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Foster America Undergraduate Internship

Our internship ("student learner") program provides opportunities for students to gain robust hands-on experience with what it takes to build and improve an innovative social enterprise. The position is also an opportunity to develop knowledge of the public sector, nonprofit management, and the US child welfare system.

Ideally based in Boston or Washington, D.C. but virtual arrangements will be considered for the right candidate. Each student learner will work closely with and report to a member of Foster America’s leadership team, who will serve as a mentor and resource. Ideal candidates will have excellent communication skills and an ability to work with diverse stakeholders. We are looking for bright and creative students or recent graduates with a passion for shaking up systems and serving disadvantaged children to join our team.

Student learners are asked to commit to 10-15 hours of work per week at times mutually convenient for the student and supervisor.

Duties and Responsibilities: Student learners will substantially aid in building the systems, processes, programs, and materials that will catapult Foster America through our next stage of growth.

In addition to their day-to-day contributions to the team, student learners may focus on a longer project in one of three areas, including Development, Program Support, and Communications. Depending on their skills, experience, and other demands, student learners may blend various components of these projects. 

Potential tasks that student learners may work on include, but are not limited to:

  • Aid with the screening and tracking of fellowship applicants
  • Manage special events, including training opportunities for fellows, fellowship interview days, and fundraising events for donors
  • Translate concepts and develop content for print, video, web, social media, and other collateral material
  • Create marketing materials for potential fellowship candidates and funders
  • Work closely with senior leadership to research, design, implement and manage the systems and software (e.g. Salesforce) necessary to manage a rapidly expanding base of supporters, advocates, contacts, tasks, etc.
  • Aid with drafting grant proposals
  • Conduct research
  • Prepare reports and presentations for internal and external use
  • Assist with special projects as needed
  • Contribute creative ideas to help shape our program as we expand our size, scope and impact this year

Compensation: Most undergraduate internships are pursued for academic credit and/or skill development and are uncompensated. Occasionally stipends may be available based on available funding and this possibility will be agreed upon prior to engagement.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume with your full name and position title in the subject line to recruit@foster-america.org

Foster America, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.
Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.


Foster America Graduate Strategy Intern

This is a unique opportunity for a Masters student or recent graduate to aid with a number of organization-building and strategy tasks around the areas of strategic planning and growth, financial management, administrative leadership, and alumni engagement. Tasks could include aiding with Foster America’s transition to independent 501c3 status; assistance with creation of reporting materials and metrics; contribution to our strategic planning and fiscal analysis; and leadership determining infrastructure needs, and admin and management needs. 


As Foster America’s first cohort of Fellows conclude their inaugural year, Foster America wants to ensure alumni of the Fellowship program are well supported in their endeavors to guide the child welfare field towards greater impact. The graduate intern will take the lead on helping us define what we build to support our former Fellows: What is the optimal alumni experience for Foster America Fellows? Engage in robust research on existing alumni programs (e.g. Teach for America, Global Health Corps, the alumni programs of leading academic institutions, etc).What are their components? How they are managed? What are their pros and cons, and their applicability to Foster America? Interview related programs, unearth best practices, and connect with other fellowship models to learn from leaders who have risen quickly in related fields. Propose the types of platforms, programs, and services that we should offer our Fellows once they become alumni.

Requirements:

  • Completed B.A.; pursuit of an advanced degree
  • Optimally based in Boston or Washington, D.C.
  • Strong research, writing, and written presentation skills
  • Creativity, ability to work in a resource-constrained setting
  • Self-starter, comfortable working within a small team as well as independently
  • Committed to improving outcomes for vulnerable children, families, and communities

Preferred:

  • Experience or comfort with budgeting and financial planning processes.
  • Strong project management and operations skills.

Compensation: Graduate internships may be compensated or pursued for academic credit and are subject to discussion on an individual basis.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume with your full name and position title in the subject line to recruit@foster-america.org

Foster America, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.
Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.