Start Date: Fall Semester (dependent on your school’s start date)
End Date: April/May (dependent on your school’s end date)
Hours: 10-20 hours per week (or in accordance with your program requirements). Must be available on Fridays for weekly team meeting.
This internship is for undergraduate and graduate students who are looking for a macro level field placement or internship as part of fulfilling their social work program requirements.
Application Deadline: Interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. Candidates will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
About The Amish Heritage Foundation and Founder Torah Bontrager:
The Amish Heritage Foundation is a history-making nonprofit committed to 1) empowering Amish women and children through education so they can choose their futures, and 2) raising awareness about the crises hidden in Amish society.
The Amish are an insular, underserved minority population of ~350,000 throughout ~30 states in rural America who speak English as a second language. Their religion requires members to attend Amish-only schools and to stop their education after 8 years; and they are prohibited from learning STEM, politics, current affairs, law, civics, music, and the fine arts. The average adult has a 5th grade level of literacy and English fluency and 3rd/4th grade numeracy, the religion forbids health insurance and integration with mainstream society, and women are prohibited from exercising their rights as American citizens.
Founder Torah Bontrager, Columbia University GS ’07, was born and raised Amish and literally escaped in the middle of the night at age 15. She’s the author of the memoir Amish Girl in Manhattan, and her story and work have appeared on NPR, Tim Ferriss’ blog, MTV’s True Life, Forbes.com, Today.com, HuffPost, and Thrive Global, among others.
About the Internship Program:
The Amish Heritage Foundation (AHF) is looking for an undergraduate or graduate social work student who is interested in a macro level field placement or internship in grant writing, research, and program development. You’ll work directly with the Founder & Executive Director to deliver on timely objectives.
Because this is a macro placement/internship, you will not do any direct services or clinical work. Instead, you’ll conduct research on Amish issues, identify active and future grant opportunities, assist with writing grants for our education initiatives that fill in the gap from Amish 8th grade to community college entry, assist with developing and evaluating our educational programs, and acquire Amish cultural literacy. The internship is designed to be completed entirely virtually, including meeting remotely via Zoom each week for staff and 1:1 trainings.
You’ll be considered a vital part of our team and your ideas will be welcomed. We hope that your time with us will turn out to be one of your favorite memories––perhaps even a major turning point––when you look back on your life years from now.
What a Former Intern Said:
“While many field placements exist for students interested in micro practice, macro placements are more difficult to find, despite these skills being vital for social work career development, with the majority of social workers working in the nonprofit sector. AHF’s internship provides an opportunity to understand nonprofit organizational development, grant writing, and management, while learning about the unique culture and barriers to care the Amish community faces.“
Who We’re Looking For:
- Enthusiastic initiative, strong work ethic and commitment to the position.
- Quick Learner. Eager to learn new skills and broaden knowledge.
- Creativity. Strong writing and strategic thinking skills.
**If you have experience with and access to the following software, please indicate so in your cover letter:
- Adobe Creative Suite (Premier, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, etc.)
- Asana, Trello, or similar application
How to Apply:
Interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. Applicants are also encouraged to complete our free online 5-Day Amish Culture Challenge course (avg. 15 min per day) in order to decide whether interning with AHF is your first choice.
To apply, please submit through VIP (if applicable), Handshake, or email [intern at AmishHeritage .org] with the following:
- Your resume
- A cover letter addressed to Torah (sent as a PDF attachment) explaining what interests you about the internship and how you’d be a great fit
- Your transcript (unofficial or official)
- Two to three (2-3) examples of papers that you’ve written––whatever you consider your best work; if applicable, we’re especially interested in seeing a proposal you submitted that got you funded
- Email subject line: “AHF Internship: [YOUR NAME]”
I look forward to receiving your application! – Torah
Check with your field placement or internship coordinator BEFORE accepting to determine how you might do this internship for credit.