Internship Opportunities

Currently, the YWCA network within the state of Michigan is looking to expand and coordinate a larger state-wide policy advocacy program.  To assist in this work, we are in search of a college student (or recent graduate) to work with us as a paid Public Policy Fellow in our Prevention and Empowerment Department. I wanted to ask if you could share this information with students in your department and/or other colleagues that may have interested students?

The Fellow will work both independently and as part of a larger cohort of students in an attempt to end school pushout and the criminalization of youth of color through public policy research and advocacy. The position is open to those students in good academic standing and would require a 15-20 hour weekly commitment from March/April 2020 to the end of December 2020.  This position is ideal for an individual looking to get involved in public policy, policy advocacy, and is interested in participating in social justice work within nonprofit spaces.  The full position description, application, and submission instructions can be found at  Applications will be accepted until March 13th, 2020 at 5 pm.   


GVSU’s Semester in Grand Rapids program offers GVSU students from all disciplines a unique opportunity to learn about the history and context of Grand Rapids while completing a community-based internship.

The Semester in Grand Rapids program is a cohort-based, academic, community-engaged program where students take courses about Grand Rapids (HST 380, LIB 341), and complete 3-credits of a community-based internship (IDS 490), all from a social justice perspective.  

The advantages of this program for students are many:

    • Students take 3 credits of internship, a portion of which is devoted to dedicated classroom reflection. This model allows students to learn from each other through guided dialogue and reflection, rather than a traditional internship which typically happens in isolation
    • There is a unique alignment of the internship placement with classroom learning in HST 380 (Race, Class, and Community Formation in Grand Rapids) and IDS 341 (Leadership for Social Change)
    • Student meet academic requirements, including SWS, Issues, U.S. Diversity, and Internship credits
    • In addition to gaining valuable practical experience in the community through their internships, students will be exposed to community organizations and leaders working towards positive change in the City of Grand Rapids through field trips, seminars, and additional opportunities.

More information can be found at


Bill Saxton is running for state representative of Michigan’s 73rd district. Our campaign is looking for passionate students to fill the roles of research intern and communications intern. This is an opportunity to learn how a grassroots political campaign operates as a member of its core team. Responsibilities of the different roles include:

● Using public campaign finance databases to conduct donor research
● Identifying groups and organizations whose values align with the values of this campaign
● Using data from previous elections to find areas within the 73rd district where our voter mobilization efforts ought to be targeted
● Working with the campaign manager to draft official statements, scripts, and press releases
● Talking with potential campaign partners about the importance of getting involved
● Attending canvass events with the campaign team to talk with our neighbors at their doors about becoming a voter and why Bill is the right candidate for the 73rd district

No prior campaign experience is necessary. We will provide training as needed and work with you to apply the skills you already have. All work will take place in and around the Grand Rapids area. By the end of your internship, we will ensure that you walk away with knowledge of how a campaign for state representative works, concrete examples of work that you may use in the future, and references and resume assistance to help secure your next job or internship. This internship is not paid.

Interested students should email with a copy of their resume and a brief statement outlining why they want to become involved. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis, but we encourage you to reach out as soon as possible.