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: 

Our Summer Internship Term for 2018 will be May–Aug. Main IDEA Internships operate in accordance with an academic calendar, and are subject to change depending on the applicant’s academic year. All 2017 Summer Interns must be available for our Summer Program July 29th–August 4th. Summer 2018 Interns will assist us with the following:

  • Administration:
    • Communication with local youth and families
    • Networking with Local Businesses and Organizations
    • Grant Research and Writing
    • Fundraising
    • Program Evaluation
    • Social Media Management


In addition to Administrative duties, we are also looking for assistance in the following roles:

  • Group Counselors/Leaders
  • Art Teachers and Assistants
      • Visual Art
      • Creative Drama
      • Dance
      • Music
      • Creative Writing
  • Recess/Lunch Team Leaders



  • Training and support from our Board of Directors
  • 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



  • A love for kids
  • A commitment and passion for our mission
  • average of 32 hours total during week of Summer Program, in addition to hours spent on administrative preparation and follow-up
  • Students taking the Internship for Credit: 180 hours/term (flexible depending on school requirement)
  • Responsibility, Teamwork, Tenacity, attention to detail, willingness to learn
  • Must have transportation to/from the Program Site (Clark University)
  • Spanish Speaking skills a plus


Compensation: Unpaid; funding available through LEEP Program. Available for Student Credit.


Internship Application

  • Education

  • Name of school currently attending
  • Skills and Experience

  • Interest

  • References

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