Fall/Winter or Spring (2021-22)
Fall/Winter/Spring Start Date: Oct/Nov/Dec (dependent on your school’s start date or requirements)
Fall/Winter/Spring End Date: Dec/Jan/Apr (dependent on your school’s end date or requirements)
Hours: 10-20 hours per week. Must be available on Fridays for weekly team meeting.
Current students must be eligible to receive academic credit for this internship, and/or we will work with the school/advisor on achieving desired learning outcomes and completing all necessary paperwork. Recent grads or students taking a gap year are welcome to apply as volunteers in our training program if they’re not eligible for internship credit through their school.
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 English fluency and 3rd/4th grade math, 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 a college student or recent graduate who is interested in a public relations and marketing internship. You’ll work directly with the Founder & Executive Director to deliver on timely objectives.
This internship is designed to allow you to see a variety of aspects of the roles PR and marketing play in AHF’s day-to-day activities. You’ll gain an appreciation for the overall impact media relations has on our reputation and outreach.
In particular, you’ll learn how to or assist with the following:
- Craft press releases
- Pitch to outlets
- Conduct research that speaks to our target market
- Identify what a corporate reputation is and why it’s important
- Explain what participatory culture is and why it’s important
- Acquire Amish cultural literacy in order to hone your skills for our audiences
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. You’ll be considered a vital part of our team and your ideas will be welcomed. You’ll also receive personal mentoring throughout the program to help you achieve your career goals.
Even though AHF is a nonprofit, we operate under a for-profit business mentality (Torah’s experience is in entrepreneurship). At the end of your time with us, you’ll have acquired marketable and lucrative transferable skills that you can use in your personal, professional, or academic journey.
What a Former Intern Said:
“My internship w/ @AmishFoundation was one of the most rewarding experiences this year. I learned about PR, marketing & nonprofits, grew my network, & discovered a mission that I was proud to work for.”
Who We’re Looking For:
1) Enthusiastic initiative, strong work ethic and commitment to the position. You must be able to make these 10-20 weekly hours a priority.
2) Quick Learner. Eager to learn new skills and broaden knowledge.
3) 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.) or Canva
- Keynote or Google Workspace
- Asana, Trello, or similar application
How to Apply:
Interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. Candidates will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
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, how you’d be a great fit, and whether an internship is a requirement as part of your degree program or credit is given through your school
- 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, include links to or attachments of works you’ve created (e.g., blog, design portfolio, video, essays, papers) and send an email [intern at AmishHeritage .org] with your full application if you cannot attach all examples via Handshake
- Email subject line: AHF Internship: [YOUR NAME]
I look forward to receiving your application! – Torah
Check with your internship coordinator BEFORE accepting to determine how you might do this internship for credit.