Forest Foundation fosters the next generation of public service leaders for the Common Good through placing college students in a comprehensive summer experience at a non-profit organization. Paid summer interns are paired with exceptional non-profit agencies in Greater Boston; agencies whose missions align with the intern’s passion, skill sets, and academic path. Forest Foundation also provides extensive parallel programming for professional, leadership and personal development. Interns are accepted regardless of disability, nationality, ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual preference.
● Full time summer internship at a non-profit organization in the greater Boston area starts late May, 2022 for 10 weeks. At this time, we are proceeding under the assumption that internships will be in person. Interns must be willing to reside in or within commuting distance of Boston for the duration of the summer program. Housing is not subsidized.
● Interns are paired with a partner non-profit agency whose mission and/or job requirement matches the intern’s skill set and areas of interest
● Intern receives $6,500 compensation for 400 total hours of work (internship plus series of workshops and independent projects) over the summer, before tax. Forest Foundation grants this money to the host non-profit which in turn pays the intern directly. Interns are considered employees of their host agency and are responsible for reporting any income tax. There may be a slight delay between the beginning of the internship and the intern’s first paycheck, so please be sure you can self-sustain for a couple of weeks if need be.
● Interns will engage in general operations of the host non-profit while completing tasks that help advance the organization’s work in the community
● Interns will attend 5 leadership and professional development workshops (3 in-person and 2 virtual) and 6, hour-long Zoom based meetings, planned by Forest Foundation. We bring in outside leaders in the non-profit world to instruct and share their experiences in the sector. The workshops and activities empower our interns to become diverse agents who can effectively address the fiscal and structural challenges facing our communities, nation and world.
● Within the summer long internship and series of programs/workshops, students are required to complete two projects as part of the program:
o 1. Individual Internship Project: Aside from general internship duties, interns are required to complete a summer-long independent project for their host agency. The goal of the project is to benefit the hosting agency while providing the intern with an individual initiative utilizing administrative and intellectual skills. Project to be determined by the hosting agency with intern input
o 2. Group Grant-Writing Project: Interns are placed in small teams, receive grant-writing training, and then write a real grant for an actual non-profit organization. Grants are presented to Forest Foundation’s Board of Trustees for review.
Accepted interns are required to attend all in-person and virtual meetings
● December 1 – Applications Open
● February 15 – Applications Due to Forest Foundation
● February 15 -March – Students Notified of Forest Foundation Acceptances
● April – Host Agency Placement Process
● May 25 – Virtual Welcome and Introduction Process
● May 26 – Workshop #1 Orientation (In Person)
● May 27 – Virtual Meeting Orientation Part 2 (Zoom)
● May 31 – Most internships begin
● June 9 – One Hour Zoom Meeting
● June 16 – One Hour Zoom Meeting
● June 23 – One Hour Zoom Meeting
● June 29 – Virtual Meeting – Grant Work (Zoom)
● July 7 – One Hour Zoom Meeting
● July 13 – Workshop #2, Grant Team Presentations to Board of Trustees (In Person)
● July 21 – One Hour Zoom Meeting
● July 28 – One Hour Zoom Meeting
● August 3 – Workshop #3 Wrap Up and Moving Forward (In Person)
● August 5 – Most Internships End
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Questions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org