Start Date: Spring 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. 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 non-profit 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, 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 an online course creation and video production internship starting the Spring semester. You’ll work directly with the Founder & Executive Director to deliver on timely course and video creation objectives.
You’ll help with real-time online course development in Amish cultural literacy for social workers, educators, and legal professionals. Your assignments will give you hands-on experience with the course and video creation process from beginning to end.
In particular, you’ll conduct target market research, help determine learning outcomes, assist with writing and producing course and video content, review existing courses, videos, and supplemental learning content, and acquire Amish cultural literacy yourself. You’ll also help develop GED prep courses that fill in the gap from Amish 8th grade to community college entry, for a pilot program in the fall semester.
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 mentorship throughout the program to help you achieve your career goals, and invitations to industry events where you’ll have the opportunity to build your network of relationships.
Even though AHF is a nonprofit, we operate under a for-profit business model (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 marketing & nonprofits, grew my network, & discovered a mission that I was proud to work for.” – Skylar Fetter
Who We’re Looking For:
- Enthusiastic initiative, strong work ethic and commitment to the position. You must be able to make these 10-20 weekly hours a priority.
- 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. Candidates will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
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 or video/graphic content you’ve created––whatever you consider your best work
- 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.