Internships

Join Our Team of Interns!

Every semester, Family Futures provides a wide-range of internship opportunities for students and recent graduates from 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.

Summer 2017 Opportunities

Family Futures is no longer accepting applications for the Winter 2017 semester (January through April), but is currently accepting applications for Summer 2017 (May through August). Please see below for more information on the positions that are available. Click here to see a full list of Family Futures’ internships.

Childhood Development

Childhood Development 
Internship Position Description

Family Futures is a parent-focused West Michigan nonprofit dedicated to building safe and strong families. Every semester, Family Futures is fortunate to have dedicated interns from a wide-range of backgrounds that donate their skills and time to support our work throughout the community.

An unpaid internship opportunity currently exists for a student wishing to gain practical experience working in a highly administrative, non-profit environment within the Connections program. The responsibility of a Childhood Development intern is to facilitate the growth of the program by helping in the coordination and management of database, mailing tasks, and researching local community resources. Interns will also gain experience in early childhood development by sending requested critical developmental information to program participants as needed.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Research community resources/events and child development
• Quality Assurance/ Process Improvement
• Coordination of complex mailing processes
• Management of multifaceted data entry
• Written and Verbal communication

Secondary Duties and Responsibilities
• Organization and maintenance of resource materials
• Networking with various community organizations
• Assisting with various program aspects when needed
• Community outreach
• General Administrative, clerical, and receptionist support

Qualifications
• This internship is open to all majors
• Strong organizational skills, verbal and written communication skills
• Technological Skills (internet, e-mail, phone, Access, MS Word, Power Point, etc)
• Ability to work independently and demonstrate initiative
• Commitment to at least 15 hours per week

Application Instructions
• Complete online internship application, uploading a current resume and cover letter
Click here for online internship application. For more information, please contact Family Futures at 616.454.4673 or internship@familyfutures.net.

 

Marketing

Marketing Internship
Internship Position Description

Family Futures is a parent-focused West Michigan nonprofit dedicated to building safe and strong families. Every semester, Family Futures is fortunate to have dedicated interns from a wide-range of backgrounds that donate their skills and time to support our work throughout the community.

An unpaid internship opportunity currently exists for a student wishing to gain experience in the Communication/Marketing field. The intern will report to the Resource Champion and Chief Program Officer while working on a larger team to provide support to other areas of the organization as needed, including fund development, event planning and programming.

Duties & Responsibilities
• Gain experience in print design, web content editing, copywriting, public relations, fund development, and project management.
• Learn about nonprofit brand management
• General administration, clerical, and receptionist support.
• Social media content generation, management, and evaluation
• Online advertisement and marketing campaigns

Qualifications
• Interest in working in marketing, public relations, event management, graphic design, and web editing
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to work on a team, but be comfortable working independently
• Ability to multitask and effectively manage time
• Knowledge of design concepts
• Working knowledge of InDesign and/or QuarkXPress page layout software
• WordPress website platform experience preferred
• Database experience preferred
• Interest in Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram
• Commitment to at least 15 hours per week per semester

Application Instructions
• Complete online internship application, uploading a current resume and cover letter
Click here for online internship application. For more information, please contact Family Futures at 616.454.4673 or internship@familyfutures.net.

Neurodevelopment

Neurodevelopment Internship
Internship Position Description

Family Futures is a parent-focused West Michigan nonprofit dedicated to building safe and strong families. Every semester, Family Futures is fortunate to have dedicated interns from a wide-range of backgrounds that donate their skills and time to support our work throughout the community.

An unpaid internship opportunity is currently available for a Master’s level student in Psychology or a related field with an interest in childhood and youth brain development. The Neurodevelopment intern will work directly with Family Futures’ Chief Program Officer.

Duties & Responsibilities
• Completing literature reviews related to neurodevelopment, toxic stress, high school graduation, for a human center design project designed to reduce the high school dropout rate
• Researching/reviewing resources related to early childhood and youth brain development and applying resources to existing Family Futures programs
• Supporting development of community education related to child maltreatment, early childhood neurodevelopment, and adverse health effect (ACE) disparity reduction

Qualifications
• A minimum commitment of at least 15 hours per week
• Master’s level student preferred
• Educational background in psychology/neurodevelopment or a related field preferred
• Strong research skills
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Strong written and oral communication skills
• Experienced in Microsoft Products, specifically Word, Excel and Access
• Good critical thinking skills

Application Instructions
• Complete online internship application, uploading a current resume and cover letter
Click here for online internship application. For more information, please contact Family Futures at 616.454.4673 or internship@familyfutures.net.

Program Engagement

Program Engagement Internship
Internship Position Description

Family Futures is a parent-focused West Michigan nonprofit dedicated to building safe and strong families. Every semester, Family Futures is fortunate to have dedicated interns from a wide-range of backgrounds that donate their skills and time to support our work throughout the community.

An unpaid internship opportunity currently exists for a student wishing to gain non-profit program experience supporting Family Futures partnership with the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC). Family Futures partners with ELNC to reach the most vulnerable children and families in our community to ensure that they have the opportunity to reach their full potential. This intern will help support enrollments in Family Futures’ Connections program, encourage engagement in the program, assist with planning fun family events, and will gain experience in program coordination and connecting with clients through the distribution of reminder materials and support sessions.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Processing and managing partner enrollments (2 to 3 hours/week)
• Develop, organize and maintain parent engagement materials
• Networking with various community organizations
• Quality Assurance/Process Improvement
• Community outreach
• Coordination, planning, and marketing for events
• Assist in planning parent recognition activities and events
• Assist with various program aspects when needed
• Written and Verbal communication
• General Administrative, clerical, and receptionist support

Qualifications
• Open to all majors, with particular consideration to Early Childhood, Nonprofit Administration, Marketing, and Business Administration.
• Must have reliable transportation.
• Strong organizational skills, verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to work independently and demonstrate initiative
• Creative and innovative
• Technological Skills (internet, e-mail, phone, Access, MS Word, Power Point, etc)
• Commitment to at least 10 hours per week

Application Instructions
• Complete online internship application, uploading a current resume and cover letter
• Click here for online internship application. For more information, please contact Family Futures at 616.454.4673 or internship@familyfutures.net.

Special Events

Special Events Internship
Internship Position Description

Family Futures is a parent-focused West Michigan nonprofit dedicated to building safe and strong families. Every semester, Family Futures is fortunate to have dedicated interns from a wide-range of backgrounds that donate their skills and time to support our work throughout the community.

An unpaid internship opportunity currently exists for a student wishing to gain experience in the event planning field. Depending on the semester of the internship, the intern will report to the Chief Advancement Officer or Volunteer Manager while working on a larger team to provide support to other areas of the organization as needed, including fund development, volunteer services and programming. The intern will gain experience in public relations, event planning, solicitation of funds, and project management. They will also learn about general administration, clerical, and receptionist support. This internship will provide hands-on experience in the nonprofit sector.

Duties & Responsibilities
• Coordinate Family Futures representation at local Community Events
• Meet, greet, and build relationships with current and future supporters.
• Aid in the planning and execution of our annual Service to Children Awards or Hope Circle
• Work with partner community organizations to plan and execute the annual Kent County Resource Fair (Fall & Winter only)
• Network with local venues, caterers, businesses and organizations to create a successful event
• General administrative, clerical, and receptionist support

Qualifications
• Interest in working in event management/hospitality
• Detail oriented
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to multitask and effectively manage time
• Ability to work on a team
• Commitment to at least 15 hours per week per semester
• Preference given to students committing to a two-semester internship

Application Instructions
• Complete online internship application, uploading a current resume and cover letter
• Click here for online internship application. For more information, please contact Family Futures at 616.454.4673 or internship@familyfutures.net.

Community Education

Community Education Internship
Internship Position Description

Family Futures is a parent-focused West Michigan nonprofit dedicated to building safe and strong families. Every semester, Family Futures is fortunate to have dedicated interns from a wide-range of backgrounds that donate their skills and time to support our work throughout the community.

An unpaid internship opportunity currently exists for a student to gain practical experience in prevention of child abuse and neglect, child development, and family support through the Community Education program. Family Futures’ Community Education program provides Mandated Reporter Training (MRT) and other educational opportunities with the intention of shaping a community in which all children are supported to reach their full potential.

Duties & Responsibilities
• Attend and assist in coordinating community Mandated Reporter Trainings, presentations, and events
• Further develop and expand the capacity of the Community Education program
• Program data entry and reporting
• Working and networking with community organizations
• Technology (internet, e-mail, phone, Access, Excel, MS Word, PowerPoint, etc.)
• General administrative, clerical, and receptionist support

Qualifications
• Interest in community education and prevention
• Currently a junior or senior in relevant field of study
• Possess strong verbal, written, and presentation communication skills
• Possess strong organizational and planning skills
• Ability to commit to 15 hours per week (exceptions made on a case-by-case basis)

Application Instructions
• Complete online internship application, uploading a current resume and cover letter
Click here for online internship application. For more information, please contact Family Futures at 616.454.4673 or internship@familyfutures.net.

Fund Development

Fund Development
Internship Position Description

Family Futures is a parent-focused West Michigan nonprofit dedicated to building safe and strong families through prevention focused services. Every semester, Family Futures is fortunate to have dedicated interns from a wide-range of backgrounds that donate their skills and time to support our work throughout the community.

An unpaid internship opportunity currently exists for a student wishing to gain experience in the Fund Development field. The intern will report to the Resource Champion 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.

Duties & Responsibilities
• Support Family Futures Resource Team
• Meet, greet, and build relationships with current and future supporters
• Solicit in-kind donations from local businesses
• Aid in the planning of our annual Service to Children Awards sponsors
• Assist in expanding relationships with the business community
• Lead the grant research process for other interns
• Provide support for donor relations
• General administrative, clerical, and receptionist support

Required Qualifications
• Willingness to learn new things
• Interest in working in public relations and fund development
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to multitask and effectively manage time
• Ability to work on a team
• Commitment to at least 15 hours per week per semester

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience with database software preferred but not required
• Experience in grant writing preferred but not required
• Exposure to previous fundraising events preferred but not required

Application Instructions
• Complete online internship application, uploading a current resume and cover letter
Click here for online internship application. For more information, please contact Family Futures at 616.454.4673 or internship@familyfutures.net.

MSW

Masters of Social Work Internship
Internship Position Description

Family Futures is a parent-focused West Michigan nonprofit dedicated to building safe and strong families through prevention focused services. Every semester, Family Futures is fortunate to have dedicated interns from a wide-range of backgrounds that donate their skills and time to support our work throughout the community.

An unpaid internship opportunity currently exists for a student wishing to gain field placement for their Masters of Social Work. The intern will report to the Executive Director and work closely with the Chief Program Officer and Shaping a Community Program Manager. The internship is focused on macro level social work, with opportunities for shadowing case management via our parent coaching and home visiting services. The candidate will focus on community organizing, early childhood advocacy, prevention of adverse childhood experiences, social service program development and violence prevention.

Duties & Responsibilities
• Support Family Futures programs and staff by conducting research, evaluating program operations, completing necessary projects
• Meet, greet, and build relationships with current and future supporters, volunteers and community partners; specifically focused on advocacy and community organizing
• Develop materials for advocacy, prevention and community organizing activities
• Work on specialized projects, as assigned by Executive Director and Chief Program Officer
• General administrative, clerical, and receptionist support is required of all interns

Qualifications
• Masters level social work student
• Willingness to learn new things and broaden your personal comfort zone
• Interest in working in multiple departments at a prevention focused agency
• Interest in community organizing, advocacy, public policy, child development and/or violence prevention preferred
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to multitask and effectively manage time with independence
• Commitment to at least 15-20 hours per week per semester for three semesters

Application Instructions
• Complete online internship application, uploading a current resume and cover letter
Click here for online internship application. For more information, please contact Family Futures at 616.454.4673 or internship@familyfutures.net.

Nonprofit Accounting

Nonprofit Accounting Internship
Internship Position Description

Family Futures is a parent-focused West Michigan nonprofit dedicated to building safe and strong families. Every semester, Family Futures is fortunate to have dedicated interns from a wide-range of backgrounds that donate their skills and time to support our work throughout the community.

An unpaid internship opportunity currently exists for a student wishing to gain practical experience in the area of nonprofit accounting. This internship provides experience in accounts payable, bookkeeping, computer skills, and may include program specific budgeting and preparation for various reports.

Duties & Responsibilities

• Entering Accounts Payable
• Entering Accounts Receivable
• Reconciling bank statements
• Reconciling General Ledger accounts
• Maintenance and reconcilement of employee benefits
• Entering payroll journal entries
• Entering General Journal entries
• Filing
• Contract management
• Grant file management
• Human Resource responsibilities
• General administrative, clerical, and receptionist support

Qualifications
• Current Junior or Senior in relevant field of study or with an interest in the accounting/financial field
• Strong Excel, Word, and Outlook skills
• Strong written/verbal communication skills
• Independent worker with the ability to take direction and work well with others
• Strong attention to detail
• Commitment to at least 15 hours per week

Application Instructions
• Complete online internship application, uploading a current resume and cover letter
Click here for online internship application. For more information, please contact Family Futures at 616.454.4673 or internship@familyfutures.net.

Social Services

Social Services Internship
Internship Position Description

Family Futures is a parent-focused West Michigan nonprofit dedicated to building safe and strong families. Every semester, Family Futures is fortunate to have dedicated interns from a wide-range of backgrounds that donate their skills and time to support our work throughout the community.

An unpaid internship opportunity currently exists for an individual wishing to gain practical experience in the areas of social work program management and client contact within the Healthy Families program. Healthy Families is a unique primary prevention collaborative for parents in Kent County that is coordinated through Family Futures.

Duties & Responsibilities
• Gain knowledge of the general principles of prevention work as they apply to parents and families.
• Gain experience in program development, coordination, and statistical evaluation.
• Learn about the community’s role through community-wide trainings and related networking.
• May participate in grant research, early childhood research, and management of various resources.
• Support the growth of the Healthy Start program through development and management of resources.
• Support program maintenance and quality through data entry and data analysis.
• Assist in program quality through participation in program accreditation activities and quality improvement committee meetings.
• Participate in active client contact by conducting program screening phone calls.
• Assist in general administrative, clerical and receptionist support duties.
• Generate innovative ideas for supporting new parents and program marketing efforts.

Qualifications
• Early childhood development knowledge
• Strong organizational skills
• Strong networking skills
• Strong verbal/written communication skills in person and on the phone
• Self-motivated and self sufficient
• Ability to work independently
• Technological skills (internet, e-mail, phone, Access, MS Word, Power Point, Excel, etc.)
• Reliable transportation
• Background in social work
• Some early childhood experience
• Commitment to at least 15 hours per week per semester

Application Instructions
• Complete online internship application, uploading a current resume and cover letter
• Click here for online internship application. For more information, please contact Family Futures at 616.454.4673 or internship@familyfutures.net.

Volunteer Services

Volunteer Services Internship
Internship Position Description

Family Futures is a parent-focused West Michigan nonprofit dedicated to building safe and strong families. Every semester, Family Futures is fortunate to have dedicated interns from a wide-range of backgrounds that donate their skills and time to support our work throughout the community.

An unpaid internship opportunity currently exists for a student wishing to gain practical understanding of nonprofit Volunteer Management. This position will provide a well-rounded experience in prevention and nonprofit work as well as volunteer management best practices and project coordination.

Duties & Responsibilities
• Support Family Futures programs and staff by coordinating day to day volunteer projects.
• Assist in coordinating volunteer appreciation and professional development opportunities.
• Meet, greet, and build relationships with current and future volunteers.
• Set-up and coordinate volunteer orientations.
• Aid in monthly program reporting, outcomes and evaluation.
• Create monthly volunteer newsletter spotlighting a volunteer, explaining monthly outcomes, promoting volunteer accomplishments and upcoming opportunities.
• Network with local colleges, universities, businesses and organizations to recruit volunteers
• Update and navigate Raiser’s Edge database
• Support Internship program
• General administrative, clerical, and receptionist support.

Qualifications
• Currently a junior or senior in relevant field of study
• Possess strong verbal and written communication skills
• Possess strong relationship building skills
• Possess strong organizational and planning skills
• Ability to commit at least 15 hours per week to assigned projects

Application Instructions
• Complete online internship application, uploading a current resume and cover letter
• Click here for online internship application. For more information, please contact Family Futures at 616.454.4673 or internship@familyfutures.net.

“My internship at Family Futures impacted my professional path in a huge way.  For the first time, my skills were challenged outside of the classroom.  I was trusted with a great amount of responsibility and freedom that allowed me to grow professionally and personally.  Every person in the office was encouraging, supportive and genuinely caring.  I had more learning opportunities than I would have ever expected.  I truly felt like I impacted the organization.”

Intern, Summer 2016

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