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Position: Event and Volunteer Intern

The Groundwork Center seeks an Event and Volunteer Intern who will work with the development and public outreach teams to facilitate Groundwork’s presence at public outreach events, coordinate volunteers for events, and record event and new member-related data. Groundwork internships are an excellent opportunity to experience what it’s like to work for a well-established, community-based nonprofit organization. The successful candidate will report to the Event and Volunteer Coordinator.

Internship core responsibilities:

Community Outreach and Events - 40%:

  • Assist the Public Outreach Coordinator and Events and Volunteer Coordinator in registering, preparing for, and attending outreach events;
  • Act as a Groundwork ambassador by promoting Groundwork programs at outreach events;
  • And, recruit new members and support staff at outreach and program-related events.

Volunteer Coordination - 50%:

  • Work with Event and Volunteer Coordinator to manage volunteer opportunities and relationships;
  • Track volunteer registrations through SurveyMonkey and Google Sheets;
  • And, coordinate volunteers for Harvest at the Commons, including registration, communication, orientation, day of event coordination, follow up and gratitude strategy.

Administration - 10%:

  • Record contact information of event attendees in Google Sheets and CiviCRM, and forward to Annual Giving Specialist and Communications Manager;
  • And, record new member recruitment, donations received, and contact information and forward to Public Outreach Coordinator.
Personal Qualifications

Groundwork seeks the following qualities in successful candidates:

  • Strong commitment to Groundwork’s mission and programs;
  • Understanding of and enthusiasm for resiliency principles;
  • Proven ability to organize priorities, with keen attention to detail and deadlines;
  • Self-directed working approach and initiative;
  • Professional and pleasant demeanor;
  • Strong interpersonal communication and teamwork skills;
  • And, a sense of humor and positive outlook.
Professional Requirements

To be considered for the position of Groundwork’s Event and Volunteer Intern, applicants must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age;
  • Be currently pursuing a college degree in communications, public affairs, or related field; 
  • And, be an effective communicator over the telephone, in writing, and in person to a variety of stakeholders.

Experience with public outreach and community engagement is preferred. 


Duration and Compensation

The internship begins on July 9, 2017 and ends on October 13, 2017 (approximately 210 hours over 14 weeks). Successful candidates will receive a $2,500 stipend.


Application Process

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to by 5:00 p.m. EST on May 19, 2017. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No phone calls please. 

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The Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities offers three fellowship cycles: Fall (September-December), Spring (February-May), and Summer (June-August) in Traverse City, Michigan, in addition to some remote opportunities. 

Groundwork Fellows will complete projects alongside our policy staff, attend conferences and networking sessions, and receive professional development training. Each fellow will complete an independent project to complement Groundwork’s program areas based on their area of expertise, and present this project to conclude their term. The Groundwork fellowship program aims to address key issue areas in our community and showcase cross-program understanding of community resiliency. As a fellow, you will focus on your individual program area while benefiting from a dynamic, supportive professional community addressing a variety of issues. 

Successful fellowship applicants will be awarded a competitive stipend in addition to assistance with housing and unique opportunities in our local community. A minimum of 25-35 hours per week is required for summer fellowships. 15-25 hours per week is required for fall and spring fellowships. Depending on the institution, current students may be eligible to earn academic credit.

While there are no current fellowship opportunities. Check back soon for information on our upcoming Fall and Spring terms.

Groundwork is also a service site for AmeriCorps VISTA and FoodCorps full-year service programs. All available positions are posted below.




AmeriCorps VISTA Member Farm to School 

The Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD) is seeking an AmeriCorps VISTA service member to work on farm to school initiatives and support teachers by developing classroom tools that use cooking, gardening, nutrition, and farming as a means to a richer learning experience. The VISTA will work in active partnership with Grand Traverse MSU Extension and Groundwork Center. Apply today. The application deadline ends on May 31. 


AmeriCorps VISTA Member Food and Farming Network 

Be an Americorps VISTA for the Northwest Michigan Food and Farming Network in Traverse City! You will work to connect food and farming change makers throughout the 10-county region of northwest Michigan and have the chance to work closely with teams of professionals at various organizations, including Groundwork Center and Taste the Local Difference. Apply here by June 8th for a mid-July start date. The application deadline ends on May 31.