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.
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.)
Summer Camp Program Director Associate Internship – The Arc Shiawassee County
Description: The Arc Shiawassee County is seeking a Summer Camp Program Director Associate intern to assist the current Director with our in house day camp program for teens and adults with developmental disabilities. The vision for The Arc Shiawassee is to provide an inclusive community for individuals with developmental disabilities.
1. Must have ability to work independently as well as in partnership with a team.
2. Ability and desire to work with individuals with developmental disabilities.
3. Good communication skills, verbal and written.
4. Hours: 32 – 40 Hours a week
Duties and Responsibilities: Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Summer Camp Program Director Associate Intern is required to perform the following duties:
1. Work with the Summer Camp Director to plan and develop all of the events for the summer camp
2. Work closely with Summer Camp Director 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 Shiawassee office personnel in administrative duties.
To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to [email protected]
Education Program Analyst – The Cook Family Foundation
The Cook Family Foundation is looking for an intern to compile and analyze data about our scholarship work with the University of Michigan and the Shiawassee Scholars program. This project will include looking at our processes, number of students applying to, and admissions to U of M to determine trends among those students we have worked with. Other related data from the Shiawassee Scholars program (which is run by the Shiawassee Regional Education School District) will also come into play. This analysis will help improve our programs and assist in partnerships with the University of Michigan and other organizations. In short, the successful candidate will turn data into information, information into insight and insight into recommendations for future program decisions.
1. Some experience as a data analyst
2. Technical expertise regarding data models and data mining techniques (FileMaker, InSightly integration)
3. Knowledge of/experience with statistics including using statistical packages for analyzing datasets (Excel)
4. Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy
5. Adept at queries and presenting findings
Click here for full details and project responsibilities.
Please send resume and any other pertinent information to: Yvette Collard, [email protected]
and feel free to call Yvette Collard or Tom Cook at 989.725.1621 if interested, or with any questions.
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.
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, shiawasseearts.org for more information about our camps and SMARTS program.
Attraction Strategy and Implementation Intern –Shiawassee 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]
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.