Internships

Foreverfamily appreciates the opportunity to partner with local colleges and universities to enhance student learning through hands-on experience with our organization and programs.

Please review the information below about our current internship opportunities.

Benefits of an Internship at Foreverfamily

Foreverfamily invests heavily in developing the leadership and professional skills of our interns. Below are some benefits past interns have identified:

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    Atlanta Student internships

    Gain valuable knowledge about the process and structure of a non-profit

  • Obtain management experience
  • Enhance communication, critical thinking, organizational, and leadership skills
  • Use your skills and talents to address relevant and critical social justice issues
  • Interact directly with marginalized population through service

Basic Requirements

To be considered for an internship with Foreverfamily, you must:

  • Be enrolled in (or graduated from) college. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred but an Associate’s degree is okay.
  • Understand that Foreverfamily internships are part-time, unpaid positions. We strongly encourage and are happy to assist you in securing internship credit at your school.
  • Work a minimum of 10 hours per week which must include at least 3 hours a day, two days a week. Semester-long internships are accepted. However, a yearlong commitment is  preferred but not required.
  • Participate in 3 prison trips if a semester-long intern and 6 trips if a year-long intern.
  • Have an interest in criminal justice, youth development, and//or nonprofits.
  • Possess effective communication skills, both verbal and written. Interns must be able to communicate with youth, peers, and adults.
  • Be a quick learner with the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, flexible environment.
  • Demonstrate strong attention to detail and organization.
  • Be technologically savvy. Interns must be literate and fluent in the operation of Microsoft Office and Google Apps.
  • Demonstrate professional and personal maturity. Interns must be good at setting boundaries and use sound judgment.
  • Be able and comfortable solving problems independently and creatively.
  • Have a valid driver’s license.
  • Desire and be able to be part of a team.

Internship Opportunities

We seek motivated, competent leaders for these roles:

Position: Social Justice Program Assistant (SJPA)

Description: Intern will assist in direct service to children and families. Specifically, this intern will help with the implementation of Foreverfamily’s Family Visitation Program (FVP), accompanying children to visit with their mothers and fathers who are incarcerated at prisons in GA.Stock Photo Child hugging parent in prison

Requirements: SJPA Intern must:

  • Work at least two weekdays and be available on the second Saturday of each month, from 5:30am-7: 30 pm.
  • Have experience with and genuine interest in/concern for youth development. Intern must be able and willing to set boundaries, discipline, be transparent, and have an open mind.
  • Be culturally competent: experience/understanding of urban, Black youth.
  • Suggested majors: Social Work, Education, Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice

Responsibilities: The SJPA Intern will report to the National President and will assist in the planning and implementation of FVP including but not limited to:

  • Conducting intake on new families, which may include a home visit.
  • Contacting current caregivers and families to ascertain whether they want to attend a prison visit.
  • Transporting children and caregivers to and from the center and to and from the correctional facility.
  • Interacting with prison administrators to set up the visit.
  • Assisting with all administrative aspects of the program including case management and inputting family data into the database.
  • Planning activities for the bus ride to the prisons.
  • Conducting orientation and training for new volunteers.
  • Supervising volunteers on the trip.
  • Connecting with families after the trip if there were issues on the bus or inside the prison with the children and/or incarcerated parent.
  • Implementing evaluation tools to assist the agency in measuring impact.
  • Assisting with grant compliance for FVP.
  • Speaking publicly about FVP and Ff at meetings, workshops, and conferences.
Position: Youth Development Program Assistant (YDPA)

Description: YDPA intern will assist in direct service to children and families. Specifically, this intern will help with the planning and implementation of Foreverfamily’s Youth Engagement Zone (YEZ), which focuses on developing and celebrating youth voice as a method for transforming the community. IMG_4259

Requirements: YDPA intern must:

  • Work at least two weekdays (Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm), be available on the second Saturday of each month, from 5:30am-7: 30 pm, and be available for the youth retreat and summit. (Dates to be determined)
  • Have experience with and genuine interest in/concern for youth development. Intern must be able and willing to set boundaries, discipline, be transparent, and have an open mind.
  • Have experience with/interest in community and grassroots organizing.
  • Be culturally competent. Have experience/understanding of urban, Black youth.
  • Suggested majors: Education, Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Communication, Event Planning

Responsibilities: The YDPA Intern will report to senior staff and will assist in the planning and implementation of YEZ including but not limited to:

  • Facilitating needs assessment sessions at youth-serving organizations.
  • Analyzing data from sessions to determine 2-4 challenges most prominent to community youth.
  • Recruiting, interviewing, and selecting youth design team members.
  • Recruiting, onboarding, and supervising volunteers for the youth retreat and summit.
  • Planning and coordinating details for the retreat and summit, including communicating with registrants and families, securing in-kind donations, communicating with vendors, and inviting community stakeholders.
  • Creating and managing the Eventbrite page and social media platforms for the YEZ Summit.
  • Implementing a PR strategy to inform community youth about YEZ Summit.
  • Researching and coordinating service opportunity for YEZ Summit.
  • Implementing evaluation tools to assist the agency in measuring impact.
  • Assisting with grant compliance and proposal writing for YEZ.
  • Seeking sponsors for the YEZ retreat and summit.
  • Speaking publicly about YEZ and Ff at meetings, workshops, and conferences.
Position: Young Entrepreneurship Program Assistant (YEPA)

Description: YEPA intern will assist in direct service to children and families. Specifically, this intern will help with the planning and implementation of Foreverfamily’s Young Entrepreneurship Project (YEP), a program for Foreverfamily participants ages 16-28 who have started or are eager to start their own enterprise.

Requirements: YEPA intern must:

  • Work at least two weekdays (Monday-Thursday 9 am- 5 pm), be available on the second Saturday of each month from 5:30am-7: 30 pm,(a minimum of three hours should be worked at one time and the total number of hours should be spread over more than one day).
  • and be available for a four-hour monthly session on either a weekend or evening.
  • Have experience with and genuine interest in entrepreneurship.
  • Have experience with/like working with young adults, ages 16-28. Intern must be able and willing to set boundaries and have an open mind.
  • Be culturally competent. Have experience/understanding of urban, Black youth.
  • Have strong IT skills—be able to troubleshoot basic computer and internet issues.
  • Suggested majors: Business, Social Justice

Responsibilities: The YEPA Intern will report to senior staff and will assist in the planning and implementation of YEP including but not limited to:

  • Recruiting, interviewing, and selecting YEP Fellows.
  • Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, onboarding, and communicating with YEP mentors.
  • Facilitating monthly YEP sessions.
  • Implementing evaluation tools to assist the agency in measuring impact.
  • Researching and securing summer internship/apprenticeship placement sites for YEP Fellows.
  • Assisting with grant compliance and proposal writing for YEP.
  • Creating/managing communication and social media platforms for YEP.
  • Creating a final presentation to demonstrate the YEP components, impact, lessons learned, and recommendations for the future.
  • Assisting with IT needs—work with IT consultant to maintain optimal functioning of all computers for use of YEP Fellows.
  • Managing the YEP space at Foreverfamily’s program site.
  • Speaking publicly about YEP and Ff at meetings, workshops, and conferences.
Position: Communications Intern (CI)

Description: The CI will assist with the development and management of all agency communications, both internal and external.

Requirements: The CI must:

  • Work at least two weekdays (Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm) to total at least 8 hours (a minimum of three hours should be worked at one time and the total number of hours should be spread over more two days at a minimum).
  • Have experience with and genuine interest in communication—promotions, social media, newsletter writing, grant proposal writing, journal/editorial writing, etc.
  • Genuine interest in children and families, youth development, social justice, and nonprofit work.
  • Suggested majors: Communications, Marketing, Journalism, Creative Writing

Responsibilities: The CI will report to senior staff and will assist the development team with the planning, creation, and implementation of agency communications including but not limited to:

  • Developing content for and managing the agency’s social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram).
  • Creatively increasing the interaction between agency supporters/ “friends” via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
  • Creating content for and manage Foreverfamily’s blog.
  • Establishing relationships with Atlanta media outlets to increase Ff’s visibility.
  • Connecting to and collaborating with like-minded organizations and potential agency partners via social media.
  • Helping with website updates and updating any promotional materials.
  • Writing the monthly agency newsletter for supporters.
  • Creating a monthly newsletter for participants.
  • Writing articles for the media to highlight programs.
  • Assisting with grant compliance and proposal writing.
  • Creating a final presentation to demonstrate major accomplishments, impact, lessons learned, and recommendations for the future.
  • Speaking publicly about Ff at meetings, workshops, and conferences.

How to Apply

The application process is currently open! If you are interested in an internship, please do not also submit a volunteer application.

To apply:

1)Download the Internship Application (Click here to download: Foreverfamily Internship Application.  It is a pdf document and not a fillable application.

2) Complete the application

3) Email it, along with your resume and cover letter, to the National President, Sandra Barnhill at sbarnhill@foreverfam.org.

Please do not call to verify if your application was received.  It takes 48 business hours to process your materials.  If you do not receive a confirmation email within 48 hours, feel free to send a follow-up email. 

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Once a position is filled, the posting will be removed from the site.