Civic House Philadelphia Nonprofit Internship Program


The Civic House Philadelphia Nonprofit Internship Program (CHPNIP) is being re-initiated to further the missions of Philadelphia nonprofit organizations by providing funds to University of Pennsylvania undergraduate students to support summer-long and semester-long internships at community organizations.  In addition to providing valuable programmatic support to each organization, the program also offers students the opportunity to gain meaningful nonprofit professional experience.  The Civic House Philadelphia Nonprofit Internship Program enables students to learn more about the work that area nonprofits are involved in as well as participate in the Philadelphia community in a productive and meaningful way. 

The program was launched in 2009 through a one-time university grant that allowed Civic House to partner with many diverse community organizations. Civic House has secured additional funding to continue our Philadelphia Nonprofit Internship Program over the next three years, and now seeks seven students to serve as interns within Philadelphia nonprofit organizations.

Fall/Spring Expectations: Once a student has accepted an internship, they will be expected to:
• Work 10 hours a week throughout the semester at their assigned nonprofit organization
• Attend monthly professional development meetings at Civic House
• Attend an individual mid-semester check-in with Civic House staff
• Complete an end-of-internship reflection/evaluation
• Plan Public Interest Career workshops in collaboration with Civic House staff

Summer Expectations: Once a student has accepted an internship, they will be expected to:
• Work 30 hours a week throughout the summer at their assigned nonprofit organization
• Attend bi-weekly professional development meetings at Civic House
• Attend an individual mid-summer check-in with Civic House staff
• Complete an end-of-internship reflection/evaluation
• Plan Public Interest Career workshops in collaboration with Civic House staff

The application process for spring 2015 will be open later this fall.  Please check back for more information and application instructions.

Past Internship Site Placements:


Art-Reach connects people that have disabilities and/or economic disadvantages with cultural activities that they would not otherwise easily experience without assistance. If you are passionate about community engagement and making the arts accessible, join Art-Reach as we launch the brand new ACCESS Admissions Program. This program will be the first of its kind in Art-Reach's 28-year history and likely a game changer for the landscape of cultural participation among low-income underrepresented populations in the Greater Philadelphia Region. The internship will provide practical experience that can be carried to the next career phase. Under the supervision of the Art-Reach staff and in partnership with a consulting firm, this unique opportunity will provide meaningful experiences via engagement/outreach efforts in urban communities;  Implementing a marketing plan including crafting messages to a target audience; Researching and presenting to community cultural partners; Participating in regular team strategy meetings to assess and improve program plans; Collecting data to tell the story of the program's successes as well as support needed improvements; and Opportunities to receive professional development training as it relates to the Program. 

The Access Admissions Program Intern will receive experience in overall arts administration, general project management/assisting, community engagement, marketing, database entry/analysis and website upkeep. The internship will take place in an office setting, working alongside staff at a small non-profit organization as well as field work. Candidates must have the ability to work with ethnically and culturally diverse people and organizations, as well as a demonstrated commitment to inclusion, diversity and social justice.

This position requires dedication to the notion that all citizens deserve access to the arts. Candidates must be highly self-motivated, reliable, and resourceful. Candidates should be interested in learning about project management, program development and community outreach with a particular focus on low-income urban communities. Candidates must have strong written and oral communication skills, be organized and ready to work passionately helping to ensure success of this exciting new undertaking!

Bread & Roses Community Fund

Bread & Roses Community Fund is a community of social justice supporters in the Delaware Valley. Bread & Roses raises money which is used to provide grants, leadership development and capacity building to support communities in the Delaware Valley that are taking collective action to bring about social change, especially racial and economic justice.

The Civic House program and communications intern will be responsible for providing resources to the network of Bread & Roses donors, grantees and allies. This intern will help promote Bread & Roses programs, assist in the writing of external communications, support grantmaking and other duties related to communications and development/fundraising work. Strong writing and critical thinking skills are required for this position.

The intern will have the opportunity to learn about community organizing and how to build and support movements through social change philanthropy.

Community Legal Services

Community Legal Services, a non-profit law firm whose mission is to help low-income Philadelphia residents obtain equal access to justice by providing them with advice and representation in civil legal matters; advocating for their legal rights; and conducting community education about the legal issues that affect them. As a student intern at CLS the student will perform a variety of tasks to support our advocacy work that is currently in progress in the units. Work may include:

o Researching

o Interviewing clients sometimes including brief advice

o Assisting with preparation of litigation

o Document confirmation and assembly

o Assistance with advocacy with governmental agencies and other organizations

o Data analysis and review

o Policy development & analysis

Health Federation of Philadelphia

The Health Federation of Philadelphia (HFP) is an organization dedicated to improving access to and the quality of health care services for underserved and vulnerable individuals and families in Philadelphia.  HFP is home to the National Health Corps (NHC) AmeriCorps program and the Philadelphia Health Corps (PHC) program, an operating site of the NHC. These programs utilized community service as a tool to increase access to health care for underserved communities and to promote health and well-being in vulnerable populations.  The Civic House Intern responsibilities will be centered on helping the NHC/PHC implement our Strategic Plan during the 20th Anniversary of the program.  The focus will be on external communication projects such as helping to plan and implement NHC 20th Anniversary outreach events; identifying, writing and posting content on our Facebook pages and blogs; and keeping the NHC/PHC website sites current.  Program Development projects will include organizing a year-end Recognition Ceremony for outgoing AmeriCorps members and preparing the program for the arrival of new members in the fall.  The internship is a great opportunity for a college student looking to gain experience in public health, communications and non-profit management.  HFP is looking for someone with strong writing skills and experience using, managing and developing content for social media.  The student should be comfortable with and able to collaborate and communicate with volunteers, outside partner agencies and staff.

Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia

This internship focuses upon the Interfaith Center's program for teenagers called Walking the Walk.   The intern will be involved in programming planning, fine-tuning our existing Curriculum Guide, creating promotional materials to recruit students, updating the Center's website and Facebook Page with youth stories and photos and staffing the program's Alumni Leadership Team.  The intern will also assist in the preparation and leading of a weeklong immersion program which uses the Walking the Walk curriculum.  We are seeking an intern who understands the needs and interests of teenagers, is both creative and detailed, and values working in a setting that promotes interfaith understanding and cooperation.

Maternity Care Coalition

The mission of the Maternity Care Coalition (MCC) is to improve maternal and child health and well-being through the collaborative efforts of individuals, families, providers and communities. Located in high risk neighborhoods at eight community-based sites around Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs, MCC works to reduce infant mortality in high risk communities by connecting women and their families to prenatal care, well baby care, and other needed services through our home visiting programs. The research team at MCC works to identify best practices and provide evidence to advance maternal and child health and well-being in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Under the supervision of the Director of Research, students are instrumental in program evaluation, community needs assessments and developing ideas for future growth. Previous student interns have worked on numerous research projects, including: assisting with a needs assessment at one of our community-based sites, conducting key informant interviews, organizing focus groups with staff and clients, guiding the preparation of survey instruments, conducting literature reviews on topics related to maternal and child health, editing conference abstracts and manuscripts and researching on-line databases for reports or grant applications. All students are required to attend home and site visits in order to get the full experience of community-based work. Student interns should be interested in learning about the local community, comfortable interacting with and visiting clients in their homes, able to build relationships with agency staff, have excellent writing skills, and the ability to work independently. Research experience is not required as the student will be supervised and mentored by the Director of Research.

Nationalities Service Center

The Nationalities Service Center's Social Services Department provides case management, support, information and advocacy to newly arrived refugees and asylees. Our goal is to help clients achieve self-sufficiency. NSC is the leading refugee resettlement agency in the Philadelphia area. We provide support to newly-arrived refugees, most of who have fled Iraq, Bhutan, Burma, Eritrea and other nations. Many of our refugee clients arrive with chronic and acute illnesses, emotional trauma (such as depression, anxiety, intellectual disabilities, and post-traumatic stress disorder) due to war, displacement, torture and persecution, and suffer from adjustment challenges during their early phases of resettlement. We use empathetic design, strength-based model, and social ecological perspective to provide intensive and culturally competent case management to help with adjustment and comfortable and productive integration into life in Philadelphia. The intern will be assigned to our Resettlement team, Health team, Employment team, Social Media team, English as a Second Language Teaching team, or Macro Community-Based Project team based on the intern's interests and NSC's needs during the interview.

Our programs are innovative and dynamic, drawing on a host of internal programs and external partners. We are keenly invested in empowering our clients to adopt early independence and self-sufficiency. Refugees make important contributions to Philadelphia's economy and cultural fabric. Interns play an integral role in making our work successful.

We are looking for interns who are willing and able to develop cultural competency and contribute to the full spectrum delivery of case management service delivery. Flexibility is necessary and a good measure of humor is very helpful. Interns must be able to work independently and feel comfortable to work one-on-one with clients. Interns may need to travel with clients by public transportation. This position also requires interns to maintain timely reports and case notes.