Nonprofit Internships

The CSLC receives internship notices from non profit organizations on a regular basis. Opportunities will be posted here as they are received. These opportunities are arranged by the date they are posted, with the most recent at the top. Additional internships with nonprofit organizations (and for profit organizations) can be found on

Nonprofit Organizations & Community Partners:
Please note that the CSLC encourages nonprofit organizations to additionally post their internship opportunity directly on GVSU'S Laker Jobs. This website is coordinated by Career Services.

Special Olympics Michigan - Marketing and Events Intern
Special Olympics Michigan is looking for an intern to assist the Events and Marketing Department with general responsibilities to help strengthen Special Olympics Michigan Inc's (SOMI) presence in Grand Rapids (Area 11) and the state of Michigan. Qualifications include proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint), strong writing skills (A.P. style required), knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and In Design preferred, excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work independently when Development Staff is out of the office. Working remotely is allowed, interns make their own hours. Internship runs September/October - February/March *Please note that this is an unpaid internship. Please contact Krista Paulin at if you're interested. 


Kent County Democratic Party - Political Organizing, Communications, Fundraising Positions

Are you looking for an opportunity to break into politics? Want to establish lasting connections and gain campaign experience? Interning for the Kent County Democratic Party is a great way to learn about state politics and the campaign processes that propel Democratic candidates into office.The Kent County Dems are always looking for interns to contribute their time, hard work, and creative thought toward planning for the 2016 election. The program is designed to give a well-rounded experience, including substantial responsibilities in working with top Democratic staffers in Michigan. Positions are open in the following areas: Political Organizing  Committee – working with local Party organizations, elected officials, candidates and constituencies of the Party to elect Democrats; training of Party members; voter registration and education; issues conferences, and many other activities. Assist with maintaining database and other important data related projects. Communications Committee – working to get the Democratic message out to members and to the public through radio, TV, print media, phone, fax, the internet, and other means, as well as doing issue research and writing. Utilize skills in web design and online marketing to assist the political organizing and the communications committees with various internet based projects, assist with the design and maintenance of Party website. Assist with event planning and promotion. Other duties as assigned. Fundraising Committee – working to raise money for the Party by events, direct mail, telemarketing, membership, donor development programs, and other means. Be available to work certain fundraising events as needed, particularly on Saturdays, once per month. Learn how to put the “fun” in Fundraising! Party events need Party ideas, planners, invitations, hosts who love to provide TLC to Party guests. E-mail your resume to Callie Melton at or call 616-443-4744 for more information. Posted 8/31/2015

Literacy Center of West Michigan - AmeriCorps Positions
Gap year positions with a living stipend and educational award. Applicants are being actively sought. This is a great opportunity for a recent grad, and particularly those interested in service, social justice, literacy, the nonprofit sector and the Spanish speaking population. The Literacy Center of West Michigan is seeking highly-motivated individual to serve as a Volunteer Recruiter for the Family Literacy Program. This individual will build relationships with community partners, recruit and manage volunteers for monthly Family Activity Night events. This service will support parents in area schools learning English as a Second Language and developing strategies to support their children's literacy. The ideal candidate for this full-time position will be detailed-oriented, able to work independently, have experience either coordinating volunteers or supervising others, and be an excellent communicator. This position requires the selected candidate to be screened and approved through the national AmeriCorps program. Click here for a more detailed description.
Additionally, LCWM is seeking highly-effective instructors to help parents in area schools learn English as a Second Language, and develop strategies to support their children's literacy. The ideal candidates for this full-time teaching position will be detailed-oriented, experienced, and autonomous. This position requires the selected candidates to be screened and approved through the national AmeriCorps program. Click here for a more detailed description.

Family Futures - Nonprofit Administration Intern
Family Futures is fortunate to have dedicated interns and volunteers who donate their skills and time. An unpaid internship opportunity currently exists for a student wishing to gain practical experience in the area of not-for-profit Administrative Support. The internship provides experience in program based work with special emphasis in our Connections program and will report to the Program Operations Manager. Looking for a junior or senior student in a relevant field of study such as nonprofit administration or business administration. Knowledge of Microsoft Office, strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups of people, professional verbal and written communication skills, strong attention to detail, strong organizational and time management skills, and the ability to work independently and in a variety of capacities are among the special skills being sought after in a potential candidate. Position requires a minimum of 15 hours per week per semester. Contact Bryana Hopkins at or (616)-454-4673 for more information. Posted 2/9/2015

Howell Nature Center - Camp Counselor
The Howell Conference & Nature Center's Summer Resident Camp is a Christian camp owned by the Presbytery of Detroit. Our Resident Camp Counselors will help kids take their next step with God by providing age-appropriate faith lessons every morning and evening. Throughout the week, staff will guide campers in a variety of activities while teaching our five key values: faith, self-worth, leadership, fellowship, and FUN! There are both Day Camp Counselor and Residential Camp Counselor positions. Click on the links to find out details of each opportunity. For more information contact Matthew Grant at Posted 2/6/2015

Challenge Detroit - Fellowship Opportunity
Challenge Detroit is a proven model for urban revitalization by attracting and retaining top talent, and offering the opportunity to contribute to a great city by providing the opportunity for tomorrow's leaders to live in an urban setting, work at a leading area company, experience the cultural aspects of the city, and partner with nonprofits to make an impact through an innovative intellectual giving model. The yearlong Fellowship program provides an opportunity for approximately 30 individuals of various intellects and backgrounds to come together in an effort to shape the future of Detroit. Through a wide-spread social movement, the narratives and experiences of these individuals is amplifying Detroit's potential and influencing public perception about the present and future of the city. Challenge Detroit is now accepting applications for the fourth class of Fellows through Sunday, March 8, 2015. To learn more and to apply, click here. Posted 2/3/2015

Family Futures
Family Futures provides many internship opportunities. With a variety of specialties that work for all majors, they are a great way to gain real-world experience in the non-profit sector. You can also earn college credits, gain marketable experience, increase your social network, and work with a diverse and fun staff. Best of all, you'll gain the satisfaction of helping to make a positive difference in the lives of countless West Michigan families. Internships available in Nonprofit Accounting, Violence Prevention, Childhood and Community Development, Communication fields from Nonprofit Administration to Biostatistics. You can apply at any time for the summer (May through August) and fall (September through December) 2015 semesters. We will begin reviewing applications in February 2015 for summer and in June 2015 for fall. For the complete list of internships and application please visit (616) 454-HOPE (4673) ext. 149 or email updated 2/3/2015


Grand Rapids Art Museum - Human Resource Intern
Through this unpaid opportunity, interns will experience working in both a professional office setting and a museum setting, also will learn many of the skills necessary to become a valuable Human Resource Assistant. Candidate will learn about the practical and daily aspects of:

  • Employment law in practice
  • Benefit Administration
  • Payroll Administration
  • Recruiting, Hiring, and Orientation Process
  • Employee Communication, Training, and Development
  • Employee File Maintenance and Document Retention
  • Human Resource Systems and Audits
  • Policy and Procedure

Posted 12/1/2014

Family Futures - Violence Prevention Intern
An unpaid internship opportunity currently exists for a student to gain practical experience in child abuse/neglect, child development and violence prevention through the Community Education program. Throughout Kent County, Community Education provides educational sessions on preventing abuse through Mandated Reporter Trainings and RAVE. Resources Against Violent Encounters (RAVE) is a teen dating violence prevention program offered to area middle and high school students. Learning objectives and responsibilities for this position include attending and assisting in coordinating community trainings and presentations, coordinating RAVE requests and preparing materials, data entry and reporting for programs, planning, preparing and executing violence prevention community events, researching for grant applications and to maintain quality of programs, working and networking with community organizations, working with Microsoft Office Suite and other technology, as well as general administrative, clerical, and receptionist support. For more information, please contact Bryana Hopkins at (616) 855-5461 or Posted 12/1/2014.

Family Futures - Video Production Intern
An unpaid internship opportunity currently exists for a student wishing to gain practical experience in video production through shooting and editing videos to help support our work and programs, including Connections, Healthy Start, and Community Education. You must be able to work both independently and with many different people throughout the community. Responsibilities include setup, lighting, and recording of interviews, editing informational and promotional videos, recording events/lectures for area programs, adhering to the branding standards of Family Futures, streaming videos online and creating DVDs, working with program staff and community programs, as well as general administrative, clerical, and receptionist support. For more information, please contact Bryana Hopkins at (616) 855-5461 or Posted 12/1/2014.

Family Futures - Fund Development Internship
An unpaid internship opportunity currently exists for a student wishing to gain experience in the Fund Development field has opened up with the Family Futures team. The intern will report to an Advancement Officer while working on a larger team to provide support to other areas of the organization as needed, including marketing, event planning and programming. The intern will gain experience in public relations, event planning, fund development, solicitation of funds, and project management. They will also learn about general administration, clerical, and receptionist support. Responsibilities include supporting the Family Futures Resource Team, meeting, greeting and building relationships with current and future sponsors, soliciting in0kind donations from local businesses, aiding in the planning of the annual Service to Children Awards sponsors, assisting in expanding relationships with the business community, leading the grant research process for other interns, providing support for donor relations, as well as general administrative, clerical, and receptionist support. Contact Bryana Hopkins at (616) 855-5461 or for further information. Posted 12/1/2014.

City Year ~ Give a Year Partnership
City Year is hiring over 3,500 young adults from all majors to decrease the dropout rate. Apply by November 15th. City Year is an education focused nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduation. At City Year's 25 urban locations across the United States and two international affiliates, teams of highly-trained corps members serve full-time in schools as tutors, mentors and role models. By focusing on attendance, behavior and course performance, which identify students who are at risk of dropping out, corps members are uniquely able to help students and schools succeed. During your 10 months of service with City Year, you receive a monthly living stipend, a uniform, a transportation pass, health insurance, federal student loan forbearance, a $5,645 AmeriCorps education award, and eligibility to apply to over 80 exclusive graduate school scholarships. For more information and to apply go to or contact Marcus Sumrall Regional Recruitment Manager at or 313.443.2072. 11/6/2014

Neighbors of Belknap Lookout ~ Communications/Marketing
Neighbors of Belknap Lookout (NOBL) is a neighborhood association located near the Michigan Medical Mile/GVSU downtown campus. We are currently taking applications to fill a unpaid internship position. NOBL is looking for a student to assist our Marketing Committee with website design, social media management, marketing and volunteer database creation and management. Duties will include: working with volunteers and staff on all marketing/branding aspects of our organization. Hours will vary depending on the student's school schedule. Knowledge of Excel and Weebly website design is helpful, but not necessary. For more information on the internship, please contact Kristi DeKraker at 616-454-8413 or Posted 10/28/2014.

Gazelle Girl Half Marathon ~ Sustainability Committee
Organizers of the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon are proud to continue striving for a zero waste event! This means that we are making an active effort to strive for the most sustainable economic, social, and environmental best practices. We are committed to setting a notable example and have a vision of a world where responsibly produced sporting events are the norm. The Gazelle Girl Half Marathon is seeking 4 unpaid intern committee members to assist in managing the sustainability and zero waste component of the event. This position requires 5-10 hours a week from November 1, 2014-April 24, 2015. All day availability is necessary on April 18 and April 19. These individuals will report to the Sustainability Coordinator of the event. Interested candidates should email a letter of interest noting any relevant experience to Chelsea Brehm at

West Michigan Environmental Action Council
The West Michigan Environmental Action Council has several fall internships in water and low impact development, journalism, policy, communications, marketing, and many more. Most WMEAC internships are on a volunteer basis, with all the benefits of hands-on experience in an environmental nonprofit. They have welcomed writers, those with social media marketing interests, biology and resource management majors, engineering and sustainability majors and others. WMEAC interns leave with new skills, a portfolio of work, a letter of reference, and WMEAC's appreciation. For more information visit

Lake Michigan Academy - Office Intern/Accountant Intern
Lake Michigan Academy is looking for someone who can answer phones, enter payroll, and help reconcile monthly bank statements with our accountant and operations manager. This is an on going position for an office intern who can help file sensitive materials. Pay is negotiable. For more information, contact Julie French at 616-464-3330 or

Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Michigan
Planned Parenthood is seeking an intern to coordinate their Affordable Care Act (ACA) Implementation Plan in local communities. This position will entail development, tracking, planning, and execution of outreach opportunities including tablings, educational presentations, community trainings, and enrollment events. The position provides the opportunity for interns interested in Community Organizing, Volunteer Management, and Non-Profit Management to network with community organizations, coalition partners and individuals as well as to develop programs, events, and administration skills. The Affordable Care Act Implementation (ACAI) Intern will seek out opportunities for outreach opportunities in their community, coordinate with local coalition partners and organizations to host enrollment events, and seek opportunities for community education on the ACA. This position will also involved recruitment and training of volunteers, tracking training certification and activities, as well as general administrative functions related to ACA Outreach. The Intern will, in conjunction with the Field Organizer, develop an ACA Outreach plan and calendar for the duration of the internship and will be responsible for achieving mutually set goals based on the intern's needs, availability, and abilities. The Intern will also complete Certified Application Counselor Online Training and be responsible for adhering to rules and regulations for ACA Enrollment. The minimum time commitment would be three months, however the hours are flexible around schedules, with more opportunities potentially available after the initial time commitment. For more information, contact

YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids is looking for an unpaid student intern to assist in development, promotion, and implementation of the aquatics programs. Responsibilities include working with the Aquatics Director in developing year aquatic programs to meet the community needs. This position can be 20-40 hours per week, has flexible hours between 5:00AM to 11:00PM and may include weekends. For more information visit (Search Job ID: 15569381)

Bethany Christian Services
Bethany Christian Services is looking for an Employment Services Intern. As an intern, you will learn about the refugee process in general and culture - specifically on the Burmese, Bhutanese, and Iraqi resettlement groups. You will work closely with staff to learn the policies and procedures inherent in providing employment services to client and the MG contract requirements related to employment services. You will also work alongside staff to provide employment services to MG clients, including: providing initial in-take/assessment, completing required employment and DHS forms, arranging interviews including transportation and interpretation if necessary, working with clients one on one (or group setting) to enhance employability, provide bus training to clients if necessary, and problem-solving to overcome client barriers to employment. For more information, please visit (Search Job ID: 15570483).

Steepletown Neighborhood Services
Steepletown is looking for a video production intern to create short documentaries on its work on the lower West Side. Steepletown's mission is all about turning hope into opportunity. One area is with older youth who come to Steepletown to complete their GED. Our purpose is to help these young adults complete their GED and successfully transition to the next step, whether its college, other post-secondary training, or a job that can actually meet their economic needs and goals. Steepletown has an event on March 23 called Taste the West Side. We need at least three short documentaries produced on each of the three speakers that night. Steepletown is also interested in a longer documentary, i.e. up to 5 minutes, which tells the story of our work. There is no time frame for producing that video. Contact: Dick Bulkowski, Steepletown Director Email:
Phone: 616-635-0259

Eastown Community Association
The Eastown Community Association is currently taking applications to fill multiple unpaid student intern positions. The ECA is looking for students interested in gaining valuable experience in the non-profit/community development area. Intern projects will include, but are not limited to: Grant writing and research, coordinating events, fundraising, social media management, webpage design, marketing/advertising, and communications. If you are interested in any of the internship opportunities please send your resume and a brief cover letter stating "Why" you are applying for the position. This opportunity can be used to receive academic credit, as well. Contact: Corey Yunke, Community Organizer - Eastown Community Association Email: Phone: 616.451.3025 Mail: 415 Ethel Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 Website:

Habitat for Humanity of Kent County
Habitat for Humanity of Kent County is Hiring for two positions! 1) We are seeking new AmeriCorps members to work with our YouthBuild Department and Volunteer Department! 2) AmeriCorps Community Outreach & Marketing Position This full time AmeriCorps member will be assisting the Development Team on special events, newsletters, web-site updates and social media opportunities. If you are interested in either of these opportunities please contact for more information.

Bethany Christian Services-
PARA (Programs Assisting Refugee Acculturation) Fund Development Intern

The main focus of this internship is event management. You will get hands-on experience with planning our two largest fundraisers-Stride & Ride (walk-a-thon) and the annual Art Auction. In addition to event management, there will be many opportunities to learn the facets of fund development, including donor cultivation and engagement. Qualifications include experience with event planning, willingness to submit to a background check, excellent organizational and communication skills, and proficiency with Microsoft Office. Must be available 10-15 hours a week. Hours are flexible, this is an unpaid position, and course credit is available. To apply, please send resume to Joi Dupler at

Clark Retirement Community- Volunteer Database Assistant
The Volunteer Database Assistant assists Clark's Foundation department with maintaining accurate, current and reliable information in the donor database. The time commitment is 4-6 hours a week, with flexible times of volunteering. Tasks include: mailing list management, enter returned mail address corrections, assist in producing letters and envelopes, folding and stuffing mailings, and provide related assistance for special projects. Skills include: Windows-based computer proficiency required. willingness to learn new applications, excellent organizational skills, with high level of accuracy and attention to detail, capable of handling personal donor info with tact, sensitivity and confidentiality, and being able to work independently and/or as a team. Other qualifications include: Being at least 18 years old and be able to work on-site at the Franklin address. Previous experience with data entry is required. Work will take place in a professional, business setting and volunteer must dress appropriately. Application process - Complete and submit application - Complete TB testing (at no charge to you) - Attend a general 1 hour orientation. For more information on this internship, please contact Wade Burge at or 616-452-1568. Posted 3/12/2014.


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