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To help further our work of bringing leadership, innovation, and systemic change to the systems that support and direct vulnerable children, Foster America has established a suite of summer internship opportunities. This program provides opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and recent graduate student to gain robust hands-on experience with what it takes to build and improve an innovative social enterprise. The internship is also an opportunity to develop knowledge of the public sector, nonprofit management, the child welfare system, and social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Program Structure: Foster America has open opportunities during the summer of 2017. Interns can be in Boston or Washington, D.C. and the length and content of their service may vary based on the needs, skills, and availability of the applicant. Each intern will work closely with and report to a member of Foster America’s Leadership Team, who will serve as a mentor and resource to the intern to help further their education. Interns culminate their experience with a final written or oral report summarizing the results of the internship learning experience which will be presented to Foster America’s Leadership to help us make the experience as valuable as possible for future interns. 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 shaking up systems and serving disadvantaged children to join our team.

Compensation: Graduate level interns will be compensated. 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. Preference will be given to those candidates applying by Sunday, May 7th.

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 Evaluation Intern, Summer 2017

This will be a unique opportunity for a Master’s or PhD student or recent graduate. As Foster America’s first cohort of Fellows conclude their inaugural fellowship year, Foster America is interested in measuring the impact of our program. We are looking for the right person to take the initial evaluation steps. The Evaluation Intern will support the development and evolution of an organizational and fellowship performance management framework as well as specific program evaluation needs to ensure the quality and effectiveness of our program. We will work to answer questions such as: What should we measure? How should Foster America evaluate itself? What baseline data should we collect? Our child welfare host organizations have extensive administrative data sets: are we utilizing those systems well and fully to understand our impact? Reviewing the eight projects our fellows have embarked on, how do we measure their results? Were they successful? What did we learn? What learnings can we apply to the next cohort of 12-16 new projects?

The Evaluation Intern will have the opportunity to take the lead in developing performance monitoring plans and results frameworks, creating evaluation systems, processes and tools, and contributing to measuring, analyzing and reporting results.

Potential Responsibilities

  • Establish an initial system for program measurement and evaluation;
  • Lead design and development of requisite forms and questionnaires for data collection and analysis;
  • Perform data analysis;
  • Conduct research;
  • Manage data, clean data and control quality.

Requirements:

  • Completed B.A. or B.S.; pursuing advanced degree.
  • Full time availability.
  • Based in Boston or Washington, D.C.
  • Experience with evaluation processes and structures.
  • Advanced quantitative skills, preferably knowledge of statistical programs.
  • Strong organization skills and acute attention to detail.
  • Self-Starter. Demonstrated initiative and ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Strong writing, research, and analytical skills. Ability to analyze and synthesize qualitative and quantitative data.  Knowledge and experience with applicable research methods.
  • Creativity.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to ensure effective interactions with individuals from various professional, educational, and cultural backgrounds.
  • A commitment to improving outcomes for vulnerable children, families, and communities.

Preferred:

  • Ability to start in May. There is some potential flexibility to begin at a later date or Fall 2017 for the right candidate.
  • Experience using data visualization techniques and software.
  • Experience applying various statistical methods to the evaluation of human services programs is a plus.

Foster America Strategy Intern, Summer 2017

This would be a unique opportunity for a Master’s/graduate student or recent alumni 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 FA’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. While your involvement in all areas mentioned will be critical and flexible based on demands as they arise throughout the summer, your key deliverable will be to frame an alumni strategy.


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 endeavor to guide and lead the child welfare field towards greater impact. You will take the lead on helping us answer what should established and built in order to support our Fellows.  What should the alumni experience with Foster America consist of? You will 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? As you interview related programs, unearth best practices, and connect with other fellowship models, and learn from leaders who have risen quickly in related fields about their career paths, you will propose the types of platforms, programs, and services we should offer our Fellows once they become alumni.

Requirements:

  • Completed B.A.; pursuit of an advanced degree;
  • Must be based in Boston or Washington, D.C.
  • This is a full time position.
  • 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.
  • A commitment 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.
  • Ability to start in May or June 2017.

Foster America Undergraduate Interns, Summer 2017

Foster America has up to three summer 2017 internship opportunities for graduate or undergraduate students to substantially aid in building the systems, processes, programs, and materials that will catapult us into and through our next stage of growth.


In addition to their day-to-day contributions to the team, interns will also each focus on one or more summer-long projects in three areas. Depending on the skills, experience, and demands of the summer, interns may blend various components of these projects.

Program Management

Potential Responsibilities and Requirements could include:

  • Logistics and event management for Selection Day which will occur in mid July. This is day when potential fellowship applicants go through an extensive interview and are matched with child welfare host organizations.
  • Aiding with the interview, management, and selection of the second cohort of Foster America Fellows.
  • Building networks and relationships with potential sources of candidates for the Fellowship.
  • Creation of materials for potential fellowship candidates and funders.
  • Management of special events, including training opportunities for fellows and fundraising events for donors.
  • Program event budget management.
  • Preferred candidates will love the challenge of managing complex logistics, including last minute surprises, while maintaining optimism and acute attention to detail.

 

Media & Communications

Potential Responsibilities and Requirements could include:

  • Develop creative concepts and media content for promotion of Foster America’s work.
  • Translate concepts and develop content for print, video, web, social media, and other collateral material.
  • Drive Foster America’s social media presence.
  • Digital production of photos, videos, multimedia, social media, blogging.
  • Create marketing materials for potential fellowship candidates and funders.
  • Contribute creative ideas to help shape our program and the method of social impact intervention we are advocating. Collaborate with staff on new ideas, directions, and venues for marketing and communications.
  • Preferred candidates will have a strong grasp of the available tools and platforms available in the social media space and have design or multimedia skills including experience with Adobe Creative Suite.

 

Development & Operations

Potential Responsibilities and Requirements could include:

  • 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.
  • Manage logistics for fundraising events.
  • Assist with special projects as needed.
  • Contribute creative ideas to help shape our program as we expand our size, scope and impact this year.
  • Preferred candidates will have strong writing, research, and presentation skills, be highly organized with acute attention to detail, and ideally have experience with Salesforce.

 

General Overall Requirements for Undergraduate Interns:

  • Must be based in Boston or Washington, D.C. for summer 2017.
  • These are likely full time internships unless scenarios arise that indicate part time would be more appropriate or workable.
  • Creativity. Ability to work in a resource-constrained setting.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to ensure effective interactions with individuals from various professional, educational, and cultural backgrounds
  • Self-Starter. Demonstrated initiative and ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Ready to contribute creative ideas to help shape our program as we expand our size, scope, and impact this year.
  • A commitment to improving outcomes for vulnerable children, families, and communities.
  • Preferred ability to start by mid to late May. If applicants can start sooner, we are also amenable to that.