TrueNorth engages many interns each year with a variety of skills and career goals. We believe in training the nonprofit workforce of the next generation in the most effective way we can: through direct experience and learning opportunities. Interns can earn college credits, gain nonprofit experience, increase their professional network, and make a positive difference in the community.

TrueNorth accommodates a variety of educational institutions, majors, and skills sets, and we work hard to ensure the internship meets all requirements and expectations of the educational institution as well as the intern. All internships at TrueNorth Community Services are unpaid and follow the requirements of the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act. For more information, please call 231.924.0641 x111 or email


Special Projects Intern- Fall 2017

The Special Projects intern will gain introductory knowledge of TrueNorth Community Services and its programs. The intern will learn about the Special Projects position adn how services are coordinated and administered by way of application collection, processing, inventory, and data collection and entry. This will be done by shadowing or observing the Volunteer & Special Projects Coordinator in providing management of volunteers, applications, inventory, purchasing, and determination of services. 


· Assist Volunteer & Special Projects Coordinator with relevant programs including: Tools for School, Coats for Kids, Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, and the Children’s Christmas Programs & Toys for Tots.

· Assist in accurate tracking of program goals, objectives, and statistics. 

· Monitor program timelines and project calendar deadlines and dates.

· Coordinate with volunteers to collect and sort inventory donations.

· Track accurate inventory data.

· Assist in coordinating volunteers in the execution of activities and events.

· Learn and utilize CRM database to accurately view and maintain client files and household information.

· Be thoroughly familiar with eligibility criteria and adhere to the eligibility guidelines for TrueNorth services.

· Use Microsoft Office programs to accurately maintain inventory and spreadsheets.

Regular and consistent attendance

Other duties as assigned

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:   This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

QUALIFICATION/SKILLS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. 

· Ability to build rapport and maintain professionalism with clients and co-workers. 

· Expected capabilities include familiarity and experience with basic computing, Microsoft Office such as Excel and word, Google, and general internet use.

· Work well within a team and individually.

· Must be able to problem solve, exercise discretion and judgment, and make independent decisions.

· Ability to maintain participant and agency confidentiality and use effective oral and written communication skills.

· Work competencies include demonstrated skill and experience in coordinating multiple projects effectively with short deadlines and the ability to work with a variety of systems, agencies, data and individuals while exhibiting excellent communication skills. 

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: In the process of completing a college degree.

AUTHORITY TO COMMIT FUNDS: This position does not have any authority to commit funds on behalf of TrueNorth Community Services.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:  Effective oral and written communication skills.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:  Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, and percentages. 

REASONING ABILITY:  Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an intern encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The primary office is based at TrueNorth Community Services; 6308 S Warner Ave; Fremont, MI 49412.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an intern to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the intern is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The intern frequently is required to sit and/or drive and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.   


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