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. It’s a great way to gain real-world experience in the nonprofit 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.

General Requirements 

  • Current student or recent graduate
  • Experience or interest in relevant field
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills 
  • Detail oriented
  • Effective time management and organization, even with frequent interruptions 
  • Maintain confidentiality 
  • At least 15 hours per week

Fall 2017 Opportunities

Family Futures is currently accepting applications for fall 2017 (September – December), winter 2018 (January – April), and summer 2018 (May – August). Please see the full list of internships and the detailed position descriptions below for more information.

Biostatistics

A paid stipend-based internship opportunity is available for a biostatistics graduate student to gain experience analyzing large data-sets to determine trends, interpret significance in data, and identify correlations and potential causations all related to early childhood research. The biostatistics intern will work directly with Family Futures’ leadership team and be co-supervised by the data analyst and early childhood program specialist. The intern will have the opportunity to work with researchers already embedded in our agency’s early childhood developmental data and network with researchers, statisticians, and epidemiologists in the Kent County area.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Analyze over a decade of developmental screening data to identify significant trends based on demographics (age, gender, race, ethnicity, income, geography, parental education, etc.)
  • Identify correlations and potential causations in children’s development based on demographics, gestational age, length in service, and other factors
  • Develop framework for future early childhood research focused on children’s cognitive, social, and emotional development
  • Work with local university researchers to support early childhood research utilizing Family Futures’ data

Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in statistics or related field; pursuing biostatistics graduate degree
  • Independent worker who thrives on being challenged
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a team of non-statistician collaborators

 

Childhood Development

Child development interns gain practical experience working in a highly administrative nonprofit environment with the Connections program. Interns help the program grow by assisting with database management, coordinating mailings, and researching local community resources. Interns will also gain experience in early childhood development by sending critical developmental information to program participants.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Research community resources, events, and child development
  • Quality assurance and process improvement
  • Coordination of complex mailing processes
  • Management of multifaceted data entry
  • 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
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative

 

Fund Development

Fund development interns gain experience public relations, event planning, fund development, and project management. The intern will report to the chief program officer while working on a larger team to provide support to other areas of the agency as needed, including marketing, event planning, and programming.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Support the Family Futures Resource Team
  • Build relationships with current and future supporters
  • Solicit in-kind donations from local businesses
  • Assist in recruiting 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 public relations and fund development
  • Ability to multitask

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with Bloomerang software or other CRM software
  • Experience in grant writing
  • Exposure to previous fundraising events

 

MSW

The MSW internship is 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 the Healthy Families 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, preventing adverse childhood experiences, social service program development, and violence prevention.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Support Family Futures programs and staff by conducting research, evaluating program operations, and 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

Qualifications

  • Social work graduate student
  • Willingness to learn new things and broaden personal comfort zone
  • Interest in working in multiple departments at a prevention-focused agency
  • Interest in community organizing, advocacy, public policy, child development, or violence prevention
  • Ability to multitask and effectively manage time independently

Full for fall 2017, accepting winter 2018 and summer 2018

Nonprofit Accounting

Nonprofit accounting interns gain practical experience in accounting and how nonprofits operate. 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
  • Contract management
  • Grant file management
  • Human resource responsibilities
  • General administrative, clerical, and receptionist support

Qualifications

  • Current junior or senior with experience in the accounting and financial field
  • Independent worker with the ability to take direction and work well with others
  • Strong attention to detail

 

Social Services
Business Intelligence

Business intelligence interns gain practical experience in applying a unique combination of business and computer skills in a nonprofit setting. Interns will work directly with the business intelligence team.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Data validation
  • Data analysis
  • Data extractions using pre-designed and/or custom SQL queries
  • Data visualizations
  • Dashboard design
  • Create and implement IT procedures
  • Create and implement project management procedures
  • Assist BI team in project management duties
  • Work with program staff to report data as needed

Required Qualifications

  • Strong knowledge of data related software applications
  • Able to quickly learn high level software
  • Critical thinking
  • Strong multi-tasker
  • Able to meet deadlines

Preferred Qualifications

  • A strong background in computers and computer applications
  • Knowledge of at least one of these programming languages: SQL, VBA, HTML, CSS, PHP, R, Web development, JavaScript/JQuery

 

Community Engagement

Community engagement interns gain nonprofit experience by supporting Family Futures’ partnership with the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC). Family Futures works 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 enrollment in Family Futures’ Connections program, encourage engagement in the program, assist with planning fun family events, and gain experience in program coordination and connecting with clients through distributing reminder materials and support sessions.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Processing and managing partner enrollments (2 to 3 hours per week)
  • Develop, organize, and maintain parent engagement materials
  • Networking with various community organizations
  • Quality assurance and process improvement
  • Community outreach
  • Coordination, planning, and marketing for events
  • Assist with planning parent recognition activities and events
  • Assist with various program aspects when needed
  • General administrative, clerical, and receptionist support
  • 50% of time in office, 50% of time out of office

Qualifications

  • Open to all majors, with particular consideration to early childhood, nonprofit administration, marketing, and business administration
  • Ability to work independently and demonstrate initiative
  • Creative and innovative
  • Reliable transportation

 

Marketing
Neurodevelopment

Neurodevelopment interns are graduate students in psychology, public administration, 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, and high school graduation for a human center design project designed to reduce the high school dropout rate
  • Researching and 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

  • Graduate student
  • Educational background in psychology, public administration, or a related field preferred
  • Strong research skills
  • Excellent critical thinking skills

 

Padres Fuertes Initiative
Special Events

Special events interns gain experience in the event planning field. Depending on the semester of the internship, the intern will report to the chief program 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. Interns gain experience in public relations, event planning, soliciting funds, and project management.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Coordinate Family Futures representation at local community events
  • Build relationships with current and future supporters
  • Aid in the planning and execution of our fundraising events
  • 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 successful events
  • General administrative, clerical, and receptionist support

Qualifications

  • Interest in working in event management or hospitality
  • Ability to multitask
  • Preference given to students committing to a two-semester internship

 

Volunteer Services

I was able to develop professionally by handling increased responsibilities throughout my internship, and I am grateful to all the staff for letting me try new things and make mistakes sometimes. I learned so much about the nonprofit sector and developed critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills I will use in my future career. I will forever be thankful for this experience!

Paula, Winter 2017

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