Internship Program

CAFO’s internship program provides real work experience that makes a difference for orphans and foster youth…and for your future. You’ll serve alongside and learn from professionals, many who are experts and veterans in the field, joining a movement with impact all over the world.

Internships are an investment – into your personal and professional development, but also into God’s Kingdom. Through your work as an intern, CAFO and our partnering organizations are making a worthy and invaluable investment in you as well, building up the next generation of champions for vulnerable children.

We at CAFO are managing the list of internships from our reputable and Christ-centered organizations and seeking to expand the opportunities available and provide exposure to more and more CAFO organizations over time. Stay tuned for new opportunities and new ways to collaborate and work together as our Student Internship Initiative grows.

Peruse our featured available internships below and get connected today!

Students

Organizations

Availability & Length

The Christian Alliance for Orphans Internship Program is designed for students currently enrolled in College/University.

Internships are available in Fall, Spring, and Summer

Duration and dates are flexible

Most internships are part-time (10-25 hours per week)

 

Open Internship & Student Opportunities

Internships

Social Media & Research | Christ's Hope Int'l

Internship Role: Social Media, Research & Project Manager

Description: A variety of possible opportunities in the US office located in beautiful Traverse City, MI. Multi media, social media, campaign programs, administrative support, research, and event planning are areas of opportunities-possibly combined with an east Africa research and project implementation opportunity.

Possibility of Working Remotely: No

Compensation: Unpaid. (Small stipend)

Preferred Skills: Creative, innovative, adventurous, faithful, compassionate, with organizational skills, computer skills, and strong verbal and written communication skills. Passion for God, Passion for AIDS affected orphaned and vulnerable children.

Hours Per Week: 20-40

Start Date: 05/01/17

Application Due: 4/15/17

How to Apply: Send resume, dates available, and why you want to serve with us to davidk@christshopeusa.org

Graphic Design | Christian Alliance for Orphans (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.

Possibility of Working Remotely: Yes

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: open

Application Due: open

How to Apply: Send Resume to Brandie Smith at smith@cafo.org.

Research & Best Practice | Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO)

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.

Possibility of Working Remotely: Yes

Compensation: Unpaid

Preferred Skills: Social Work, Family Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Counseling.  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: 5/10/17 or 6/1/17

Application Due: 5/5/17

How to Apply: Send Resume to Brandie Smith at smith@cafo.org.

Administrative Assistant | X Hope Inc

Internship Role: Administrative Assistant

Description: Assist the director of X Hope Inc. with administrative duties such as: marketing, data entry, creating policies, website design, social media, event planning, speaking preparation, power point, newsletters, mission trip planning, travel reservation and scheduling. Download this PDF for more information.

Possibility of Working Remotely: No

Compensation: Unpaid

Preferred Skills: Social Media Experience, Web Design, Marketing, Organization, Creative, and Excel.

Preferred Major:  Business or Educational or Global Ministry

Hours Per Week: 10-20

Start Date: 08/01/17

End Date: 02/01/17

Application Due: 07/01/17

How to Apply: Please email resume and experience to wendi@xhopemissions

Nonprofit Intern | Mercy House

Internship Role: Nonprofit Intern

Description: We could use unpaid interns looking for college credit in graphic design, product design, or communications (donor work, fundraising, gala, sponsorship programs etc.).

Possibility of Working Remotely: Yes

Compensation: Unpaid

Preferred Skills: We could use unpaid interns looking for college credit in graphic design, product design, or communications (donor work, fundraising, gala, sponsorship programs etc.).

Preferred Major:  Fashion, Design, Communication

Hours Per Week: 5+

Start Date: 06/01/17

End Date: 12/31/17

Application Due: 12/31/17

How to Apply: Email info@mercyhouseglobal.org with your information.

Intake Intern | Safe Families for Children

Internship Role: Intake Intern

Number of Positions Available: 4

Description: Interns are expected to:

  • Field phone calls from biological families seeking information or help through safe families.
  • Field phone calls from volunteer host families about generic questions regarding hosting, or direct them to the correct staff member who can answer the questions.
  • Complete the intake form with the placing family on the phone exercising gentleness, compassion, and active listening skills.
  • Have a working knowledge of the database and be able to find and input information.
  • Based on availability and need, an intern may be asked to help with transportation of child/children from host family to biological family.
  • Once intake is taken, the intern facilitates communication of the best pick up/ drop off scenario. (i.e. at the office, neutral location, bio mom’s house) and works out details such as car seats and paperwork.
  • Research resources in the areas of housing, mental health, childcare, etc. and provide referrals to families we are unable to help.

For more information download a PDF of the job description.

Possibility of Working Remotely: No

Compensation: Unpaid

Preferred Skills:

  • Interest in working with children and families
  • Good work ethic
  • Ability to work copier, fax machine, etc.
  • Multitasking on multiple cases
  • Great phone etiquette

Preferred Major:  Social Work

Hours Per Week: 8-24

Start Date: 04/24/17

End Date: 09/01/17

Application Due: 05/31/17

How to Apply: E-mail a cover letter and resume to Kate Englund.

Development/Public Relations/Information Technology | Arizona Baptist Children's Services

Internship Role: Development/Public Relations/Information Technology

Number of Positions Available: 1

Description: This is a behind the scenes opportunity to serve within a ministry non-profit to further our mission. In terms of information technology, public relations and communication and design, ABCS offers a wide variety of opportunities. It would not be cookie cutter, but a customized internship that fit the organization’s needs and the student’s passions and skills.

Possibility of Working Remotely: No

Compensation: Unpaid

Preferred Skills: Currently studying or already possessing a background in one or more of the following: graphic arts, development or public relations or information technology. Desire to learn, be flexible and serve with humility is a must.

Hours Per Week: Flexible. Minimum of 10 hours per week.

Start Date: 06/08/17

End Date: 08/08/17

Application Due: 05/26/17

How to Apply: Go to: http://www.abcs.org/me/internships. Click the link to our downloadable application. Submit a completed application and current resume to the email address listed. Wait for a call back to do an initial interview.

Research and Best Practices Internship

Internship Role: Research and Best Practices Internship

Number of Positions Available: 1

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 Research Symposium, the National Foster Care Initiative, and an array of other shared undertakings.

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

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.
  • Internship is 10-30 hours a week depending on candidate’s availability.

Possibility of Working Remotely: Yes

Compensation: Paid

Wage or Salary: Negotiable

Preferred Major: Social Work, Family Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Counseling

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: 03/27/17

End Date: 05/31/17

Application Due: 03/31/17

How to Apply: Email your resume to smith@cafo.org

Orphan Care Coordinator

Internship Role: Orphan Care Coordinator

Number of Positions Available: 50

Description: Join us in reaching the college students on your campus for Christ along with partnering with local and international organizations to connect the passions and gifts of college students to the needs of the fatherless locally and internationally.

Possibility of Working Remotely: No

Compensation: Paid

Wage or Salary: You will raise a team of supporters

Preferred Major: Any

Preferred Skills:

Heart for evangelism, justice and orphan care.

Hours Per Week: 40

Start Date: 08/01/17

End Date: 07/31/18

Application Due: 04/01/17

How to Apply: Contact Natalie Back at natalie.back@cru.org

Marketing Analysis and Management Intern

Internship Role: Marketing Analysis and Management
Intern

Description:

About Christian Alliance for Orphans:
The Christian Alliance for Orphans​ unites more than 190 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).

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 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.

Each year on Orphan Sunday​, Christians stand for the orphan. We are a
people called to defend the fatherless…to care for the child who has no
family…to visit orphans in their distress. Each Orphan Sunday event is
locally-led. Sermons and small groups, concerts and prayer gatherings, shared
meals and youth activities—each rousing believers with God’s call to care for the orphan and what we can do in response. This internship will be specifically
working with the Orphan Sunday Coordinator and team.

Learn More: https://cafo.org/orphansunday/

About the Data Management and Analysis Internship:

  • Work closely with the National Director of Orphan Sunday to build
    awareness for the orphan and vulnerable child.
  • Build campaign awareness on social media and evaluate campaign
    results.
  • Organizing campaign materials and equipping Orphan Sunday advocates
    with strategic campaign materials.
  • Maintain collection and tracking of relevant data.
  • Take part in Orphan Sunday team calls and complete assigned tasks that
    follow

Preferred Skills:

Candidates should possess:

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to gather and analyze statistical data and generate reports.
  • Records maintenance skills.
  • Strong excel skills.
  • Ability to both work independently and work collaboratively

 

How to Apply: Email your resume to smith@cafo.org and leah@cafo.org

Research & Communication Internship

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 smith@cafo.org

Mission Trips

East Africa | Christ's Hope Int'l

Location: East Africa

Description: Possible two to three week opportunity in one and/or two countries (Uganda and/or Kenya). Perform research and data collection on children in our program for reporting, determining efficacy, trends, and impact. Preferred in conjunction with internship.

Length & Date: Flexible

Trip Cost: $2,000-3,000

 

How to Apply: Send resume, dates available, and why you want to serve with us to davidk@christshopeusa.org

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 news@xhopemissions.org, indicate “short-term” or “long-term” in your email.