Internship Opportunities with Family Futures


Family Futures provides many internship opportunities. With a variety of specialties that work for all majors, they are a great way to gain real-world experience in the non-profit sector. You can also earn college credits, gain marketable experience, increase your social network, and work with a diverse and fun staff. Best of all, you’ll gain the satisfaction of helping to make a positive difference in the lives of countless West Michigan families.

Apply for an Internship

The application deadline for Fall 2015 is July 31, 2015. Positions may be filled before this time.

In order to apply for an internship please complete our quick, online Internship Application. For more information, please call (616) 454-HOPE (4673) ext. 149 or email

Current Internship Opportunities

Below are the internship opportunities available with Family Futures. Click the internship title to download a more detailed position description. Please note that available internship opportunities may vary with each semester.

  • Biostatistics (1): This is an internship available for a biostatistics graduate student wishing to gain experience analyzing large data-sets to determine trends, interpret significance in data, and identify correlations and potential causations all related to early childhood research. No longer accepting applications for Fall 2015.

  • Business Intelligence (1): This is an internship for a student with a unique combination of business and computer science skills. The business intelligence intern will work directly with Family Futures’ data analyst, supporting the technological infrastructure and environment of the organization.
  • Childhood Development (4):  These interns support families in Kent County through the use of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ), a child developmental screening tool.  The purpose of this free and voluntary program is to provide parents with valuable information about their child’s development and community resources. All interns will assist in the day to day operations of Connections with emphasis in the following areas.  No longer accepting applications for Fall 2015.

  • Communications (2): 

    • Video Production (1): Searching for a high-level student wishing to gain practical experience in video production through shooting and editing videos to help support our work and programs. Not available for Fall 2015
    • Marketing (1): Includes fund development, event planning and brand management and programming. The intern will gain experience in print design, web content editing, copywriting, public relations, fund development, and project management.
  • Community Partnership (2):  This intern will have the opportunity to work in a diverse early childhood environment, sharing time between Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC) and Family Futures’ Connections program.

  • Fund Development (1): This intern will work with our Resource team to develop and implement fundraising efforts for 2015. Gain experience in fundraising, grant writing and research!

  • Grant Administration (1): This intern will work with the Chief Program Officer to research and apply for grants.

  • Interdisciplinary (1): This a project-based opportunity that allows for a cross-departmental experience. It is highly flexible and requires a significant amount of independence. This position is typically reserved for Masters level students. Examples include data analysis, research and program improvement.

  • Neurodevelopment (1): An unpaid internship opportunity is currently available for a Master’s level student in Psychology or a related field with an interest in childhood and youth brain development.

  • Nonprofit Accounting (1): This internship provides experience in accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, bookkeeping, computer skills, and may include program specific budgeting and preparation for various reports.

  • Nonprofit Administration (1): This is a unique internship for a graduate level student seeking experience in a leadership position, where skills like time management, community collaboration, project management, and organization are key. This internship requires a high level of independence and initiative.

  • Social Services (2): Healthy Start is a unique primary prevention collaborative for supporting parents in Kent County that is coordinated through Family Futures. Gain practical experience in the area of social work program management.

  • Special Events (1): This internship is for anyone looking for experience in hospitality, event planning, and fund development. Not available for Fall 2015

  • Violence Prevention (2): Throughout Kent County, Family Futures provides educational sessions to diverse audiences on a wide variety of topics, helping to create a more informed community that is invested in prevention. This intern will support programming by being organized and dedicated to outreach. 

  • Volunteer Services (1): Gain knowledge and experience in the general principles of prevention and non-profit work along with volunteer management best practices, relationship building, and project coordinationNo longer accepting applications for Fall 2015.