The WI Association of Independent Colleges and Universities has an internship program only open to students who attend private colleges in WI, such as Northland College. Internships are located in Milwaukee, Janesville, Two Rivers, Manitowoc, Jefferson, and Oak Creek in Wisconsin, and offer a wide range of opportunities for many different majors. Interns work for 400 hours over the summer (10 weeks). For more information about the program and to see all positions, visit:

The positions include:

Jefferson County Literacy Council (Jefferson)
The Jefferson County Literacy Council (JCLC) is a small non- profit literacy council that provides adult education for: basic skills, English as a second language, preparation for GED testing, digital literacy, health literacy and citizenship. The student intern will work on specific projects required to operate a small business including: computer work (data entry, Word, Excel and Publisher); marketing (brochures, webpage, Facebook, news releases); and fundraising (mail campaigns and special events). The intern will
interact regularly with volunteer tutors and learners and may serve as a tutor if interested. The intern works closely with the Executive Director and the program and instructional coordinators. A few Saturdays may be required, and some independent work may be done from home to complete the 400 hours. Marketing, education or computer courses are very helpful. The ability to speak Spanish is not required but is very helpful.

Note: Jefferson, WI is located 50 miles west of Milwaukee and 35 miles east of Madison. Summer housing opportunities are extremely limited. Interested candidates should live within a commutable distance of Jefferson.

Ascend Services Inc. (Manitowoc)
Ascend Services, previously known as Holiday House of Manitowoc County, provides services to more than 200 individuals with diverse abilities in a variety of settings. Ascend Services is interested in obtaining a summer intern who would work with participants receiving services in our 3 programs including Day Services, Employment Services, and particularly Prevocational Services. This position would include working with participants to enhance work skills which will prepare them for competitive
employment and development and implementation of curriculum-based activities to help provide education in the area of enhancing job skills. This assignment would be a perfect fit for someone who is seeking a Bachelor’s Degree in one or more of the following fields: Social Work, Special Education, Human Services, or a closely related field. We are looking for an individual who has strong leadership and organizational skills, and demonstrates effective problem-solving skills, understands that serving others is an important component of this positions and has strong written and verbal communication skills.

InCourage Manitowoc County Domestic Violence Center (Manitowoc)
Interns at InCourage receive training to provide advocacy to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Depending on the intern’s ability, maturity, and comfort level, interns take crisis calls, learn about community resources, assist with legal advocacy for victims and assist shelter clients in goal-setting and problem solving. There are several activities that the intern can assist with which would be Family Fun Night, Homework Club, Mom’s Group, Women and Children’s Support Group. If the intern is interested,
they can also help create curriculum and facilitate these group activities. Depending on the intern’s interest they can also create an activity to engage with the residents. These activities can range from arts and crafts, cooking meals, or organizing groups or workshops for shelter residents specific to their needs at that time. There may also be projects and opportunities to work with survivors of sexual assault. Interns are expected to maintain the strict confidentiality policy and laws provided for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, act and dress in a professional manner, and be open to learning about domestic violence and sexual assault and their effects on the victims and families. Interns from this program will report to the Victim Support Navigator. Students who are studying social work, human development, human services, psychology, sociology and women’s studies will do best at InCourage. InCourage prefers students who will be starting their junior or senior years in college and who are self-motivated, independent, and trustworthy.

Lester Public Library (Two Rivers)
Promote, interact, educate, and entertain as you work with professionals in the library and education fields to conduct the summer reading program “A Universe of Stories!” at the Lester Public Library. This annual endeavor brings more than 3,500 children and their families into the library for special programming. General duties will include assisting in all areas of the program such as creating book displays and other program decorations, prepping program materials, assisting children with projects and activities, reshelving library materials, and maintaining dramatic play areas in the youth department. Specific projects will include the planning and promotion of a weekly program geared for school-aged children such as a STEM or music program. The library is looking for a highly energetic, motivated, creative individual who is able to work independently and collaboratively. Experience working with children, an interest in technology (such as computer coding or robotics), and a willingness to try new things preferred. The Youth Services Coordinator is the direct supervisor of this position.

Manitowoc County Historical Society (Manitowoc)
Enjoy planning and facilitating youth and public events? Get hands-on learning experience while helping to bring history alive for various age groups at the Manitowoc County Historical Society. Interns help plan, market, and coordinate summer events and educational programming for various age groups. Candidates should be comfortable working with the public for tours and education programs. The intern will be supervised by the Executive Director of the Society. Additional requirements include reliable transportation and the ability to walk moderate distances to conduct tours. Preferred areas of study include museum studies, public relations, marketing or advertising, history, or education.

Manitowoc Public Library (Manitowoc)
Manitowoc Public Library is looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our team as a Summer Intern. This position will work primarily in our Youth Services Department assisting with our Summer Reading Program. They will help cover the Summer Reading Program desk: handing out flyers, promoting the program, explaining it to parents and children, handing out prizes, stamping booklets, promoting programs, and helping sign people up. The Summer Intern will also assist our librarians in organizing, prepping, creating, running, and monitoring children’s programming throughout the summer. This will range from story times to coding classes and hands-on STEAM programs to presenters of all sorts. Finally, this position will assist patrons in finding materials, working on the Youth desk, and other projects as determined throughout the summer. We are looking for a creative individual who is good with children, punctual, self-motivated, works independently, and is outgoing.

Southfield Townhouses Neighborhood Network Learning Center (Manitowoc)
The summer intern will have the opportunity to help create educational programs that will provide personal and professional growth development for youth and adults living at an income-based housing complex of approximately 400 residents. Activities will include summer camps, field trips, A Day on the Farm, community gardening, literacy programs, Feed the Kid’s, summer harvest celebration, classes, and life skill development opportunities. The intern will create monthly newsletters, attend advisory board meetings, develop unique programs, and work with volunteers, residents and community partners. The intern is expected to build and maintain trusting relationships with residents while offering supportive services. The intern will work closely with the manager of the Learning Center and have the opportunity to create a portfolio of dynamic learning experiences. Preferred areas of study are education, social work, human development, psychology ~ open to all majors.

Wisconsin Maritime Museum (Manitowoc)
The Wisconsin Maritime Museum is seeking an Education Intern for summer 2019. This individual should be passionate about education, willing to work with a diverse audience and a motivated self-starter. With over 85 events planned for 2019, it’s an exciting time to work at the Maritime Museum. The Education Intern would report to and work closely with the Director of Education, coordinating educational programs, booking and leading field trips, assisting with marketing programs and leading independent
projects. Past independent projects have included exhibit creation, curriculum development, and collections management. The ideal candidate for the Education Intern position comes from any area of study but is passionate about making education equitable and museums accessible to all.

Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve (Two Rivers)
Land Steward and Environmental Education Intern: Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve is seeking a motivated student to assist with habitat restoration work such as the removal of invasive plant species and the planting of native species. The intern will also help teach environmental education programs to children ages 4-12 and aid in program design, help orient Nature Center visitors and write short articles for the newspaper. The intern should have experience working with people and public speaking, as well as working in the outdoors. Training will be provided, but successful candidates should be comfortable working in a team setting, working outdoors, have experience with children and have an active interest in the natural world. Preferred areas of study include: natural sciences, conservation, environmental education or a related field. The intern will work primarily with the Assistant
Director/Education Coordinator and the Land Management Coordinator.

Discovery World (Milwaukee)
The Design Futurist Internship is for students who are interested in pursuing a career in art, design,
education, and the STEM field. The intern will work with the Kohl’s Design It! Lab team of designers
and educators to help develop projects for the Lab. The Design Futurist Intern will not only get a chance
to fine-tune their design skills, work in a collaborative environment as a part of a creative team and learn
how to use rapid prototyping equipment, but they also get hands-on experience working directly with the
public to hone in on their customer service skills. The intern can choose to focus on visual design, fashion,
product design or museum education.

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin (Milwaukee)
The Development Intern for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin will perform a wide range of tasks to
support the Development and Communications Department. This candidate will assist with company food
drives, community facing third-party events and our Grateful Plate Gala. Additional programs and support
include assisting with volunteer recruitment and engagement, researching donor and foundation prospects
and communication support of our summer workplace giving campaign. The ideal candidate will have
strong computer skills, including Excel and Word. Strong written and verbal communications are key as
this candidate will have interaction and engagement with our supporting businesses and community
donors. Candidates must have access to a vehicle for transport to and from work and event sites. This
position will be overseen by the Development Engagement Coordinator.

Oak Creek Public Library (Oak Creek)
The Oak Creek Public Library is looking for an energetic individual to join our Youth Services Department
and assist with the Summer Reading Program. The position includes working at the Children’s Service
Desk and helping staff members with programs for children, teens, and their caregivers. The intern will
help with early literacy story times, hands-on activities for school-aged children, innovative programs for
teens, and pop-up activities in the Children’s Room. Candidates must have excellent communication skills
and experience working with children. The intern will work under the direction of the Youth Services
Manager to learn the everyday responsibilities of working in a

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music [2 positions available] (Milwaukee)
Development and Marketing Intern
General duties will include gift entry and acknowledgement, invoicing, grant and foundation research,
compiling reports and making follow-up phone calls, basic photography and videography, social media
management, copywriting, and website editing. Other duties as assigned. This individual must show
exceptional maturity and work ethic and follow the mission of the Conservatory and the policies of the
President and Board of Directors.
Education Intern
This position will have the opportunity to work with two departments at the Conservatory: Education and
Administration. General duties include assisting with Conservatory camps, registration and database
entry, providing the highest level of customer services in all areas of customer relations and supporting
all education programs, classes, camps, and special events as requested. The position reports to the Chief
Operations Officer. Skills required include the following: strong communication skills, basic knowledge
of and experience with database management, time management, and customer service; knowledge of
business and education practices; and appreciation for music education. This individual must show
exceptional maturity and work ethic and follow the mission of the Conservatory and the policies of the
President and Board of Directors. A background and/or interest in education is a plus.

Zoological Society of Milwaukee [3 positions available] (Milwaukee)
The Zoological Society of Milwaukee is looking for three interns to join our team of educators and
volunteers in working with youth ages 2-14 in our Summer Camps. Responsibilities include: assist
instructors in classroom educational activities and lead Zoo tours (age focus primarily 4-9); supervise and
evaluate high school volunteers; and prepare classroom materials. Some team-teaching opportunities are
available to those who apply. We expect 1st year interns to have the following qualifications: Interns should support the mission and
vision of the Zoological Society, need to have some experience with children, and display public speaking
skills. Interns must exhibit professional characteristics such as a positive attitude, ability to show initiative
on tasks, emotional maturity and self-responsibility and be able to walk the Zoo for a minimum of 2 hours
each day. Interns MUST attend required trainings: June 4-8, 10-13 (approx. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) exception June
12 (12 p.m.-8 p.m.). Intern positions are open to any major of study, however education and science majors
usually apply.

Boys & Girls Club of Janesville (Janesville)
The duties of the Youth Program Intern will be to plan, organize, and facilitate youth programs and
activities that appeal to all ages, genders and cultural backgrounds. They will help licensed program staff
deliver relevant after school programming, which supports the Clubs priority outcome areas of Academic
Success, Good Character, & Citizenship and Healthy Lifestyles. The intern will demonstrate high levels
of enthusiasm towards Club members and visitors while encouraging participation and ensuring a safe
and positive climate for all members at all times. They will work along with the Executive Director,
Director of Program Quality, Program Manager, and program staff.

Hedberg Public Library [3 positions available] (Janesville)
Administrative Intern [1 position]
The Administrative Intern will assist with a number of organizational projects, including updating safety
folders and donor recognition. The intern will also help organize and tag image files, as well as assist with
outreach efforts at events held outside of the library. The intern will work with the Library Director and
the Public Information/Marketing Coordinator. Candidates who are flexible, can work independently once
given direction, and enjoy a variety of tasks will do well in this position.
Youth Services Intern [2 positions]
Full-time rising sophomore, junior or senior for summer 2019. The ideal candidate will have excellent
communication skills, an interest in books and literacy and a desire to serve children, teens and caregivers
in the Youth Services Department of a mid-sized public library. Previous experience working with
children is essential. Following orientation and training conducted under the direction of the Head of
Youth Services and Youth Services Librarian, the intern will provide positive and effective face-to-face
interaction with patrons at public desks in the Children’s Room and/or Teen Central. The intern will help
promote the summer library program at school visits, prepare materials and assist with crafts and other
programs, as well as create trivia games and other activities for children and/or teens. The intern will work
with library staff to engage and assist children and teens in using technology. The intern will take the lead
in planning and presenting at least one program over the course of the summer. In addition, the intern will
accurately record information and statistics for the department. A working knowledge of Microsoft Office,
including Excel, is required. As a vital part of a busy department, the intern must display a friendly
demeanor, demonstrate an excellent work ethic and exhibit a team–player attitude. Due to library events
occurring in various locations throughout the city, reliable personal transportation will be helpful for the
intern. Tours or observation in other departments of the library may be arranged based upon the interests
of the intern.

Rock County Historical Society [two positions available] (Janesville)
Archives Intern
The Archives Intern will work with the Archives Manager to assess donated materials, find homes for
them in the archive, and describe the items in our catalog. Additionally, they will use software to scan,
edit, and post images into our growing database. This intern will also assist with general archive related
business, such as research, indexing, and customer service. The ideal candidate will be someone interested
in history, library services, or archive collections.
Community Engagement Intern
The Community Engagement Intern will play an active role in our various programs and initiatives that
seek to reach the public and engage them through history. The position will see the intern taking a
leadership role on a particular project, making decisions as it relates to the project and see it come to life.
We have several projects that we would like to have developed; the CLIO history App, content creation
for an interactive app, Poison Garden, upcoming program activities, and podcasts are all examples of
projects that are in various stages of completion and we would like to move forward with. This position
will be supervised by the Manager of Community Engagement.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

  • Possess and maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better
  • Achieve/maintain full-time status as an undergraduate attending school during the following
    academic year (NOTE: Students graduating BEFORE the Fall 2019 term ARE NOT eligible for
    the program)
  • Complete 400 hours (10 weeks) of service over ten summer weeks
  • Demonstrate an interest in civic engagement in the nonprofit sector in one or more of the following areas: administration, program management, community outreach, finance, fund development, marketing and public relations, communications, human resources, technology, and other related areas (students from all academic areas are encouraged to apply)

Organization Details

WI Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Milwaukee, Janesville, Two Rivers, Manitowoc, Jefferson, Oak Creek, Wisconsin Website

Number of Position Openings: 23

How to Apply

To apply for any of the WAICU Nonprofit Internship Program opportunities, please email your cover letter and résumé to Carrie Stahl, WAICU director of outreach, at with the subject line “Internship Application – [name of nonprofit organization applying to]”

Students may apply for more than one internship position, but must submit a separate cover letter and résumé for each position. Include your GPA on your resume.

Application Deadline: February 25, 2019


Carrie Stahl