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

Spring 2015 Internships

Semester interns work 10 hours/week. The application process for Spring 2015 internships will be open from Dec 2nd through Jan 2nd. Internship will begin the week of January 20th 2015 and conclude April 24th 2015. Interns will meet every other week with Civic House staff for professional development opportunities (**tentative day and time Friday 3-4:30pm)

Art-Reach – PennLink ID #:799956

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.


Bread & Roses Community Fund – PennLink ID #: 799957

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


Maternity Care Coalition– PennLink ID #: 799958

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.


Nationalities Service Center– PennLink ID #:799960
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.

Additional Documents Required for Nationalities Service Center; see documents below:

Team Descriptions | Refugee Services Internship Application Form

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Cannon  Associate Director, Civic House