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

Internship Opportunities

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

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

 

Application Instructions

  • Complete the application below and upload a current resume and cover letter.
  • For more information, please contact internship@familyfutures.net.

 

Healthy Families

Social services program administration interns gain practical experience in the areas of social work program management and client contact within the Kent County Healthy Families program. Healthy Families is a unique primary prevention collaborative for parents in Kent County that is coordinated through Family Futures.

 

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

 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Gain knowledge of the general principles of prevention 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 program through development and management of resources
  • Support program maintenance and quality through data entry and data analysis
  • Assist program quality through accreditation activities and quality improvement committee meetings
  • Participate in active client contact by conducting program screening phone calls
  • Generate innovative ideas for supporting new parents and program marketing efforts
  • General administrative, clerical, and receptionist support

 

Qualifications

  • Early childhood development knowledge
  • Strong networking skills
  • Self-motivated and self sufficient
  • Background in social work
  • Some early childhood experience

 

Application Instructions

  • Complete the application below and upload a current resume and cover letter.
  • For more information, please contact internship@familyfutures.net.

 

Internship Management

Intern Management interns gain practical understanding of nonprofit intern management. This position provides a well-rounded experience in prevention and nonprofit work and skills in intern management best practices and project coordination.

 

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

 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Support Family Futures programs and staff by coordinating day-to-day volunteer projects
  • Assist coordination of intern appreciation and professional development opportunities
  • Build relationships with current and future interns
  • Set up and coordinate intern orientations
  • Aid in monthly program reporting, outcomes, and evaluation
  • Network with local colleges, universities, businesses, and organizations to recruit interns
  • Update and navigate intern database
  • Support internship program
  • General administrative, clerical, and receptionist support

Qualifications

  • Strong relationship building skills
  • Strong organizational and planning skills

Application Instructions

  • Complete the application below and upload a current resume and cover letter.
  • For more information, please contact internship@familyfutures.net.

 

Volunteer Services

Volunteer services interns gain practical understanding of nonprofit volunteer management. This position provides a well-rounded experience in prevention and nonprofit work and skills in volunteer management best practices and project coordination.

 

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

 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Support Family Futures programs and staff by coordinating day-to-day volunteer projects
  • Assist coordination of volunteer appreciation and professional development opportunities
  • 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 volunteer database
  • Support internship program
  • General administrative, clerical, and receptionist support

 

Qualifications

  • Strong relationship building skills
  • Strong organizational and planning skills

 

Application Instructions

  • Complete the application below and upload a current resume and cover letter.
  • For more information, please contact internship@familyfutures.net.

 

Family Futures has offered me a look into the non-profit sector. It’s rewarding working for an organization who is tightly bound to their mission. Throughout my internship, I have been given the freedom to ride out my visions for the organization. This has been the most rewarding, and perhaps unique about Family Futures. When allowed this freedom and responsibility, you become that much prouder of your work. Family Futures has given me confidence and excitement for my upcoming endeavors.

Briana, Summer 2018

Volunteer Services Intern

As an intern at Family Futures, I had the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally. I participated in community events, completed various projects, and gained valuable insight on what it takes to run a non-profit. Family Futures helped give me the confidence I need to be successful in my future career!

Shawn, Summer 2018

Childhood Development Intern

Biostatistics

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

 

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

 

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

 

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