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.

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.

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).

Lake Michigan AcademyOffice 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

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.

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

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

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! 

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).

West Michigan Environmental Action Council
The West Michigan Environmental Action Council has several summer internships in graphic design, journalism, office administration, policy, communications, marketing, and event productions. For more information visit

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
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
Phone: 616.451.3025
Mail: 415 Ethel Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

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.

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.
Check out this video to hear from some of our program alumni on why interning in DC is an experience worth having! Posted 3/21/2014.

Please click here for a list of our expired Non-Profit Internships.

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