Nonprofit Internships (expired)

Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service
Are you still deciding what to do this summer? It's not too late to spend 2 months in Washington, DC! You will make an impact by serving with a nonprofit organization while earning academic credit and expanding your leadership skills and professional network. Unlike many other Washington, DC internship programs, we guarantee you an internship placement. Our staff works to place you with an organization that fits your skills and career goals.
In Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service you will be able to give back to the community while developing the leadership skills that employers are looking for like problem solving and effective communication. You will gain the real-world experience that will set you apart when it's time to find your first job after graduation. Click here for a list of sample internship sites.
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EPA Summer Interns
Sustainable Communities Intern; Communications Intern
Interns must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program to apply, although summer interns do not need to be attending classes. All internships will be housed in US EPA Headquarters in Washington, DC. Internships will be unpaid (although a subsidy is offered to offset commute costs), and moving/relocation costs will not be provided. Start and end dates are flexible.
The Office of Sustainable Communities is committed to providing interns with substantive work opportunities. Interns will gain exposure to a wide range of environmental issues and have ample opportunity for growth. OSC offers a rich learning experience with a significant amount of responsibility for very capable individuals. Two positions are being advertised; applicants are invited to select one or both for consideration. For both positions, OSC is seeking candidates that possess superior oral and written communication skills; are quick learners; demonstrate strong analytic skills in reviewing and collecting information; and work well in a fluid, dynamic environment. Knowledge of sustainable development/smart growth and/or land use/environmental planning issues is highly desired. For more information visit the GVSU Sustainable Community Initiatives Page!

TRiO Talent Search
The TRiO Talent Search is looking for a Tutor/Activity Assistant that will assist in tutoring and mentoring for LOFT afterschool programming for high school students. This position includes the following principal activities:

  • Face-to-face leadership and mentoring
  • Assisting in developing, preparing and leading daily lesson plans
  • Engaging in program activities including group field trips
  • Providing weekly lesson plans to the Site Coordinator
  • Communicating with parents
  • Maintaining records of attendance, arrival times, and departure times
  • Helping to supervise bus transportation and dismissal process
  • Maintaining supervision of children at all times
  • Following student discipline guidelines as outlined by program coordinator


The position will begin early October, Monday-Wednesday from 3:15pm-5:15pm. Students interested in applying must carry at least six (6) credits in order to be considered for the position. Transportation to and from work site needed to Ottawa Hills High, Central High or Union High Schools. Students also need three to six months childcare/youth-related experience or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience, the ability to interact with people of all ethnic backgrounds, ages, and lifestyles, and the ability and desire to work with high school age youth. They would like candidates with strong abilities in math/science at the high school course levels and/or English/History. For more information, contact Sarah Keranen-Lopez at 616-331-7112 or

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 Posted 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. Qualifications:

  • 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 Email:
Phone: 202-986-0384 Website:

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 Email:
Phone: 231-327-5229 Mail: 2340 Dean Lake Rd (New Community Church), Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506 Website:

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 Website:

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 Posted 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.

Paws With A Cause - Development Intern
Paws With A Cause is looking for two (2) interns to assist in their development department. This position would include working with a donor database, assisting with and planning special events, assisting with social media and our blog, and working with the online third party fundraising platform. A PAWS® intern must be able to work independently and within a team atmosphere. Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in planning, implementing and participating in any fundraising events during internship
  • Follow-up with donors via letter and phone
  • Generate gift acknowledgements
  • Research prospective donors
  • Assist in entering information into donor database
  • Work with staff to update social media
  • Help with special event mailings, publication design, logistical tasks for events, phone calls related to donations and other tasks as determined necessary by special event staff.

Applications must be submitted no later than September 2014. For more information on this position, contact Kelsey Haldane at
Special Note:
This is an unpaid internship; however, PAWS works with students seeking a degree that correlates to the development/fundraising field. The schedule can be flexible with 12-15 hours a week minimum, between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. Some events held after hours and on weekends may require attendance. If you decide to pursue this opportunity as a credit-bearing internship, you will need to get approval from your academic department prior to the start of the academic semester in which you wish to register for the internship. If you obtain this internship and register to receive academic credit, you may be eligible to receive a monetary GVSU Career Services Internship Award (provided you have financial need documented through a FAFSA). Award criteria and application materials are available under the Internship section on our web site at

Mel Trotter Ministries
Mel Trotter Ministries is looking to fill the following two intern positions for the 2014 Fall Semester.

  • Development/Grant Intern: The Intern will gather organizational information, research local and national Grants and complete two or three Grants for MTM. 10-15 Hours per week for the fall semester.
  • Special Events Intern: The intern will aid in the planning, preparation, and execution of the Great Thanksgiving Banquet and other special events during the fall season. This involves working closely with the Director of Marketing and Communications and the Special Events Coordinator to ensure that all special events achieve the desired outcomes and goals. 20 hours per week for the fall semester.

For more information on either of these positions, contact Melissa Watson at 616.588.8786 or

Literacy Center of West Michigan
The Literacy Center of West Michigan is looking to fill two bilingual positions right now. Detailed postings can be found at the following link:

  • Community Literacy Assistant and Receptionist
    • Part-time, Wednesday-Friday, 20 hours, administrative assistant position, pay range is $12.50-$18.14/hour. Community Literacy Initiative and Literacy Center of West Michigan seek administrative support. Bilingual in Spanish. Minimum Associates Degree. Résumés accepted on or before July 11, 2014. For more information, visit (Search Job ID: 17459).
  • Full-Time Program Assistant: Customized Workplace English
    • Full time (40 hours) administrative assistant position, starting at $12.50/hour. The Literacy Center of West Michigan seeks administrative support for the Customized Workplace English program. Bilingual in English/Spanish. Resumes accepted on or before July 11, 2014. For more information, visit (Search Job ID: 17460).

Grand Rapids Learning Foundation - Development and Communications Intern
The Grand Rapids Learning Foundation is a nonprofit organization in Grand Rapids that serves students in need and enhances the quality of their education through 12 month tutoring scholarships and other educational outreach programs. The Grand Rapids Learning Foundation is currently looking for a Development and Communications Intern for Spring/Summer 2014. The intern's responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: aiding in grant writing and research, event planning and coordination, fundraising assistance, and social media management. For more information, visit (Search Job ID: 13670).

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 Fall 2014 internships. Applications are due July 18th, 2014. Edit: Family Futures is still looking for students to fill the positions below.
They are specifically looking to fill the following positions:

  • Childhood and Community Development (4): These interns support families in Kent County through the use of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ), a child developmental screening tool. The purpose of this free and voluntary program is to provide parents with valuable information about their child's development and community resources. All interns will assist in the day to day operations of Connections with emphasis in the following areas:
    • Community Intern (2): share your time between another community nonprofit and Connections.
    • Childhood Development (2): This intern will be the lead for following up correspondence with our Connections parents and assisting with the seasonal newsletter.
  • Social Services (1): Healthy Start is a unique primary prevention collaborative for first time parents in Kent County that is coordinated through Family Futures. Gain practical experience in the area of social work program management.

Read more about their internship opportunities here.

Holland Museum - Civil War Muster Volunteer Coordinator

The Holland Museum is looking to recruit a student to act as our Civil War Muster Volunteer Coordinator for the Museum's annual Civil War Muster Reenactment, on September 20 and 21, out at the historic Van Raalte Farm on 16th Street in Holland. A Civil War Muster Volunteer Coordinator is needed to help the Holland Museum's Volunteer Coordinator recruit, train and place volunteers for the event. The CWMVC will help in the weeks leading up to the event, during the actual weekend, and will follow-up with volunteers for feedback and event comments/suggestions.
An interest in history, event planning, marketing, and/or volunteers is a plus, but not necessary. Excellent communication and organizational skills is a must! Applicants should also have the ability to work indoors/outdoors and to work with a wide-variety of people and skill sets. This is a great opportunity to learn more about event planning, working with volunteers, history and education. This opportunity is for August and September 2014 and should be around 50 hours total, so students could receive 1 school credit for their work. For more event information, please visit or contact Taylor Wise-Harthorn at 616-796-2080 or Posted 4/29/2014.

Kids' Food Basket ~ Part-Time Operations Assistant

Kids' Food Basket is seeking a part-time employee to support the general operations fo the organization day-to-day. General responsibilities include leading and working with volunteer groups, including the driver program and packing groups; delivering sack suppers to appropriate sites as needed; organize warehouse; sort donations; acquire in-kind donation data; and more. The ideal candidate can work Monday through Thursday from 12-5pm, but exceptions can be permitted. A total of 20-25 hours per week is expected, although some weeks (including holiday weeks) could provide slightly fewer hours depending on service schedule. This position will be a 9 month contract employment, from roughly September 2014 through May 2015 with the possibility of extension depending on needs of organization. Send resumes and cover letters to

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