Students

Internships are an investment into your personal and professional development and into God’s Kingdom.  Through your work as an intern, CAFO and our partnering organizations are making a worthy investment in the next generation of champions for vulnerable children. Our list of opportunities is always growing and here to serve you!

OVC Essentials

OVC Essentials is a course that provides an experience of community, foundational knowledge, shared learning, and infectious passion to interns serving within the CAFO network or to any student committed to serving the cause of the fatherless.

Organizations

Whether it be through an internship, volunteer opportunities, or a mission trip, college students provide the energy, fresh perspective, new skill sets, and extra hands that many of us are looking for to fulfill our God-given mission. Investing in interns has already been particularly rewarding for CAFO. Submit your open internship and service opportunities today

Availability & Length

Internships are available in Fall, Spring, and Summer

Duration and dates are flexible

Most internships are part-time (5-25 hours per week)

 

Open Internship & Student Opportunities

Internships

Operations Assistant | VisionTrust International | Fall 2017

Website: http://visiontrust.org

Internship Role: Operations Assistant

Description:

This position offers an excellent opportunity to work inside an international non-profit with a focus on children.

Because “Operations” touches every aspect of the organization and its mission, the incumbent will be able to gain an understanding of how such non-profits work. There is an opportunity to participate (self-funded) in one or more overseas trips to countries served by VisionTrust.

There will be opportunities to understand how diverse aspects of an organization come together in a collective effort to achieve collective success. These include: Policy, planning, research, organization, personnel, operations, training / education, marketing and communications, information technology, partnerships, fundraising, and quality.

The Operations Intern is appointed by and reports to the Operations Coordinator. The Intern assists in synchronizing the planning actions of the VisionTrust Operations Team, which is composed of senior leaders, and which develops, shepherds, and implements operational and strategic plans. The intern supports the development and management of the VisionTrust planning system and associated processes, by which national and international staff achieve the approved goals and objectives—short-, mid-, and long-range. The Intern may also work on potential initiatives in operations, planning, policy, organization, or training exist—and specifically on ways to identify, plan for, and achieve long-range goals.

Most Relevant Major/Field:

Business, Engineering

Skills and qualifications:

Required –

1. Demonstrate ability to problem solve; create systems / processes that encourage practical ideas and forward-leaning solutions.
2. Manage multiple and rapidly changing priorities to meet the needs and expectations of the Operations Coordinator, CEO, the Board, oneself, and others in the organization.
3. Be able to organize, set priorities, take initiative and exercise sound independent judgment within areas of responsibility.

Preferred –

1. Previous non-profit or international missions experience.
2. Have taken some foundational courses in subjects such as sociology, other cultures, and a language other than English. Desirable, but not required.
3. Proven ability to work effectively with people at various levels and within international cultures.

4. Possess a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This involves a consistent witness of our Lord, plus maintaining a courteous Christ-like attitude in dealing with people within and outside of the ministry. Refrain from any conduct that may bring the ministry into question and faithfully uphold the ministry in prayer.
5. Interact with co-laborers with Biblical love.

Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Compensation: unpaid

Hours Per Week: 25-30 hours each week

Start Date: Fall 2017, September

Application Due: open

How to Apply: Send Resume to Leah at [email protected]

Information and Research Analyst | VisionTrust International | Fall 2017

Website: http://visiontrust.org

Internship Role: Information and Research Analyst

Description:

VisionTrust is seeking the right intern to join our team at an exciting point in the evolution of our fundraising team. This role is primarily focused on providing meaningful information to the fundraising team responsible for working directly with churches, individuals, and major donors. This role will have a significant IMPACT on promoting the productivity of the fundraising team. This role is challenging, fast-paced, and for someone with the drive to succeed.
• The Information & Research Analyst position is responsible for developing all key informative reports on fundraising, along with conducting appropriate research on donor giving and trends, as directed by the Fundraising team.

Responsibilities Under engaged leadership:

1. Key contributor of fundraising analysis and reporting: a. Set up key donor reports for major donors, small donors, and church partners b. Assist with the design and development of reporting dashboards to help achieve fundraising goals c. Develop automated key donor profiles to ensure tracking of key information such as donor interest, giving history, photos, and key ministry interests d. Be part of the team that architects the process of reporting on how donor dollars have been spent in exciting ways that inspire the donors

2. Contributing member of the team: a. Participates in team discussions on fundraising in order to provide the best possible support for fundraising information and reporting b. Assists with refinement of donor segmentation through analysis and research and works on the team to propose any changes/improvements b. Seeks out opportunities to learn more about the organization and mission in order to understand how best to serve our donors

EXPECTATIONS: a. Demonstrate understanding of and commitment to VisionTrust’s ministry; b. Implement company policies and procedures c. Organize, set priorities, take initiative and exercise sound independent judgment within areas of responsibility; d. Maintain highly sensitive and confidential information; e. Operate a computer, word processing and spreadsheet software and other standard office equipment; f. Organize, research and maintain complete and extensive office files

Skills and qualifications:

Required Skills
1. Demonstrate understanding of and commitment to VisionTrust’s ministry;
2. Ability to implement company policies and procedures
3. Manage multiple and rapidly changing priorities to meet the needs and expectations of president and organization;
4. Ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, Saleforce, Sharepoint, learn and use other software.
5. Ability to care for others over the phone.
6. Work well with a group and work between several groups.
7. Work independently on projects.
Preferred Skills
1. Have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This involves a consistent witness of Jesus Christ, maintaining a courteous Christ-like attitude in dealing with people within and outside of the ministry. Refrains from any conduct that may bring the ministry into question and faithfully upholds the ministry in prayer.
2. Interact with co-laborers with Biblical love
3. Strong interpersonal skills; evidence of excellent relationship-building and maintenance at all levels.
4. Strong verbal and written communication skills
5. Experience working in team

Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado; or Remote

Compensation: unpaid

Hours Per Week: flexible

Start Date: ASAP

How to Apply: Send Resume to Leah at [email protected]

Volunteer Coordinator | Miriam's Heart | Fall 2017

www.miriamsheart.org

Internship Role: Volunteer Coordinator

Description: 

 

Miriam’s Heart is looking for a part-time passionate, organized Volunteer Coordinator with incredible multi-tasking, communications skills and an unending thirst for improving things through better planning, executing, communication and organization. This person will be responsible for updating and maintaining our volunteer database, submitting names for background checks, following-up and being a point of contact for our volunteers. Managing teams of volunteers for our events and engaging the community to know more about our work.

○ Developing creative ways to enlist, engage, educate and celebrate the engine that runs Miriam’s Heart
○ This position will involve 5-10 hours weekly
○ Self-motivated, detailed, and adept at identifying and resolving issues
○ Excited about coordinating events
○ Maintains great attitude with a servant’s heart, emotional maturity and spiritually healthy
○ A team player

You will be:
○ Responsible for a ministry-wide administration of volunteers
○ Responsible for maintaining and scheduling volunteers for a broad range of events
○ Responsible for planning/coordinating meetings with volunteers
○ An instrumental part of building our organization
○ The point of contact for folks wishing to plug in to help our children and families

Responsible to familiarize yourself with the facets of our work, the heart of our team and the need of the children and families we serve.

 

Desired Skills: 

Microsoft Word, Excel and general computer skills
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
Gmail and Google Docs
Event planning skills

 

Location: Somerset, New Jersey

Possibility of Working Remotely: No

Compensation: unpaid

Hours Per Week: 5-10 hours

Start Date: Summer and Fall 2017

Application Due: open – June 30 deadline

How to Apply: Email cover letter and resume to [email protected] and [email protected]

Social Media and Marketing | Miriam's Heart | Fall 2017

www.miriamsheart.org

Internship Role: Social Media and Marketing

Description: 

Miriam’s Heart is looking for a part-time passionate & organized Social Media and Marketing Administrator with incredible artistic ability, multi-tasking, communications skills and an unending thirst for communicating things through the creation of graphics and social media posts, communication, basic marketing and promotion of Miriam’s Heart.

This person will be responsible for:

Updating and maintaining our social media accounts, including instagram, facebook, and twitter.
Utilizing hootsuite for post scheduling and evaluation
Developing creative ways to enlist, engage, educate people about the work of Miriam’s Heart

Artistically interpreting the impact of Miriam’s Heart and creating social media posts and graphics
Increasing our following by improving our response time and strategizing for best impact
Promoting events and communicating the pulse of Miriam’s Heart to our broadest audiences
Maintaining a great attitude with a servant’s heart, emotional maturity, spiritual health, and being a team player

Desired Skills: 

General computer skills
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
Gmail and Google Docs
Canva (or related) software to create graphics

 

Location: Somerset, New Jersey

Possibility of Working Remotely: Yes

Compensation: unpaid

Hours Per Week: 5-10 hours

Start Date: Summer and Fall 2017

Application Due: open – June 30 deadline

How to Apply: Email cover letter and resume to [email protected] and [email protected]

Non-Profit Administration + Management Intern | Ignite Hope | Fall 2017

https://www.ignitehope.online/

Internship Role: Non-Profit Assistant + Management Intern

Description:

This internship will include, but is not limited to:

  • Grant writing and research
  • Development and fund raising
  • PR/Marketing
  • Web/Tech specialist
  • Policy research

Intern will assist with events, projects, programming and development databases. Administrative tasks will include database management, social media marketing, and website updates. Research will include policy, grant possibilities, digital marketing, global statistics etc.

Required Skills/Traits:
– Strong belief in advocating for the modern orphan from a faith-based perspective
– Experience with web design and management, PR, editing, formatting, and writing
– Research abilities and experience with state-level politics and policy are all strong areas of consideration
– Ambitious, responsible, strong-work ethic; self-directed and motivated

 

Location: Remote/Virtual or North Atlanta

Compensation: unpaid, but with possibility of stipend

Hours Per Week: ~15 hours (possibility of more, even up to full-time)

Start Date: August 2017

Application Due: open

How to Apply: Send resume and two references to [email protected] For additional information about Ignite Hope’s programs, missions and vision please visit: http://www.ignitehope.online

Graphic Design Intern | Mercy House Global

www.mercyhouseglobal.org

Internship Role: Graphic Design Intern

Description: We would love an intern looking for college credit in graphic design, product design, or communications.

Possibility of Working Remotely: Yes

Compensation: Unpaid

Preferred Skills: Graphic Design and communication

Preferred Major:  Open

Hours Per Week: 5+

Start Date: open and flexible

Application Due: open

How to Apply: Email [email protected] and [email protected] with your resume and interest.

Research and Development | EmbraceTexas

http://www.embracetexas.org

Internship Role: Research and Development

Description: 

Interns will work closely with the Executive Director or Director of Development to support and learn from efforts related to programs and events to advance the mission of Embrace Waiting Children Inc. (EMBRACE TEXAS) and their knowledge of the non-profit, child welfare, and Christian social service industries. Areas of responsibility involve strategic research regarding critical points of service, church engagement, and child welfare reform or grant opportunities and management. Individuals must believe in the ministry’s vision, mission, and philosophy while acting in accordance with its policies, procedures, and Statement of Faith.

Desired Skills: 

Proficient in Mac OS and productivity apps (Pages, Numbers, Keynote)
Proficiency or familiarity in Quantitative Analysis (for research purposes)
Grant Writing experience (for development purposes)
Database Management
Administrative Proficiency

Location: McKinney, Texas OR Remote/Virtual

Possibility of Working Remotely: Yes

Compensation: unpaid

Hours Per Week: 10-15 hours

Start Date: Fall 2017 (9/1/17)

Application Deadline: 8/1/17 

How to Apply: Email your resume to [email protected] and [email protected] and place “CAFO Internship Opportunity ATTN: Bruce Kendrick” in the Subject line. Upon receipt, we will review the resume and provide an Employment Application and setup an in-person or video interview.

Aging Out Initiative Research & Communication Internship | CAFO

www.cafo.org/aging-out

Internship Role: Research & Communication Internship

Description:

About Christian Alliance for Orphans:

The Christian Alliance for Orphans unites more than 180 respected Christian
organizations and a national network of churches. Working together, our joint
initiatives inspire and equip Christians to “defend the fatherless” (Isaiah 1:17).

Ultimately, we seek to stimulate and help grow Christian communities committed to adoption, foster care and global orphan care in the local church. Our united efforts include the annual Summit conference, the Orphan Sunday campaign, the Global Movements Initiative, the National Foster Care Initiative, and an array of other shared undertakings.

As the Alliance helps Christians understand God’s call to care for the orphan and equips them for effective response, the impact reaches far beyond a single
program or met need. Rather, an ever-expanding army of passionate advocates
invest time, talent and treasure in a personal and sustained commitment to
caring for orphans in the name of Christ.

Learn More: https://youtu.be/5UHT-DYGxVE

About Aging Out Initiative:

The Aging Out Initiative www.cafo.org/aging-out helps older orphans and
foster children that age-out of care.

The trends are heart breaking: homelessness, substance abuse, trafficking,
crime and incarceration await many who lack adequate support networks.

We believe that the Church is called to step into that gap, opening doors to
promising futures for these children through holistic life transition programs
including:
1) Life Skills Training,
2) Spiritual Care and Mentoring,
3) Transitional Housing,
4) Career development; and
5) Lifelong Church and Community Support Networks.

The Aging Out Initiative works to identify and share successful models from
CAFO member organizations that show how the Church can help create healthy
life transitions for those aging out of international orphan care and U.S. foster
care.

The Research & Communication Internship:

This internship will provide a student with a substantive experience that allows
him/her to develop unique expertise in one of the most vital areas of international orphan care, and U.S. Foster care. Responsibilities will include:

1. Research CAFO Member organizations that are doing successful work for
children Aging-Out.
2. Create short blurbs about those organizations’ programs to share with
other organizations.
3. Social media campaigns to share working case studies.
4. Research and comprise case studies and statistics in US (Foster Youth)
and internationally on children aging-out.
5. Create a “research” section of site that provides data from various key
studies on this population. Assist in the revamping of web site materials to
include a domestic and international resource library.
6. Internship is 10-20 hours a week depending on candidate’s availability.

 

How to Apply: Email your resume to [email protected] and [email protected]

Research & Best Practice | CAFO

cafo.org/ovc

Internship Role: Research & Best Practice

Description: This internship is for the OVC Applied Research and Best Practice Initiative. This Initiative unifies top academic OVC researchers with leaders of faith-based NGOs serving children around the world and developing evidence-based solutions. We provide practitioners with exposure to incisive research and new data, innovations and best practices in the field. We also empower researchers with a rare opportunity to directly strengthen frontline OVC care practices.

About the OVC Applied Research and Best Practice Internship:

If you’re an individual who appreciates the power of combining research with best practices, here is your opportunity to use your analytical and organizational skills toward a vision larger than any one of us can accomplish alone.

You will work closely with the OVC Applied Research and Best Practice Initiative National Director to research evidence-based solutions to the care of children, such as Trauma-informed care practices.

You will learn how to reach an audience for practical research through technology outlets such as webinars, social media and online marketing campaigns.

We value our interns for their strong design sensibility and promote their professional development during the term. Learn to meet daily, weekly, and long-term deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

Location: Remote/Virtual

Compensation: Unpaid

Preferred Skills: Candidates should possess a strong interested in orphan care, foster care, and/or children social services, and be committed to improving the lives of children. Be detail oriented and well organized, with strong writing and critical thinking skills.  Excellent at research.  Be proficient with Microsoft Office. Self-motivated, determined and able to work independently, as well as collaboratively.

Hours Per Week: 10-30

Start Date: Fall 2017

Application Due: open

How to Apply: Send Resume to Brandie Smith at [email protected] and [email protected]

Graphic Design | CAFO

Internship Role: Graphic Design

Description: As a graphic artist, you know the power behind dynamic visual design. Here’s your opportunity to use your creative talent toward a vision larger than any one of us can accomplish alone. Christian Alliance for Orphans is looking for a graphic design intern to start this fall.

You will work closely with the graphic design director and executives of key initiatives to create materials for both on-and-offline promotions.

We value our interns for their strong design sensibility and promote their professional development during the term. Learn to meet daily, weekly, and long-term deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

Create graphics and design layouts for flyers, email newsletters, web and mobile sites, blogs, and social media campaigns.

Incorporate UI/UX best practices in website design and layout, and adapt designs for mobile formats.

A graphic design internship at Christian Alliance for Orphans primes you for future in-house work at an organization that is determined to only do work with purpose.

Location: Merced, CA OR  virtual/remote

Compensation: Paid. (Minimum wage of the state of residence)

Preferred Skills: Prior experience creating graphics and a solid grasp of user interface design for web. Comfort working in Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop and InDesign. Has access to or owns Photoshop and InDesign, Illustrator would be a bonus. Enthusiasm for the design process and attentiveness to different project goals.Experience with WordPress platform is a plus.

Hours Per Week: 10-15

Start Date: Fall/Winter/Spring 2017/2018

Application Due: open

How to Apply: Send Resume to Brandie Smith at [email protected] and [email protected]

African American Church Initiative: Research, Social Media, & Communication | CAFO

cafo.org/aaci

Internship Role: Research, Social Media, & Communication

Description:

AACI works to inspire and equip predominately African American churches to care for vulnerable children in response to God’s command to “do justice” and care for orphans (James 1:27, Isaiah 1:17, Matthew 25:40)

Historically, African American churches have informally provided kinship care for vulnerable children, but we seek to share the current crisis of children trapped in our foster care system.

African-American children are disproportionally represented in the American foster care system — the percentage of African-American children in the foster care system (29%) is double the percentage of African-American children in the national child population (14%).

In some states, the disparity is greater – for example, in Illinois, African-American children make up 55% of the foster population, although African-American children make up 16% of the overall child population in the state.

We believe that the Church is called to step into that gap, opening doors to promising futures for these children through holistic programs including:

Prayer Foster and Adoptive homes Spiritual Care and Mentoring Life Skills Training and Support Networks Lifelong Church and Community Support Networks Orphan Sunday WRAP Program

The African American Church Initiative works to identify and share successful models from CAFO member organizations that show how the Church can help in a variety of ways to provide hope and care for the child in US foster care, and in global orphan care.

This internship will provide a student with a substantive experience in the area of orphan care and allow him/her to develop unique expertise. Specifically we need someone to:

  1. Help build the Initiative web page by adding pertinent articles, research, current statistics, blurbs from speeches and writings, book recommendations, interviews, etc.

2. Construct and launch a Facebook Group for our members

3. Identify and provide information about Dallas/Ft. Worth area predominately African American churches with the goal to invite them to CAFO’s Summit in 2018.

4. Locate and catalog African-American church denominational conferences so members of our Initiative may attend and host a CAFO/Initiative booth, or offer a breakout session.

5. Internship is 10-15 hours per week depending on candidate’s availability.

Location: Remote/Virtual

Compensation: unpaid

Hours Per Week: 10-15

Start Date: Summer 2017

Application Due: open

How to Apply: Send Resume to Brandie Smith at [email protected] and [email protected]

National Church Ministry Initiative Intern| CAFO | Spring 2018

Internship Role: National Church Ministry Initiative  Intern

Description:

The NCMI intern will work closely with the National Director of the NCMI to fulfill the mission of equipping and connecting local churches nationwide by performing the essential functions below (and other tasks as assigned).

Essential Functions of the Internship:

  1. CAFO2018 Summit Planning
    • Assist with planning and promotion of NCMI Intensive
    • Communicate with and curate content from church ministry workshop leaders
    • Process new member applications and generate follow-up communications.
  2. Membership Care
    • Work with the NCMI Director to provide all Supporter and Champion level church leaders care, encouragement and on-going support
    • Assist in curating content for the bi-weekly National Church Leaders newsletter (including stories, articles, resources, etc.)
    • Follow up with all new members with a membership welcome letter and phone call learning more about their ministry and how CAFO can more specifically support and resource them
  3. Participate in coaching, resource development and strategic calendaring  
    • Attend church leadership coaching sessions (via phone/video) to learn, listen and get trained
    • Brainstorm potential resource development projects with the NCMI Director determined by the needs of member church leaders we are serving
    • Assist in setting the Summer/Fall ’18 calendar of workshops, webinars, newsletter distribution and resource development projects

 

A weekly call time between the NCMI Director and NCMI intern will be necessary to connect, collaborate and ensure key objectives are being addressed. Time/Day TBD.

Location: College Station, TX OR  virtual/remote

Compensation: unpaid

Preferred Skills: event planning, communication, passionate, organized, mature Christian, people-oriented

Hours Per Week: 10-15

Start Date: Spring 2018

Application Due: open

How to Apply: Send Resume to Brandie Smith at [email protected] and [email protected]

Mission Trips

Junja, Uganda | X Hope Inc

Location: Jinja, Uganda

Description: Long-Term(1 year minimum commitment) and Short-Term(2 weeks to 6 months) mission trips available. Short term trips are scheduled every 6 months; June and December/January. These trips are intended to serve our staff and children at Redeemer House as well as host local outreaches in the village.

Goals of the Trip:

  • build our forever school
  • build foster homes on-site
  • teach our children at Redeemer House
  • encourage staff and fellowship
  • deliver needed supplies
  • gather thank-you letters and pictures of our 60 sponsored students

Length & Date: December 26 (2 weeks)

Trip Cost: $2,650.00

Preferred Skills & Qualifications:18 years or older, OR accompanied by a parent/guardian. A willing heart to experience mission and spread the gospel through word and deed. A $25 non-refundable missionary application must be filled out and returned. Upon acceptance of the application a $125 non-refundable deposit must be made.

How to Apply: Please request a missionary application by emailing [email protected], indicate “short-term” or “long-term” in your email.

Ukraine Missionary Staff Intern | Love Cradle Intl.

https://lovecradleint.org

Internship Role: Ukraine Missionary Staff Intern

Interns Description:

Interns will serve in central Ukraine and will serve orphaned and underprivileged children through outreach and relationships in:
1. State-run orphanages
2. Camps
3. Community  and Local Schools
5. Love Cradle’s Transition Home (maintenance/gardens/greenhouses/property development & projects/orphan care)
6. Local Church Participation
7. Distribution of Basic Human Need Items

Skills/Traits:
Passion for children and skill in working and organizing activities with orphaned and underprivileged children/teenagers. Teaching skills and particularly in sports, music, crafts, ESL
Orchard, garden, greenhouse, construction and building and yard maintenance.

Would prefer a candidate with a strong devotional life and with experience in running/participating in Bible/Christ centered children’s and youth programs.

Location: Central Ukraine (Kirovograd)

Compensation: unpaid, but school credit possible

Relevant Majors: Agriculture, Child Development, Children’s and Youth Ministry, Education

Start Date: Open

Application Due: open

How to Apply: Send an email of interest/questions to S. A. Yagilnicky at [email protected]org and cc [email protected]
A preliminary Skype or FaceTime interview would be scheduled followed then by a LCI Intern Application being sent to the interested intern.