The Cook Family Foundation wants success for both our best nonprofits and for our best students. We support community organizations through the NonProfit Capacity Building program, and we provide scholarships to the University of Michigan for graduates of ten area high schools. We also bring these two program efforts together by supporting internships in Shiawassee County.

Our goal is to bring talented young people back to our community for a summer’s employment. This helps nonprofits by providing them with the best and the brightest to work on a definable project. This helps students by giving them an opportunity put their skills to work, learn more about their community from a new perspective, and gain additional financial support for their continued education.  We will bring students serving in internships together several times in the summer to share their experiences and learn from one another.  We will meet in Owosso and investigate this community; hence the name Owosso Fellows (though we will support internships anywhere in the County.)


You can read more about the experiences of previous interns and Fellows on this page (click here). If you are a nonprofit interested in engaging an intern, or a student interested in becoming a Fellow, contact us.  Foundation Trustee Anna Owens is serving as the support person for students.

For Students

Internships are available to any current student, or immediate graduate, from the University of Michigan who received a scholarship from the Cook Family Foundation.  If you are interested in pursuing an internship for the summer, please contact us with a brief description of the type of work experience you are interested in along with a resume.  We will share this information with local nonprofits.

We will share internship announcements from local nonprofits on this page, on Twitter, and through email communications. Please apply directly to the nonprofit; see information in their announcement. You are responsible for working with the nonprofit to determine employment terms, start and end dates, hours, and other job responsibilities.


Shiawassee Area Summer 2022 Intern Positions

Education and Events Internship at DeVries Nature Conservancy

Spend your summer outdoors at DeVries Nature Conservancy! We are looking for an intern that will spend at least 10 weeks planning and assisting with our popular summer nature camps and public events. The intern will work primarily with the Education Team, and on occasion the Office Manager, Groundskeeper, and Executive Director.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Provide supervision to campers
  • Take care of our education animals and children’s garden
  • Assist in planning and implementation of summer camp programs
  • Prepare materials for campsOrganize and attend community events


  • Must be comfortable working with children.
  • Must be self-directed, be able to work well with others and alone, and have good organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of the outdoors and a passion for animals and the environment is a plus.
  • Experience or willingness to learn outdoor skills such as fire starting, shelter building, gardening, plant identification, etc. is a must.
  • Must have the ability to adapt to help around DeVries as needed.
  • Must be able to pass a background check and have CPR/First Aid certification, or be willing to complete a certification class provided by DeVries.

Preferred Timeline:  At least 10 weeks, early June to mid-August, 35-40 hours a week. May include some evenings and weekends.

Safety:  The successful applicant will adhere to current Covid–19 guidelines.

To Apply:  Email a resume, transcript, and cover letter to our Environmental Education Coordinator, Torey Caviston, at [email protected].




Program Assistant at the Shiawassee Arts Center

The Shiawassee Arts Center is seeking a 2022 Summer Intern to assist with two educational programs  —- one for children ages kindergarten through 8th grades and one for senior citizens.

Program #1:  SAC’s annual four-week Children’s Summer Art Camps. The first two weeks, called “Nature Art Adventures” in partnership with the DeVries Nature Conservancy, are held at DeVries. The last two weeks, “Art Adventures for Youth”, are held at the Arts Center in Curwood Castle Park. Two weeks are scheduled for kindergarten through 3rd grade students and two weeks for 4th through 8th grade students. There would be several weeks of planning the art camp programs in May and working with the students in June and July. 

Program #2:  SMARTS (Shiawassee Mobile ART for Seniors), held at three Shiawassee Senior Centers and six Shiawassee County nursing homes/assisted living facilities. The purpose of the SMARTS Program is to improve the quality of life of Shiawassee County seniors by providing them professionally-conducted art activities and cultural programs. 

SAC’s Intern will work closely with SAC Arts Education Director, Linda Ruehle on the following:

  • Planning and assisting with all the art classes and activities
  • Researching and ordering class supplies
  • Organizing and setting up daily art cart 
  • Establishing monthly calendars
  • Preparing and analyzing evaluation forms

Preferred Timeline:  Ten weeks, early to mid-May through end of July (July 4th vacation week), 40 hours a week. Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm (no weekends). Casual attire a must.

Benefits: Beautiful working environments both indoors and outdoors with a fun-loving staff, happy children and appreciative seniors. 

The ideal candidate should be enthusiastic, independent, detail-oriented and willing to get his/her hands dirty. 

To apply:  If you find this internship proposal of interest please call the Shiawassee Arts Center at: 989.723.8354, or email Linda Ruehle, Arts Education Director at: with questions. Check out SAC’s website, for more information.



Shared Intern Position:

Office Administration Assistant-Shiawassee Community Foundation
& Volunteer Recruitment/Social Media Intern-Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee


Looking for variety in your summer internship?  Then this internship covering two Shiawassee area Community Nonprofits is for you:

The Shiawassee Community Foundation summer internship would not only assist with the dutiies listed below, but would also be an opportunity to learn about how a community fouindation operates and how philanthropy can support a local community.

Shiawassee Community Foundation intern’s principal responsibilities will consist of the following:

  • Assist the Executive Director as needed with special projects
  • Assist in the coordination of a donor history booklet for the Foundation
  • Assist with solutions for permanent storage and archival of Foundation records
  • Assist with marketing efforts and production of marketing materials
  • Assist with social media and website updates
  • Assist with Youth Advisory Council (YAC) activities


Youth Advisory Council (YAC)


Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee’s program serves adults with health impairments and their caregiving families by matching volunteers to visit and help weekly. The program serves primarily elderly persons. Some have extensive health challenges, and very low income, although financial need is not a requirement.





Respite Volunteer intern position’s general responsibilities:

  • Social media assitance.
  • Assist in the recruitment of additional volunteers for specific communities within the county.
    (This would mean some trips to those communities and attending meetings there.)
  • Participation in fundraising events, such as the summer Rock-a-thon.
    (All fundraising events are considered an opportunity to educate the public about the program and to recruit new volunteers.)


Please review the links the detailed job description for each non-profit PRIOR TO APPLYING:
RESPITE Summer Intern 2022 Job Description
SHIAWASSEE COMM FOUNDATION Summer Intern 20O22 Job Description

Timeline: 35 hours a week, start-date negotiable for 10 weeks. The Internship is a paid position

Safety: The successful applicant will adhere to current Covid19 guidelines

For questions about the positions, call or email the respective nonprofit(s): 

Kim Renwick, Shiawassee Community Foundation’s Executive Director can be reached at: 989.725.1093, email:  [email protected].

Helen Howard, Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee’s Executive Director can be reached at:
989.725.1127, email:  [email protected]

To Apply:  Email a resume and cover letter to the combined postion coordinator: Shiawassee Community Foundation Executive Director, Kim Renwick to:  [email protected].





Camp Shiawassee Behavior Intern through the Shiawassee Family YMCA

The Camp Shiawassee Behavior intern would support the other camp staff by playing an active role in the Camp Shiawassee experience. Camp occurs June 13 – August 12 (no camp July 4-8), with mandatory training beginning the week of June 6. The typical camp day runs 8-4:30 Monday through Friday. Responsibilities will include camper safety, assisting in behavior management, set up and cleanup of activities, and assisting in the running of camp activities. Campers vary in age from 5-12 years old. 

Duties and Key Responsibilities:

  • Camper safety
  • Assisting in behavior management
  • Provide supervision to campers
  • Implement behavior management techniques on an individual basis
  • Preparation of materials for upcoming camp weeks/activities
  • Assisting in the running of games, crafts, and activities
  • Assisting in the set up and cleanup of camp activities
  • Assisting in the check in/out of campers
  • Participate in all required trainings and certifications in compliance with the organization’s standards
  • Other duties as assigned


Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be enrolled in college level courses
  • Social work, psychology, and/or education majors preferred
  • Experience working with children ages 5-12 recommended
  • CPR/First Aid Certification required before the start of camp

Working Environment/Physical Requirements:

This position is a hands on job. Camp Shiawassee is an outdoor day camp that runs 8-4:30 Monday through Friday, rain or shine. Willingness to participate in physical camp activities is strongly encouraged. A typical camp day requires lots of walking and some lifting up to 50lbs.

Timeline: 35 hours a week start-date negotiable for 10 weeks. The Internship is a paid position

Safety: The successful applicant will adhere to current Covid19 guidelines

To Apply: Email a resume and cover letter to Emily Suggs, Community Outreach Coordinator/Camp Director, or if you have questions call: 989.725.8136.


For Nonprofits

We believe that a substantive internship with a community organization can be an important part of a college student’s education.  These Shiawassee students attending the University of Michigan are among the most talented young people from our county and you should expect them to be independent, intelligent, and curious employees. Please think of an internship experience that is definable, can be completed in a summer’s time frame, and gives them the opportunity to interact and learn from your staff, volunteers, and community partners.  You should look at testimonials from former interns to get an idea of the kind of experiences students are seeking (click here).

If you are interested in having an intern, please write up a position description that explains the opportunity and outlines the benefits of working with your nonprofit.  Forward the job description to the Cook Family Foundation (contact us) and we will circulate it to current University of Michigan students.  Provide contact information in the internship posting so that students can apply to you directly.

Internships should be for a minimum of 35 hours a week for at least 10 weeks; the nonprofit and the student may wish to extend this engagement.  Students should receive at least $12 per hour for their work.  The Foundation is offering a grant of up to $4,000 to a nonprofit willing to offer a local University of Michigan student an internship; the nonprofit will need to provide additional funds to support employment of the student.  The nonprofit is responsible to act as employer, provide supervision, and comply with all applicable laws.