-kind, professional services. If you are a service professional in any of the following areas please contact us: grant writers, therapist, social workers, CAC-certified addiction counselors, counselors, web programmers, interns, CO-OP, practicum, program coordinators, office assistant/administration, van drivers, medical billing and coding, and accountant. You can also volunteer your non-professional services by helping in many ways including serving on a committee, the board, intake coordinators, administrative services, team leaders, mentors and in many other ways.
Contact: Pamela Duvall-Bateman
Phone: 231-327-5229
Mail: 2340 Dean Lake Rd (New Community Church), Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506

West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) - BetterBuildings for Michigan Outreach Specialist Intern
BetterBuildings for Michigan is a program of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth (DELEG) which seeks to distribute energy efficiency-focused, federal stimulus dollars to assist residential property owners in achieving meaningful and immediate gains in energy-efficient housing. The West Michigan Environmental Action Council has partnered with the City of Grand Rapids to introduce the program to 1500+ homes in the City of Grand Rapids during the in the fall of 2011 and early 2012. The implementation of the program will employ highly focused and organized outreach efforts directly the targeted sweep neighborhoods.

West Michigan Environmental Action Council
There is a Warehouse Management Software Development Internship position available.  The application can be found at and should be completed and submitted by January 17th, 2013.

Michigan Masonic Museum and Library
There is a Museum and Library Intern position available which includes learning to operate and catalog with the Resource Mate, automated library cataloging system, and learn how books are circulated, cataloged, and shelved, answer phones, and be challenged with historical research requests.  All applications are due by December 15th, 2013.  For more information visit

YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids 
There is a College Readiness Program Intern position available which includes assisting with the planning and implementation of activities for middle & high school youth designed to support their pursuit of higher education.  All applications are due by November 30, 2013.  For more information visit

Mercy Health Saint Mary's 
There are various internships available but be sure to apply by November 16th, 2013.  Visit for more information on each specific internship position.

Access of West Michigan - Hunger and Poverty Intern
10-15 hours per week, unpaid, fall semester
This internship will be within the Hunger Response and Poverty Education programs at Access of West Michigan. The intern will have opportunity to assist in programming and facilitating the County Wide Food Drive and the Holiday Giving Network, will help with poverty simulations, and will have the opportunity to spend time assisting in Kent County pantries working with Food Stamp Outreach and engaging with the issue of food insecurity and local hunger. This internship has opportunity for creativity and innovation as we would like an intern to spearhead a project of their choice to implement during their time with us based on our program needs. 
Contact: Emma Rosauer, Hunger Response Director-Access of West Michigan
Phone: 616-774-2175 x5
Mail: 2850 Kalamazoo SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49560

Northwest Food Pantry - Holiday Program Facilitator Intern 
10-15 hours per week, unpaid, fall semester
This internship will be at Northwest Food Pantry and will be a minimum of 10 hours per week on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the day. The intern will oversee and facilitate the Holiday Giving Network at the pantry which involves coordinating volunteers, interviewing clients and processing applications, and project based management. This is a terrific opportunity for resume building. Additional responsibilities involve general pantry assistance including interaction with pantry participants and volunteers. Not necessary but beneficial if intern has a Spanish major or minor and can translate for pantry clients.
Contact: Sarah Boluyt
Phone: 616-451-4036

MSU Bioeconomy Institute Summer Research Internship
MSU Bioeconomy Institute is looking for a summer intern to assist in research projects. This paid internship will be 10 weeks long in Holland, MI and assistance with finding housing is available. Research projects will be focused on 'green' technology and will include:

  • Synthesis of organic conductive polymers for supercapacitor applications
  • Raman microscopy analysis of novel organic compounds and thin films
  • HPLC/MS and HPLC/MS/MS studies of various organic systems
  • Synthesis, characterization, and electrochemical investigation of redox-active organic compounds.

Applications are due March 7th, 2014. For more information, or to submit an application, contact Shannon Elhart at 616-395-8913 or

Girls Scouts of MI Shore to Shore - HR Intern
The Human Resource Director is looking for a Human Resources Intern. You can select the time that works for you to come to their office in northwest Grand Rapids in Walker. For more information about this opportunity, contact Kim Dyer at (866)-566-7434 or kdyer@gsmists.orgPosted 10/03/12

Creative Youth Center - Nonprofit Management/Event Planning Intern

  • Plan for the Fall 2014 fundraising event
  • Identify and contact potential sponsors
  • Create budget for event
  • Plan theme and begin branding/marketing for event

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Must be a self-starter, comfortable with a great degree of independence
  • Ability to adapt quickly and thrive in a role with constant changes
  • Interest in working with kids ages 6 to 18
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Editing/proofreading skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Drive, and Dropbox
  • Creative problem solver

To Apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Lori Slager at by April 18th, 2014.

Alliance for the Great Lakes - Michigan Adopt-A-Beach Assistant
The Alliance for the Great Lakes is looking for an intern whose Primary responsibility is to support the Adopt-a-Beach ™ Manager for the year-round and the annual September Adopt-a-Beach ™ Cleanup event scheduled on Saturday, September 20, 2014. This is a part-time temporary paid position anticipated to require about 15-20 hours per week to start increasing to 30 hours per week during the summer months up through the September event. This position begins in Feb through October.  Applicants for this position must be college graduates. The position requires a valid license to drive a car on the day of the event.
Specific tasks include:

  •  Working directly with team leaders and volunteers in Michigan to recruit participants and team leaders, coordinate and send materials as needed, etc. 
  • Assisting in promoting the both the year-round and September event through outreach to potential new team leaders, volunteer website, schools and colleges/universities, community groups, community calendar postings, community calendar postings, Adopt-a-Beach™ postcards and other forms of outreach. 
  • Working with Adopt-a-Beach™ teams to coordinate their participation and leadership in the Adopt-a-Beach™ program, including email and mail contact.
  • Working with the Adopt-a-Beach™ online registration system to track coordinators and volunteers registered per site, help participants to register, run queries, troubleshoot as needed.
  • Assisting the Adopt-a-Beach™ with the Alliance’s year-round Adopt-a-Beach™ program which includes assisting in management of the program, outreach to adopters and database work. 

Individuals interested in the assistant position should send applications by April 10, 2014. Please send applications electronically to: Jamie Cross, Michigan Administrative Assistant, at In the subject line please indicate: Alliance for the Great Lakes, MI Adopt-A-Beach ™ Assistant.

Family Futures 
Family Futures is a nonprofit organization located downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan at the Riverview Center.  For more than seventeen years, Family Futures has worked to support families and to shape a community that protects children from child abuse and neglect. Family Futures is currently recruiting for their 2014 internships. Applications are due November 29th, 2013.
They are specifically looking to fill the following positions:

  • Fund Development (1): This intern will work with our Resource team to develop and implement fundraising efforts for 2014. Experience in fundraising, grant writing and research is a plus! 
  • Volunteer Services (1): Gain knowledge and experience in the general principles of prevention and non-profit work along with volunteer management best practices, relationship building, and project coordination. 

Read more about their internship opportunities here.



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