Main Idea

Main IDEA is now hiring interns! The following internships are available: 

  • Grant Writing Internship (2017-2018)
  • Student Internship, Term 1: Sept–Dec
  • Student Internship, Term 2: Jan–April
  • Student Internship, Term 3: May–Aug

Main IDEA Internships operate in accordance with an academic calendar, and are subject to change depending on the applicant’s academic year.

Upon review of your application, a Main IDEA Team member will contact you if we wish to arrange an interview. Additionally, you are free to contact us with any further inquiries at Thank you again for your interest!

Grant Writing Internship:

We are currently accepting applications for our Grant Writing Internship for 2017-2018.

Job Description:
As a grant writing intern for Main IDEA, your primary responsibility will be to assist with the identification of appropriate grantors and the execution and submission of grant requests. Main IDEA is a newcomer to the grant-writing process. In order to continue this work, we need interns capable of researching funding opportunities within fixed guidelines, initiating and maintaining contact with foundations and writing grants for eligible funding. This would require an intern with strong research, writing and analytical skills. Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
* Prospect identification, research, proposal development and writing in conjunction with faculty, staff and volunteers.
* Accurate and timely production of final proposals
* Initiate and maintain relationships with grantors. Track and document communications
* Assist with updating and maintaining Main IDEA donor database
* Research potential major donor prospects
* Assist with donor outreach and cultivation 
Position Details:
* Part-time Internship (5-10 hours/week)
* Timeframe and Schedule: Flexible from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. with occasional evening meetings


Funding Objectives:
  1. Funding for Operating Expenses
  2. Funding that allows us to provide our current services to a greater number of students
  3. Funding that allows us to provide more than our current services
  4. Funding for our newly added Teen Program


Student Internship: 

We are currently accepting Student Internship applications for the 2nd and 3rd Term (Winter and Spring) 2018 to assist us with the following:

  • Youth Arts Day Program (Date TBD) 
  • Program Evaluation
  • Networking with Local Businesses and Organizations
  • Communication with local youth and families
  • Assistant Leadership for our Youth Alumni Program
  • Social Media Management
  • Tabling at local fairs



  • Develop non-profit management and development skills
  • Hands-on experience working with local youth and families
  • A passionate and collaborative work environment
  • Training and support from our Board of Directors
  • First-hand knowledge of how art empowers at-risk youth and communities


  • 180 hours for the term (Average of 12 hours/week for 14 weeks–all Interns will work independently)
  • Weekly Meetings with 1 or more Board Members
  • A commitment to and passion for our missionResponsibility, Teamwork, Tenacity, attention to detail, willingness to learn
  • Spanish/Vietnamese Speaking skills a plus
  • Transportation Required

Compensation: Available for Student Credit.

Internship Application

  • Education

  • Name of school currently attending
  • Skills and Experience

  • Interest

  • References

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