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Internships With a Purpose
Are looking to get hands-on experience in social entrepreneurship, nonprofit management , and community development? We offer flexible internships that can be a stepping-stone to your next move!

Cultivate’s internship program is unique & builds effective intern leaders. Interns take the lead on many projects and learn to work independently & collaboratively. We offer interns opportunities to grow both personally and professionally. Whether you are pursuing a future in the charitable or business sector, you will gain a wide variety of skills when working with us.
What Interns Are Saying
I was able to gain valuable experience in a variety of areas. I worked on several different projects across Cultivate’s work, and I believe my time at the organization will benefit me as I take steps to further my career.
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Jordan
Project Management Intern
I was able to grow in my writing and networking skills, and I felt that my work was directly affecting the communities Cultivate partners with. I also learned more about the inner workings of a non-profit, but most importantly, I witnessed what it looks like to truly empower and engage a community. The work that Cultivate is doing matters, and it was cool to be a part of the process!
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Ashton
Grant Writing Intern

Internship Benefits

  • Learn how to use project management tools and communications tools.
  • Work both independently and in team settings.
  • Have the opportunity to experience most aspects of nonprofit work.
  • Learn more about your interests and strengths through online tools and learn how to work using your strengths.
  • Grow through intern seminars on career development and issues affecting social impact and community development work.

Remote & Flexible Work Setting

  • Most intern work is done remotely, allowing for independence and flexibility. Your work time can be molded to your schedule and needs.
  • Interns gain valuable experience in project management programs & time management.
  • Group meetings give you clarity on your work.

Other Information

  • Internships are unpaid.
  • You could potentially earn school credit. Talk to your academic advisor, registrar, or department to begin that process. Each school is different so it is better to inquire earlier so we can better assist you with the process.
  • Candidates must be able to attend a weekly 1.5-hour virtual meeting (in-person meetings may resume in 2021). Meetings will take place on a weekday, between 8 am - 5 pm, based on the intern cohort availability.
  • Weekly time requirements & length of internship are listed in postings below. Most internships have a minimum 5-10 hours per week requirement. 
  • Candidates with a desire to empower locally-led efforts and local/minority leaders, work with a growing endeavor to learn more about local and international nonprofits, are encouraged to apply.
  • Anyone with travel, volunteer, or work experience in a developing country or marginalized community would be especially fitting.
  • Summer 2021 program starts on May 24 and ends on August 27. Apply by April 2.
  • 2021 Winter/Spring Internships have been filled.

To apply, email resume and cover letter to HR@cultivateinternational.org. Indicate the number of hours available and which internship you are applying for in the cover letter.

2021 Internships - Summer Term

Human Resources and Project Management

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We seek an intern who will play an active role in recruiting interns and volunteers for our programs, and assist with project management. This internship will focus on developing and implementing strategies to source interns and volunteers, including posting jobs, conducting initial interviews, onboarding, overseeing that all documents and necessary steps are taken, and then acting as a project manager to assist other interns and volunteers in accomplishing their assigned tasks, and acting as a liaison to the Executive Director. The intern will also assist in other tasks and duties for the organization as time permits, and based on their skillset and interests. 

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with staff on recruitment and management strategy, content, and timeline.
  • Responsible for the recruitment of interns and conducting interviews and onboarding of new interns, as well as overseeing the transition of interns from one term to the next. 
  • Actively communicate and work with others to help them stay on top of their projects, identify barriers to their success, work closely with Executive Director to ensure that all interns and volunteers are successful in their jobs.
  • Other duties as needed for the operations of the organization.
  • Learn to utilize Cultivate’s tools and resources to accomplish the job – Trello, Slack, Zoho CRM, Later, Zoho Social, Canva, Zoho Surveys, and others as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Currently has or is pursuing a degree in Nonprofit Management, Human Resources, Project Management, Business or related field.
  • Strong verbal and written skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Experience conducting interviews, or similar activities, is a plus.
  • Have knowledge and understanding of nonprofit management, HR, project management, volunteer management or have a vested interest in growing in these fields. 

Time Commitment:

  • 5-10 hours per week for most weeks.
  • Intern must have at least 5 hours of weekly availability to conduct interviews between 8 am -7 pm on weekdays.

** NOTE: this intern will be expected to start the first week of May 2021 and stay on through early September 2021, in order to assist with the transitions of interns. These extra weeks will only require 2-3 hours per week of work.


Grant Writer & Development

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Grants Writing & Development/Fundraising Internship

We seek an intern who will play an active role in the drafting grant applications, developing relationships with local foundations, and assisting with other writing projects. Intern will be responsible for researching and writing grants, assisting the Executive Director to connect to local foundations, and working with staff and other interns on other fundraising and development projects.

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with staff on grants strategy, content, and timeline.
  • Work collaboratively to identify existing resources and funding avenues.
  • Based on strategy; assist staff with grants research, drafting, and submission.
  • Other duties as needed for the operations of the organization.
  • Learn to utilize Cultivate’s tools and resources to accomplish the job – Trello, Slack, Zoho CRM, Zoho Surveys, Foundations Online, GrantStation, and others as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Currently has or is pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Communications, Marketing, Nonprofit Management, or related field.
  • Strong verbal and written skills, as well as research experience.
  • Experience with persuasive writing is a plus. 
  • Have knowledge and understanding of nonprofit grant writing, or have a vested interest in growing in this field.

Time Commitment:

  • Minimum of 5 hours per week, more available if desired.

Communications & Marketing

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Communications & Marketing Intern

We seek an intern who will play an active role in the communications & marketing for Cultivate. This internship will focus on developing and implementing strategies to maintain and build strong networks with Cultivate donors, followers, and others connected to us. The intern will also be responsible for prepping newsletters, social media posts, blogs, updating & developing marketing materials, and pursuing other avenues to raise awareness across the Twin Cities and internationally for Cultivate.

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with staff and other interns on communications and marketing strategy, content, and timeline.
  • Learn best practices for nonprofit marketing & communications.
  • Learn to use Cultivate’s branding appropriately, along with our core values and principles, in all communications that are produced.
  • Drafting and scheduling weekly social media posts.
  • Prepping and sending newsletters and other email updates.
  • Prepping and posting blogs.
  • Ongoing marketing efforts to potential partnerships for the organization.
  • Assist Cultivate trainees with marketing & communications as needed.
  • Oversee the collection and use of impact stories from Cultivate trainees.
  • Monitor and implement strategies for growth on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn
  • Other duties as needed for the operations of the organization.
  • Learn to utilize Cultivate’s tools and resources to accomplish the job – Trello, Slack, Zoho CRM, Later, Zoho Social, Canva, Zoho Surveys, and others as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Currently has or is pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Communications, Marketing, or related field.
  • Strong verbal and written skills.
  • Creativity is a plus!
  • Have knowledge and understanding of communications or marketing, or have a vested interest in growing in this field.

Time Commitment:

  • Minimum of 5 hours per week, more available if desired.

Videography & Graphic Design

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Videography & Graphic Design Intern

We seek an intern who will assist with video projects and the preparation of video & audio curriculum for our training program. The intern will work with staff to film videos for our program marketing, fundraising, and storytelling projects, as well as edit videos and audio files. Additionally, assisting with the design of program and marketing materials and publications.
 

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with staff on needs and timelines.
  • Work collaboratively to create, edit, and finalize necessary content.

Qualifications:

  • Currently has or is pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Design, Video, Communications, Marketing, or related field.
  • Strong verbal and written skills.
  • Creativity & innovative spirit
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Have knowledge and experience with editing software such as Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Canva, iMovie, GarageBand, Filmora, Windows Movie Maker, or other software programs. We do not expect candidates to be fully proficient in these programs, but understand the basics and have an interest in growing their skills.

Time Commitment:

  • Minimum of 5 hours per week, more available if desired.

** Please also include samples of your work with your application.

Events Planner

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Events Planning Internship

We seek an intern who will play an active role in the development of events for Cultivate. This internship will focus on planning and executing local events, networking in relevant circles, and other tasks as related. Primarily, the intern will assist with plans for our annual fundraiser. Additionally, the intern will assist in planning and managing small fundraising and marketing events virtually and throughout the Twin Cities (such as happy hours, topical discussions and learning events), and donor appreciation events.

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with staff on fundraising strategy, content, and timeline.
  • Work collaboratively to plan and execute small and large fundraising events, program marketing events, and donor appreciation events.

Qualifications:

  • Currently has or is pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Communications, Marketing, Nonprofit Management, or related field.
  • Strong verbal and written skills.
  • Have knowledge and understanding of event planning, or have a vested interest in growing in these fields.

Time Commitment:

  • Minimum of 5 hours per week, more available if desired.

Curriculum Copy Writing & Editing

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Curriculum Copy Writing & Editing Intern

We seek an intern who will play an active role in the development of program curriculum for Cultivate. This internship will focus on research, writing and editing curriculum for our program trainees. Curriculum themes can be seen here. Experienced writers with ESL knowledge are especially fitting. Applicants do not need to have knowledge in the curriculum themes, but have an interest in learning the topics.

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with founder on curriculum needs.
  • Research themes, outline and draft lessons, and work with Cultivate staff to finalize the lessons.
  • Edit current curriculum to make it accessible for non-native English speakers.

Qualifications:

  • Currently has or is pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Nonprofit Management, International Development, Writing, ESL/TESL,  or related field.
  • Strong verbal and written skills.
  • Experience in technical writing, developing instructions, editing, and research are a plus.

Time Commitment:

  • Minimum of 5 hours per week, more available if desired.
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