At Child & Family Connections (CFC), we believe that work is most rewarding when it is aligned with the organization’s mission and the individual’s goals and interests. To achieve these mutual goals, CFC’s interns have the opportunity to work on unique projects that they help craft in order to delve into unique areas that are of interest to them.
Our staff all work virtually and have the flexibility to make their own hours. We meet around the city but come together in and out of the classroom in support of our programs. Our interns are a critical part of our team and are given significant levels of responsibility and can often make their own hours. If you have a favorite coffee shop where you’re comfortable working, no problem. CFC is founded on recovery principles of self-direction so the ability (and interest) to work independently is required. This lean model allows us to dedicate nearly all of our funding to help families at risk.
We request at least five hours per week, but we can craft the internship to suit the student’s academic requirements and schedule. The internship commitment can range from one semester to a full year. We are happy to work with educational organizations and to serve as preceptors if requested.
This is a rare opportunity to do meaningful work while learning how a nonprofit operates, from fieldwork to outcomes and everything in-between.
In 2017, CFC begins development on our most important effort to date: a groundbreaking new program, the first of its kind in the U.S.-SafeTogether.
We believe we can head off the adverse effects of custody loss in many families living with parental mental illness by keeping children in the home in the first place. We will teach parents with mental illnesses, step-by-step, how to keep their children safe, in the home, and out of foster care during a parent’s psychiatric emergency.
There is a great amount of work ahead as we hire partners to help with development, marketing, training, analytics, and more.
The intern will work closely with our executive director, helping to oversee the many facets of the project and ultimately of the program itself. Think of this as an entrepreneurial start up positions, juggling several tasks at once, taking meetings, sitting in on board meetings, presenting the program to potential sponsors, and keeping everything moving forward to meet our goals of launching the pilot in the fall 2017. You’ll need to be
- Business savvy
- Think on your feet
- Comfortable working with people at all levels
- Flexibility is key
- Communication is critical: convey your ideas engagingly and clearly
- Attention to detail
- Organizational skills
- Project management skills
- A sense of passion for the work and the people we serve
- Students pursuing graduate degrees are preferred.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and relationship-building skills are necessary.
- A high degree of integrity and trustworthiness is critical.
- Comfort working with diverse populations is also important.
- The ability to meet in Center City Philadelphia (Map) as needed. (Easily accessible by public transportation.)
- If this sounds like your type of challenge and you’d like to help families in need, we’d love to hear from you.
- Please send your resume along with a brief explanation of why you’d be a great fit for this opportunity. Wow us!
- No phone calls please.