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.

Information below about intern positions currently available in the Shiawassee County area:
(Please check back as we will add positions as we receive them from area nonprofits.)

Education and Events Intern – DeVries Nature Conservancy

Description: Spend your summer outdoors at DeVries Nature Conservancy! The Education and Events Intern will work closely with the Education Coordinator, and on occasion the Executive Director. Duties will include helping to plan and run nature playgroups, organize monthly events, and assist with eight weeks of summer nature camps. The intern will also help with curriculum design, maintain our children’s garden and take care of our education animals.

Requirements: Applicants must be current or recent university students. Primary study areas could include education, recreation, environmental science, biology, etc. Interns must commit to a minimum of 35 hours a week for at least 10 weeks. The position can include some weekends and possible evenings, but must include the 8 weeks of summer camp. The intern must be self directed, be able to work well with others and alone, and have good organizational skills and efficiency. Public speaking skills and customer service ability is needed as well.   
To Apply: Email a resume, transcript, and application (found on our website, here) to our Environmental Education Coordinator, Torey Caviston, at [email protected].

Summer Camp Arts Education Assistant –  Shiawassee Arts Center 

The Shiawassee Arts Center has two programs planned that the intern would  assist and help implement, working closely with SAC Art Education Director, Linda Ruehle,. The first program is SAC’s annual four-week Children’s Summer Art Camps. The first two weeks, called “Nature Art Adventures” and 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.

The second program called SMARTS (Shiawassee Mobile ART for Seniors), currently in progress 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 weekly, professionally-conducted art activities and cultural programs.

There will be several weeks of planning the art camp programs in May and working with the students in June and July. The intern would work closely with Linda Ruehle assisting on:

  • Planning and implementing art classes and activities
  • Researching class supplies
  • Setting up daily art cart
  • Establishing monthly calendars
  • Preparing and collecting evaluation forms

The ideal candidate will be available for this 10-week opportunity from early to mid-May through end 
of July (July 4th vacation week), 40 hours a week. 
A few of the benefits offered with the internship include a beautiful environment with your own office. The hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm (no weekends). Casual attire is recommended.

If interested Art Education Director,  Linda Ruehle, and Executive Director, Piper Brewer would very much like to meet with you at your convenience. Call 989.723.8354 or email [email protected] if you have any questions. Also, please check out SAC’s website, for more information about our camps and SMARTS program.

Marketing/Social Media Intern Job Description – Shiawassee Family YMCA

The Shiawassee Family YMCA is looking for a qualified intern to join their team. Their small
team shares responsibilities for marketing and social media and is looking for an intern to
plan and create both print and online marketing campaigns. The ideal intern possesses a
strong knowledge and understanding of the digital media landscape, including various social
media platforms.

This intern should be prepared to work in a fast-paced team environment and will finish the
internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of marketing.       

 Assist in the creation of signage, circulars, mock ups, email campaigns, online
promotion, etc.
 Assist in the distribution or delivery of marketing materials
 Assist with the fulfillment of marketing offers
 Assist with the preparation and delivery of training materials
 Perform analysis of marketing and sales data
 Seek and analyze competitor marketing and sales materials both on and offline
 Enter contact information into contact management systems
 Contribute to website redesign project
 Monitor and post on blogs, forums, and social networks
 Assist with online outreach and promotion using Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter,
and more
 Optimize website and social media
 Perform keyword analysis
 Perform cost/benefit analysis

 Undergraduate student in mid-Michigan area majoring in Sales, Marketing, or
 Excellent verbal and written communication skills
 Extensive knowledge of social media
 Driven and hard-working
 Ability to take direction and multi-task
 PowerPoint, Word and Excel experience a plus

 Practical experience with current marketing and advertising techniques
 Shadowing, mentoring, and training opportunities with successful marketing
 Opportunity to work with diverse pool of volunteers and staff
 Opportunity to participate in networking events and company meetings
 Flexible schedule for students

To Apply:  Please send inquiry, resume and any other pertinent info to [email protected]

Attraction Strategy and Implementation InternShiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce

Are you eager to take on a project that will make an immediate and lasting impact? The Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce is looking for a dynamic intern to assist us with planning and implementing an attraction strategy to the Shiawassee Region. Help us with the following:

  • Determining the desired audience.
  • Researching the attraction strategy of other regions and assisting in crafting strategy that sets the Shiawassee Region apart.
  • Determining the stakeholders for this information
  • Crafting a storytelling and marketing strategy

Responsibilities Will Include:

  • High quality professional day-to-day execution of engagements and special projects
  • Perform analytical reviews and conduct research to determine an attraction strategy
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Plan and implement a storytelling strategy


  • Strong analytical and quantitative abilities with excellent written and verbal communications
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, with a general understanding of data analysis techniques
  • Ability to participate within a multi-disciplinary team as well as acting autonomously as appropriate
  • Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Marketing, Communications, Advertising/PR, English,  History, Urban Planning

Our internship offers you the opportunity to:

  • Explore Career Opportunities – by working in the field you have chosen, you can receive an inside look at your potential career path
  • Network – meet a variety of people in your chosen profession through your internship, allowing you to form relationships you can build on in the future
  • Find Mentors – Many meeting opportunities can help guide you through your internship and expose you to opportunities


To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to [email protected]

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 $10 per hour for their work.  The Foundation is offering a grant of up to $3,000 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.