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.

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 Economic Development Partnership


Clinical Research –Intern  

Clinical Research  


Reporting to the Clinical Research Manager, the Clinical Research Intern (CRI) will help to  coordinate and/or implement his or her assigned duties. In this role, the CRI will assist in entering data into an electronic database. The CRI may also evaluate and abstract research  data while ensuring compliance with research and clinical trial protocol objectives. The CRI may  be responsible for completing case report forms, entering data into research databases, and  assisting with regulatory submissions to the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The CRI may also  have limited contact with research subjects as assigned by the Manager. The CRI will be  expected to comply with all federal and local agencies including the FDA and the IRB with  oversight on the assigned clinical trials.  

The Clinical Research Intern (CRI) position is perfect for an individual who is seeking research  experience in anticipation of a higher degree in life sciences, particularly nursing (BSN), medical  school (MD), physician assistant (PA) or Ph.D. The position would also be perfect for individuals  who have experience with data entry and knowledge regarding electronic databases. The CRI  will have day-to-day contact with top medical sub-specialists and researchers in the fields of  neurology.  

Strives for superior performance by consistently providing a product or service to leadership  and staff that is recognized as ultimately contributing to the patient and family experience.  Recognizes and demonstrates understanding of patient and family centered care.  

This position is for 35 hours a week for 10 weeks, with possibility of extension. If interested please contact Tammy Morgan, BHSA, Research  Business Manager at or 989-725-9424 Ext. 4032.  


Responsible To: Clinical Research Manager  

Workers Supervised: None  

Inter-Relationships: Clinical Research Coordinators (CRC), MMA Managers, Physicians Primary  Investigators (PI), Ancillary Services  


Assisting CRC, Research Nurse, or Manager of Clinical Research in study coordination  and implementation.  

Evaluating and abstracting research data from source documents.  

Compliance with protocol and overall clinical research objectives.  

Completing Case Report Forms (CRFs). 

Data entry to Electronic Data Capture systems (EDCs).  

Supervised contact with research participants related to day-to-day subject  management and/or longer-term follow-up.  

Biological sample preparation and shipping  

Maintenance of study supplies and kits.  

Reporting any concerns regarding data quality, data integrity, and study conduct.  At all times, the CRI will ensure compliance with local and federal agencies such as the  FDA and IRB. This includes maintaining all      research conduct using Good Clinical Practice  (GCP) guidelines. Additionally, the CRC will be expected to maintain strict patient  confidentiality according to HIPAA regulations and applicable laws.  

Demonstrates knowledge of and supports hospital mission, vision, value statements,  standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality statements,  corporate compliance plan, customer service standards, and the code of ethical  behavior. 


  1. The CRI may also be involved in other regulatory duties, budgeting duties, and assisting  with reconciliation of study invoices.  
  2. Other duties as assigned  



Junior status level or above college student working towards a BA/BS degree in the life  sciences, computer science or similar analytically oriented field is strongly preferred.  


  1. Prior clinical research experience is preferred, but not required.  
  2. Prior experience with REDCap Cloud or data entry, but not required  
  3. GCP Certification preferred, but not required  
  4. IATA Certification preferred, but not required  


These physical requirements are not exhaustive and additional job related physical  requirements may be added on an as needed basis. Corrective devices may be used to meet  physical requirements.  

  1. Able to travel independently throughout all Memorial Healthcare facilities.  2. Small motor skills required for operating modern computer, office, and telephone  equipment as utilized by Memorial Healthcare (MHC). 
  2. Sedentary Work: Frequently required to stand, kneel and crouch. On a daily basis may  be required to move about, sit, climb stairs and bend. Is frequently required to lift and  carry up to 20 lbs. May be required to push/pull/carry items between 20-100 lbs.  
  3. Vision: Requires the ability to perceive the nature of objects by the eye. Near acuity:  Clarity of vision at 20 inches or less. Midrange Acuity: Clarity of vision at distances of  more than 20 inches and less than 20 feet.  
  4. Motor Coordination: While performing the duties of the job, it is required to regularly  perform functions that include using hand and finger movement, handle or feel objects,  be able to use tools or equipment that requires reaching with hands and arms. Must be  able to travel independently throughout the hospital; access patients/families including  areas confined by space and/or equipment.  
  5. Speaking/Hearing: Ability to give and receive information through speaking and  listening.  


  1. Proficiency using modern office, computer and telephone equipment as used by  Memorial Healthcare.  
  2. Computer skills, including fluency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word are  required.  
  3. Biostatistical skills and knowledge of basic data management software are a plus.  


  1. Ability to adapt and maintain focus in fast paced, quickly changing or stressful  situations.  
  2. Ability to read and interpret a variety of documents including, but not limited to  policies, operating instructions, white papers, regulations, rules and laws.  3. Analytical, Prioritization, and planning of work activities.  
  3. Attention to detail and accurate documentation of research and office activities and  adapts to changing conditions.  


  1. Able to see for the purpose of reading information received in formats including but  not limited to paper, computer, reports, bulletins, updates, manuals.  
  2. Able to hear for work-related purposes.  
  3. Able to see for the purpose of reading information received in formats including but  not limited to paper, computer, reports, bulletins, updates, manuals.  


  1. Ability to interact with co-workers, hospital staff, administration, patients, physicians,  the public and all internal and external customers in a professional and effective, courteous and tactful manner, at all times, physically, verbally and in all written and  electronic communication.
  2. Required to remain calm when adversity is encountered.  
  3. Open, honest, and tactful communication skills.  
  4. Ability to work as a team member in all activities.  
  5. Positive, cooperative and motivated attitude.  
  6. Demonstrates knowledge and support of Memorial Healthcare mission, vision, value  statements, standards, policies & procedures, confidentiality statements and corporate  compliance plan.  



Summer Camp Program Director Internship     

The Arc of Mid-Michigan
PO Box 63 Owosso, MI 48867
Phone 989-723-7377 Fax: 989-725-6113


Must have ability to work independently as well as in partnership with a team.

  1. Ability and desire to work with individuals with developmental disabilities.
  2. Good communication skills, verbal and written.



The Arc of Mid-Michigan is seeking a Summer Camp Program Director intern to plan and oversee our in house day camp program for teens and adults with developmental disabilities.   The vision for The Arc of Mid-Michigan is to provide an inclusive community for individuals with developmental disabilities.

About The Arc of Mid-Michigan is a nonprofit organization that has existed in Shiawassee County for 64 years.  It is part of a national organization that advocates for individuals and provides awareness across the country.  We work closely with families, caregivers, Mental Health Authorities, the Social Security Administration, County Courts, and the legislature to provide the best possible life for individuals with developmental disabilities that we can.  We do not receive state or federal funding.


Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Summer Camp Program Director Intern is required to perform the following duties:

  1. Plan and develop all of the events for the summer camp program.
  2. Work closely with Summer Camp Associates to implement the program and oversee the day to day activities of camp.
  3. Assist with any communication to parents, including REMIND, or notes about events.
  4. Other activities that may be needed.
  5. Work closely with The Arc of Mid-Michigan office personnel in administrative duties.


Hours: 35  Hours a week for 10 weeks

To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to

To Apply: please contact Liz Roxberry at Friends of the Shiawassee River: email: or 989-723-9062.



Steam Railroading Institute

Mechanical Department Intern

Optimal degree majors: Mechanical, Manufacturing, or Industrial Engineering

Mechanical, Manufacturing, or Industrial Engineering Technology

Machinist & Machinist Apprentices


This will be a hands-on maintenance and restoration internship focusing on the steam locomotives and railroad passenger cars owned & operated by the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso.    A limited amount of CAD design and engineering work will also be performed.   Duties of the Intern can include:  

  • Work with the Mechanical crew in maintenance activities, including: 
    • Sandblasting, grinding, needle-scaling, and metal finish work
    • Painting
    • Welding (or support for Welders)
    • Basic plumbing, electrical wiring, and carpentry, such as would be done in a home
    • Assembling components to a steam locomotive
    • Monitor & Operate machine tools and take quality control measurements on the metal parts produced
  • Design Work
    • Reverse-engineer and create CAD drawings for wastewater storage tanks on the passenger cars
    • Reverse-engineer, create CAD drawings, and work with a Foundry to cast replicas of a water glass housing
  • Tour Guide and assist with summer events & operations as needed

This is a 40 hour per week internship typically 9:00 am – 5:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday.

Please contact Dean Pyers at or call (989) 725-9464 


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 $15 per hour for their work.  The Foundation is offering a grant of up to $5,000 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.