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.

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

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).

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 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.

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).

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.

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 l
eading 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

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 relevantexperience to Chelsea Brehm at

 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 noblgr@gmail.comPosted 10/28/2014.

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 15thCity 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

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