This Internship Program supports non-profit agencies that:
- Are willing to provide a college student an exceptional, service-filled summer by educating them on the inner workings of a non-profit agency at the managerial level
- Need summer staffing to continue operations and implement projects
- Represent excellence in the local community
- Offer a nurturing, fun, and instructive work environment
- Collaborate in the development of leadership skills for the interns
Host Agency Requirements
- The host agency must have the ability to provide meaningful work assignments, learning opportunities, time for training and supervision within the 10 week time frame (starting around May 29, 2018). Work dates can be flexible but have to be agreed upon by all parties no later than May 29, 2018
- An intern supervisor. Identify a staff member who is committed to and capable of mentoring people and who has time to supervise the intern. This person will act as the primary contact for the intern as well as Forest Foundation
- Provide an overview of the job, expectations, projects/tasks, qualifications and skills needed
- Work schedule. 10 weeks, full time starting around May 29, 2018. Specific schedule to be determined by intern and host agency. Interns must complete the internship schedule parameters to receive full compensation
- Forest Foundation grants hosting non-profit $5,000 to compensate the intern. Forest Foundation will grant an additional $500 to the host agency ($5,500 total grant) to lessen the burden of employer payroll taxes and/or administrative/managerial time. The intern is responsible for completing payroll/compensation agreement with host agency, and must contact the host agency prior to start with personal payroll information so compensation can begin in a timely manner. Forest Foundation grants two checks to the host agency, 50% by June 1st and the following 50% by June 30th. Host agency is responsible for employee payroll taxes
- The intern is a temporary employee of your agency and is not an employee of Forest Foundation. All typical workplace regulations are in force
- Appropriate attire, prompt attendance, and proper behavior are required for the intern. Forest Foundation will guide interns in these matters, but agency should communicate specific expectations of the agency’s particular environment. Forest Foundation must be notified of problems within work environment immediately so we can address and remedy the situation
- Completion of an internship-long independent project is a requirement for your intern. Work with your intern to create a project that is not only of benefit to your agency, but instructive and realistic for the intern and draws upon their interests and expertise. An understanding and outline of the project must be completed by the intern and submitted to Forest Foundation before the internship begins. Quite often an intern will have down time that a project can easily fill during the 10 week internship
- Please create a positive, multi-faceted internship that exposes the intern to many aspects of your agency and keeps the 10 weeks productive, challenging and enjoyable. Including interns in important meetings, encouraging their participation in events, and assigning them projects are great ways to keep interns engaged and interested
- Development/Workshop days. We have developed these days with learning objectives in mind that will benefit both the intern and your organization. Though interns will not be working at your agency on these days, they are considered a part of the full time, 10 week internship for which interns are compensated. These dates are:
- Orientation: Friday June 1, 9:00AM-5:00PM
- Grant Writing Workshop: Monday June 4, 9:00AM-5:00PM
- Intern Team Meeting and Workshop: Tuesday July 10, 9:00AM-3:00PM
- Board Meeting/Proposal Presentation: Wednesday, July 18, 9:00AM-4:00PM
- Wrap Up/Assessment Day: Wednesday August 1, 9:00AM-3:00PM
All meetings take place at the Non-Profit Center, 89 South Street, Boston, MA
*July 4 will be a paid holiday and interns are not required to “make up” hours later in the internship
Forest Foundation is responsible for the intern selection process and pairing with the host agency. Ultimately, the final decision to hire the intern lies with the host agency. Every effort will be made to ensure the best possible pairing of intern and agency. However, if the agency feels the match is inappropriate or unacceptable, an effort will be made to find an alternative intern. Consequently, a second candidate may not be provided due to the many criteria in the intern selection process.
Supervising the Intern
Familiarize the intern with the work site. Introduce the intern to the mission, goals, and policies of the assigned department, as well as any unwritten rules and regulations. Introduce the intern to fellow employees and provide them with background information about the intern’s projects and responsibilities. Involve the intern in activities and provide an educational experience beyond a typical “part time summer job”, including job rotation, development of responsibility/authority/accountability, and attendance at meetings and conferences.
Contact Forest Foundation if the supervisor becomes aware of a personal or performance problem that is disrupting the intern’s learning, performance, and/or position.
Internship assessments/surveys will be completed both by interns and host agencies by the end of the internship period.
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